Wednesday, 28 December 2016

From AaronH ECW Pikemen (40 Points)

This next entry is finishing up two regiments from the last two Challenges. This is eight ECW pikemen, four for my green regiment and four for the blue regiment.

Mostly Foundry but one Warlord.
My ECW regiments are made up of Warlord plastics. They are inexpensive and look good. I've also found that I like the plastic pikes as they are much less likely to draw blood in moments of carelessness.


The problem with the Warlord boxes is that they have horizontal pikes, which I hate. This means that I'm short the number I need for a full regiment. I, therefore, purchased some vertical pikes from Wargames Foundry to fill the lack.

All Foundry castings.
The Foundry models are just slightly smaller but not enough to notice. They are also much simpler so paint up more quickly. There are some weird spots on the faces and the hands but all in all, they do just fine for filling in the back ranks of the pike block.


The swords are also pretty badly cast. You can't see it well from this angle but from above they are something of a mess.

The blue regiment.
Here's the entire blue regiment, now complete. I clearly need to go in and super glue the sand mix down on the edge of some of these bases. I should also figure out how to make the flags less static.

The Green Regiment
The green regiment also complete. As I was taking the pictures I realized that one of the front rankers is missing his arms. It appears one the boys may have been playing with these.

Now that these two are complete I can work on another regiment of foot during the Challenge. I also have 12 more horse which should find their way onto the table during the next three months.

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Those new recruits look excellent Aaron! Even though they are smaller castings, they seem to mix well with the Warlord figures. I like the washes you've used. It gives them some very nice gradation and definition.  The group photos are wonderful - it's always great to see a pike block with its attendant sleeves of shotte!

Well done!

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  1. I always shy away from ECW because I am never sure what colours I can use. But I will be flagging this page and returning when I have some ECW figures to paint. A very good reference for me.

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    1. Cheers Clint. I'm just hitting the basics first. If I keep going I'll have to get more creative.

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  2. always nice to finish off regiments, nice painting

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    1. Thanks James. It is a nice feeling to have them done. Once I finish one more regiment and one or two command stands I'll have enough for a game, if one presents itself.

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  3. Great looking pike, but then I have a soft spot for ECW so will be looking forward to seeing more

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. I do like the looks of them.

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  4. Nice work Aaaron and it's always good to finish off units :)

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    1. It's a great feeling. Cheers Tamsin.

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  5. Nice work Aaron! We need to know though if you are a loyal subject of the rightful King or a turncoat rebel and a traitor...

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    1. Rebel and Traitor. I do live the States after all. Having said that, I'm not sure which side my ancestors fought on. I shall endeavor to find out.

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  6. Love them.. got a stack of these to get completed over the holidays myself. Scum list is what the locals are calling them.. but lots of work ahead of me to get them finished! Hope I make them look as nice as yours!

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    1. Thank you Mr Lee. When I was doing the full regiments I was pretty disconsolate at how they looked; right up until I hit them with the wash. They really came alive then. Good luck.

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  7. Great looking cocktail-sticks you've done up there mate ;-)

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    1. They hurt more though. drew a little bit of blood with these, until I got them on the unit bases. It's just too easy to overlook that single pike and slap your hand down.

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  8. Very nice, shame about the armless casualty!

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    1. Indeed. I'm not having any luck finding his pieces.

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  9. They look very sturdy and stalwart. I agree, the shading is very effective.
    Always awkward to be missing your arms at inspection!

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    1. Yes. There's no greater sin than to leave your arms laying about where you can't reach them...

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  10. Nice work on these guys. I've never worried to much about mixing figures from different companies too much as having troops at different heights seems more natural. The new guys seem to fit in just right to me.

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    1. Thanks Rod. I tend to agree. I also find that putting smaller figures in the back gives a false sense of perspective, like you're looking far back through the ranks.

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    1. Thank you Kris. High praise coming from you.

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  12. Great work Aaron! I totally agree as regards the horizontal pikes - which are a total pain in practice although they do look nice. I very much prefer the upright pikes, like you - and I think your guys definitely look the business. Both regiments now look really very fine. Looking forward to seeing the following ECW Submissions in due course.

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  13. Mighty fine regiments, Aaron! I appreciate the generic look you gave too, good for any side!
    Sorry to hear about the missing arms, they might be with my Black Orcs who seem to scamper all over the house....usually where my son leaves em! ;)

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