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By smacdowall, Apr 7 2021 04:17PM

Fresh off my painting table are some Alamanni nobles circa AD 350. Ammianus Marcellinus describes the Alamanni cavalry riding into battle “interspersed with light armed foot”. This is what I have attempted to recreate here.

The Alamanni incorporated some of the Suebi, famous for their topknot hair style. Therefore I feel comfortable using some figures with topknots (marketed as Franks). Whether some Alamanni also shaved the back of their heads as some Franks are recorded as doing is not known.

The miniatures are a mix of Foundry, Gripping Beast plastics, and First Corps with a few head swaps. The standard is a First Corps Celtic horse standard with a twist of foil cut from a wine bottle top to represent red streamers. I have deliberately given them a mix of Roman and native equipment.

In order to give the unit a coherent look I have used a limited colour palate with various shades of red and natural wool or linen. The shields all have a predominantly black background.

I am looking forward to seeing how they perform on the games table before too long.

By smacdowall, Nov 29 2020 05:10PM

The 77 year old veteran Paul-Bernard the Count of de Fontaine, commanded the Spanish Tercios against the French at Rocroi (1643). Due to his age and infirmities he had to be carried in a sedan chair but this did not prevent him from conducting a valiant defence which cost him his life.

Fresh off the painting table is my representation of the Count of Fontaine. The man himself and the sedan bearers are Warlord Games’ models of the Swedish general Lennart Torstensson who led Swedish armies in the 1640s while crippled by gout.

The bugler is from Wargames Foundry and the halberdier from 1898 Miniaturas.

By smacdowall, Nov 22 2020 01:20PM

Eschewing the feathers, frills and fripperies of the French Musketeers, I have painted these German arquebusiers in plain sensible clothing, suitable (I hope) for veterans serving in the Spanish army at Rocroi.

Most of the figures are Avanpost — a new Russian manufacturer that makes incredibly detailed and beautifully proportioned resin miniatures. The multi-part rider has separate arms and weapons. His left hand actually clips into the reins on the horse so he actually holds the reins without any gap.

The horses are cast with indentations where the rider’s legs go making a perfect fit of rider and horse — again with no gaps.

Man, horse and bits come in a zip-lock bag.

Man, horse and bits come in a zip-lock bag. The bits (horse’s tail, weapons and arms in this case) are, Russian doll-like, in a smaller bag inside the larger one. So easy to keep track of things and avoid losing or mixing up components. All the pieces fit together well, glued with super glue.

They mix well with other true 28 mil that are relatively finely proportioned. Here they are with Warlord plastics and a Perry figure (on TAG horses). I used the TAG horses because I needed static poses to go with the Avanpost and the Warlord horses are all in fairly active poses.

The super fine detail, crisp casting and perfect proportions make Avanpost some of the best 28 mil figures I have ever seen. The only downside is that the poses are (with one or two notable exceptions) quite static.

By smacdowall, Nov 3 2020 05:10PM

Having made great inroads into my medieval lead mountain, I am now tackling the even larger Thirty Years War one.

There is, however, a problem.

I have some of this and a few of that but try as I might I cannot find exactly the right matching miniatures for the units I wish to build.

This is compounded by the fact that a friend has alerted me to some excellent new European manufacturers of Thirty Years War figures; namely 1898, Tercio, Avanpost and Bohemian Miniatures.

There is no other solution. If I wish to reduce my Thirty Years War lead mountain I need to order more miniatures!

This is better. Being painted now is a unit of German arquebusiers for my Spanish army. Some Perry and Warlord Games figures from the lead (and plastic) mountain have been added to by newly purchased (and wonderful) Avanpost resin miniatures. In the background are unpainted pikemen (mostly 1898 miniatures).

The pikemen will be the basis of a new Spanish Tercio based on this painting of the Battle of Rocroi.

So, like Sisyphus, no matter how much painting I do, the lead mountain remains just as high as before!

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