Saturday, January 28, 2017

Late Roman Scale Comparison

My opinion is that all of the figures are compatible.  The largest scale difference is in the GB plastic infantry. The plastics are shorter than the metal ranges as per usual it seems. GB metals seem to have different sizes between their own figures. West Wind minis are slightly thinner and are either the same height or shorter than the larger/ thicker GB figures.  
The largest differences in the cavalry comes from the horse height. The Cataphract horse and Arthur are shorter than the other footsore horses.
L to R: Footsore, West Wind, Footsore, West Wind, Footsore, Footsore Arthur

L to R: West Wind, Footsore Cataphract, Footsore, West Wind

L to R: GB (thin sculpt), GB, West Wind, GB, West Wind, GB (thin), West Wind, GB

L to R: West Wind, GB, West Wind, Unarmored GB, PLastic GB, West Wind, GB

Friday, January 27, 2017

Late Roman/Arthurian Army musters

I finally finished the Footsore Cataphracts (3 more GB Cataphracts are near completion) and plastic GB unarmored infantry. The westwind and footsore cavalry, and the westwind/GB heavy infantry have been done for some time. Some of the Bannermen pictured are still incomplete. Still on the painting queue are Black Tree and GB plastic armored infantry and GB plastic archers.
The buildings are built from cork tile, corrugated cardboard roofs, and various popsicle stick/matchstick/coffee stirrers for doors,windows, and trim. 

West Wind and Footsore Cavalry

West Wind and GB metal armored infantry and more Cav

Plastic GB unarmored infantry and Footsore Cataphracts

The attacking germans are warlord and Black Tree

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Large Update

Hello Wargaming Community
I think 2016 was at the top of my mini painting productivity, so thats good. But it seems my photos, uploaded from my phone to google plus to the blog, are not being seen by many browsers. The problem exists on the Lead adventure forum as well, where it seems the vast majority of users cant see the photos. Oh well, any tips to get my photos seen are welcomed.  Anyway the stuff you've all been waiting for the eye candy (if you can see it).
(I did these pictures straight from the phone which is usually successful)

This photo features warlord ancient germans attacking GB and west wind late romans, surrounded by my cork tile and corrugated cardboard buildings.

Some new terrain pieces. the Stone work is all dollarstore foamboard (dollarstore foamboard contains an easily removed paper surface, the expensive brands are exceedingly difficult to remove the paper layer)

Dollar store foamboard carvings

Pillars from corrugated cardboard, beads and cork tile top. Bases are all cardboard. The runied column was filled with paper towel and glue covered with sand.

The WIP of the Administrative building

First Mediterranean test house

Tomb Cairn, cardboard base, Foamboard door, and aluminum foil over watered/pva'd paper towel for strength.

The foamcore carvings. I tried to make a skyrim type door. A useful Tip for door making: I carved out the door like an idiot, but wanted the door trim features to be raised. The door shouldve been one piece with the trim included, and then apply additional foam layer for the raised surface. 

More foam carving. I used a metal tipped pen to carve.

Stair case of foamboard

water/pva'd paper towel rolled into a circle. Once dry covered in hot glue.

These two were the same method but with sand applied to the center.

Here's the first one with an endless whole at the center and figure for scale with the cairn.

GB plastic Romans, with some GB Saxon heads, and my Third Mediterranean building. 

Black Tree Germans, really love these models!

GB pagan Rus Varjazi, really love these guys.

GB 6th Century Saxons.  The three of those helmets are dated to the 7th/8th centuries, but they really embody both a nordic and post roman aesthetic. The sculpts are a bit thinner than more recent GB sculpts. Still love these guys, because those helmets are my favorite Nordic Helms.

Reaper Bones Ogre, easy enough to paint

Footsore Miniatures Roman Cataphracts, more great Minis. The footsore cataphracts are slightly smaller than the GB cataphracts. I will have comparison photos shortly.

Black Tree King I painted a while ago, but I added the white patterning onto his clothes. I bought a super thin tipped brush recently from michael's craft store, making this pattern absurdly simple to achieve.