Sunday, February 5, 2012

From ChristopherS: 28mm Aztec Warriors (45 points)


One of the aspects I am really enjoying about The Challenge is the wide variety of interests and historical subjects displayed by members of the group. A perfect example is Christopher's entry here, in which he sends in a beautiful stand of Aztec 'eagle knights' dressed in their very colourful and ornate armour.


These 28mm castings are from the now-deleted 28mm Foundry range of Aztecs. (I think there are many who sympathize with Christopher's aggravation with Foundry's inexplicable decision to discontinue entire groups of design-molds. I shake my head continually at the loss of variation in their current Napoleonic range that was there only a few years ago. This is not a question of burned-out moulds, as many of the deleted poses are clearly ancillary or, like these, from anachronistic periods. The fact that the owner of Foundry was also a past owner of Games Workshop seems to have a certain symmetry about it... )


These have been based for Impetus which encourages large, vignette-style stands of miniatures. From Christopher:

'The shields are all hand painted  and the back banner mount(not the banner itself) is self made. The piece is an attempt to show the Eagle warriors or should I say Eagle knights advancing over ancient overgrown ruins under the leadership of their captain seen with the large identifiable back banner. The steps and stones are again a creation of mine. Colours used were mostly Foundry with some Vallejo and the bushels/grass bushes are from Heki. (A note in that the Aztec captain was already a finished model that I did before and reworked to fit in with the rest of the warriors.)'


These six will give Christopher a base of 30 points, but I'm giving him an extra 15 for the great work on the shields and the overall composition of the base. Lovely stuff Christopher!

11 comments:

  1. They look brilliant! I have a soft spot for the South American nations!!

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  2. Beautiful painting!!! Its such a colourful period to paint up! Top class painting ChristopherS!!!!

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  3. Very colourfull, excellent unit

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  4. Beautiful! Perfect for 2012 gaming! Best, Dean

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  5. Very nice painting. Very colourful.

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  6. Reminds me of my Aztec days but those are far, far better painted......

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  7. Excellent stuff, great looking figures

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  8. Wonderful, Christopher, they are very colourful.

    Best regards.

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  9. Brilliant stuff and nice to see some colour amongst all the camouflage we've had to date.

    Aztecs is a niche period but as Curt notes, the variety is making the challenge come alive!

    PhilH
    http://infrequentwargamer.blogspot.com/

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  10. really nice work great colourss

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  11. Outstanding stuff. Just awesome colours.
    And yes - Wargames Foundry, leading practitioner of "Comic Book Guy" economics.

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