|The work bench in the lead-up to Christmas. My light infantry are made up,|
and a couple of Zvezda war engines are nearing completion.
As regular readers of this blog will know, painting figures is not my favourite part of the hobby. Nevertheless, I really like these Victrix plastic figures and painting them has so far been no real problem. Despite this, I am always on the lookout for ploys to maintain enthusiasm. My latest idea was that I could construct and base up the figures, then use them unpainted in a small solo test game which would help in developing the rules.
|I still haven't finally decided on names for the 2 fictional countries which will command my small armies.|
Using Hyperboria and Hyrkania is tempting, but maybe I need to put my own stamp on this project.
|The defenders of the hill are losing. It would seem aggressive tactics can work with the rules as they are.|
A couple of SYW generals act as command figures pro tem.
Since the above photos were taken, I have managed to get some more painting done, with the results seen below.
|Three units of heavy infantry now completed (rear), with Victrix archers and slingers in front. |
Each unit has 2 officers and a musician, which are important to the rules.
|Victrix slingers. A very easy painting job.|
|Zvezda catapult, crewed by lightly converted Victrix light infantry.|
The Victrix light cavalry and javelinmen are still looking rather grey, but they are next on my painting list. Then it will be time for another order. I think the next tranche will have to be metal figures, probably from Warlord Games, in order to get some heavy cavalry, mounted archers and command figures into the collection.
Unsurprisingly, I have also added some books to my shelves to add more old school ancients inspiration, notably Mr Featherstone's Wargaming: Ancient and Medieval Periods and Wargames Through The Ages Volume 1: A Wargaming Guide 3000BC to 1500AD. Both will definitely come in handy. I also now have the Kindle edition of Tony Bath's Ancient Wargaming, one of the reprints put out by John Curry. Excellent as this series is, I reckoned that the rather low production standards common to these books would mean I wasn't missing much by getting it on my Kindle. In this I think I was right, but the text itself will be indispensable in my quest to get the right feel for this project.