Friday, 13 February 2015

From PeterD - 28mm Andalusian Archers (60 points)

So in between singing sea shanties and rinsing the salt from my shorts (see the comments on Miles’ earlier post), I have completed a unit of 12 Andalusian archers for my El Cid era armies.  These are Gripping Beast figures and are old friends.  Others seem to have issues with some Beastie Boys figs, but I like theses ones.  The one slight quibble is the bows are trick to attach to some figures.  However, good poses and clothing and they paint up nicely IMHO.

Over time I have waffled between giving my Ancient/Medieval units “uniforms”, sometimes opting for a Heinz 57 variety and others going for common clothes.  For recent units I am tending to unit “theme” colours, such as the red theme for these archers.  I’ve used three different shades for the tunics, or neutrals with red turbans.  On the theme I can vary to trims, sashes and turbans and accessories.   It may not be historical, but it makes the units far easier to group together during set up and take down.

From Curt:

Great work Peter! I really like the vibrant red 'theme' to these archers (especially with the light green turbans) and you're right they will be much easier to identify as a unit on the tabletop.


  1. Very nice work Peter. I do like the vibrant reds :)

  2. The stripes you painted on those reds really do bring these pieces alive. Well done!

  3. Love the bright and punchy red, very clean brushwork too


  4. Terrific to see a group of figures so clearly as a unit. The red really does unify them.

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  6. You've really nailed the red on these Peter, it unifies the figures nicely.

  7. @Ian, Clint, John & Peter
    Thanks for the nice comments. Cheers, PD

  8. I like them. One thing that I find difficult in reading battle reports is "realistically" painted figures is I can't tell what is going on. I like themed uniform colors for units and/ or sides.

    1. Sean
      For early eras you do have a lot freedom of expression, since no one really knows for sure. A hodge podgy of colours would be historical in a unit, but makes it darn hard to keep folks straight once you a have more than a couple of units. The themes look good (IMHO) and are easy to keep straight. Erin win!
      Cheers, PD