Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Keeping so many blogs up to date is a job in itself and occasionally I scan the list of posts to see if one of them is particularly unloved and try to finish a few figures for the relevant period. Over the last two weeks I have got some figures finished for these three blogs:
Return to Darkest Africa
Dark Ages Warhammer Ancient Battles
Although I have updated Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis they aren't wargaming entries so I haven't included them.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
This is a Foundry female Samnite. The first recorded account of female gladiators was under Nero who arranged a games that featured many types of fighters, who were all Africans, including women.
More on girlie gladiators next time I paint one!
The most distinctive characteristic of the secutor was the heavy helmet with the small (35mm) eyeholes. This was so that the retiarus could not thrust his trident at the face.
Wargames Foundry figure.
This is my largest wargames unit: the Tower Hamlets Trained Band. Sixteen pikemen and thirty-two musketeers. I modelled this unit some years ago and chose the THTB for my first ECW unit as my first job in the City was actually in an office in Tower Hamlets (just!). The flags are from Body's Banners and the figures are all Renegade Miniatures.
This is my Bicorne Miniatures model of Robert Devereaux, The Third Earl of Essex, (January 11, 1591 – 14 September 1646) who acts as General of my rather small ECW Army of two units of foot and one of cuirassiers.
Following the accession of King Charles I, Essex became a Parliamentarian and led the Roundhead army at the beginning of the English Civil War in 1642, notably at Edgehill. He then commanded the forces at Turnham Green, which blocked the far smaller Royalist army from entering London; the Earl's forces having been boosted by the presence of the London Trained Bands and the Royalist's not being prepared at this stage, to force battle on a large group of, essentially, civilian Londoners.
His campaign in Cornwall was largely disastrous and his forces were pummelled at Lostwithiel, much to Cromwell's annoyance. He resigned his position in 1646 and died the same year. So why do I have him as my army general? Firstly, because we share a birthday and secondly his colours were orange, which was my favourite colour when I was little!