Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Burgundian Ordonnance Complete!

I've finally finished my Burgundians. Two A4 sheets of flags seemed a bit over the top when I was cutting them up but they all got used bar one single infantry flag. I've not done an actual count but you can see it adds up to quite a lot of glitz.

In total the list works out to a solid 800pts but can stretch to 1000pts by using everything.

Please excuse the quality of the images. I'm a fairly average photographer anyways and the light is very poor today with the rain.

Pics one and two show three BGs of knights, pic three is command, pic four is mixed pike and bow BGs (an organisation perculiar to Burgundian Ordonnance) and pic five is more pike / heavy foot.

Cheers,
Millsy




Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Some tents...



Just a quick one about the resin tents I mentioned in an earlier post. They arrived today and are very nice indeed. Baueda do quite a large range with plenty of options. Restricting myself to just 3 was quite a challenge.

The pic shows the two medieval pavilions for my Burgundian Ordonnance and the Roman tent "borrowed" by my Carthaginians.

Cheers,
Millsy

Carthaginian News...

Having 99% finished my Burgundian Ordonnance (just a bit of basing and flags to go) I got my Carthaginians out of the cupboard last night to begin planning the painting process.

Let me just say once again what absolutely lovely scuplts the Corvus Belli miniatures are. There is a certain amount of flash on some of them (mainly in areas where arms cross over the body and create a small "void") but in every other way these are some of the nicest miniatures I have ever purchased. The metal quality is quite good for one thing with a reasonable tin content so the mintaures are strong but not brittle.

The miniatures are well proportioned, nicely animated and the detail in particular is both considerable and clear. That's a pretty general statement so I'll be a bit more descriptiive...

Detail
The detail level may well in part be due to the moulds being relatively "young" and still producing good casts but that isn't the only reason by far. Some ranges replace "crisp" sculpting with "thick" sculpting to produce detail. By that I mean chunky, obvious details to enhance visibility as opposed to clearly defined detail with sharp edges.

The Corvus Belli sculpts are most certainly of the latter variety. The straps, belts, weapons and other thinner items all stand out quite clearly without the miniature looking like he's being crushed slowly to death by a large python. These will paint up well with a minimum of overpainting and inking will help even more.

Animation / Pose
The animation level of the miniatures is excellent. Horse manes flowing, weapons raised or swinging and faces set hard for battle all contribute to making the miniatures look more alive than most. All the various body parts bend at natural angles too which is one of my pet peeves with other ranges. Nobody wants to see their warriors doing backflips or performing in a manner normally reserved for a contortionist.

There is also plenty of variation in poses which you don't often get. I'm not just talking about head or weapon swaps, these are individually different sculpts for each product code, typically up to four or five variants.

Proportion
These are a "proper" 15mm fig and will fit well with other manufacturers like Old Glory or Essex if you want although I suspect they might make the other miniatures look a bit ordinary.

The infantry and the riders are all very well proportioned. In general the miniatures are of a more or less consistent size and neither fat nor thin. Weapons, shields, etc are all correct relative to the wearer as well. This is in part due to the crisp detail I referred to above.

The horses seem a wee bit small - more like ponies. It could just be that they should be smaller considering the period but I'm not sure. Certainly they shouldn't be as big as later breeds used for carrying a fully armoured knight.

So in short...
I don't want to sound like I'm on the payroll but these figs rock. I'm having a hard time convincing myself I don't need the Celts to help my Carthaginians out every once in a while.

I'm going to start with the Numidians just because they are simpler. Then I can work up to the more complicated and detailed troops. They deserve the best paint job and I want to work my way up to the really sweet stuff ;-) I've cleaned and assembled my first BG - Numidian Javelinmen - and they are ready for painting.

Next update - painting progress on the Numidian Javelinmen...

Cheers,
Millsy

Monday, September 29, 2008

Russ' Seleucid Empire of Vastness

Howdy to the WWW,

So I was in Europe for 4 weeks back in May/Jun 08 for a couple of weddings and a generally fantabulous time. When I return to the great land of Oz Millsy and his cohort Pete (Nug) tell me that they have decided to play a new wargame. Ok I said hesitantly. Which one? Field of Glory was the reply and we are doing the armies in 15mm. My first thought is ELEPHANTS! I then thought hmmm perhaps reading a list or two and mayhap even the rules would be a good second step. So part of the second step complete (reading lists) I decided upon on army. I choose the Late Seleucid list for a couple of reasons
1 Elephants (of course!)
2 Scythed Chariots (historically poor units but way cool looking!)
3 Camelry - why have horses when you can have camels - I mean really?
4 I'd like to pretend there were more practical (or even tactical) reasons for my decision but sadly the above pretty much covers why I now have a huge phalanx to paint....
Ok so here is the list I came up with after looking through the FOG forums and getting some advice from Millsy and Nug. This won't be always the list I play as I like to have variety – sometimes I’ll swap Elephants for Chariots or Thureophoroi for Galatian warriors but the basics will remain the same.
Command
1 x C-in-C [Field Commander] - 50pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
Core Troops
4 x Companions [Cavalry, Armoured, Elite, Drilled] - 80pts
6 x Cataphract [Cataphract, Heavily Armoured, Superior, Drilled] - 120pts
12 x Phalanx [Heavy Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] – 72 pts
12 x Phalanx [Heavy Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] – 72 pts
8 x Archers [Medium Foot, Unprotected, Poor, Undrilled] - 24pts
8 x Slingers [Light Foot, Unprotected, Poor, Undrilled] - 16pts
8 x Slingers [Light Foot, Unprotected, Poor, Undrilled] - 16pts
6 x Thureophoroi [Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 48pts
8 x Argyraspids [Heavy Foot, Armoured, Superior, Drilled] - 112pts
Optional Troops
2 x Elephants [Elephants, -, Average, Undrilled] - 50pts
4 x Arab Camelry [Camelry, Unprotected, Poor, Undrilled] - 40pts
Total 805 pts
Tomorrow I’ll go through how I choose my miniatures and give you some pics of the in progress stuff (and the pile of metal still to go.....)
Yours,
Russ.

Millsy's Burgundian Ordonnance

I wasn't intending to post my Burgundian Ordonnance here until they were entirely complete, however they are taking a little longer than hoped and holding up the Carthaginians.

Therefore, in the interest of keeping the posts coming, here's my 800 point Burgundian Ordonnance list (numbers are bases, each line is a Battle Group). Hopefully painting will be complete by week's end and I can post some pics...

Command
1 x C-in-C [Field Commander] - 50pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
1 x Allied Commander - 25pts

Core Troops
4 x Ordonnance Men-at-Arms [Knights, Heavily Armoured, Average, Drilled] - 84pts
4 x Ordonnance Men-at-Arms [Knights, Heavily Armoured, Average, Drilled] - 84pts
4 x Ordonnance Men-at-Arms [Knights, Heavily Armoured, Average, Drilled] - 84pts
6 x Mixed Pike Longbow [Heavy/Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 48pts
6 x Mixed Pike/Longbow [Heavy/Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 48pts
6 x Mixed Pike/Longbow [Heavy/Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 48pts
4 x Ordonnance Crossbowmen [Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 28pts
6 x Ordonnance Handgunners [Light Foot, Uprotected, Average, Drilled] - 24pts

Optional Troops
4 x Italian Mounted Crossbowmen [Light Horse, Uprotected, Average, Drilled] - 28pts
8 x Yorkist Allied Billmen [Heavy Foot, Armoured, Superior, Drilled] - 104pts
8 x Yorkist Allied Retinue Longbowmen [Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Drilled] - 72pts

Total: 797pts

As I hinted, pics to come soon once I've finished painting the last few figs...

Cheers,
Millsy

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Corvus Belli Carthaginian Figures

I did a lot of comparison and research when choosing a manufacturer for my figures. In the end it turned out that Corvus Belli, a Spanish company, is by far the best for 15mm Carthaginians figs IMHO. Quite a few people on the FoG Forum backed this up.


The Corvus Belli range is great. The figs are well proportioned and animated and the sculpting very detailed. Some weapons come loose with an open handed cast so you can change things around for extra variety.

I'm still waiting on a few bags of cavalry but otherwise this is the pile I have to deal with in the near future...

I'm going with an MDF base and then magnets on the underside for ease of travel. There are a couple of guys on eBay who sell pre-cut MDF in appropriate sizes at very reasonable prices and I've picked up a bunch of A4 sheet magnet with a sticky back so assembly should go simply.

One of the other guys in our group has found a supplier of detailed resin tents in 15mm (Baueda) so I've snaffled something Roman (in true Carthaginian style!) to go with some cattle and civilian style Corvus Belli figs for my camp.

That's about all for now. Next up, unbagging and starting work (groan!).

Cheers,
Millsy

Millsy's Carthaginians

First things first, here is my initial 800 point list for Carthaginians (numbers are bases, each line is a Battle Group).

Having only played one game prior to building the list I posted a couple of questions on the FoG official forum and got plenty of great help and advice for which I am very grateful.

Just how well the list plays in the hands of a relative noob remains to be seen once they hit the table...

Command
1 x C-in-C [Inspired Commander] - 80pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts
1 x Troop Commander - 35pts

Core Troops
4 x Spanish Cavalry [Cavalry, Armoured, Superior, Undrilled] - 64pts
6 x Spanish Cavalry [Cavalry, Protected, Superior, Undrilled] - 72pts
4 x Numidian Light Cavalry [Light Horse, Unprotected, Average, Undrilled] - 28pts
4 x Numidian Light Cavalry [Light Horse, Unprotected, Average, Undrilled] - 28pts
8 x African Spearmen [Heavy Foot, Protected, Average, Drillled] - 64pts
8 x African Spearmen [Heavy Foot, Protected, Average, Drillled] - 64pts
8 x Numidian Javelinmen [Light Foot, Unprotected, Average, Undrilled] - 32pts
6 x Spanish Javelinmen [Light Foot, Unprotected, Average, Undrilled] - 24pts
6 x Spanish Mercenary Scutarii [Medium Foot, Protected, Average, Undrilled] - 42pts
6 x Balearic Slingers [Light Foot, Unprotected, Superior, Undrilled] - 30pts

Optional Troops
4 x Libyphonecian Cavalry [Cavalry, Armoured, Superior, Drilled] - 68pts
12 x Gallic (Celtiberian) Foot [Heavy Foot, Protected, Average, Undrilled] - 84pts
2 x Elephants - 50pts

Total: 800pts

Next up, a whole great pile of figs...

Cheers,
Millsy
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