Thursday, 25 January 2018


Good evening,

Over my summer hols (it's been gloriously hot down here!), as well as knocking off my Thracians, I have finished off two more Macedonian [8] Pike elements, my last Greek Auxilia element (now I have three - a full Warmaster Ancients unit's worth), another Greek Psiloi element and a makeshift artillery piece.

(I say makeshift, because the Macedonians didn't use such light field artillery pieces (this being a HaT Roman Scorpio). They used rather lager pieces. So, this will have to be replaced...eventually.

As will that Auxilia element, since it is supposed to represent Hypaspists. I've got a birthday coming up in April, so I feel an order from Newline in my future...)

Finally, after many, many moons I now have an all option DBA II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian army complete and ready to field. Sort of.

II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian Army
  • 1 x General and companions (3Kn)
  • 1 x Thessalins (Cv)
  • 1 x Light Horse (LH)
  • 1 x Hypaspists (4Ax)
  • 6 x Phalangites ([8]Pk)
  • 1 x Psiloi (Ps)
  • 1 x Greek hoplites (Sp) or Thracians (3/4Ax) or Bolt-Shooters (Art)
Now to do another six [8]Pk elements, two 3Kn, one, possibly two 4Kn, four Cv, two [Armoured]El, (and possibly another two [Early]Elephants). Oh, as well as two elements of Hypaspists and two element of more period appropriate bolt-throwers. That'll cover most of the Imperial and Successor lists nicely.


Sunday, 14 January 2018


Good evening,

Over the last two weeks I've been giving Army Painter Quickshade Dip a bit of a work out. It all started with some Galatians.

As I was pulling out my next two Macedonian [8]Pk elements, I thought that I'd quickly knock off an element of Galatian 4Wb that I had put aside as part of a Seleucid army. Quick undercoat of Dark Fleshtone, top coat of Elf Flesh, slap on some Quickshade - done. Well, mostly. You might notice that with two of these figures I then went back over with another layer of Elf Flesh, only to realise that actually, they looked better without it.

In my original figure selection I only had two Italeri naked Gauls left over, so I grabbed two half naked Esci figs to make up the quartet. While I painting these up, I thought...I must have two more naked Gauls somewhere... And low and behold, amongst the unpainted Gallic army that I based up ages back, there they were. So, after pulling them off their respective Warband elements... only seemed right to give those a quick lick of paint. If I was really keen, I'd go back and give those torques some paint...

And, since I was simply slapping on paint...Thracians!

I/48 Tracians
  • 1 x General (4Ax)
  • 2 x horsemen (LH) + 1 x peltasts (4Ax)
  • 4 x peltasts (3 Ax) + 2 x peltasts (Ps)
  • 2 x archers (Ps)
  • 1 x Camp Followers (Ps)

At the same time I used my more normal undercoat + one layer + top layer (no Quickshade) style to knock off another Greek Allied cav and Auxilia to add either to my Hoplite Greek or Macedonian armies.

Not bad for a couple of week's work!