Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Friday, 18 January 2019

Getting closer to the Greek Review

The line of march option may be the best way of doing some of these reviews rather than battle lines. Gradually building these up, so more units here - up to roughly 500 hoplites so far.
I've spread the cavalry across the front and back plus stuck a general in front.

Up to 3 columns so far, still plenty to go.

The front unit of the middle column. One of 'mine' in what was my standard 48 figure units.

The rest of the middle column units are ex-Harry and are all 24 figures strong.

These two are the only non-Garrison units - a couple of random Minifigs units to fill the ranks.

The front unit of the outside column is one of my 48 figure units. Behind this is one of my original units from about 1970. Finally, the last 4 units are all ex-Harry.
Still a few more Garrison units to go, then on to Minifigs. Then support units...

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Late Greek hoplite army.

One of the things that has always been on my mind is the sheer number of figures Greenwood & Ball/Garrison could have made but didn't. Strangely (though perhaps not based on the knowledge in the hobby at the time) the 20mm Greek infantry were all early but most of the cavalry had shields - a very late feature.  So the obvious thing to do was take the later cavalry, turn one leg forwards, stick them on a base and call them infantry.

This lot have been on a number of posts as individual units but this is the first time I've actually put them all together on one table.
The army in column of march led by cavalry then the Spartans. OK, army perhaps not totally accurate, but...

The column - I haven't included any of the light infantry in these photos. Perhaps later... a couple of hundred slingers, archers and javelinmen would have certainly added to overall look but missed the point of mainly showcasing GC3/5 and their infantry derivatives.

In line of battle, right flank 'medium' cavalry, left flank the lights.

Medium cavalry GC5 - this is the figure most of the infantry are conversions of. Cavalry are perhaps a bit over-represented in relation to the number of hoplites I have here, but when 'other' hoplites are included, not as much.

The Spartans - the 16 figure Hippeis plus a 24 figure Spartiate unit. Will probably add a second 24 man unit later - part of the plan. The Hippeis unit is based on GC3 rather than GC5.

Standard 'line' units, useful for any nation or as mercenaries. This lot would expect to spend most of their time in the Persian army.

Boring Thebans, again will probably add a second 'line' unit plus a 'Sacred Band' unit later.

And finally the light cavalry for those times when they need lights instead of mediums!

Monday, 14 January 2019

Being silly - phalangites.

Just that - being silly. Normally phalangites would be spread over several armies but couldn't resist this. This lot are totally unsorted and 'unprocessed'. So it's a mix of bases, lots of figures with no sarissa, lots 'missing' on the grounds I've just collected together the 'main' boxes...

Numbers. Harry originally sold me 250, but he had 400. When they arrived he'd sent... 400. Not all are here though. Add the 150 or so Garrison conversions I was building up - another 50 strong unit had been prepped ready for painting, cancelled when Harry's figures arrived. Then the original Macedonians and Seleucids from my 70's army.

OK, what's actually here? Lot's missing, the troops mustered have a 35 base frontage. 4 to a base, most units 4 deep, others deeper. Total about 600 phalangites (my total force is about 750-800). Total length 84"/7'.

These pictures aren't really good - but they look spectacular on the ground.

Some Minifigs Alexandrian phalangites with thinner pikes next to the start of my converted Garrison units.

The 3 units of Garrison conversions - left flank are Asiatics with trousers painted on, middle standard phalangites, right flank 'elites' - G16 Boetian pike with a longer pike!

Mainly Minifigs Successor phalangites. The unit with the bronze shield are Garrison conversions credited by Harry to Ray McGarry  

Continuing the Harry component.

The 2 right hand units are from my original 70's army - the Alexandrian phalangites are from a 48 strong very early PB unit with the telegraph pole pikes, about 1972/3, Trivia re the extreme right Hinchliffe unit - mid 70's entered them as part of an army in the Ancients section painting competition at the National Wargames Championships and it won.  Wouln't win today and besides unkind people could point out that it was the only entry...

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Army Review 2019 - the Celts

Being one of the smaller armies it's one of the easiest to sort a Review.

It's currently a 4 part army. The first 3 are all ex-Harry. The Minifigs infantry and cavalry have all been rebased and include some remedial work on the cavalry. About 30 of the infantry were actually painted by me - originally sent to Harry then came back to me when I bought the army. This part of the army (and chariots) have already been shown here. The Garrison infantry have yet to be rebased. The chariots were ex-Harry but unpainted - so they have been painted and based by me.The final component are the recently purchased ones. 

This lot form a smaller force than originally bought from Harry as many figures  have been 'purloned' by other armies - for example, the Dacians and the Atlanteans.

The army...

Cavalry are Minifigs but mounted on Garrison horses.

Minifigs chariots, Garrison infantry. A few Garrison figures aren't there - some cavalry and infantry archers.

Minifigs component mounted as 3Wb - The Garrison figures will probably be mounted as 4Wb.

New' figures - the cavalry are probably the most useful part.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Limited reinforcements 2 - Palmyra

Palmyra isn't a 'proper' army yet. I've got the odd unit - for example, these cataphracts , but it's definitely a 'work in progress'.

A couple of recent purchases have got them a bit closer though.
Most recently, this batch of infantry archers.
Not painted to a brilliant standard, but workable.
Don't know if they've been 'dipped', if so not a very successful job.

A cavalry unit bought before Christmas - listed as Palmyrian and I'm not about to argue.

Better paint job than the archers which is good...

Friday, 11 January 2019

Limited reinforcements 1 - the Celts

Recently I've been getting small scale reinforcements from E Bay.

This lot are additions to the Celtic forces. The cavalry are, I believe, Ancient Brits whilst the infantry seem to include a bunch of Irish. Not the same as my current Celtic forces.

They still need some work doing to them but the Celts could well an early project this year - I've still to rebase the Garrison component of the army. The Celts generally are a small enough force to be an early contender for a Review this year.

Not the best painted figures in my armies but give a useful light cavalry component.

Plus a few Irish...

As stated before, cavalry are mainly Ancient Brits with the reversed jockey caps.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A stillborn Swedish army

As part of the sorting process I came across a box of old plastic 30 Years War figures I had been painting up as a precursor to starting a Swedish army. Didn't get very far, figures packed away until now.
Probably had more at one time - must have done some cavalry and gun seems to be missing!

Command figures. For one of my plastic attempts they weren't badly painted.

Some of the shotte...

And some of the pike. Paintwork has suffered over the years.

Might try doing a couple of metal units sometime!