Wednesday, 6 January 2016

From AaronH - 20 28mm ECW Infantry (100 points)

My next entry is 20 28mm ECW infantry from Warlord Games. These are the Green Regiment.

Most of a regiment
These are all Warlord Games plastics. I bought these guys in their half off sprue sale the beginning of Christmas. They are great value at that price, though decent even at full price. My one beef with this set is they come with too few vertical pikes and some horizontal pikes. Horizontal pikes may look nice but they are tough to play with, since pushing two units together is virtually impossible with them.


More pikes from this angle
The models themselves are really very good. They come with bare heads and a choice of head gear. This leads to my second gripe with this set. There are just enough hats if you leave out the bonnets, and not enough bonnets if that is your goal.

The two shotte stands from last year added on picture right.
The picture above includes the two shotte stands I painted with the Blue Regiment during last year's challenge; no points for them this year obviously. I have purchased some Foundry standing pikes to fill out the last pike stand. I finished priming them yesterday, so one for the Blue regiment, one for this one and two more for the other two regiments I plan on painting during this challenge.


I had forgotten how time consuming these are to paint. They have a lot of detail on them, and require a bunch of different colors. Not ideal challenge fodder in that respect.

They even look good up close.
The faces have a lot of character. The details are sharp. There are enough options, especially with head gear, that you can avoid having all of your little men look like twins.

Not sure why I tilted the camera.
These also give me my first twenty models in my competition with Paul. Since he's painting in 3mm I don't see how he has a chance of catching up with this lead in place.

I went with a fife for this unit. 
As I said last year, this unit was a chore until I hit it with the washes. That's when it really came together and started to look good. I did pick up some tricks that should help with the next regiment, but I need a break before I start them.

 Well thats a great start to todays entries. A rather nice green for the regiment I think - what is the recipe Aaron? Pikes are always a challenge to game with - i recall having some hanging from a jumper one game - Pike Paratroopers.. ! Overall these lads work really well as unit you have done a job bringing them to life.

34 comments:

  1. Spiffing sir. I have never gotten into ECW. But these are swaying me to try again. Maybe I shall after the challenge.

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    1. They are a commitment. Not all lace and frill like 18th and 19th centuries, but still a lot to paint.

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  2. excellent work. Pikes are a pain. horizontal can't play with and vertical can't store and you get stabbed

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    1. I agree on both counts. Visually they are appealing. Physically, a nightmare.

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  3. These are very well executed, great use of colour and a terrific finish to some very nice figs. Great work, Aaron!

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  4. Always go with the Fifer they are under represted in minatures! Great looking regiment.

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    1. They really are. It's always either drums or horns.

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  5. Great unit Aaron! I love the fifer. The pike position issue is a conundrum, both for play and storage. Cheers PD

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    1. Honestly the angled pikes are probably best but I like the look of the forest of pikes with the two sleeves. The compromises we make for looks.

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  6. very nice indeed, very crisp.

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  7. Great looking unit,, I'll have to check out Warlord next Christmas. I see you went to the Batman school of photography as well. (For those who may not know, the TV show with Adam West had really bizarre camera angles to mimic a comic book perspective.)

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    1. Yes. That's it. Comic books. I think I get so intent on trying to get the focus right that I don't notice the angle. It's something else that I'm working on improving during the challenge.

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  8. Grand looking regiment, Aaron! I really like the green and they look fantastic on their own or ranked up with their mates!

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    1. Thanks David. The green is just Vallejo number 28. I bought it back when the bottles had two numbers and the actual name has rubbed off from being shaken.

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  9. You did a lovely job with these Aaron! I really like the way you did the greens and I like the contrast between the coats and the sashes.

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    1. Thank you Anne. I read somewhere that Parliamentarian officers wore orange sashes, and it's my eldest son's favorite color, so it was an easy choice.

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  10. Mighty well looking force you've painted up there!

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  11. Awesome work Aaron! Half off per sprue? That is a wickedly good deal. I feel your pain with the pikes as I'm currently working on a unit that has both horizontal and vertical. I absolutely love the look of them but they'll be a bugger to move and store. It all goes with the territory, I suppose.

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    1. Thanks Curt. I still haven't figure out how to move these troops if I play with them somewhere other than home.

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    2. Thanks Curt. I still haven't figure out how to move these troops if I play with them somewhere other than home.

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  12. Nice to see someone else picking up the larger scale ECW now I've dropped the baton from previous years. Lovely brushwork Aaron, the green is superb.

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  13. Oh, very nice! I wasn't aware these were available in plastics.

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  14. ECW one of my fav's and these are great

    Ian

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