Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 21, 2020

Wargames Atlantic Irish Chariot

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Plastic Figures, Victrix, Wargames Atlantic — gisby @ 14:40

I made an Irish Chariot for my Wargames Atlantic Irish: I used a Victrix chariot, because I had one.

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The Warrior is Wargames Atlantic, and the driver is the original Victrix driver – With his knee breeches he is far more accurate as Irish than he is as a Briton or Gaul. He has a Wargames Atlantic Irish head, though. The two figures scale well together, and the head fit like it was made for him.

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The dogs running alongside are WA as well – If you do this, be careful. I have noticed the tendency is to pick it up by the dogs, and since they each have two feet on the ground, they flex alarmingly.

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The gawdawful plastic reins have been replaced with crochet cotton. The shield is painted freehand. It probably shouldn’t have a design, but people seem to expect one…

I had to enlarge the base a bit for the length of the chariot, and the width of the dogs

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The Victrix Chariot is a nice kit, but has a lot of pieces for a wargames model. It also seems a bit large, but Victrix figures are pretty big, so it fits with them. The driver is more suited to Irish or Cisalpine Gauls than Britons, but that worked out well for me.

December 17, 2019

RENEGADE Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, RENEGADE Miniatures — gisby @ 16:57

No surprise, I have a bunch of RENEGADE Celts. They are tall, hefty figures, well-detailed, and well sculpted. Their swords are a bit big, but could be worse.

The pictures are a bit overexposed,  sorry.

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My one and only RENEGADE chariot. Compared to my other chariots, it’s huge. The base is still OK at 40mm width, but it had to be lengthened to fit the chariot.

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12 Gallic cavalry. They too tower over my other cavalry, those horses are big. They barely fit on the 20mm x 40mm bases.

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3 units of 50 LMI. They are a mix of all the various packs. RENEGADE has/had 4 packs of warriors, plus slingers and archers.

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To get maximum variety in the units, I took packs of slingers and archers and converted them to spearmen.

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I painted and based them all, then separated them into 50-man units.

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I’m left with an extra 16 figures, to be mixed in with some of my other random Celts.renli

There’s a 12-man LI javelin unit converted from archers…. Shields are thumb tacks, javelins are wire.

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And 12 archers with no conversion.

Nice figures, and big enough to have held their own against scale creep. I like ’em. I wish RENEGADE was still in production.

 

October 21, 2018

Wargames Factory Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Wargames Factory — gisby @ 16:39

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Although this is rather out-of-date, I love the Wargames Factory Celtic Chariots. So very much. A plastic model that makes three Celtic chariots? Just wonderful.

I’ll be honest. I don’t love the Wargames Factory Celtic infantry. The poses are sort of iffy, and they really take a fair amount of work to get them to look normal. But they beat out the competition in many ways. (NB This was before the Victrix Celts, who look quite lovely)

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Their poses, iffy or not, were far better than the Warlord Celts who all seemed to be imitating Christ on the Cross. And their shields – o joy – were gems. Thin, well-shaped, and lots of them. Warlord supplied oddly-shaped targes, and nowhere enough for the figures unless they included supplemental metal shields. (Although that might have been their plan, so they could use the Celts as other types.)

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At this point, I have built enough WF Celts that I know what works with what, and what arms don’t fit, etc. I also replace all weapons with hammered wire. As a result, I have come to appreciate them more than I originally did. The figure mix on my units is also different because I have a lot of chariot crew figures mixed in – I used infantry figures on the chariots for variety.

I have several other units of WF Celts, but to be honest, they all look much the same.

The pictures below are my first WF Celts. I took a 32-man box and split it in two to make different troops, just to see.

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The first unit is a group of Caledones, a group living between the Picts and Britannia. They have Pictish-styled shields and tattoos, but wear trousers. Their hair has been filled out with putty.

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The last group is Gauls or Britons. Like the troops above their hair has been filled out with putty.

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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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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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