Gisby's Gaming Blog

October 6, 2016

Irregular Miniatures Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Irregular Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures — gisby @ 17:39

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These are Irregular Miniatures Celts, the three Command figures plus some of the variants of IP29 and IP30. They provide a nice 15-figure General and bodyguard unit.

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These are the Command figures (IP40 a, b, c), unmodified except for replacing the standard shaft with wire.

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The spearmen come with open hands for the wire spears supplied.

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I have heard Irregular described as ‘Old School’ wargaming figures, and I suppose they are. But Irregular was providing codes with head, equipment, and pose variations long before it became fashionable.

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It’s actually nice to see figures that aren’t waving their arms about pointlessly: They fit on their bases and rank up nicely.

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May 30, 2016

Amazon Peltasts

Filed under: Ancients, Moonraker Miniatures — gisby @ 16:44

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When Moonraker Miniatures made the Ludus Gladiators available, I was pleased as punch. I had wanted to make a unit of peltasts from their female gladiator (GLAD07) but she was only available as part of a pre-painted set.

Now it was possible to do so.

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I replaced the swords with wire javelins.

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Because the figures have a wide metal belt and strap-on greaves, they look more Italian than Greek, so I tried to paint the tunics appropriately. But since they are fantasy figures (Amazons) so long as they are colourful they look OK.

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They are based as regular LMI for WRG 6th ed.

 

July 13, 2015

Wargames Factory Romans

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

The Wargames Factory Romans were designed for a set of rules that uses 16-man units. The box comes with 48 figures, giving you 2 distinct units. Each unit is made up of 12 identical infantry and 4 Command figures. You can of course mix things up if you so choose. I chose instead to use two boxes to make 3 24-man units.

Each figure has a body, 2 arms, a head, and a shield. There are 3 different bodies, 4 different weapon arms, 2 different heads, and only one style of shield arm and shield. Since the shield arms are all the same, and made for the same pose, they could have come attached to the figure, it would have made it all easier!

The three bodies are: Standing, standing with legs a bit farther apart, and standing a bit hunched over.

The first unit is made from the standing figure. I used the ‘sword held upright’ arm, and removed the sword, drilling it for a wire pilum. The Officer and Standard Bearer are in this same pose, so I used them in this unit.

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The second unit is made from the crouching guy. I used the ‘throwing pilum’ arm: I cut off the shoulder and glued it to hold an upright wire pilum. I then rebuilt the shoulder with putty. The musician is in the same pose as this figure, so I used him as the Standard Bearer in this unit.

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I painted them in appropriate colours and used a brown Magic Wash over the whole. I am happy with the results.

When the set came out, it was criticized for having soft detail, but they paint up well, and the shields are amazing. Built the way these have been, they rank up well, even on the 15mm wide bases I use.

The third unit isn’t done yet! To make it up to you, here’s a shot of a Peltast unit made from their Numidians box set. Enjoy!

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These figures are available through Wargames Factory.

June 29, 2015

Some Random Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Irregular Miniatures, Wargames Foundry — gisby @ 00:01

When I started Ancients Wargaming  40+ years ago, the first army I built was Ancient Britons. I was enamoured of the Chariots and wild infantry, still no doubt influenced by ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ and the Airfix Ancient Britons. Since then, I have built Gallic, Galatian, and Pictish armies, filling shelves with plaid and chariots. There were Minifigs, Hinchliffe, Lamming, Ral Partha, and everything under the sun. The units were very mixed.

In fact, the Gallic army was made in order to use up the extra figures I’d acquired when making my Britons.

I haven’t been an active Ancients gamer in over 20 years. This hasn’t stopped me from adding to my Celtic hordes, I now have several armies worth of Celts, they are just not organized into a formal army. Sometimes I just get samples, sometimes I just go nuts.

I’ll start with the samples.

Alternative Armies: These figures are from their Celtic Myth range. The infantry look very much like Old Glory both in style and size. The Warlord on shield I particularly like, in spite of the follower in a breech cloth. (All weapons have been replaced with wire. His spear is a clumsy attempt at a flamberge-style spearhead.)

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I bought the Prince August 28mm Celtic moulds when they were on sale. I have yet to produce any decent figures from them. They do however sell Command sets precast. They are expensive, and a bit bigger than the figures in the moulds, but they are nice nonetheless. One-piece castings.

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Mirliton has a selection of Celts in their range, Weapons and shields are separate and quite fine, although I have replaced all the weapons.

The first three in the third picture are their nude fanatics, the rest are run-of-the-mill warrior types. There are several duplicates, as they don’t have a lot of different types.

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In spite of being their webmaster for years, I never got many of Wargames Foundry‘s Celts, even though they have several beautiful ranges. I have one chariot, one infantry, and one cavalry and that’s about it.

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I’m also a big fan of Irregular Miniatures, but have only a chariot from their range. (Since I  made this post I have bought more. See: Irregular Miniatures Celts)

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June 15, 2015

Warrior Miniatures 25mm Celts & Gauls

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

Warrior Miniatures has several under-appreciated ranges useful for building or filling out 25-28mm Celtic forces. They are also economical, especially if purchased in armies.

The first is listed as 25mm ‘Celts’, and is illustrated on their Gallery Pages. All figures are open-handed, with separate spears and shields. I have replaced the cast spears with wire spears.

Detail tends to be a bit soft, but it’s there, and the anatomy is good. Shields are held in front of the body, and they aren’t waving weapons around like they’ve never seen one before. They mix well in size with other ranges listed as 28mm.

The range has three cavalry types, one in mail, two without. There is only one horse pose, but it’s not bad-looking.

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I thoroughly recommend their Chariot. Mainly because I sculpted it. (Actually, they had the crew, ponies and wheels, so I sculpted the rest of the chariot. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I encourage everyone to buy a unit or two of them.)
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The range has 8 various infantry that paint up quite well. They are mostly rather sedate, but look good in units, and rank well on bases.

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There is also a range of ‘Gauls,’ rather more spirited, and with a bit of a ‘Victorian illustration’ look to them. There are seven infantry poses plus a single cavalry pose.

They are a slightly smaller 25mm, but not so different that they do not mix well. They are cast with spears and shields in place, I have replaced the spears with wire spears. The cast-on spears tend to be a bit thick but aren’t hard to remove.

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The horse for the mounted warrior is small, more of a pony, making him more suitable for British cavalry than Gallic .You could of course remount him on a larger horse. I like the figure very much though.

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In the mixed group below, the figure with the yellow shield is from the Celts range, the rest are Gauls. There is a slight size difference, but if mixed in a unit, it would not really be noticeable.

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There are also a pair of Celts in their ‘Macedonian and Punic Wars’ range, similar in style  to the ‘Celts’ with separate weapons and shields.

The figures are available from Warrior Miniatures

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