Monday, 29 December 2014

AaronH - 28mm Dark Age Celts (55 Points)

This next entry is the first troops for my Celt army.  These 11 guys are being painted up for Hail Caesar.  They are individually based so they can be used for skirmish games as well.


Eleven angry Celts.
These are Warlord Games plastic Celts.  They are not bad sculpts.  There is a fair amount of variety on the sprue.  The details are generally good.  There are some attachment points that are unfortunate, such as the top of the head.  This results in some odd flat spots on some of these guys.



These models came with stickers instead of decals.  I.  HATE.  THEM.  SO.  MUCH.  Each one has to be cut out exactly right.  The center, for the shield boss, has to be cut out. Once they are stuck on I hit them with Mod Podge to seal them and try to get them to stick better.  Then I had to go around the edge with brown paint to get rid of the white from the sticker edge.  Then I had to hit the center with bronze to get rid of the white next to the boss.  They are just terrible.

Stickers are even worse than decals.
There is one metal model in this group, also from Warlord.  He is the army standard bearer. This group was going to be ten models but when I found him I threw him into the group as well.  He came with an attached white metal standard pole.  You can probably guess how that went, but just in case, it broke.  I had to drill the hand and put in brass rod.  The drilling did not go well and now he has a decidedly odd hand.  Other than that, this is a very nice model.  I'll be working him into one of my command stands, with a sabot spot for him.


Standard bearer and some close ups.
Standard bearer, always trying to get a head.
A little free hand on the bottom of the cloak.
I chose five primary colors and just mixed them throughout this force.  With various strips and solids it makes for a very colorful warband.


A close up of a single warrior.  There is good detail on these plastics.
I have another eleven that are close to done.  If I can get them finished they'll come up today as well.  If not, they'll be up next week.


From Curt:Great stuff Aaaron! I really like your work on these figures. The standard bearer repair looks very good and I admire your freehand work on the bottom of the cloaks and the trews. As you can imagine from my previous complaining, I feel your pain regarding shield decals but these sound particularly hellacious.  In this light, my experience with LBM products has been good, so I think I'll be religiously sticking with those ('scuse the bad pun). 

14 comments:

  1. Woad betide anyone who gets in the way of these guys!

    Nice work Aaron :)

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    1. That was just terrible. I love it.

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    2. Booooo. You have a lot of Gaul, Tamsin.

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  2. Nice angry looking Celts. Cheers

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  3. Good looking unit. Not sure of your position on stickers but I guess you would prefer a different method.

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    1. I do tend to understate things. Especially for an American.

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  4. I also am not a fan of stickers. (Said with English understatement)

    As others have already said a fine looking unit.( also said with English understatement)

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  5. These are great, next year I will be working on some Celts

    Ian

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  6. Nice Celtic Band! They do have pretty good detail, the colorful trousers and shields are great...although I too dislike(LOATHE) stickers and decals- as a Pottawatomie, I'm expected to be blunt! ;)
    The trousers are great, good job on the stripe work!

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  7. Sounds like you persevered on these guys. They ended up looking great. A very colourful war band. Nice work.

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  8. Beautifully painted and based. I like these alot.

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  9. They look good. Too bad about the stickers, but you can't tell they were difficult. The end result looks good.

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