Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Friday, 21 July 2017

The melting pot.

Although both my non-functioning melting pots were badged as Tirantis, they are actually Sebas. Further, if needed, the original Sebas cost less.

So, on Monday I phoned Seba up and was told they have a repair service (to be fair, I knew that)... sent one of the pots off... it came back today fixed...

Haven't tested it yet, meanwhile I've sent the other one off as well. Total cost of repairing both roughly a quarter the cost of buying one new!

Haven't had a chance to test it yet - probably won't for a week or so - but when I do there's a lot of time (and figures) to make up.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

RE6A, Roman Legionary, marching, half armour pilum and shield

This is the figure I always wanted to use as the basis of any Garrison Roman army. Problem was, no moulds and only 1 broken master...

Which was repaired and put on one of my last set of moulds. At some stage I'll try and get a number of these done and put on a mould for 'production' purposes. Hopefully, more on the personal production side tomorrow...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Clearchus and his friends

Well, finished the direct cavalry conversions.

Nothing else to say, just that it seems to have worked OK with one proviso. I should have used thicker card - a couple of them had a tendency to fall over a bit. Think it worked out in the end though.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Solving the Hoplite problem

OK, need to sort out how to get another unit of Greek hoplites for Cyrus.

Without having casting facilities at the moment  I needed to look for an alternative source - happily found one.

The original hoplites are simple conversions of a cavalry figure - feet bent forward and put on a base. So I started looking for cavalry figures and found enough so that I can create the unit...

Problem solved.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Cyrus and the Greeks, DBA II/7

The March of the 10,000 has always been one of my favourite stories, the Battle of Cunaxa one of my favourite battles. Even did a series of 3 articles on it for Slingshot sometime in the 90's (gave it it's more correct name of Kounaxa then.) Plus a version of it in the 2012 Garrison Journal.

So it's hardly a surprise that I'm including a Late Achaemenid Persian army in my current DBA army building programme.

Only troops missing are Ps and/or scythed chariot. For a standard army I would include the chariot, for Cyrus I'll miss it out.

This is Cyrus and his bodyguard. Greek GC4 on the cataphract horse. Cyrus himself is the Greek general figure. Greeks to Persians proved a diffficult conversion - I painted trousers on them. The unit itself was painted a few years ago then put to one side. The standard bearer had an accident so isn't here, likewise a few of the others - actually, 11 survivors out of the original 15.

For the Greek infantry component I have converted GC5 to an infantry figure by twisting the feet forward and putting them on a base. The figure casts quite well and the intention was to initially produce 2 units of 24 - one to have red tunics as part of Cyrus's army, the other in white to act in every other late Persian army. Didn't quite work out, so Cyrus is stuck with figures wearing the colours of his brother. (Xenophon said that these were the colours given to each army)

Hoplites tend to get colourful shields so I thought I'd show them in more detail. 

 The front cavalry figures are some early conversions I made before I got Garrison - removed shields and javelins, replaced weapons.  The Scythians were painted to allow the ones that had been transferred from the 'main' army to go back to their unit. In use with Cyrus they will be replaced by more Western cavalry.

The Ps elements will vary depending on the army depicted. For Artaxerxes, these would be archers, for Cyrus javelins. Likewise, the 4 x 4Sp or 3Ax are Greek hoplite 4Sp for Cyrus, Artaxerxes probably gets 2 x 4Sp (Carian, Egyptian) and 2 x 3Ax (infantry brought by Tissaphernes to the battle.)

Now, reason why I haven't sorted that second unit of hoplites for Cyrus.

When I first set up I acquired 2 second hand melting pots. The first one gave up the ghost a few years ago, the second one has also 'died'. So I'm stuck with repairs or renewal. Repairs don't seem to be an effective answer. Let's face, between them they gave 10 years service and were second hand then...  So... new? but bit shy of £600?... could do it. Might. Certainly not worth it though...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Garrison Saitic Egyptians DBA I/53 finished

Short digression from the Persians, normal service being resumed.

General, 1xHCh

1x2LH - my anticipated major use for this figure in future (sans plume) will be as Parthians

6x4Sp - Greek GC3 on base and with head swap

2x4Bw using my 'Universal Archer)

 2x2Ps - the spearman is simply the Nubian auxiliary PEA6 with a new left arm and quiver.

And just to show I'm back on target, GC5 on bases and serving as Late Achaemenid mercenary Greeks

Hoping the spam issue is sorted I'm taking out the moderation requirement - but in future I will automatically delete ANY anonymous post - though to be fair this lot were by someone known to me and wasn't an attempt to fool me - he has used his name in the 200+ emails we have exchanged since November!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Garrison Saitic Egyptian DBA

Slight distraction, very minor!
Short hiatus with the Persians - sorting out a chariot for the general plus a scythed chariot for the late army.  Meanwhile, quickly painted up 24 converted Garrison Saitic Egyptian spearmen, got 12 converted Garrison Egyptian Saitic archers to paint, will actually add a couple of surplus already painted Garrison Saitic light horse archers...

  General's chariot I already have. It's an old conversion... let's see, Airfix Roman horses, Airfix Ancient Brit body built up with card, wheels from a pencil sharpener, crew 3 converted Garrison Greek archers, including Minifigs standard and Lamming shield... Charioteer originally had a whip but I don't think I'll replace it.
 Hide shield pattern has worked better than it did with the Persian levies. The head swap is a bit crude but looks OK at a distance! The figure is based on the Greek medium cavalry figure with feet turned forward and put on a base. The cavalry figure unaltered apart from a base will be used as the Greek component of my late Achaemenid army. Only thing left with this unit is to paint the spear tips.

When setting these out I thought the army has 2 2LH - it only has 1! Base needs to be repainted and I think I'll redo the ostrich plume white.

So most of it already done. I'm doing this army with a green base to match the Persians, etc,  but with 6 elements of 4Sp now done, got the General's chariot and LH, only need a dozen archers to complete it! Should be finished in a couple of days.

Further, it's an unusual and rather pleasing army in that every figure is a conversion.