Saturday, 5 March 2016

From TamsinP - 28mm Aztec Priests (24 points)

Just a small entry this week - four 28mm Aztec priests. The three in green feather suits are 3-captive priests, the one in red is a 5-captive priest. That's right - Aztec priests did go into battle and fight alongside the common and noble warriors. In fact, when you look at the various feather suits sent as tribute, the priests must have been very actively engaged in warfare, with a very high proportion of them having taken 3 or more captives.

The figures are all 28mm from The Assault Group. They will be representing wizards and apprentices in my Mexicagrave project, although I'm not sure that the back-banners are entirely practical for exploring lost/ruined cities. I've just received some more priests which I'll leave the back banners off of (although that does mean I'll need to do a bit of trimming, hole filling and feather texturing).

"What do you mean, only two weeks left?"

Ooh, I like these a lot Tamsin. I didn't realize the Aztecs used back banners like these. They very reminiscent to the mon/flags of the Ashigaru. How very cool. You should create some Inca/Aztec specific spells for them, something nasty based on sacrificial blood-magic and the ullamaliztli ball game.
These four priests will give you a base of 20 points but I'm adding a few more for the banners. Well done!


  1. Excellent job Tamsin.. Really colourful

  2. Great work on these, Tamsin - those colours are vibrant, to say the least, but completely in keeping with the psychedelic palette of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Well done!

  3. A veritable festival of colour! Very nice.

  4. Another very colourful entry Tamsin!

  5. THey are about as colourful as you could possibly get without your eyes bleeding!

    I do like your pre-Columbian Junglegrave I will keep saying that the setting is fantastic, just because it is! keep them coming as I do admire them.

  6. You just have to love those colourful paintjobs on these. Not sure I'd like to meet these guys in the flesh as it were ;-)

  7. nice brushwork! well done Tamsin.

  8. Great stuff Tamsin! Your choice of colours is spot on I'd say.

  9. Nice work Tamsin, and very interesting setting.

  10. I really like em, Tamsin! The colors on them are really nice and I am a fan of the back banners. They turned out really well and I like your thought on denoting the " apprentice wizards" with your next batch of em!

  11. @ Curt - they did have all sorts of back banners. Some like these, some made of feather, some like giant umbrellas, some like birds...
    I will eventually be having a go at writing setting specific spells. Another thought was to introduce the idea of using captives in the "out of game" game, maybe for experience or for boosting out of game spells :)

    @ RMacedo - thanks you! :)

    @ Peter - cheers! In my campaign, these will be the good guys though [well, relative to the inhabitants of Mexicagrave] :)

    @ DaveD - thanks! :)

    @ Evan - cheers! I'm pretty sure all the bright colours were intended to give them an edge by inducing migraines on their enemies ;)

    @ Jamie - thanks! :)

    @ Millsy - cheers! :)

    @ Clint - thanks! And how do you know that my eyes weren't bleeding while I painted them? ;)

    @ Sander - cheers! I wouldn't want to meet them in the flesh either! :)

    @ Gilles - merci! :)

    @ Moiterei - thanks! for the colours, I'm guided by the various records that exist although I have played a bit fast and loose with which shield designs each of them has :)

    @ Greg - thanks! :)

    @ David - cheers! The big problem with these back banners is that they have a weak spot where the banner joins the frame on their back - I've already had breakages. That's why I'm considering leaving the banners off the next batch.
    For the lowest levels (0 and 1 captives) they are indistinguishable from the equivalent level of warriors. I might have to give them clubs to distinguish them from warriors. :)

  12. It reminds me of the Stars and Stripes! Those clubs must do some nasty wounds...