Wednesday, 4 March 2015

From MartinC - Iraqi Air Power and Roman Infantry (234 Points)

As my lead mountain has been extensively mined during the challenge, I have been a bit in limbo for a couple of weeks, trying to find something to paint that got my creative juices flowing. There is a reason why I have 3 half painted armies and you all know what that is.

Last week's flying carpet post really got me thinking about aerial battles in the Sinbad world, so I have scratch built the Caliph of Baghdad's Flying Corps, the Black Arrows (better names appreciated but I don't like the Rocs). Each carpet carries an archer and a spearman. This gives them missile and melee capability with the spearman acting as a spotter, using his shield to protect the archer and fending off the enemy. I also have a though that the carpets could charge into combat like jousting knights.








The figures are Perry Mahdists but some of the heads are ACW Zouaves, the spears are mainly from ACW flag bearers with the sleeves trimmed back, the shields saxon, bows wire and quivers from, well no clue there. I removed the bases and drilled holes though the feet to pin them to the carpet. As we have seen in the Challenge already black and red do work well together for the paint job.


The carpets are made from Super Sculpty and look a bit too much like they were bought from Trotters Independent Traders rather than the souk. Overall this gives a very light figure so they are mounted on a wire spear offcut in a cube of wood. These bases are on simple card at the moment whilst I work out how to change elevation. I have now run out of packing material and so cotton wool has been used to bulk out the clouds.

Paint job is a little rushed, I got excited to see them completed, but overall I think it's a cool unit. Plan to buy some proper Sinbad type heroes to give them an opposition and a Caliph to lead them on a storm cloud with lightning bolts, however time is tight to buy and receive suitable figures before end of Challenge.

I have however spent most of the week on this unit of 16 Republican Roman Triarii.








I'm pretty sure that this is the best unit I have ever painted. The figs are Aventine and a few North Star of unknown manufacturer. The Aventine guys are very muscular and have very determined faces. However both types have massive feet, more gibbon than human, hence their commander will be known as Hylobatidae Moloch.

There were only enough metal spears for half the unit so the other half are bristles from a yard brush. The ends were squashed with pliers and a cotton grip was added. They look good and hard to tell apart.



The shields designs are hand painted and not an onerous I as thought, with practice I could get quite good at this. Overall I'm proud of this unit.

Finally I have completed this unit of 10 velites. They are on round bases and have an officer and a musician. Not sure whether to re-base these last 2 figs and reincorporate into the heavy infantry. There were a lot of musicians in the army I purchased and the infantry are supposed to have 2 joint commanders, which is just stupid and can't be how it really worked.



The javelins are bristles and I drilled the shield hand to hold a 2nd javelin.



The shields have a hand painted stag motif, couldn't find an equivalent shield design on the web but animals such as a boar design were common.





So that's about 210 points plus any generosity Curt feels towards hand painted shields.  I remember when that was almost a points bomb, now it feels like I've brought a knife to a gunfight.


From Curt:

Martin my man, those carpet riders are off-the-hook brilliant!  So wonderfully conceived and executed.  You should be very proud of this unit - it's a corker.

'Hylobatidae Moloch' is a fantastic name and made me laugh aloud in the office (we have a fairly taciturn bunch here). Even though the feet may be virtually prehensile I still like the castings and you've done a cracking job on them. I really like the white shields with gold motif - very sharp - and speaking of which your broom-brush spears look fabulous. I also like that you added the second javelin with your velites. I've done this with some of my Dark Age figures as well and wish that more figure designers would sculpt light troops with the 'extra ammo' they would have had.

A wonderful entry - thanks for sharing it with us!

44 comments:

  1. Brilliant stuff... Flying carpets , whatever next..

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    1. Why, flying camels of course!

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    2. This is wargaming not figure skating dammit!

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    3. And yet there is ice hockey.

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    4. Does the mean the other size need to have Ground to Air Anit Flying Carpet weapons?

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  2. Love the Black Arrows. I also like the romans, but I only get excited over WOMEN with large feet.
    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Yes he is. But harmless and he always brings good booze and vittles to our wargaming nights.

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    2. He would be forgiven and I presume big feet are useful in the Canadian winter

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    3. Hey Martin's the one who got the whole foot thing going!! I should point out that big feet are a joke in my family as my wife has a set of size 11 feet with AAA width. Let's just that that "My gosh you have big feet for a girl!" is not recommended first date material....

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  3. Fantastic painting work, and great your Air Force!

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  4. Way cool! Now you just need a flying ship or something like that for them to battle! Fantastic!

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    1. I have something even better planned and most of the figures have arrived

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  5. Curt, thanks mate. I got proper excited over the Black arrows and there are more to follow. The Aventine miniatures are really brilliant, even with the massive feet, they are muscular and look tough and ready for the fight - have space marine feel. First time I've bought from them and then are my new favourite manufacturer for armies. The other figs are an unknown manufacturer and are pretty good but their feet look like craws and they need a chiropodist

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  6. Top submission, love the Romans

    Ian

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    1. Cheers mate, my 1st time with Romans since the Airfix years and I love them too

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  7. Wonderful work, very imaginative!

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  8. This is all so good, a very impressive entry. Those flying carpets are creative and colourful. Just my cuppa tea. Congratulations on that point bomb!

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    1. Thanks, though you might like them

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  9. Nice one! That 'Caliph of Baghdad's Flying Corps' thing really got me off guard. I almost fell off the chair laughing.

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    1. Cheers, the response I was aiming for

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  10. Fantastic--literally, in the case of the carpet-riders! Wonderfully inventive. I agree that your triarii unit looks *very* sharp. Great job all around!

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  11. Fabulous stuff Martin! And they've put you back into 5th place - I've got my work cut out if I want to reclaim it! :)

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    1. Thanks, but you've got a week off so get painting;) I reckon I've got another 250 points in me so you need about 500 (but then again I did 234 this week so maybe you need 750)

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  12. Superb work - nicely done!

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  13. What an excellent bunch of miniatures. Love the Flying Carpet squad. Red and Black....how very nice. Hand painted designs..top stuff. Conversions and nicely made spears..excellent work!. Looking forward to seeing the boss level figure on a cloud with lightning bolts. Cheers

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    1. Though I'd seen that fabulous colour scheme somewhere... if only I could remember.
      Cheers, boss in hand

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  14. Why can I find NO rules for flying carpet battles, surely a gap in the market!?? Like many wargames things I have no use for them and yet I dearly want them. I might have to have another look at 7th Voyage rules. (By Crooked Dice).

    The Romans are also very good indeed but over shadowed by the flying shenanigans!

    Brilliant

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    1. Thanks. Busy looking into rules but nothing captures the images going through my mind

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  15. The Romans and the hand painted shields are really good! I wish I could get my freehand that reliable! The flying carpet squadron really upstages them! I like the idea and thoughts for the gear. The conversions turned out really well!

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    1. Thanks. My 1st non dark ages shield. I just painted the rough shape in yellow and then added the lines. Kept it as simple as possible. There are supposed to be 5 feathers but that was too hard

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  16. Great job Martin. The converting, spear making and free hand are all great work. A lot to love in this post.

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    1. At a boring conference pretending to work by replying to me comments. Thanks. The spears are great, really easy to make and look good.

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  17. Great job Martin. I love the Triarii - and I'm sure the big feet are an asset in "other ways". Excellent work on the shields too - I thought they were decals!

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  18. Cheers. Men with big feet have big shoes, what else could it mean!

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  19. Terrific entry. I love the carpet riders, and the Republican Romans are very fine, you are quite right to be proud of them.

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    1. Thanks, more to come before end of challenge

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