True to the somewhat erratic nature of the development of my projects, I have made yet another jump in scale – this time back down to the diminutive 6mm and Fantasy is the order of the day.
But first, a note on the basing. It’s no secret that I find the basing of miniatures to be something of a chore, as well as finding it difficult to inject any real sense of additional atmosphere to the figure or unit and so I’ve tried something a bit different. I’ve seen some amazing unit bases – generally for Napoleonic armies – and thought I could apply some elements to my own figures.
As I generally paint and game primarily as a personal project I do not need to subscribe to any particular set of basing criteria, so I went for an 80mm x 60mm base and tried to make it interesting. I would assume that Demons, particularly fighty and angry ones, would have little sense of unit cohesion so I tried to arrange them as though they rushing towards their enemies in a scattered formation.
I’m pretty pleased with the results and there is an additional bonus. Economy. I can use fewer individual figures to hopefully give the impression of full units, which means that I can get two bases of Blade Demons from a pack instead of just one and have a few leftovers to populate character and monster bases…… yay! I do love the Microworld range, but unfortunately the import tax makes them a rare and expensive treat so I’m hoping some large bases will give the slightly thinned units a bit of visual impact.
I also found a stash of Baccus6mm Ancients (Romans, Persians, Parthians etc) who might be fun to implement as some Fantasy civilisations. Might be another fun project to start!
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Some of you may well remember this unit of Pikemen Pikemen and may well have wondered if there would be any more of this most diminutive of scales in the fantastical realms. Well there is and it comes in the form of some rather lovely, if very beefy, Microworld Barbarian Warriors who come under the Dark Alliance oeuvre. They’ve sworn their souls to Khorne, because I thought red would be nice, and I’ve mounted them on 10mm x 40mm mdf strips since it made painting a hell of a lot easier – rather than painting them separately and then mounting them in two ranks on 20mm x 40mm bases.
The unit represents half a pack of figures (along with a couple of command figures) and I’ve mounted the other half ready to paint. I’m thinking of doing the next ones as Nurgle followers. I bought one of the bundle packs (a couple of years ago now – and was taken a bit by surprise with import duty – booooooo to import duty) so I’ve got pretty much everything needed for a sizeable army.
Just what I need, another project.
Current projects are (in no particular order):
6mm fantasy chaos
10mm sculpting and painting
And any 28mm stuff I get distracted by.
Oh well. Variety is the spice of life and all that.
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Got a bit of focus together and managed to actually finish off my long awaited Halberdiers for my Renaissance/Merchant City themed army. So that, wait for it, two completely finished units……. let battle commence!
Cutting quite a dash in purple and grey/black these chaps are the ever dapper representatives of the Tailors’ Guild. Eager to defend the Guild’s valuable fabrics and secret measuring techniques, these troops take the field whenever the City is under threat and often accompany trade caravans to ensure safe delivery of impeccably cut treasures!
Another unit of pikemen and even some halflings all primed and ready to go.
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Experimenting with having a go at this on my phone, so I’m adding a closeup of one stand taken in natural light.
Hmmm, not bad I suppose. I think it looks ok.
Hello all, just thought I’d post up a quickie of some of the finished Pikemen. They just need varnishing in basing, then I’ll have an entire finished unit!
Nice and colourful little chaps, the banner has a key on it (don’t ask me why, I think the reason I tend not to finish whole units id because I get a total mind blank when it comes to banners) and the splodge is a twin tailed comet – just to Warhammerify it up a bit.
Thanks for looking!
So, in the midst of the rather horrible turmoil in which we find ourselves in, I have found some meditative calm and solace at the painting table. Currently on the go are:
Some Pikemen from Warmonger Miniatures. I started a unit of these ages ago, but they got damaged during a move and I ended up getting distracted. Here I am starting another one, but I’ve already realised that I need to prime up two more front rank strips to get the numbers right for 3 strips arranged like cavalry….. d’oh!
Some Halberdiers, again from Warmonger Miniatures. I was delighted to get in just before the end of the Kickstarter for these and bought an indecent number of them, about time I cracked on and got painting then.
Have also been beavering away at some scenery for the modular gaming table, behold rocks and ruin ready for painting.
Finally; a new piece of music from Portishead which is found on the soundtrack to the film High-Rise based on the (wonderful) novel by J.G.Ballard. This has to be one of the most unusual renditions of an ABBA song which manages to be both moving and unsettling especially given the circumstances it was released (in tribute to the brutally murdered politician Jo Cox). Not only this, but the sentiment of SOS seems somewhat appropriate given the current circumstances………….. Enjoy the tune.
Well here they are, the baccus6mm Late Medieval Pikemen that have been oh so delayed on account of my reluctance to spend the time to get them based. I decided to use a couple of different basing options – the Warmaster system of three 40mm x 20mm bases:
The second was a new one for me. I’ve read the Dragon Rampant rules and think they look really nice and streamlined, perfect for some diverting solo games. The rather simple mechanic of dice to keep track of unit strength looked as if it could be integrated onto a base in a similar way that some make dice-holding counters. After a bit of exploration I found that Pendraken make a rather excellent range of movement trays and dice holders:
There we are! I’m quite chuffed with the results and am looking forward to my pimped up crossbowmen joining them on the field of battle.
Thanks for looking.