Small (15mm) Break- Some DBA Trojans

Earlier today, I took a break from my 28mm Byzantine Army to work on a template (for later production) for my DBA Trojans.  It was a good break from the endless painted to be able to work on a single unit.

So I decided to complete an entire stand of Magister Militum Trojans, some excellent looking figures.  I couldn’t stand the look of the Essex models and I am very glad I was able to get these instead.  Well, not much to say other than I based coated them and washed them with Army Painter Soft Tone wash.

View of miniatures without shields attached.
View of miniatures without shields attached.
Alternate View without Shields
Alternate View without Shields

So after some they were done to this stage, I then painted the cow-hide shields separately.  Again, I used AP Soft Tone on the shields and then attached them with some Super Glue Gel- Which is one of my favorites for small bits and pieces.

 

So I finished them off and added a few highlights before spraying with dullcote
So I finished them off and added a few highlights before spraying with dullcote
Alternate View of Finished Stand.  AP Jungle Tuft for greenery.
Alternate View of Finished Stand. AP Jungle Tuft for greenery.
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Ready, Aim, Fire!

Well, it is time to finish of the ground troops.  So I added 10 Psiloi Archers and 2 Light Bolt Throwers* with crew (4).  Under the rules in WAB, the Later Byzantines do have a wide selection of missile troops, but my experience with WAB has led me to form the solid opinion that it is highly improbable that you can ever shoot an enemy off of the table.  My tactics should encourage an opponent to make the first moves on the battlefield and allow me to fight in a more defensive or counter-attack based game.

All of these troops are painted and finished the same way for speed.  I used white Armory Brand Primer, followed by flat colors (all of which are Army Painter Brand Paints):  Dragon Red, Skeleton Bone, Leather Brown, Oak Brown (on the bows), Barbarian Flesh,  Black and Plate Mail.  Then washing the whole model in AP Soft Tone Wash- simply amazing!   Allow it to thoroughly dry and then touch up the white, metal and red (with Pure Red).  The models were based with sand, then Desert Yellow followed by a dry brush of Skeleton Bone.  The grass is AP Jungle Tuff.    The red line effect is achieved by using a red Sharpie Brand Micro-Pen. Sealed with Dullcote.  Total time from beginning to end- 9-10 hours (2 days).   Here they are for your review.

Byzantine Bolt Thrower & Psiloi Archers.
Byzantine Bolt Thrower & Psiloi Archers.

*= Bolt Throwers (not crew) had been previously painted and is part of my EIR Roman Army.  Bolt Throwers are from Warlord Games.

Byzantine Psiloi (Crossbows)

In the seemingly never-ending quest to finish 3000 points of Later Byzantines for the Worlds WAB GT in August, I have finished another 26 Byzantine Crossbowmen.

I am trying to keep with a color theme of simple white for levy/skirmishers, I added accents of red.  Well this is quick and simple, primers, base colors, AP Soft Tone wash and then some white touch-up work afterwords.  Sealed with Dullcote.

Here they are for your inspection and review.

26 Crossbowmen.
26 Crossbowmen.

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Roman Fort -2

On Friday, I received another Roman Marching Camp from my pal Mike G. of Hallowed Ground Terrain.  In preparation for his release of a new line of Roman Era wargaming terrain, I painted up a second (and complete) set of what is to be released.

It is Mike’s hope that between the painting styles that historical gamers and modelers will see the versatility of the product.  Sticking with tons of historical research, this Marching Camp is painted in mid-earth tones to represent a wide range of topography throughout Europe.

As was common with many Early Imperial Roman Marching Camps, sections of earthen sod were cut from the earth to form an embankment, with exterior ravine.  The embankment was then topped by a wooden palisade.  Well here it is for your review.

This is all of the earthen sections (10), gates(4) and turns(4) that come in the set.  12 sections of fence are included (4 shown).
This is all of the earthen sections (10), gates(4) and turns(4) that come in the set. 12 sections of fence are included (4 shown).
A detail of the turns, gates and fence sections.
A detail of the turns, gates and fence sections.
A close up view of the earthen sections.
A close up view of the earthen sections.
A view a gate section with adjoining walls.  The fences are not glued into place.
A view a gate section with adjoining walls. The fences are not glued into place.
Another view of a few pieces placed together (2 earthen sections, 1 gate and 1 bent section)
Another view of a few pieces placed together (2 earthen sections, 1 gate and 1 bent section)

 

 

Roman Camp

Well as many of you know, Mike Garner is the co-host of the Historical Wargames Podcast and one of the guys behind Hallowed Ground Terrain.  Well as part of their new releases, they are producing a 15mm scale Roman Marching Fort.  Well I agreed to paint up a few pieces for his display at Historicon.   Since I have to mail it to California, I only placed a couple pieces of the fencing in place.  Well here is the first one for your review.

View without fencing (1)
View without fencing (1)
View without fencing (2)
View without fencing (2)
View of Fencing and Gateway (1).
View of Fencing and Gateway (1).