Monday, 30 January 2017

From DaveD - Thundering Hooves.. (402 points)

Its been a week of horseflesh and riders (well the horses were done 3 weeks ago with oils) to complete the FINAL (honest....) unit for the Mahdist forces. This is 39 Baggara cavalry and a mounted commander to add to the existing 32 - so a total of 72 cavalry.



they are all Perry miniatures. Each of the spear carriers has had a flattened sharpened short spear soldered in the riders hand to make them more durable as the supplied spear is way too bendy and thick. So these lads have a tendency to "bite" you - or get stuck up your finger nail if you don't treat them with respect!


I decided to do some more colourful and detail work on the commnader figure with a bit of an intricate design on the horses barding.



So added to the exisitng force of 32 - it takes me to 72 Baggara cavalry - and with the 82 Camels and riders take me over the initial project aim of 150 mounted for the army.

The full horse mounted cavalry forces

and the whole army completed over the various challenges all laid out...


with a short video review too


...and yes I now might as well have shares in the Really Useful Box company, Having just packed them all away it takes the following

2 x 11 litre deep boxes for the mounted
8 x 7 litre for the foot
1 x 4 litre for comman and guns

MilesR: Give me a minute while I pick my jaw up off the floor..... What a huge mounted points bomb and the assembled army is really an amazing accomplishment.  I tip both my hat and tropical drink to you, Sir!  I added a few points for the banners

50 comments:

  1. So, you need to add another 28 to make a round hundred ;)

    Nice cavalry Mr D :)

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  2. Cracking effort Dave, a proper points bomb. Good to have another horses in oil painter in da house.

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    1. thanks Ken... oils are my fault way for horses... proper old school - and its quick overall...

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  3. Treeeemendous! Wow! What a superb entry and I absolutely love that video displaying the whole force to-date. Amazing work Dave, bravo.

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  4. Impressive Dave! That is a wonderful accomplishment!

    Christopher

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  5. Dave take a chill pill. It is impressive it really is but I feel you need to chillax a bit more and let us poor mortals do some work!

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    1. should I tell you I am only firing on 3 cylinders at the moment then.... and I had a weekend off...

      cheers Clint.... oh and a going bud has just delivered me a complete Rorkes drift set and a lot of Zulus..... hmmm...

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  6. What a force and what an entry, top work sir

    Oam

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  7. A stunning entry adding to a rather amazing collection. Fantastic work Dave.

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  8. Great work Dave, well done.

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    1. my pleasure... you will see these boys on the 12th

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  10. WOW! Not really sure what else to say.... You turn out so much quantity, yet maintain a very high quality as well... Do you sleep? I hardly do, yet couldn't possibly turn out that much. Purely amazing.

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    1. Just years of practice in dealing with large numbers , and being fairly accurate with a brush ...cheers!

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  11. Bloody hell. That's a force and a half - how do you find the time?

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    1. thanks Ev.... oh a few minutes here , a few there all add up..

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  12. Brilliant numbers and quality but is this really the end of your Sudan project?
    Best Iain

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    1. cheers... pretty much for this side. Still got plenty of things go at for Imperials, Egytpian , Sudanese though

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  13. That's jaw-droppingly impressive. Quite a quality look to the whole army.

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  14. Impressive stuff Dave! It's been great following this project over the years! Will the whole Sudan project be nearing completion during this challenge then?

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    1. Thanks.. oh I think not.. the other stuff I need to do still has some legs in it... and I still need to buy some stuff too

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  15. Not a bad little effort, there.

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  16. Very nicely done Dave, quite an achievement. The video was an excellent touch.

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    1. Thanks . I thought the video was a good way of showing it all off.. glad you liked it

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  17. Absolutely fantastic Dave! I do believe that the words FINAL are carved in Jello however.

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  18. Brilliant stuff, that video was very inspiring. Can't these guys just get a balloon? It could be a captured one! And what is this "final" of which you speak? Is it related to the mystical word "willpower"?

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    1. Cheers ... I plan to do a shot of the Imperial forces later too

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  19. They are wonderful, Dave! I really like your commander for them too, he is fantastic flamboyant with the barding!
    If the entry wasn't enough, that video is really fine! Holy heck! That puts most museum displays to shame!

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    1. Thanks ... lent of battle reports to come too. Glad you like the video .i thought it was a good way to really showcase it

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  20. Mmm. I'm not convinced you have enough here.

    ;-)

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    1. no.... mind the worrying thing is someone has bought me Zulus!

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  21. After several minutes of at first stunned silence, followed by mad giggling I'm hopefully calm enough now to write a comment again. You Sir, are a mad man in the best possible way! Completing that bummer of a force needs true dedication, something I'm always striving for but as of yet wasn't able to achieve. Have you ever bothered to total up the Challenge points this force is worth?

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    1. its the desert heat I blame... and its worth just under 9000 points!

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  22. Come on! This can't be; you must run a sweatshop of little painting gnomes who paint all these brilliant figures for you! It's not possible you turn out such a volume in this quality in this short a time-space...

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    1. Practice makes perfect... and not being at work for a bit helps!

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  23. Excellent work! I might have to send up some of my figures for you to paint, the way you get through them Dave?

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    1. Ray.. I still have enough to keep me busy ... never fear...

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