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Found 10 results

  1. Rob Dean

    Dux Bellorum Romans

    I’ve been finishing up miscellaneous projects off my bench lately. Here is the first of the late Roman (or Romano-British successor kingdoms) infantry: The actual castings are a bit rough; everyone is made from Prince August or Dutkins Lil Army molds, and most of the figures are assembled from multiple pieces. I’d be interested sometime to know who thought that it would be a good idea to cast small 25s with separate heads and weapons...
  2. Rob Dean

    More Dux Bellorum Saxons

    I spent lunches last week on these two stands of Saxons for the Osprey Game Dux Bellorum, in which each stand is a unit on its own. All of the figures are home cast, mostly Prince August with a few spearmen from Dutkins Collectables. For the Saxon army, I'm doing it all with home cast figures, partly as an excuse for having the molds, partly as an artistic challenge. Practically speaking, there's probably more individualization and detail work than is actually necessary for a mass tabletop unit, but I like to err on the extra side...
  3. Rob Dean

    40mm Prince August artillery crew

    Without going into the whole background, these guys are from Prince August “Irish Wild Geese” 40mm semi-flat home casting molds. I’ve been working with these molds and figures for almost thirty years at this point, and have enough for most purposes, so it’s been a while since I painted any. Pictures of games with them can be found on my blog. We generally paint them somewhere in the classic toy soldier spectrum rather than as museum-style diorama miniatures, and these, like the rest of my collection, are done in fictitious uniforms for imaginary countries. (Or “imagi-nations” in historical miniature wargamer jargon...) While they may presently get their own cannon, here they are grouped around one of my generic spares, to show that the field hockey player is really aiming by using a lever to move the trail.
  4. With my British infantry unit done, I finally sat down this morning to get started on French Revolution project expansion unit #2 (of 7+). This time it's British cavalry, and with the rules we'll be using (A Gentleman's War), the default cavalry unit is six figures. My recent casting sessions have produced the parts, so it's now a case of assembling them into some semblance of what I'm looking for: I see that I will be going back to file off even more of the original lapels and lace from the basic casting, and I'm going to try to add the rest of the helmet crest with some green stuff before painting. I built up the first figure as a test this morning.
  5. https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/86590-40mm-french-revolutionary-wars-british/ As described above, finished up today... Now on to the next unit...
  6. I went up to Portland, Maine a couple of weeks ago for a historical miniatures gaming convention, and found, when the dust settled, that I was pledging to expand an existing French Revolutionary Wars project from a skirmish game into a battle game for next year. Details are in my blog. I am using home cast figures from multiple part German molds. After a solid casting session last week, I have a good stock of parts, so I settled in on Friday to see what I could do to build a unit of these 1792/3 British: I started off on Friday morning with parts, super glue, files, and an X-acto knife, and things were moving right along. Despite having other things to do, by Friday night my 12-man unit was assembled. I sprayed everything with black primer yesterday morning, and started in around lunch time. By 3:00 or so, I had the main colors roughed in on all of them. At that point, I wanted to see what they were going to look like when finished, so I took one figure from the group and lined the color separations, detailed the face, and did the various buttons and lace. My past experience with these figures is that the easiest way for me to get them done is to paint them in assembly line fashion until I reach a point where I have to turn a single figure around to deal with the lining and face, etc., after which it's faster to take them to completion one at a time. Since the last time I did a group of these, I've taken to using a wet palette, which looks like it will make that process easier, since the five or six colors of paint needed for the completion will all stay usable between figures. For a unit like this, small irregularities are not going to show on the table, but I wish that I had picked a different figures to finish for the initial pictures. i was well into this before I noted that the glue used to attach his head had left some roughness on the face, so he looks like a smallpox survivor. En masse, though, it shouldn't draw the eye. Now, on with the other 11...
  7. As I posted the other day, I have been inspired to put in some work on my 40mm Renaissance project, for the first time in six years or so. After doing the visual inventory, I concluded that what I most immediately needed was more pikemen. So, digging through my bags of raw castings, I pulled out a dozen pikemen base figures and a few other near term wishes. I haven't done the metal work on these figures in a while, so I warmed up with a second need, putting together three figures to form a command stand for lighter infantry, and then went on to do four of the easier pike conversions. The basic body is a halberdier, but it's very difficult to get the halter to cast properly, and, since I don't need it anyway, I realized a few years ago that I could insert a heavy wire into the mold in the hollow intended to become the halberd shaft, and pull it out (usually ) once the casting was cool. That basically gives you two ring hands into which to insert a brass wire pike. I have a small stash of 1/16" brass "curling wire" in 12" lengths, so it made sense to use 4" pikes and get three from a wire. I had a brief opportunity to work on two of the pikemen at lunch one day this week, and more or less finished one: I used a deliberately toy-like style when I painted the bulk of the figures twenty years ago, and I am not sure that I can match it. Nevertheless, I am going with a similar look this time, with some deliberately heavy black-lining. As one can see from the inventory picture, in actual play the figures end up giving an impressionistic effect, so there's not a lot of point in worrying too much about any single figure.
  8. Rob Dean

    Snow Day Final

    So here's my final for this unexpected snow day. Three stands go to the Dux Bellorum project, which I hope to play with this weekend, and the two on the right are part of the vintage Minifigs Middle Earth war bands project. As the Soviets are supposed to have said, quantity has a quality of its own...
  9. My goal in the Thanksgiving painting binge is to finish the last six 25mm home cast Saxons I need to deploy a war game army, to finish a dozen or so 1/72 plastic Vikings needed to deploy a different wargame army, and to start some momentum on a project to do a set of inter-related Middle Earth warbands for Dragon Rampant, to be done with vintage Minifigs from the early to mid-70s. For those who might not have heard this before, these figures were the first commercial fantasy figures produced, and therefore reach back to the dawn of time for the hobby of fantasy gaming. http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Mythical_Earth Here’s what my desk looks like this morning:
  10. While I was on with the Hangouts painting group last night, I was working on the last four figures for this stand of 8 Saxons: They have been languishing for a couple of years at this point, and I wanted a break from what I had been doing, and had been reminded of them recently. The Osprey rules series (e.g. Frostgrave, Dragon Rampant) was kicked off in 2012 with Dan Mersey's _Dux Bellorum_, a game of small warband combat in Dark Ages Britain. I have had a set of mostly out of production Prince August molds (601-608) which make multi-part figures, supplemented by a few barbarian molds from their fantasy line and some molds from Dutkin's Collectibles making some earlier Romans and some opponents. Happily, most barbarians in tunics and trousers look the same for centuries. I had been wondering what to do do with these molds and realized that I could probably work up some plausible Saxon, Romano-British, and Later Roman armies for this game. A typical warband is going to consist of 8-12 stands of figures, which I'm depicting as 4-8 foot or 2-3 horse. The group I finished off last night was the last foot stand I had ready to go, so this morning I dug out my sorting box of raw castings: I need to do some additional casting soon, because my starter warband design wants 3 Saxon noble (i.e. better equipped) warrior stands, and the one finished last night leaves me two to go. While the total number of castings I have is large, I'm running out of good copies of the round shield, and more than half the figures need one. Nevertheless, I filed, assembled, and converted (lightly) the next eight figures. One of the 7 or 8 poses from the fantasy barbarian molds is a swordsman holding his shield in an awkward position. I had a go at repositioning it into something a little more reasonable. The nice thing about working with home cast figures is that you can always remelt them if something goes wrong, so they are good for practicing metal skills. The bad thing is that they are never as crisp as spin cast figures, so there's a limit to how good you can make them look. I'm aiming for a "nice old school" style, which would have looked really good in 1974 when we were painting with enamels using brushes that wouldn't hold a point. Because I had the metal working tools out, I was playing around with a couple of figures that won't be needed immediately for this warband. I'm not sure whether I'll be extending my Saxons with additional ordinary warriors, or whether they'll end up as Romano-British. The figure is a Dutkin's barbarian with a leveled spear held in both hands. The spear seldom if ever casts, but is pretty easy to replace with wire. I've done one here as a straight replacement; the second is holding his spear in one hand while a round shield has been added to the other.
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