Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Assyrian Auxiliary Spearmen II

A second stand of Assyrian auxiliary infantry musters out from the painting desk.  While tunics are varied in color like the previous unit, shield coverings are all the same.  Variety with uniformity.  Figures are Wargames Foundry.
Continuing on with the Assyrian project, on the painting desk is one stand of auxiliary archers and two stands of skirmishing slingers.  The slingers are auxiliary troops as well.  Figures continue to come from the Foundry stable but a stand of Newline Designs Babylonian spearmen is in the queue.  
Word arrived today from BTD that my early July order for a selection of their Assyrian foot are on the way.  With no photos of the BTD Assyrian foot on the BTD website, I am anxious to see what I get when I unwrap the small package.

30 comments:

  1. Once again You made fantastic unit Jonathan!

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  2. Very nice! Big shields and beards - suitably menacing!

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    1. Big shields and beards are a menacing combination. Thanks, Matt!

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  3. Another grand looking unit Jonathan!

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  4. You had me doing a double-take counting figures, there. The breaking up of the two ranks and files caught me out, but the basing so of this irregular formation of troops looks all the better for it. Another good 'un

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    1. Roy, with unwieldy spears and an assortment of poses, an irregular approach was the best.

      Glad you like them!

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  5. "Variety in uniformity" encapsulates the effect very nicely. I was taken with the texturing/weathering of the shields, one of those "hidden" effects that doesn't draw attention to itself but which still has impact. Nice.

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    1. Ed, you are very kind and observant! The texturing/weathering on the shields is mainly from the Minwax stain.

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  6. Excellent as always. I really like the helmets, it makes them rather unique in appearance.

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    1. Thanks! The Assyrian army will be a real mix once completed. I plan to press a number of different kngdoms into service.

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  7. Lovely looking troops, the shield colour works really well!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks,Iain! The shield color is Ceramcoat's Terra Cotta.

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  8. Nice additions to the mighty Assyrian army, Jonathan!

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    1. Thanks, Dean! A few more units off the painting desk and it might be time for a group photo.

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  9. Great looking unit. Your approach to basing works really well and creates a good sense of motion in the unit.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Glad you like the composition of the stand, Ross!

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    1. Christopher your unflagging support is much appreciated!

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  11. More superb units - do you have a set idea of how many Assyrian units you want? Or do you just keep going until it feels about the right?

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    1. Basic Impetvs typically requires 7-10 units. I always think about a dozen units makes a very playable force under most rules. I will target a dozen BMUs and then work my way up until it feels right. Right now enough strands are in the painted column to field a Basic Impetvs force.

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    2. 12 seems to be one of those magic numbers for wargaming. Large enough to have a mix of units and reserves, but small enough for each unit to play a key role in any game.

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    3. Yep. Agree completely and a dozen units provides a manageable number of figures to command.

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  12. Great looking Assyrian foot, Jon!

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    1. Thank you, Peter! A few more are on the painting desk.

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