Monday, 1 January 2018

MartinN: Reinforcements for La Legión: Spanish Civil War Republicans (80pts)

My first post in the new year and I'm back to a project from last years challenge. Back then I started what was to become my main project for the whole of 2017, i.e. a force for gaming the Spanish Civil War. I settled on starting with the rather fetching Spanish foreign legion but it inevitably became two forces as I simply couldn't pass by all those lovely Republicans on offer from Empress Miniatures.
Still, I'm back to reinforce la Legión in order to finally get in some games using Chain of Command from the TooFatLardies.

Initially I had planned to submit these in the old year still, but that plan of course fared the same fate as every plan ever derived by men. Thus these still sat on my painting table, albeit only needing a few  more brush strokes, when the clock announced the arrival of yet another year.
Somehow it's always the same. A new year comes but the old year still isn't completely over as there's still work left that needs attention.

To add a splash of colour to these lads I decided to add rank insignia to a few. These will also come in handy for CoC as one should be able to distinguish his 'big men' from the common grunts.
The figures used were a mix of Legionaries and Falangists. The main difference between these two forces is -as far as the figures are concerned- the Legion is still sporting the older M08 webbing while the Falange uses the regular Spanish webbing. Historically that's accurate for the beginning of the war, but later on the M08 got successively replaced by the regular webbing.

Over the last year I've changed some of my painting recipes, so these don't match perfectly with my older figures, but do merge well enough. With these done I'm confident to have enough figures for both sides to finally get in a game. But as I seemingly can't get enough of this period there are already more waiting in the painting queue.
These will have to wait a few days though, as we're leaving for a short trip to Rome in a few hours time. Finally I'll see the wonders of the eternal city.
I wonder if this'll mean a possible reorientation in the painting queue? Well, we'll see soon enough I guess.

So, all in all these are sixteen 28mm figures and thus should add another 80 points to my tally. I'm off to the plane now!


Happy New Year, Nick!!

And what a fantastic gift for us all to enjoy while you head off to Rome!  A wonderful selection of Empress Miniature Republicans, which look to be glowing with life, movement and colour.  I know these figures well, having seen them on the table at my local club, and I am marvelling at what a wonderful job you've made of them.  You've lost nothing of your brush-skills over the last year, I can see.

I particularly like the flesh-tones you add to your figures.  They're so realistic and you manage to get so much depth into the face.  Wonderful, .... truly wonderful.

Fine bases as well, Nick - and ideal for a dusty battleground in the Spanish sierras.

A great contribution, and great to see you back in action, garnering a fine 80 points!  

Now, get in that taxi, Sir, and don't miss your flight!!!  Bon voyage!


  1. you work is always brilliant, keep it up

  2. Amazing clean work Martin! It always impresses me as doing that kind of brushwork is extremely hard!

  3. Beautiful work as always, Nick! I love the fleshtones. I'm making sure you keep a good lead in our duel so I get a figure this year (laughs maniacally). ;) Have a great time in Rome!

  4. Lovely looking bunch of fascists! Incredible detail !
    Best Iain

  5. You’ve achieved excellence with this paint work. I really like your style using a sharp contrast of colors. I may try with my next batch of Austrians. Have a good trip to Rome

  6. Utterly gorgeous! I was hoping you'd be back to these as they are wonderful eye candy.

  7. Absolutely sumptuous. Your highlighting really is top drawer, you’ve caught the expressions on their faces brilliantly - I look on in envy!

  8. Excellent way to start 2018! Enjoy Rome.

  9. Just really superb Nick and perfect choice in colors!


  10. Top shelf stuff, Martin, as always!

  11. Excellent work in these fellows! Enjoy your time in Roma.

  12. Wow Nick, your brushwork continues to set the standard. Brilliant stuff, just brilliant.

  13. Great work Nick! It's really been great following this project through the challenges and your blog!

  14. The painting perfectly conveys the spirit of the army! Excellent work!

  15. They are top quality, nicely done

  16. They are wonderful! Each of your miniatures is a unique character, I cannot imagine that these wouldn't do anything but rank up well with their older companions. Smashing work!