Of course, I could have just left it at that; just do the tank! But no, I overthought it and found myself trying to be cute. North Africa has been the scene of so many conflicts, from as far back as the Punic Wars to the present day. How could I capture that tragic historical constant in miniature? How could I articulate the cyclical nature of human violence? And how could I do so without looking too much like a pretentious prat?
So that's where this spectral chappie comes in;
He's a ghostly Punic soldier, 'The Last Defender of Carthage' if you will. He's a Victrix plastic from their excellent range of Ancients. His spirit has been woken by all the carrying on as the Allies and Axis duke it out in Tunisia, and now he stands atop the remains of his burial cairn demanding answers.
I basecoated him in the old Citadel Bleached bone, highlighted with a drybrush of white, and hit him with some green ink to make him look 'woo-ooo spooky'. It's simple and effective and well within the capabilities of a myopic procrastinator such as myself. Although I'll probably dial back the green with a final drybrush of white for any future ghosts, spirits, or spirims.
Of course, the old fellow might well approve of the fact that the Eighth Army is driving the forces of that wannabe Caesar, Benito 'Ooh What A Big Fasces I've Got' Mussolini out of North Africa, and send them on their way with his blessing. So here is the scene where the modern world comes face to face with the Classical one;
So one 28mm figure nets me 5 points, while a vehicle in the same scale is 15 points. And it's only the third day of my holidays! (Think positive, Ev...)
Of course, there is the little matter of a Frostgrave duel with Mr Mills, but I don't want to overdo it - it's 3.30am as I write this, so no more painting for now, it's bedtime!
What's next? Who can say?
Alan and Paul: What a great, imaginative entry! What a shame you didn't get this in in time for the Armour round. I love the idea of the ghosts of the classical past as witnesses to the continuing cycle of human violence. Lovely paint job on the Honey. That's 23 points in total, including a couple extra for the tank commander.