Wednesday, February 12, 2014

From KevH: 20mm Saracen Infantry (65 points)

From Kev: 
I managed to get another Saracen unit finished. This time it's a Light infantry Egytian mob. Sixteen 1/72 Hat figures. I converted standard bearer with suitable flag.
They are actually Almoravids, but really do have the Saracen look to them. These lightly armed troops, wearing few clothes, really did seem to fit the part as a non regular unit.

They are pretty poor troops in the game, so I guess this will be the only unit I will do.
Ghazi fanatics next. I want these to look very nasty indeed.

Lovely work Kev. I really like the high-contrast style you've used for this project. The colours are incredibly punchy, which works brilliantly in this scale.

These Saracens will give Kev 65 points.

From BrendonW: 28mm Warmachine Warjack (12 points)

From Brendon:
I started this big ugly fella (about the size of a 40k Dreadnought) before I went and had a Hernia operation. I was terrified before hand but now I am slowly on the mend so it's all onwards and upwards from here.
This figure comes as a blister of metal parts to add/upgrade a plastic Khador faction warjack. I used a warjack from a battle box which gives you two warjacks and a warcaster which is cheaper than buying two individual warjacks. However the individual plastic sets come with different parts/weapons options. 

I didn't paint the eyes in the previous two as they are very small but the metal Black Ivan head has much bigger eyes and it help add a bit more colour. He was not looking right when I thought he was completed so I added red to the piece of armour hanging between his legs which made a big difference in my opinion.
First, its great to have you back with us Brendon! I hope that working on the hobby helps you pass the time while you're on the mend. 

This fellow, like your other one, certainly looks the business! Great job on the weathering and good call with adding the tabard-shaped armour. The red plate helps add interest to the figure overall. While at first glance he seems suitably ferocious I must say the jumbo-sized screws heads at his shoulder joints makes me smile - like some mad industrial arts Geppetto put him together. 

This Warjack will give Brendon 12 points. Well done!

From JaccoK: 28mm WWII American 82nd Airborne Paratroopers (105 points)

From Jacco:
Here is my fourth entry for the Painting Challenge. These are 28mm US paratroopers from Offensive Miniatures. They represent the 82nd Division. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the unit acquired the nickname All-American, which is the basis for its famed “AA” shoulder patch (from Warlord Miniatures).
The famous pathfinders
The support options
The command section
Always good to have a medic in 'Chain of Command'
And snipers for that little bit of extra nastiness.

Wonderful paintwork Jacco! The khaki is spot on, those divisional shoulder-patches are a treat and I really like the stubble on the 'mohawked' heads of the Pathfinders. Lovely stuff.

These paratroopers of the 82nd will give Jacco 105 points. Great job!

From DaveD: Sudanese Beja Mob Part Deux (371 points)

Here is the second points sortie in Dave's Sudanese carpet bombing campaign.

From Dave:
Ok you Challengers here we have part 2 off the production line.Its 72 figures plus 4 prone casualty . all 28mm Perry . Hmm I think it might need to do some more gatling guns...

Great work once again Dave. One more of these to come in folks. Wait until you see the whole horde of them - the sense of mass is amazing. 

This second band of tribesmen will give Dave 371 points. Woo!

From ClintB: 20mm Arab Revolt Turkish Infantry (96 points)

From Clint:
Continuing the "Arab Revolt" Game sorry no Camels today (But still more to come. I promise.) Here however are 24 Turks which will act as the opposition for the camel mounted Arabs. Obviously the Ottomans had more adversaries than just the Arabs, so the figures could also be used at Gallipoli as well as any of the Battles against the British forces in Palestine. And maybe next year I might do those forces for the painting challenge. But that is the future and I will need to build on this force as it stands if I was going to fight any of those battle. 

The figures are again IT Miniatures and 20mm or 1/72nd scale. And between the pictures you have the whole range with the exception of support weapons. I'll need to try the game first before I think of adding any Machine guns for example. But it is quite possible that they will be added in the future.  Apart from the two officers who are sword armed they all carry rifles (Mauser  M.1898. for those interested in the little details).
In an ideal world I would have liked a few more wearing the Red Fez so again looking to the future I can see some head swaps in the distance. After all as Dr. Who has claimed " Fezzes are cool!" Who am I to contradict him.

How cool is this: more dudes in fezzes! These look great Clint. Are you going to find some German advisors to accompany these guys? As you say a very versatile force.

These young Turks will give Clint 96 points, allowing him to close in tight on his second Challenge target of 950 points. Good job!