Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Assyrian Wars - Scythian/Cimmerian Horse Archers

No surprise out from the painting desk today.  Nope.  More work on the Assyrian Wars project.  This time, the Assyrian Army receives recruits of the light cavalry variety.  Figures are Wargames Foundry.
Joining the swelling ranks of Assyrians, two light cavalry or 'CL' in Impetvs parlance take their place in the battle line.
Positioned on the base in a swirling motion gives the effect of the light horse archers harassing their foe by keeping a steady rain of arrows upon the enemy.  As each warrior unleashes his arrow he rotates back to reload before returning for another round.

Still more Assyrians in the queue including two more heavy chariots mustering out after the refit to a large base and additional of infantry supports.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chariot Rebasing Part II

The notion of rebasing the 28mm Assyrian chariots from one chariot per 60mm x 80mm base to one chariot per 120mm x 80mm base got a hard think following the first rebasing trial (see A Rebasing Dilemma).  It really was not a hard decision at all.  The new configuration has a pleasing look so I forged ahead with the plan to rebase the eight remaining Assyrian chariots.

Well, the next four chariots have completed their conversion including the painting of three foot figures to accompany each chariot.  Below are the results for the first four of eight chariots:

I like the look of one cart per 120mm frontage.  The addition of infantry support tends to fill out the composition of the stand so that it looks fully occupied.
For comparison, the five rebased chariots were placed in the first line with a two chariot stand equivalent in the back rank.  The single chariot with infantry support looks just as good (or better) than two chariots adjacent on half sized bases.  In battle line, shown below, it looks impressive.  
With five Assyrian chariots converted, four remain to convert.  That means another dozen infantry support needs to be painted.

That also means the sole Egyptian chariot required a conversion as well.  I like the look of it too.
All of these chariot conversions have ramifications to another project.  The 28mm Punic Wars project fields two Celtic/Gallic chariots on a single half-sized base.  Yep.  They will need conversion to two large bases as well along with painting a half-dozen infantry supports.

With thoughts of a Punic Wars game a week from today, I better get busy if the Gallic chariots are to see action on the gaming table.  The madness never ends.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Five Years Before the Screen

Five years have passed before the screen (my thanks to R.H. Dana Jr. for the catchy title which I paraphrase) since the Palouse Wargaming Journal set sail into the blogosphere.  Prodded by only slight nudging from a few friends to "get with the times," I fired up PWJ in September 2012.  My, how time flies and postings accrue.  To date, post count exceeds 800.  Never did I envision having that much material to share.  Many of the posts offer up details on recent painting output but posting units as they depart the painting desk is a good method for chronicling my collections.

Maintaining a blog I discovered to be quite rewarding.  Reporting hobby activities including both painting and playing has provided much enjoyment.  Blogging also provided an incentive and motivation to push on with "just one more unit" in a project I thought finished.  Are projects really ever truly complete?  After more than forty years in the hobby, I still have no answer although some projects remain dormant.  Maintaining the Journal through regular contributions allows me to focus catalog my efforts and track where I have tread and where the next path may lead.  I can look over my shoulder and see what went before even when memory of those activities fades.

Besides curating a large amount of information on my hobby activities, the most rewarding benefit gained is the introduction to a number of like-minded individuals.  Friendships gained through these communications are important and appreciated.

To show my appreciation and gratitude to those who stop by for an occasional visit or regular readers who not only take the time for a visit but also to compose a reply, I offer a drawing for a gift card or three.

The Rules for Contest Entry:
There are two criteria for participating in the drawing (both must be satisfied):

  1. Publicly follow the blog by clicking on the "Follow" button (if you have not already done so). 
  2. Leave a comment to this post declaring your wish be entered into the drawing. 
Get Extra Entries:
  • Top Commenter Bonus: To reward the Top Commenters and to encourage others toward more frequent contributions, the Top 10 will receive additional weightings to their entries. For the verbose Top 10, to your singular entry, you will receive additional entries equal to the inverse order of your ranking.  That is, Dartfrog gets ten more entries while Cyrus would receive one additional entry.
  • Publicize the Contest: If a contestant is, perhaps, willing to reduce the probability of winning by prompting others to join in, publicize this Give-Away on your blog.  Put a link back to your blog in the comments for verification.  In exchange for possibly diluting your change of winning, you get five extra entries.
The Prizes:
If your winning entry is pulled from the Random Sampling (without replacement) Hat, the winner will receive an electronic gift card to the wargaming vendor of your choice.  It is the winner's choice but the vendor must offer the purchase and delivery of an electronic gift card.  Amazon.com is an example of a book vendor fitting this criteria as are Eureka Miniatures, Brigade Games, and Newline Designs. There are many others.  If the winner can find a vendor offering this capability, gift card will be purchased and voucher sent on via email. 

3 x USD $25.00 Gift Cards will be awarded

Contest will close 22SEP2017.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Newline Designs' Israelite/Hebrew Spearmen

Following upon my first foray into Newline Designs' range of 28mm Biblicals with Babylonians (see Babylonian Spearmen), a dozen Israeli/Hebrew armored spearmen went onto the painting desk.
With a little more rounded sculpting style than the Perry brothers' Foundry Assyrians, these figures are quite nice.  Similar in style to the Babylonians fielded earlier, I am beginning to appreciate the differences in sculpting styles between the two manufacturers.  Newline Designs' figures that I have are a little heavier than Foundry.  I should add BTD Assyrians into the comparison as well.  To my eye, all three work well within the same army.  
Unlike the Babylonian spearmen standing, these Hebrew did not have the spear molded to the figure.  Rather, the spears are separate and made of a softer and thicker metal than the Northstar spears I typically use.  Since these spears seemed rigid enough, I opted to use them.  Time will tell if that was a wise decision.

These Newline Designs' Biblicals have a bit of Old School charm and, when purchased on sale, are a bargain.  

What is left in the painting queue?  No surprise here.  Several more units for the Assyrian Wars project are making their way through the production line.  Included in these are four more Assyrian heavy chariot upgrades to a regular-sized cavalry base (120mm x 80mm) with accompanying infantry support.  A battle array with these carts on line will be an impressive sight.  Also, my lone Egyptian heavy chariot is getting the same makeover.  That is, rebased onto a 120mm frontage with infantry support.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

More Assyrian (Chaldean) Archers

After a brief, very brief, diversion into the Reconquista project, paintwork returns to the theme of the summer; Assyrians.
In a seemingly army of archers, one more stand of archers moves out from the painting desk.  At current count, six, nine-figure Impetvs 'T' stands of such missile troops can be called upon for service.
As all Assyrian archers coming before, these figures are Wargames Foundry.  With their simple tunics, these Chaldean bowmen provide a fine example of auxiliary troops.  Still, a number of Assyrian units are marching through the painting queue including the upgrading of four of the four-horse chariots with runners and new bases.    

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Litko and Lasers!

After having grumbled more than once about the long lead times (three week turn-around is not uncommon) and high shipping costs of getting a package delivered from Litko, it is only fair to publicly update my assessment.

Taking advantage of Litko's traditional Labor Day sale, I placed an order large enough to qualify for free shipping.  Order was placed on Saturday amidst the long US Labor Day holiday weekend.  An email later that day gave notification that my package was ready for shipping.  On Saturday, the same day as order placement?  Even considering the long holiday, my package arrived in Washington State on Wednesday.  Five day turn-around from order placement to receipt with three of those days during the long three-day weekend.  Outstanding!
Recent additions to the woodpile
Better yet, Litko now offers a flat rate, standard shipping option for USD $5.00.  Excellent!

Unrelated to the woodpile resupply, I picked up a device from Amazon.com that I expect to see service as a wargame aid.  That device is a dual laser level that shoots out two orthogonal beams of light.  With help from this device, perhaps I can easily lay out a grid on a game mat?
Laser Level

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Return to the Reconquista

After a steady stream of Assyrians, another project needed a bit of attention to add variety to the painting queue.  To that end, into the painting queue went a dozen Moors from BTD's Warriors of Islam range and four, BTD Spanish bowmen.
Selected was a variety of warriors all standing with spears grounded.  All have a variety of headgear and shields. A nice mix, I think.  Soldier spear grounded is my favorite pose in the BTD range.  The pose of advancing with spear is somewhat unwieldy so having a bunch of the standing figures in The Lead Pile is welcome.  Still enough figures for several more heavy foot units await in the stockpile. 
Along with the Moorish heavy foot, across the painting desk scrambled four bowmen.  With basic wardrobe and muted colors, this quartet made it out from the workbench quickly.  It is rewarding to get quick results even though the skirmish stand holds only four figures.  
Having managed a small diversion from the Assyrian Wars project, time to put brush back to work painting Assyrians.
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