Sunday, October 3, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Anyway, lets get into details;
Browsing which figures I should paint, of my myriad of soldiers, a good few years ago, I chose the Nubians, as I had too many ancients in dark green, that made wargaming battles awkward, and so that they look more proper, as they are some of the soldiers that improves more when painted. The set is a bit on the boring side, and so I made a few modifications. My principal criticism is that the figures themselves, the faces don't look african, they look to me a bit semitic. In this respect, I prefer the Hat Nubians, at least for the faces.
Anyway, the main modifications was making a diplomat, as in some egyptian frescoes, and giving some weapons besides archers, as they had to battle with something when in close combat! far too many archers! and I tried to break a bit the uniformity, main issue with Caesars, reducing or adding feathers, etc.
Without further ado, the Nubians! in battle against Nuba peoples, which although very similar, must not confused with them , depicting some of the battles in their southern frontiers, lost now to history. These are Airfix and Hat figures, which I will properly take pictures at some other time .
Sunday, September 5, 2021
This are some soldiers I painted a very long time ago, but only made pictures this last week.
They depict some of the many Indo Greek Kingdoms that appeared after Alexander, properly the Yavana kingdom more likely.
Inspired by Rome II, and as much historical sources as possible. Not much is known about them, Greeks in the area intermixed gradually until losing their language and culture.
I had these spear Macedonian Cavalry with some damage, and I thought it would be cool to paint them and modify them a bit. I added two foot slingers that had around, and made some slight modifications to make them more "Hindi", and with their skin colour, considering there had been intermixing for a good few centuries.
Hope you like them :P .
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Ancient 1/72 Siege Weapons Scratchbuilt; Chinese siege scythe, hand mangonel, Triple ballista, Roman battering hand
These summer days I've entertained myself with ancient wargames, and making some ancient weapons
. Still unpainted, although when painted they will not change much
(some inkings to make look the wood old, as they are basically made out
of wood for more realism) and changing the rubber bands to brown ones at
least, as they are all really working!
From left to right;
Chinese Siege Rake; based on historical drawings, the chinese had this kind of huge "scythe" or "rake", to destroy battlements or crush people on the wall . Slightly loosely based, out my memory after having looked many times at it. According to greek historians, a similar thing (in scythe form) was used in a siege in Anatolia.
Hand mangonel; the most basic and primitive catapult, one that was just pulled by hand . Actually working, I can throw rocks on my unsuspecting minis . Based on a chinese model, but the same concept would be used by Mongols, Byzantines and others.
Triple ballista; a concept invented by Chinese again, apparently to achieve a tremendous strength. I added wheels to aid in transportation . I tried to make it work somehow using it's three "bows", but I didn't manage it so the back two are just decorative .
Finally, a roman "battering" hand . This one is basically my own invention. A bit inspired by Archimedes hook, which some 18th century painters depicted as a hand. I went a bit further and used an articulated hand of an action figure, as considering something that might have been invented to grip enemy ladders and siege engines .
Here are the other soldiers I've managed to sculpt, mould and cast this summer, Arameans. Here are the pictures of the casted result, I've done them
in two plastics. I plan on maybe painting the prototypes, and maybe
casting in a third colour, as to represent the many Aramean kingdoms of
I only made 5 poses, but I modified them to give a bit more of life. I might do a few more in the future, to complement the ranks, if I find more time and more info about them.
Now I plan to maybe doing White Huns, I'll see if I have time before September when I start work again!