Monday, 11 January 2016

From Ian W 6MM Companion Cavalry 37 points

I have not had the chance to varnish the figures so unfortunately they will be a bit shiny I just wanted to get these in with the Phalanx as they are related. The idea of this army is to use a larger figure count than my typical 6mm units. Obviously the biggest impact is the Phalanx but I also wanted the cavalry to have more presence. I am toying with the idea of making the Persian cavalry bases with even more figures but maybe I need a word with the financial controller first.

No chance for outdoors pictures as I leave for work before it's light enough and get back after dark. This is a 60x40mm base with eighteen mounted figures and one dead horse/rider combination from the casualty marker pack. Like the Phalanx these are Baccus figures and are rather nice and easy to work with.

You can't really see due to the light but the saddle cloths are a dark red and the cloaks are scarlet. I have so far painted up all the cavalry as red or blue based units with different shades to represent the cavalry. As the army grows I will add a few more colours. These two units will give me five units of companions which will do until I add the extra pike. This will probably be the end of March at Triples.

Each base gets to be a bit of a diorama and I strive to have the bases looking different to others though I will be adding a few more wedges in the next lot.

Close up of the dead horse and rider, my wife was not impressed LOL.

The second is the same number of figures but is for the blue wing. Whilst I am trying to keep as historical as I can I wanted a bit more punch than normal so I went brighter than normal and set colour groups rather than mixed colours. The exception is the nags, I used six different colours over the 18 figures.

Basing is the same style but quite sparse with the grass for that uncultivated near the desert kind of look we tend to aim for with Ancients.

Another dead 'un, I also added a few Tajima small tufts to the usual static grass to break up the edges of the bases. I really can't fault Tajima, fast delivery and great products and range.

Next up for the Ancients will be some more Saka Horse Archers, a Hoplite unit and a few peltasts but before any of these I am going to up scale to give my eyes a rest.

I am running out of wows Ian!  These are again just superb.  When I can look at a 6mm cavalry unit and instantly work out who they are you've hit the nail on the head.

31 comments:

  1. Even more lovely tiny cavalry Ian :)

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  2. The painting is really nice (love those scarlet cloaks), but the basing and arrangement of the figures on the bases are what I'm really loving here.

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    1. I'm starting to run out of different options on the basing so will be showing repeats from now on in LOL

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  3. Curse you Ian, I've been drooling over the Bacchs site now!
    Cheers Peter

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  4. Nice work... and I notice we are next to each other again as we were down the stretch last year.

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    1. Hopefully we can keep each other company again

      Ian

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  5. I like the casualty figure there as it does make this look like a diorama in it's own right.

    Ian, you have stolen the show today! Bravo!!!!

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    1. Thanks Anne but nothing tops your Para's, they are the bomb!

      Ian

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  6. Glorious work Ian. Love that deep blue!

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    1. Thanks, was a little worried the ink wash would drop it too far but I got away with it

      Ian

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    1. Well it was two weeks work really as the pike was done by Tuesday

      Ian

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  8. They look great! I love the massed effect of 6mm!

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    1. Thanks, mass in 6mm is relatively low priced fortunately

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  9. Just when I thought your 6mm could not get any batter. These really just do it for me!

    Don't worry about going brighter in smaller scales. Colour perception appears darker at smaller scales.

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    1. Yep, but wait till you see the Saka, they will be bright

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  10. really nice stuff - the dioramas you make are great and one of the real benefits of gaming at this scale I feel.

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    1. 6mm really lends it's self to nice bases which helps a lot

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  11. Terrific stuff. These really have the wow factor IMHO. I'd b very pleased if I was producing these top quality paint jobs. Very inspiring :-)

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    1. Thanks the sculps really are nice, lots of movement in them

      Ian

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  12. Gotta loved the mass feel of 6mm

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    1. Looking forward to getting them all on the table and getting a game with them

      Ian

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  13. You are the master of the wee scales, Ian. Top notch work on it all. Brushwork, basing, grouping, it all looks very very good!

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  14. As usual it's your basing that really just elevates the whole thing even more. Top notch work all around, and I'm impressed by the horse and rider casualty.

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    1. Baccus do a nice casualty pack allowing you to add a few extra touches to the base

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  15. Very nice work! Your brush must be worn thin now!

    Christopher

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