This post is a bit on the "variable side". It has been a while since I submitted a regular post but work has been a bit of a bother.
First up is one of the funnest things I've painted in a long time - a French faction for Firelock Games "Blood and Plunder" - with ride, of course. This is the starter set and provides 24 figures and a Captain. All in glorious 28mm scale.
First up are 8 Flibustiers. I decided to use the cast "ship deck" bases for these figures and was please with the result. It did take some work to flatten out the bases.
8 Milices de Caribes - primarily a second line type of unit
4 Marins or French Sailors - these guys are the point for ones boarding party.
4 Boucaniers - sharp shooters to some extent.
And, finally, the Captain complete with flouncy yet stylish hat.
Now no Pirate faction would really be complete without a sweet ride and these French "gentlemen" have a very sweet one indeed - a Brigantine, which is the next step up in ships from the Sloop I finished earlier in the Challenge.
While ornate in design, she is fast, draws little water and packs 8 guns.
The model is a cast resin hull with metal and laser cut detail parts and was a blast to put together. The flag was downloaded from the Firelock Games website.
Here she is loaded up with French crewman
Another shot - can't wait to get these guys on the table for a game.
Next up are 8 28mm Taliban figures from Empress miniatures - I was a few short for what I really needed for last year's "SOCOM and Sorcery" game and wanted to fill out the roster.
As with all Empress figures these are superb.
I thought these lads might need a place to stay so I built them a house. This model is the "mud-brick house" plastic kit from Renedra. Usually I really like the products from Renedra, especially their bases, but I found this kit both hard to assemble and difficult to paint - I just couldn't get a good texture.
Still, it's a very sturdy terrain piece and I can use it as a guide to build other types of buildings.
Also from Empress is a standard 28mm HUMVEE with a .50 cal machine gun.
A very nice model that was a snap to paint up.
Lastly there are 4 Dire Wolves from Acheson Creations. Very nice models.
Who doesn't need more Dire Wolves in their collection?
So here's the tally
37 28mm figures/wolves = 185 points
1 Vehicle = 15 points
1 terrain pieces which filled 75% of the 6" cube = 15 points
1 Ship = I'll leave that the Curts discretion
The ship is a good bit bigger than the Sloop which weighed in at a fair 85 points - perhaps something in the 100-125 point range?
From Minion Tamsin:
What a fantastic entry Miles. That brigantine is the dog's! Or should that be "le chien's" as it's a Frenchie?
If Curt gave you 85 points for the sloop, I reckon 110 points for this somewhat larger ship. Which takes your total for this submission to a stonking 325 points.