Thursday, September 7, 2017

Return to the Reconquista

After a steady stream of Assyrians, another project needed a bit of attention to add variety to the painting queue.  To that end, into the painting queue went a dozen Moors from BTD's Warriors of Islam range and four, BTD Spanish bowmen.
Selected was a variety of warriors all standing with spears grounded.  All have a variety of headgear and shields. A nice mix, I think.  Soldier spear grounded is my favorite pose in the BTD range.  The pose of advancing with spear is somewhat unwieldy so having a bunch of the standing figures in The Lead Pile is welcome.  Still enough figures for several more heavy foot units await in the stockpile. 
Along with the Moorish heavy foot, across the painting desk scrambled four bowmen.  With basic wardrobe and muted colors, this quartet made it out from the workbench quickly.  It is rewarding to get quick results even though the skirmish stand holds only four figures.  
Having managed a small diversion from the Assyrian Wars project, time to put brush back to work painting Assyrians.

34 comments:

  1. Wonderful job as always, love these outstanding spearmen!

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    1. You are so kind, Phil! The spearmen are my favorites.

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  2. Two nicely completed units - I only wish I could manage to be as prolific in finishing things off! The spearmen look great, by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Roy! The secret is to paint a little often.

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  3. Love the character of the spearmen.

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    1. Me too! As said before, these sculpts are some of my favorites from this range.

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  4. Very nice Jonathon. Makes me want to haul out my El Cid collection.
    Cheers, Peter

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    1. Thank you, Peter! I say, haul out your El Cid collection!

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  5. Great brushwork again, Jonathan. I particularly like the hide shield and patterned clothing.

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    1. Very much appreciated, Dean! A few details on a few figures helps great an illusion of many details on most!

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  6. Fantastic work again Jonathan! One of my favourive of yours projects :)

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  7. Great to see you back on to the Moors and Reconquista again. Superb looking unit!

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Much appreciated, Ross! Only working in the Reconquista briefly, for now, though.

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  8. I like the variation in the shields on the Spearmen Jonathan.

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    1. Thanks, Mark! I like a bit non-uniformity for these warriors too.

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  9. Forgot to say, I haven't forgotten the MW Casali articles - just haven't had an opportuinty to get near a scanner.

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    1. I meant to ask is the link below contains the full excerpt of the MW Casali articles? I do not see any uniform plates, though.

      http://warfare2.netai.net/19C/The1859ItalianWar-OperationsOfWarByLuigiCasali.htm

      Which MW issues were these again? Was it 45-47?

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    2. Yes issues 45 and 47. I suspect that the detail from these two artickes became the basis for the Frei Korps book.

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    3. Thanks. I have the Frei Korps book. Perhaps, I have all that is contained in those MW issues? No color plates, though.

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  10. Really nice work as always, the shields are particularly good.
    Best Iain

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  11. Outstanding! If I happened to be in the Freitag neighborhood and could request only one game, it would be with your lovely Reconquista collection. They really sing!

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    1. Thanks!

      If you are ever in the neighborhood, the game is your choice!

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  12. The Spearmen are superb, Jonathan. The archers definitely have the "lowly peasant" vibe going on! :-)

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    1. Peter, your ever present encouragements are much appreciated!

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  13. Lovely job. Like the figure arrangement. Do like upright spears.

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    1. Thank you, again! The composition turned out well on this one.

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