Hello all. This is my first post for this years Painting Challenge. This was such a great experience for me last year I am back for another go around. This year I am planning on painting the core of two armies. I am doing Mithridatic Ponts and Caesarian era Romans.
Since the start of the challenge I have been able to finish three pike units. I had some issues with deciding how to base them but settled on a semi-arid looking theme. At least I hope its semi-arid looking .
The last 10 days was very educational for me. I learned that is a huge pain in the rear to paint pike when the pike is already glued in the hands of the figure. There is an obscene amount of "travel time" when moving from one figure to another.
I also learned that whoever came up with the idea of using steel rods to simulate pike is equal parts genius and sadist. Those dang things are really sharp but very durable.
By my count 3 units of 32 figures is 96 28mm figures which I believe is 480 points. I hope to finish the last three units in the next week or so.
Here's the class photo. The pikeman on the far right was not very attractive so the photographer partially excluded him.
A pike bomb for Eric's first entry! Welcome and Wowza! That is a HEAP of dudes with long pointy sticks.
I love massed pikes, and these look absolutely terrific, but painting 96 very similar poses over 11 days is a bit of a slog, holy cow. The serried ranks of decorated shields look very impressive. Are the red and white ones decals or hand painted? They're great either way. I also like the yellowish spearshafts. They add a nice element of colour above the figures. Lovely.
Brillaint work Eric! Third place in the points standings on your first entry. Not bad for a new recruit! ;)