Friday, 15 November 2019

Another D&D Commission - Part 2

Part 2 of the D&D Commission

This post is about the 28mm Wizkids Female Tiefling Rogue as sold by Wayland Games product code WZK73339

I basically copied the website picture because I could not find anything better to use as a painting reference.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

English Standard Wagons Commission

Two English Standard Wagons Commission

Bob at the club is building a Richard the Lionheart Crusader Army and an Anglo-Norman army and wanted two standard wagons for these armies. He purchased a couple of wagons from Essex Miniatures but asked me to provide the wagon guards etc.

To be honest I think the horses and oxen Essex provided were not that good. The horses are more suitable for a much later period and their oxen are quite small.

First thing I did was swap these out for some nicer oxen from my spares bag. Two Auroch sized Falcon Figures oxen for the Crusaders and two older Minifigs oxen for the English wagon.

The wagon guards for the Crusaders are Gladiator FE22 Flemish Spearmen from my recent purchase which meant I didn't have to paint them up on the off chance they would sell on EBay and the English wagon guards are some spare Essex spearmen with earlier teardrop shields. The Anglo-Norman wagon will do for the Early Crusaders army too at a push despite the Banner of St Cuthbert Bob requested I use. This wagon didnt come with a standard but luckily I had a spare Minifigs one left over from my previous workings on making standard wagons.

Bob wants to base them himself so they are unbased ready for delivery.

Essex MFPE Carroccio as supplied sans motive power

Gladiator FE22 Flemish Spearmen

Falcon Figures Oxen from my spares box

Essex Miniatures WAG1 Open Wagon converted to standard wagon

Essex mixed MID32 & MID34 Spearmen

Old Minifigs Oxen from my spares box

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Another 28mm D&D Commission - Part 1

When I Am Given An Offer I Can't Refuse!

Someone I know plays D&D and asked me to paint up some more 28mm figures for their D&D mates. I can't refuse as it will make for domestic chaos if I do! There are four in all, three are from Wizkids and the forth an unknown metal casting. 

The first up is a Male Human Barbarian.

They are sold by Wayland Games in Essex amongst various retailers, Product code WKZ73413.

I don't really paint up 28mm scale figures and rarely paint up any fantasy stuff so it allows me to test my painting skills way out of my comfort zone.  It was an interesting fantasy commission to paint up and made a change from the usual Feudal Commissions I have had of late. More on those in a subsequent blog.

Like before the figure required minimal preparation as they are supposed to be painted out of the packet.

I used the retail image as a painting guide along with another picture I have been given and drew inspiration from Hercules, Conan and the Beastmaster.

The other three are on my painting table and will be blogged in due course once I have finally completed the Feudal commission I currently have.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Lurkio Germanic Warriors Reimagined as Feudal Auxilia

Discontinued Lurkio Germanic Warriors Repurposed

On the 4th October 2019 I purchased a special end of line deal of what should have been a bag of 48 discontinued Lurkio Germanic Warriors Code VGB05 there were no shields as these were the old style castings that came in two parts. I had looked at them and realised that with the purchase of some loose shields elsewhere they would be ideal to turn into generic Feudal/Early Medieval Auxilia. Including postage I ended up paying £18-75 for what turned out to be a bag of 83 castings in three poses. There were 23 thrusting castings, 32 running castings and 28 standing armoured castings. One of those had a broken spear but since I didn't plan to use them at this time it meant I only needed to source suitable shields for 48 castings. Whilst looking on Ebay on the 24th October I found a listing for 40 Lurkio round shields which I bid on and won for £4 and was happy to find out I received 44 shields in the post meaning I was only short of 4 suitable shields which I had in my spare parts bag. This meant I had sufficient castings to create 16 elements of Irr Ax O for the grand total of £22-75 which will be ideal to use in almost any feudal or medieval army from 900 AD onwards. 

As is usual for my figures they are mounted on MDF bases, finished with Vallejo Earth Brown Past, edged with Dark Brown and completed with small rocks and a mixture of tufts from Micks Bits.

The now discontinued sculpts are very nice and would easily add into their remastered one piece castings range. They will also do for Irr Wb O or Irr Bd F at a push if I am short of elements in another army.

The left over castings which I may eventually paint up or sell on as they are not needed for my own collection. If they are any use send me a message and you can save me the bother of thinking about painting them!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Final Batch of Gladiator/Blackhat Feudal Spearmen and Some Crossbowmen

Finally Completed my Feudal Infantry for the 12th Century

With this blog entry I have now completed the planned replacement of my 12th C Feudal Spearmen along with the unplanned replacement of some 12th C Regular Crossbowmen.
All the of figures are from Gladiator/Blackhat which I purchased at 25% off due to Vexillia having an end of discontinued range clearance sale due to his ceasing to sell this figure range after its sale to Fighting15's. The figures are excellent sculpts and I now have 34 mixed posed spearmen left over along with 36 more crossbowmen still to paint but these are not going into my collection unless I decide to replace some of my Irr Bw O elements.

The Codes from Fighting15's are FE21, 21 & 22. I freely mixed up what I purchased and have no proper idea which specific code the spearmen are from now! The first batch are generic and suitable for my Communal Italian army and others that use Town Militias etc. These finally complete the 32 elements I wanted to have.

This batch were painted using a shield sheet of English coats of arms for the 12th C that I found on the WWW as a point of reference. Each shield is hand painted and these elements give me the sixteen other elements I wanted for variety.

Last up are the crossbowmen code FE25 Italian Crossbowmen, though the label is just a guide as this armour was common to most of Western Europe, I had some Falcon Figures that I wanted to replace, so they are on EBay and these have replaced them in my 12th C army collection.

All of the sculpts were well designed and painted up easily.