Well, been spending time getting the remainder of the Spanish ‘washed’ and rebased. The washing has gone OK. Some figures have worked better than others as I think I’ve not yet mastered the correct mix. The cavalry have come out well though and it’s made a huge difference to the horses. All the figures now have a darker look but I’m not worried about that as it makes them look well seasoned!
I’ve also painted the 12 figures I needed to make up the 3 command stands for the Scutarii and one other stand to bring them up to 3 BGs of 8 stands. These were Corvus Belli figures and are rather nice. Gluing the shields on was a bit of a faff but it was late when I did them so I think tiredness contributed to the superglued fingers!
I’d decided to paint them in the same style as the others and that meant a white undercoat. I’ve not used that for a long, long time and it is very unforgiving and doesn’t really suite my style. Ian, who did the other figures, uses Humbrol paints so putting aside most of my Vallejos I dug out some old pots of Humbrol and luckily had the flesh, red, blue and green used on the other figures. Once the wash was applied though they’ve come out nice and the unforgiving nature of the white undercoat has been placated…
Basing is mostly done so pics will follow…
And to fill in the other gaps in the army I’ve ordered:
10 Celtiberians from Donnington to make my other Celtiberians up to strength – only to find I actually had 16 bases of 3 not the 18 I’d calculated it on! Celtiberians in FoG are Heavy Foot 4 to a base and mine were done as LMI for DBM years ago. So six figures short I rummaged through the spares box and found 6 Donningtons – 2 Celtiberians, 1 Carthaginian, 2 Scutarii and a naked Gaul! They’ll fit in though!
6 Spanish Cavalry from Donnington – I had 2 stands of these for my DBM army so they need making up to 4.
From Essex: 3 packs of Spanish Cavalry for another 4 stand BG, 2 packs and command of Carthaginian veterans to make an 8 stand BG.
I also have the Corvus Belli to make up a couple of Command elements as well.
Gauls: I’ve always need the Gauls for my Cathaginians. I have 6 stands of cavalry and Ian traded me 6 packs of Gallic foot. I also spotted what look like 6 stands of Gallic cavalry on eBay and they arrive tomorrow. And as I need command stands for the foot I have ordered the relevant packs from Corvus Belli direct. More painting…. 🙂
So that is the current state of play. Pics of the finished Spanish should be up by the weekend.
That’s all for now.