Saturday, 26 October 2013

FOOT SOLDIERS OF THE ROYAL ARMY (or arrow fodder)

Here are the mainstays of King Amias' army, the footsloggers.

Macemen (flails were the nearest thing I could find)

Pikes (the old interpretation ie. halberds)

Swordsmen armed with bows as well

All figures by Garrison. I had a varnishing mishap with these, most noticable on the Pikemen, with some of the varnish "frosting". I can only assume this id caused by temperature or humidity, but it's very annoying. Another reason to use shiny yacht varnish.




Friday, 25 October 2013

DOOMGUARD LOCATED

After my post lamenting a missed ebay auction, I quickly located another Archive Doomguard , from the original seller who had another in stock. So here he is displayed on the original catalyst to get him 34 odd years ago White Dwarf 16 (not 17 as I said previously).



For some reason, I am unable to rotate the picture, so rotate your pc if needed.


Saturday, 19 October 2013

THE LOYAL CENTAURS OF KING AMIAS

After a long break involving a broken pc, viewing secondary schools and other things that only happen in the real world, it's nice to drop back into ToySoldier land . The idea of getting my Thistlewood game finished by the 30th anniversary flew out of the window as I suspected it would, but I have been plodding away at it and now only have about 10 figures to paint before starting on the terrain.



Here are the Loyal centaurs by Garrison Miniatures. Certainly Old School and still in production (just). I have been fiddlearsing about with the bases and although not entirely happy with the final results I have gone for this slightly Autumnal look.

 A chance comment on another blog (sorry, can't remember which one) mentioned that older style bases with little or no extra flock or detail enhanced the figure and I completely agree. Unfortunately by that time I had already started basing my troops like this, but have another project brewing which will be really old school....plain bases, gloss varnish and no figures later than 1980...here is a taster of Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age
A Nemedian spearman leaves home to join in the invasion of Aquilonia


I have to say the shiny finish (I used Yacht varnish) and lack of heavy shading makes the figure much brighter (and considerably quicker to paint). Not everyone's  cup of tea, but I like the toy soldier look. Again, a figure from Garrison's bespoke Hyborean range.