Friday, 24 February 2017

From MartinN - SCW La Legión (150 points)

This years challenge has started quite slowly for me but at long last I'm finally able to squeeze in an adequately sized submission. Curt, ChrisS, PhilH and myself are running a Spanish Civil War side challenge and if I'm not completely mistaken this entry should put me in the lead... for the moment at least. As per our agreement it's a legally playable force for Bolt Action.

1st Command element
Truth be told I was rather hesitant to add yet another project to my already rather impressive collection of unfinished armies. But once I caved in and finally ordered the first figures there was no chance of stopping that train anymore. As soon as the order from Miniaturicum arrived I had to put brush to them. I almost couldn't even wait for the undercoat to fully dry, so eager I was. Small wonder with such lovely sculpted miniatures from Mr. Hicks.

2nd Command element - Standard bearer was submitted already

Support weapon - Light mortar
I went for a rather limited colour palette on these, but as I'm aiming more for the earlier period of the conflict and the Legion being considered an elite unit, I figured they'd probably be a little more uniform than other units in this conflict.

1st Squad

2nd Squad
According to Wikipedia there were five FT-17 tanks in service with the nationalist army at the outbreak of the war. I always had a soft spot for that rolling French tin box, so I couldn't resist the temptation to paint one up. The relevant Osprey states Spanish tanks of the period were dark grey but I preferred to give it a olive-green finish. In order to raise morale I painted the nationalist red-yellow-red colours around the turret and added the well known ¡Arriba Espana! slogan. Quite an eye catcher I think.

'Heavy armour' - Renault FT-17 tank
So all told this submission features 27 eligible infantry miniatures (the standard bearer was already submitted) a light mortar and a tank. As I'm never quite sure as to how small support weapons like the mortar are counted I leave the points totaling up to our esteemed Friday minion.

Aye Aye Aye. Creo que es impresionante! Everything about your production is worth mentioning: the facial expressions, the unshaved looks, the work on the base, the rust effect on the French tank. But I am just talking and you are waiting for your points. 27 nationalists at 5 points each is 135, plus 15 for the tank will give you a grand total of 150 points. Olé!


  1. Oooh...inspiring stuff again Nick, just amazing. Well done.

  2. Absolutely wonderful stuff Martin. The figures are amazing, but that FT steals the show from them!

  3. That's a very nice force Martin :)

  4. Wow!! What a tremendous looking force and a bit of a point bomb for you Nick. There is so much to admire in this submission, the bold colours, the blending, the attention to detail, the basing... such amazing work. With both of yous and Christopher's forces on the table it will be an amazing show.

    You justifiably take the lead with this great entry. Well done Nick!

  5. Wow, spectacular! Beautiful painting.

  6. All stunning figures, but for me the FT17 is the cherry on the cake, well done! Dos cervezas por favor signor! (that's all the Spanish I know ;-)

  7. Glorious, stunning! These are some of the best Legion I've seen painted up. A very worthy lead

  8. Beautiful painting here and really pleasing to the eye. Well done! I especially like that tank.

  9. Lovely painting and a great looking tank.
    Best Iain

  10. The infantry look fantastic! From stubble to popping, they are grand! I do like that tankette too! It is aged perfectly and the flag turret is really well done! It may be off in historical colors, but osprey should just use you tank for sheer aesthetic reasons! ;)