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The aim was to get the spears, heads and shields better for the figures I had originally made up and to add to these to increase the size of the unit.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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

In the garden ...

The governor takes a break from work and goes for a stroll in the garden with his wife ...
(Notes: a couple of borders borrowed from Wittenberg palace gardens..)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

street fountain ...

To finish off this round of my roman civilian building works I made up a small street fountain; a  simple cardboard construction: head with spout from a plastic animal, water is a wash of mid-blue and a bit of white for the ripples - finished off with three coats of gloss varnish