Tuesday, 20 January 2015

From IanW - 15mm Essex Roman Archers (80 Points)

I really want to make god use of this years Challenge to actually put some mileage into the Dominate Army that I started in last years challenge. Well it was not to difficult to beat the one unit painted up during and post challenge last year but I manage to keep the wagon rolling with a further increase in the firepower of the army.


I miscounted as I really need just the one more base of light bow so will get a couple prepped and onto the table over the next week or so giving me enough painted to act as part of the heavy infantry.


These actually have the cloth detail sculpted onto the figures, quite an achievement in 15mm. I would have liked a couple of different poses to break up the look a little but these were what was available when the army was originally bought way back when.


I'm guessing that my original thought of the slingers having swords that were too big was incorrect as these guys also have rather large straight swords, makes me think of Crocodile Dundee. 


To go with these are eight bases of medium bow infantry. I have not tried medium bow before so it will be interesting to see how they work in Field of Glory as they should be able to dish out some pain but being medium infantry and just bow armed I can see them being butchered in melee.


Here are the two units painted earlier in the challenge with their bow added, not sure they will be worth the points will have to experiment. I can use up to four bases of light bow away from the heavy infantry but that would be instead of the slingers painted up a couple of weeks ago.

So eight bases of light and eight of medium amounts to forty figures for 80 points. Quite a grab but the figures were a little more tricky to paint than they look.


From Curt:

These look marvelous Ian.  I really like the pale blue you went with for their tunic trim - they really visually pop as a unit. Also, the last shot of the force as it stands is wonderful (my favourite is still that legionnaire unit with the red and blue shields).


Finally, this unit will give you enough points to achieve your 1K target - well done Ian!

23 comments:

  1. Welcome to your first 1000 .. Here is to the next one...nice job Ian

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    1. Thanks Dave, your 2000 points the day before is, well epic

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  2. I do like the 'big battalions' look you can get with 15mm - they do look impressive, well done!

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    1. Thanks, I also do a lot of 6mm as well which really add up

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  3. I painted an army of these Essex Late Romans back in the day - yours look heaps better! The pale blue is lovely. Congrats on reaching 1000 points.

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    1. Thanks though I am sure if you went for it again you would do much better than my effort

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  4. Great stuff Ian. I really like that shade of blue on the archers.

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    1. I followed an illustration I found on the web so I can only claim good colour matching ;-)

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  5. Smashed 1000points. Nice one.

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    1. Well nipped over the line, but maybe the next entry will earn that title

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  6. Nice work and congrats on breaking 1k :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, you will not be long before your crossing that line yourself

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  7. Your legion is growing, Ian! Although you dislike the lack of poses, your paint brush has livened them up quite a bit, they look really good ranked up for battle!

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    1. Thanks, not much left of the infantry so need to get started on prepping the cavalry soon

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  8. Well done Ian. The blue is excellent.

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    1. Thanks, it's Vallejo Sky Blue

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  9. excellent roman archers. I know the disappointment about lack of variety of poses and I sympathise.

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    1. It's no deal breaker and as they are Drilled I guess that's OK

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  10. Very well done mate! They look excellent and even better together with their legionary brethren!

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    1. Well they certainly look harder LOL

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    1. Thanks, it's nice to be back to 15mm after a years break

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