Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Persian spara unit finished

I've now got all 4 spara units completed for the Early Persian Army though the I do intend to do a 'new' Saka unit. I went with red because I liked both the red and blue Immortal elements, will only use 1 of them in this army, and prefer the blue unit.

Of the robed figure conversions I think the Persians are far less successful than the Immortals or Medes. The head coming from a smaller and earlier figure in the PE Range it doesn't quite fit correctly.

I think I may also need to touch a few figures up, especially the back of the standard.

I think the front view tends to show the awkward angle a couple of the heads are at.  Still, they do the job.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The rabble

One of my earlier conversions was to sort a Persian infantry figure with a spear and large wicker shield. The figure it was based on was itself an early Garrison figure - smaller than most of the others, not as well sculpted really but also very useful as a basis for conversion work. I haven't really produced as many of this conversion as I had intended but it does make a very useful 'rabble' figure for both Achaemenids and Sassanids.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Early Persian DBA update

The problem with blogging, then painting a unit, then blogging is time between blogs...

So thought I'd do an update on the current mini project, the Garrison DBA Early Achaemenid army.

This is the present state of affairs, a mix of newly-done, old 'spares' and a couple of 'placeholders.'

The four 4Bw elements will eventually be 'new' Immortals, robed Persian, robed Mede and Saka. At the moment I still don't have enough robed Persian figures so a second element of Immortals is standing in. Likewise, I have yet to paint another Saka/Scythian element so an element from the main army  is on secondment (as is the Saka cavalry element.)

The cavalry are a newly painted unit of Guard cavalry - like the colour scheme so may do a full size unit later - and a light cavalry Saka element.

When I paint large infantry units I usually paint a few 'spares.' In this case, Theban hoplites and Persian archers to act as the 4Sp and 3Bw elements. Both original units are still intact and are 48 figure/12 element units.   I hadn't noticed the mark on the front of the rear archer - happily, I have two of these elements spare so can always use the other one!

Still working on the other elements for the army and could yet change the ones above anyway. One thing I haven't decided on - do I do another Persian General's chariot? Most of the other Persian/Mede combos have one of their own and I like chariots so...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

First of the new Persians

Well, did the first test runs on the new moulds - be a while before I've got them fully sorted. I'm also continuing with the 8Bw elements of Immortals and have completed another one.

This is the current state of play, 3 Immortal 8Bw elements and 1 Mede 8Bw element.

I like the colour scheme on the new Immortal element - could be convinced to use it for a full sized unit. On the other hand, it's another 'blue' unit.

Only managed to produce 6 useable Medes on the test run so added an officer and standard bearer. The figures themselves are not quite as good as the Immortal figure - the hat and hair simply being from the officer figure is not as convincing as I would like. It's a green unit, which I'm short of, so does suffer a bit from 'green overload' with the base.

So overall a reasonable start, need to get a few more of the robed Persian archers for the next element.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Garrison converted Immortals.

I tried putting the body of the Achaemenid Guard cavalry figure on a number of robed bodies - Immortal, Assyrian bow/spear/shield - and had a mould made. This was quite a while ago - just checked November 2014 -  and I finally got round to starting to paint them. Then stopped.

OK, perhaps some kind of burn out, so new tack. I'm painting them up as separate elements now in different colours. First two (red and brown robes) completed and look pretty good.

Meanwhile, I also produced a few other figures and I recently sent them away to be put into moulds. The estimated time of delivery of the moulds was to be about 23rd April, haven't got them back yet...

When I do, current intention is to make up a DBA army or 3.  4 8Bw elements per DBA army will be needed so for each I will do 1 of robed Mede archers, 1 of robed Persian archers and 1 of my Scythian conversions.

Meanwhile, some other elements have been started, including an element of Blues...

I'll probably be using the spear armed 'new' figures for earlier Mede/Persian armies in the same way as I did for my Minifigs Mede army.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Another Persian general plus cavalry

The cavalry are the last completed unit of the currently stalled Garrison Persian units - 3 units of cavalry and 1 of Immortals seem to be 'stuck'. The chariot was put together as a one-off unsticking tool...

Garrison 25mm Persian chariot, 20mm Roman horses, converted Phrygian axeman as charioteer and cavalry general as general. Worked out OK - not happy about the crew, not very impressive. I think I chose the wrong figures. Also, they are tending to flop towards each other. Chariot itself works though. Think I should probably have painted an emblem on the side - could add one later. Perhaps I should also think of decorations for the general's cloak?

The fact that chariot and cavalry are all blue is probably just coincidence.

Friday, 26 May 2017

A couple of old A13s

Having a general mooch around and came across these two.

No idea how long ago since I carved them, 40 years? - the guns, I remember, are needles from a sewing machine. That's about all I can remember about them.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Camels again

As a follow on to my last post the camels are finished. I did 6 and they don't have a driver (?) - probably should have done a couple more, but...

Anyway, turned out better than I possibly expected. Usually I would have these 3 to a base but I thought that would be a bit too congested. Might add shields all round to all of the figures as well.

Next ones to consider in this line would be fake elephants. These were supposed to have been used by the mythical Queen Semiramis of Assyria as part of an army invading India - the idea being that Assyrians didn't have any elephants and didn't want to feel disadvantaged. So perhaps I'll look at this possibility when I next look at the Garrison Assyrians.

Actually, thinking about it, the next camel unit will probably be one using the other Garrison camel rider.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Back to painting cavalry

Although there are digressions re infantry and paint stripping I should point out that I'm still continuing to build up the cavalry force. Basic painting system I'm using is grey undercoat then oversprayed with a couple of different browns to give the horse colour. After that, normal painting.

A couple of photos showing the 3 squadrons currently being processed.

  PEC3 is the cavalryman with spear and shield. Not the most authentic of figures, I'm painting loads of these up because they're on the same moulds of the ones I want.

PEC4 is going to be used in the later armies - dress would be more appropriate to earlier armies and is straight out of Funken.

PEC6 is supposed to be the cataphract figure. However, armament matches earlier cavalry with spear/bow/shield - so used as Early cavalry up to Cunaxa on an unarmoured horse. Might add a unit or two on armoured horses later.

Friday, 5 May 2017

In the pot (2) - Persian light cavalry conversions

Many years ago when I first bought Garrison I used to try and make my own moulds using the Tiranti system. I also went through a phase of producing various conversions. Two of these were Persian light cavalry figures based on the javelin/bow/shield figure - one horse archer, the other with two javelins. A unit of each was cast, painted and enrolled in the Royal Army.

Sadly, no more could be made and 'bought' moulds had other priorities. However, I'm going through another mould making phase - 4 moulds on order at the moment - and decided to build up these two figures. So I've been quietly stripping the paint off 6 of each and they're in the final phase...

The intention is to use 3 of each as cavalry masters and put the other 3 on bases as infantry masters - it's worked well with a lot of other cavalry figures and should give me some useful additions.

I wish Garrison had made professional versions of all these years ago...

Thursday, 4 May 2017

In the pot.

Sometimes you start painting a unit and you know the colours aren't right. In between cavalry units I thought I'd do another infantry unit but... colurs aren't right...

 So in the pot it goes.

And the pot joins all the other pots.

Why do I keep thinking that, one day, a bunch of miniature Martians or zombies is going to get out around here?

Monday, 1 May 2017

Garrison Camel Corps

Not many posts in April because I'm busy building up the Garrison Persian cavalry. One part of the cavalry that has been sadly neglected over the years has been the Camel Corps. I've now started to address that issue, so here is the first squadron finished.

Meanwhile, the some of the 'normal' cavalry are out as well. Still quite a way to go with these, - several more heavy cavalry units needed and I haven't really started on the lights yet.

Monday, 17 April 2017

'S' Range Egyptian army

Although most of these figures have appeared in previous posts it's always nice to put all of the figures of a particular army together. In this case, just one unit away from completing this army... which would mean a couple of units being 'bumped' into other Divisions.

The army is formed from 4 Divisions - Amun, Pre, Sutekh and Ptah. Each Division apart from Ptah consists of a scout cavalry force, a chariot unit, 2 close order spear/blade units, 1  close order archery unit and a light infantry unit. Roughly 84 infantry, 4 chariots and 6 cavalry. Ptah is the 'foreign' Division, Nubian/Kushite. More archers than spears and commanded by a Kushite commander. The Pharaoh has a separate 'Guard' chariot unit.

These photos show the army with Amun and Pre in front, Sutekh and Ptah behind while the Pharaoh and his squadron lead from the front.

This shows the ranks a bit better -  Pharaoh in front, then cavalry/chariots, then infantry.

The Pharaohs squadron.

Right flank, Amun in front, Sutekh behind.

The left flank, Pre backed by Ptah. Pre has it's own 'general', as does Ptah. The Pharaoh would normally be with Amun so perhaps I should sort a general for Sutekh...