Thursday, 19 January 2017

From JonathanO: Assyrian Archers(45 points)

 
In the last Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I was working on my old collection of Ancient Assyrians.  I hope to make further progress with this army during this challenge.

Here are 9 Assyrian archers.  These are based as skirmishers on 12cm x 3cm bases suitable for use with Impetus or Sword and Spear rules.  Two of the bases can be combined to form a supporting archer unit, if necessary.  I kept to my bright colour scheme for this army.

The figures are from Hinchliffe Miniatures.  These are still available today, but my castings are from the 1980's and they will finally make it to the wargames table this year!

This should add 45 points to my tally.

Cheers,
Jonathan
















I have been collecting toy soldiers far longer than I have been gaming with them. Hinchliffe is right up there between Marx and Elastolin. Usually I am bothered by same-pose-itis of my forces, but I do make exceptions for the older models. You did vary the colors and still captured the old Barclay Podfoot and Britians look that nails the nostalgia for me. I'm still waiting for the Tomes from Featherstone and HG Wells, but my wife says they are pricey! ;)








23 comments:

  1. Nice work on these old-school minis Jonathan :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, they certainly are old.

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  2. Nice work and Kudos on getting paint on this old stock.

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  3. oh my , old school indeed. nicely done

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  4. This is what a big part of the challenge is about, getting old led painted up and good to see your class results

    Ian

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    1. I am glad you like them Ian. I hope I can get lots more done this challenge.

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  5. Good lord they are probably older than me! How excellent it is to see such figures brought to life.

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    1. Cheers. Save a few of your old ones for the future!

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    1. Thanks Scott. Our recent games of Basic Impetus 2 have got me even more enthused to finish this army.

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  7. I'm a sucker for old school historical like these. Well done!

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  8. It's great to see these oldies getting some attention. Nice bright colours and I also like that you've used a gloss varnish on them to finish them off - excellent.

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    1. Thanks Curt. They do not look quite so shiny for real as they do in the photos. I did follow up with a matt varnish, but they fit the old school look.

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  9. Thanks for the comments David. Only one pose available with old school figures!

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  10. Hinchcliffe figures in bright (Humbrol oils, surely?) and gloss varnish is the sweetest of old school gaming sweet spots. These are lovely.
    I have been thinking of ancient Assyrians to serve as men of Harad in my own LOTR collection - these pics make me think that's an even better idea now.

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    1. Humbrol oils was what they would have been painted in, if done when they were new. These are actually done with Army Painter and Vallejo acrylics. They did get a gloss varnish followed by a matt one to dull them down a bit. There was probably a bit too much light in the photos too. They look suitably old school, I think. The army is all in bright colours and consists of old miniatures. I think Assyrians would be excellent to serve as men of Harad. Thanks Michael.

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