Sunday, January 21, 2018

a base for the the Ampitheatre ...

pulled out the ampitheatre pieces today to make a base for the arena.

for the base I decide to use some Daler mounting board and some sandy look fabric
 The arena was setup on the sheet of mounting board on and drawn round to get the shape; this was cut out and then covered with the fabric (using some strong glue for the edges and dabs of PVA in the middle); after that I covered some offcuts with stone flagstone paper sheet for the entrance area...
 The entrance area ...
 on the finished base I used some sploshes of PVA and some different colours of sandy scatters to improve the look....
gladiators to paint and some spectators to do ....

Saturday, January 20, 2018

final tweak to the auxiliaries (WIP)

the Italeri Roamns that I am using for my new auxiliary unit have had their heads replaced with some later style helmets (mix of Call-To-Arms and Toyway Heroic ones)
in addition I altered the signifier so that the standard is held on a piece of wire (the plastic being a bit weak) - now they can join the paint queue.

The roman auxiliary cavalry awaits 2 more horses to be obtained and to add the riders before I get them ready for painting.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Roman cavalry - basic conversions done...

The aim was to get the spears, heads and shields better for the figures I had originally made up and to add to these to increase the size of the unit.  I used the best candidate figures from the Italeri plastic cavalry and added 4 more to make the unit up to 10 in total; shields are from the the Italeri roman infantry and the new heads from Timpo Toyway romans
will now have to fix and fill .....out with the green stuff ...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Roman cavalry - collecting bits together ....

decided to sort out the roman cavalry - bought a couple of boxes of plastic roman cavalry. All the bits available out for investigation and decisions on best conversion/modification methods.
one possibility is to sculpt and cast a rider - with only 12 or so figures not a runner; I like to get 30+ figs out of a mould to make it worthwhile in terms of cost and effort

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Escort the druid...

On the northern frontier, the romans are hunting for one of last remaining druids.  A party of Gauls is trying to get the druid to the forest and then on south-west to the safety of Queen Gargamantua's territory....

the Gauls escorting the druid move through the woodland towards the forest ....
they move out of the woodland into a small valley with stream running through it .....
a small group of romans blunder into the group as they move forward, they fall back after being fired on by the gallic archers...
the Gauls now move a little more cautiously, their scouts encounter another group of romans
the Gauls prepare to attack the romans, their slingers and archers pick off a couple of romans...
the romans fall back too the cover of the rocks, those in the open are attacked by the Gauls ....
the romans are badly mauled and form a tight group in the safety of the rocks, meanwhile the Gauls move forward -with the druid being escorted towards the river - the gallic scouts have spotted more romans by the ford over the river
as the Gauls move to distract the romans by the ford they keep up pressure on the romans in the rocks using their slingers and archers ...
the druid and his escort have reached the river, but to their dismay they find more romans in position on the far bank between them and the forest ....
the gallic warriors charge across the river with the druid to their left, the romans throw their pilums to great effect and the most of them are hit ...
the romans move forward to try and get to the druid while they fight off other Gauls who have crossed the river ...
the romans beat back the attacking Gauls and capture the druid....
the romans start to close in on the remaining Gauls who fall back and make their escape....

Monday, November 13, 2017

Roman Galley and crew ...

The basic crew have been painted up now, so the Playmobil galley is out for a short sailing session on the table ....






Sunday, November 5, 2017

Roman Mounted officers ....

I used two Italeri Fabri horses and riders to make some roman mounted officers; gave them arms with swords and Timpo Toyway heads - followed by a overall re-paint. A useful addition to my selection of roman officers