Saturday, January 25, 2014

From KevH: 28mm Wars of the Roses, 20mm Crusades & Challenge Desperado (200 points)

From Kev:
Here we go with my latest random set of miniatures for the Challenge.
28mm WotR. All Perry's and a mix of plastic and metal. All for the nearly finished WotR project. First up are a small unit of Exeter's Dismounted Men at Arms (8 figs with command)

Followed by John Neville, Lord Montagu, command stand. 

Then we have the Crusades again. First up are the Crusader Turcople light cavalry. Two small units of 4 mounted. All 1/72 Strelets. Done in a very typical turcoman style.

Then we have the first of the Saracen Heavy infantry. A unit of Mamluk H/I with bows. (16 figs with command) 
Once again, these are all Strelets 1/72 plastics. Great little chunky figures.
I mixed the bow armed and spear armed in the ranks to represent the mixed fighting capability of these troops. Spears to the front and the bows behind. A fancy flag to add to their prestige amongst the Saracen horde.
My final entry in this lot is the Mexican. This is my Challenge entry figure for Curt (hope he likes it).
The figure was given to me by Loki, as last year I gave him the Samurai. He had the Cowboy to paint and I had the Mexican, and here he is. 
A foul looking desperado, if ever their was one. 28mm Foundry, I think. Cacti, courtesy of Loki.
Wow! What a fabulous mixture of miniatures. Kev, I've been a great fan of your WOTR since I saw them last year - gorgeous work on the subdued armour and heraldry. Your Turcople cavalry and Saracens are marvellous as well. It's such a treat seeing this army come together before our very eyes. Finally, thank you for the fabulous Mexican gunslinger - I look forward to him taking his place next to the other Challenge Desperados in my display cabinet!

This fine selection of figures will give Kev 200 points, which includes a few extra points added for the excellent painted shields and heraldry. Lovely work Kev! 

The battle for the top three points position continues to heat up!

From BrendonW: 28mm Dark Age Noble, Hound, Banner Bearer, Peasant & Cart (45 points)

More Dark Age goodness (?) from Brendon:
Here is another group I finished very recently.

28mm Dark Ages. Mounted Noble with a dismounted version is Crusader, Dog is Foundry, Flag Waver, Horn Blower and peasant and cart are Gripping Beast as is the big flag. Decal on the Shield is LBM. 
I didn't feel the need to keep the dismounted figure the same colours as the mounted version. I am really happy to get the baggage cart completed as that means in this challenge I have three larger bases of figures for the Saga escort mission. The big green flag will be a talking point in games for years to come I think.

Wonderful collection of figures Brendon. And, really, who can deny a faithful Irish Wolfhound? Your flag is brilliant! It reminds me of 'The Fighting Man' banner described in Julian Rathbone's excellent  novel 'The Last English King' (highly recommended to any interested in the battles of 1066).

This group will give Brendon 45 points. Very nice!

From JamesL: 28mm WWII German Motorcycle and Sidecar (20 points)

From James:
This time I have my German BMW motorbike with MMG sidecar . Another unit for my upcoming Bolt Action tournament.
The motorbike is representative of a late war Recon unit, and will flee at the first sign of trouble. I had fun trying to paint the goggles on the riders faces , and the basing is representing a dirt track that these recce units would make the most of.
Nice work James. I quite like the compact basing you used for this. Who is the manufacturer of this model? Warlord?

This light recce unit will give James 18 points.