Tuesday, 22 January 2019

From TamsinP - 15mm Mongol Cavalry (355 points)

These very nearly didn't make it to submission this week. Luckily I had finished painting them on Friday, before the 'flu grabbed me, beat me up some and then beat me up some more for good measure. It was still touch-and-go whether I'd get the basing done, but as you can see, I did.

A couple of years ago I started work on what was going to be a very small "ally" force of steppes tribes cavalry for my Choson Koreans. As was inevitable, my plans expanded somewhat and these additions will allow me to field a small-ish army for FoGAM/FoGR (or a huge army for Art de la Guerre).

Now for the picture show.

Guard Cavalry

Very heavy bow cavalry

Not as heavy bow cavalry

Medium cavalry


Baggage elements

There was meant to be a third baggage element, but I messed up the painting of that one. It may appear later on in the Challenge.

All figures are 15mm from Donnington/Ancient & Modern.

For scoring:
86 mounted @ 4 = 344
1 camel @ 2 = 2
1.5 foot @ 2 = 3
Total = 349

It's just as well that these will put me slightly ahead of my points target as the 'flu is likely to mean I won't get much painting done over the next few days.

We've all heard of Spanish Flu or Avian Flue but you're the current host of that nefarious bug, Challengers Flu. Every year it raises its head and cuts down some eager painter in the midst of their plan for fame and fortune in the challenge. Alas, this time, you are its victim. Clearly, the bug hasn't got you completely beat as this batch of Mongols looks magnificent. I'm going to throw in some bonus points as well for the various pennants and standards in the different units and for fighting through the fug of illness, so this lot comes to 355 points. 


  1. Boom! Wow, great work Tamsin, especially after feeling so poorly. I love the swarms of bow-armed cavalry.

  2. Nice work Tamsin. That's a lot of Mongols!


  3. Glad to see you‘ve recovered enough to treat us to such an excellent sight. While you‘ve done a great job on all of these, it‘s especially the baggage pieces which stand out to me!

  4. Ooooh, Mongols, so cool! Great job Tamsin. Heavy cavalry is always awesome, and you have done great work here!

  5. Great looking mongol horde, lovely bunch of horse archers!
    Best Iain

  6. Awesomeness Tamsin! You’ll need a big table to use that cavalry effectively.

  7. A giant steppe in the right direction, Tamsin - you have Choson wisely!

    ...I'll get me coat.

  8. I love cavaltry armies, though there's something dalek-like about heavily armoured mongols. A great army, Tamsin. Hope the 'flu has soon flown.

  9. Sorry that you had the Challenge Flu. But so glad to see more of your incredible work as you recover. Those are amazing. Well done!

  10. Awesome! Great to see a Mongol Horde! Well done despite the Flu. I have a few at 28mm still to complete. cheers

  11. A very respectable horde there.

    Challenge flu is absolutely no fun.

  12. Its what we've come to expect Tamsin. Even though you've been ill with the dreaded lurgie you've still managed to complete these fine looking fellows. Hats off to you M'lady!

  13. That's one splendid Golden Horde Tamsin!

  14. Superb stuff Tamsin; clearly it is going to take more than Challenger Flu to slow you down!

  15. An impressive tally of horsey dudes.

  16. @ Lee - thanks, old chap! Luckily I had all of the painting done before the 'flu struck, but it was still touch and go whether I'd get the basing done in time! :)

    @ Curt - and who wouldn't love swarms of Mongol horse archers? Well, maybe the Russians, the Templars... :)

    @ Christopher - cheers! :)

    @ Ken - thanks! :)

    @ Nick - recovered enough to do the basing and take pics at least! I'm still suffering the after effects now, a week later :(

    @ Greg - thanks! :)

    @ Martin C - cheers! :)

    @ Iain - thanks! :)

    @ Peter D - cheers! There are another six bases of heavy cavalry and twelve of light cavalry for that table to accommodate :)

    @ Ev - *groan* :)

    @ Noel - I love cavalry armies too, although I would love them even more if they were more "uniform" :)

    @ Tom T - thanks! :)

    @ Brendon - cheers! :)

    @ Robert H - thanks! :)

    @ Ray - cheers! Luckily I only had the basing left to do when the bug struck :)

    @ Barks - thanks! :)

    @ Sander - cheers! Not much gold there though ;)

    @ Peter A - thanks! :)

    @ John Sh - cheers! :)