Tuesday, 9 February 2016

From LeeH - 6mm Punic Cavalry (90 points)

These are my first batch of 6mm Carthaginians from Baccus entered into the Challenge. I'm also working on several units of infantry but the cavalry muse was with me so these got finished first. Baccus list these as Libyan Cavalry but in the TtS! army list they fall under the broader description of Punic Cavalry. Later on I will try to find some of the famed Numidian Light Cavalry but for now they are alluding me in the catalogue.


I just about finished these in time for submission today, thanks to a long session on Sunday and the tolerance of a very understanding wife! There is method in her madness because I think after 25 years of marriage she has realised that painting keeps me happy and a happy husband is also a docile husband!!

I have mixed feelings about how these turned out. I like the colourful shields and the waterproof pen I use for the shield designs is once again proving its value and utility. The pen writes best straight onto the acrylic paint but needs to be sealed with a spray varnish to avoid smudges (don't use a brush varnish as it can make the ink run). I'm less happy with how the white leather armour turned out. The ink wash I applied has made the armour look a bit muddy for my liking and I wish I had taken time to reapply the white highlights again after the wash. Still, its a lesson learned and a mistake I won't make again.

So I have just about managed to get my first Carthaginians into the Challenge but they most definitely won't be my last. I have already started on my next submission and a possible entry to one of the later bonus rounds, and all despite simultaneously working on a 1:1 scale bedroom. I wonder what the points would be for that project...ah of course, its Terrain so doesn't count!

Seventy Two 6mm cavalry should net me 72 points so I'm starting to make headway towards my 300 point target. I have a lot of infantry to work on next and although there are more of them they are worth half the points of cavalry...so I'd better stop typing and get back to my painting desk.


These Carthos look fab Lee - nice work on them, particularly the hand-penned shields. Doing individual designs by hand at this scale definitely deserves a bunch of extra points, which I will award with pleasure.

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  1. Glad you liked them and thanks for the extra points!

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  2. Glad you liked them and thanks for the extra points!

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  3. Great looking cavalry Lee. They look fantastic en masse, but the details show nicely close up.

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  4. Amazing work! Looking at them my eyes go cross, so kudos to you for accomplishing so much at such a tiny scale!

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  5. Wow, Lee! I am a huge fan of hand-painted sheilds over decals. That is one brightly hued unit and the sheilds are even more impressive for being so varied and 6mm! ;)

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  6. Lovely, lovely lovely. A Real Joy of six moment!

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  7. Love Bacchus and you have done them up very nicely.

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  8. Great stuff, the shields make for a colourful spectacle!

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  9. Really nice set of cavalry Lee!

    Christopher

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  10. Excellent, you just raised the bar my friend

    Ian

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  11. Hear, hear for happy, docile husbands the world over. Simply contentment is often highly underrated. :)

    This is some amazingly clean work Lee. I love the mass of it all and your shields are brilliant. (This reminds me to experiment more with my art pens.) What size nib are you working with for these?

    Again, brilliant stuff.

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    1. The pen says 0.05 but they come in a range of sizes. The ink writes really well onto acrylic paint. Its less successful on varnished surfaces so I do the shields last then spray varnish over the top.

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  12. That's a masterpiece in miniature - well done, that man!

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  13. My word Lee, that's something else! Those shields are amazing at 6mm scale!

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  14. Really nice work. The work on the shields does make them extra awesome. cheers

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  15. Nice work Lee, very impressive.

    Btw, I think the Numidians are listed as Moors on the Baccus website.

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    1. Ahh cool, thanks for that. I'll go have a look at these now. I feel another 6mm order coming on!

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  16. They look fantastic, especially the shields!

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  17. Great looking figs. Big up for the hand painted shields

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  18. Incredible stuff Lee - 6mm is awesome, and your skill brings out the maximum effect of the scale!

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  19. Always amazing to see people paint at that scale.. great work on it for all aspects ( colors, freehand, style, and coherence over such a large group! ).

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