Friday, 15 May 2020

Greeks and Persians.

During this lock-down I have attempted to paint units, terrain etc that would be of use to my existing armies. The thinking was simply that Im not sure I needed a new set of armies to buy and paint up given that I have a lot of units that have not be used in battle.
 Normally I rely on John to suddenly produce a new set of rules he has bought and then have a small game with them that may lead to me buying and painting up some units to play, using the new rules. If I dont like them I will simply not bother although to be honest that rarely happens. 
 However during this imprisonment John has been play-testing the Sword and Spear wargame rule book and because of his recommendation I treated myself to a set. I know they have been around a while now, but its a longtime since I possessed Ancient armies and didnt expect to be owning some new armies anytime soon.The rules look very playable.
 So guess what, here are my first new ancient units. When I was a young wargamer I owned a large Achaemenid Persian army using Garrison and Hinchliffe figures inspired by the massive ancient Persian army of Derek Sharmen the then owner of the Wargamers Den in Durham City. 
 Derek was a bit of an expert on Persians and his army was a host of obscure units ranging from Indians to Ethiopians painted black and white and armed with little else. Naturally I will need an opponent for the Persians hence the Greek hoplites. These are my first batch so please excuse the shields. The transfers are a bugger to put on the shields.The figures are from the great Victrix range and are lovely figures.


The long awaited Wargames Atlantic Persians were released a week or so ago and I got my pre- ordered box from Caliver. They are surprisingly good quality figures and well sculpted. The plastic is different from Victrix, Perry and Warlord but paint up well. Normally I splash the paint straight onto the plastic figures but with the Atlantic ones I would recommend that they get a wash with some soap and water. Im hoping that with the relaxation that Victrix will be releasing their Persian figures very soon. 



 Naturally I couldnt just concentrate on the ancient period and dug a couple of renaissance figures out of my store. I simply fancied having another cleric to attach to my renaissance armies. To be honest I wanted another beautiful standard on show using Pete's Flag range.
 I hope to make real progress with the ancient project so I can get back to painting my newly cast Garrison English Civil War figures very kindly created by the old companies owner, Rob Young. They are quality figures.





14 comments:

  1. Very colourful, I like the Greeks in particular.
    Dave.

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    1. Thanks Dave,the Victrix models are really quality figures with excellent transfers for the shields.I also have the Warlord version and to be honest Im underwhelmed. They are smaller in all respects and also seem poorer made figures.My intention is to have two cheap armies, end of.

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  2. Marvelous work on your Greeks, Persians, and cleric.

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    1. I hold you partly responsible for this Johnathan given your lovely Assyrians. I didnt want to expend too much in the way of resources on this project and intend to basically have two small armies. Well thats the intention.

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    2. Move along, no chance of mission creep here! If I remember correctly wasn't your Borgia force just going to be some cheap plastic forces mostly, until it wasn't?
      Best Iain

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    3. You know me so well and I must confess that last night I ordered some Persians from Newline over and above other figures already on there way Im hopeless really.

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  3. Two new armies! Excellent news! Great start, keep at it!

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    1. Im looking forward to you next foray into the military sphere David. I know it wont be plastics but its good that veteran wargamers are still tinkering.

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  4. Great looking Persians and Greeks! Interesting to hear about wargames Atlantic plastic as I fancy getting their dark ages Irish after lockdown when I might earn some money again! Always good to see some quality additions to your renaissance armies, Pete's flags are fab, I've just done a couple of Italian wars command stands and his flags are great!
    Best Iain

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    1. Iain I know there has been rumblings about the company in the past but to be honest their Persians are very good. I was looking at the Irish and also Chinese and if they are of equal standard as the Persians they will be good to have.

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  5. Great looking figures, and it's great that you got Rob to cast some Garrison figures for you. I have them in my Byzantine army, and would love to get more of them! :-)

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    1. Rob has very kindly cast a couple of infantry regiments and hopefully some cavalry. They are lovely figures.

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  6. Amazing brushwork on all of these. The Greeks Hoplites are awesome.

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