Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From PhilH: 28mm Mahdists with Command & Challenge Desperado (75 points)


From Phil:
My next entry, it may surprise you to know, takes me back to the Sudan. Seven foot Mahdists, plus a command stand of one foot one mounted. I painted these alongside the casualties I also submitted, a fairly sizeable batch for me but a mere drop compared to DaveD's ocean. 
Once again, this batch is well furnished with conversions to mix things up a little. These five all got a good hacking, mostly with arms from various places, including Warlord plastic celts and Wargames Factory Greeks. My favourites are the tribesman with arm thrust in the air, his war-cry of 'Allahu-Akbar' almost audible and the Beja flinging his spear, shield arm thrust backwards for balance. 
The Beja wing of the force gets a mounted commander, this being the Perry's version of Osman Digna himself. This set was kindly bought for my by my Secret Santa this year and he has been turned around in record time (the Mahdi himself is still in the box, though!) 
Different parts of the force are starting to get differentiated by colour, with Beja being very plainly dressed, mostly in Vallejo Iraqi sand and tan yellow.

He's such a badass sculpt, surveying the scene, I wanted to keep him nice and plain as well.
And as my entry fee, a desperado painted in the style of Peckinpah's Wild Bunch. I picked this chap up alongside a bunch of cowboy minis in a bargain bit at Triples so I don't know the manufacturer. He is rather a slim model but painted up nicely, though perhaps not the most interesting. I liked the pose, saddle bags slung over the shoulder.
Looking at the photos, I'm not quite content with him - I think he needs to be a bit grubbier, so I will add more stippling around his feet and I think he deserves his eyes doing, a chore I usually skip. 
I have left his basing for Curt to do to his own liking. 
I hope you like him!
Excellent work Phil! You're getting quite resourceful with your mods to the base Perry plastic set (using the Ancient Greek plastics from Wargames Factory is sheer genius). I love the command vignette and I think you did the right thing to keep it minimalist as it seems fitting for the subject. I also really like the basing, with his horse calmly standing on the flat rock and scree. Very nice.

And thank you so much for the Desperado! I think he's quite marvelous. I like his understated pose with his saddlebag (full of ill-gotten loot I would suppose) slung over his shoulder. The cream waistcoat is a great touch as well.

These Mahdi and the Desperado will give Phil 75 points, which includes a bit extra for the various modifications. Great job Phil and thanks again!
  

18 comments:

  1. These are great, I really like the cowboy, a nice classic pose

    Ian

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  2. Lovely work Phil, the conversion works are great, I need to get my plastic spare box topped up. One cool cowboy too, well done.

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    1. Cheers Dave, it's fun to tweak the set, not much one can do about them all being running poses though!

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  3. Great work Phil!!! Love the Cowboy!!!

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    1. Thanks Ray! Looking forward to seeing the whole lot together

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  4. Very impressive work - not only the painting/basing, but your conversion work too.

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    1. Cheers. I used to convert a lot more, I'm keeping an eye out for a new project where I can rediscover those skills

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  5. Superb stuff Phil! The basing on Osman Digma is wonderful.

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    1. I'm pleased with how it came out - pretty much exactly as I imagined.

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  6. Striking paintwork all round; love the Mahdist clobber - nice effect!

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    1. Thanks Monty. It is quite different to others', with the very dark shadows, and quite time consuming. But with 60 or so done, I've got to stick with it now!

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  7. Very nice work and great conversions.

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