Welcome back to the Box to Table series of painting tutorials, this article looks at the first completed unit for my 2015 project (which for new readers is 12 x 28mm Ancient units in the year). My usual opponent in terms of arms races, who paints one side of a project whilst I do the other is on a bit of a break from gaming at the moment so I'm looking to build up a Carthaginian Army to meet my Republican Romans.
I'm going to put together a unit of 24 Libyan Spearmen, the figures are from 1st Corps and I picked them up a few years ago at the York Show from Curtneys Miniatures. Figures are generally good very little flash / clean up required and in comparison to other ranges are a reasonable price. Down side, minimal range of poses, 4 in total, recessed shields which makes shield transfers "interesting" and a spear which for me is a bit on the short "javelinesk" side. Genuine question how long is a javelin ? and when does it become a spear ?
The figures come in three parts which I painted in batches of eight. All paints are Vallejo unless stated.
|Stage 1 Spears and Shield Backs|
|Stage 2 Shield Fronts|
Next stage is to finish the shields, working top to bottom of the above photograph. Shield Transfers are from the magnificent Little Big Men Studios who do a mind blowing large selection of shield transfers for most periods, scales and manufactures. I initially paint the shield centre 70883 Silver Grey then 70951 White to get better coverage, followed by Daler-Rowney Cryla 704 Bronze on the shield edge. The decal is prepared by cutting it to size and then turning it over and scoring 3 lines in a Union Jack cross on the back, be careful here not to cut the whole way through the decal ! Then because the shield is recessed I pierce the centre of the decal to allow it to fit better.
The decal has a clear cover on one side which is easily removed to reveal a self adhesive layer which you then stick and mould to the shield. Remove the paper cover protecting the decal and smooth any wrinkles with your finger, finally use a suitable colour paint to blend in the decal to the white background of the shield itself. A lot of work but easier (just) than painting the designs by hand, I can't stress how important the scoring process is, without you will end up with a crinkled mess.
|Stage 3 Linen Armour|
|Stage 5 Flesh and Construction|
|Stage 6 Basing|
Some pictures of the finished unit to end the post, hope that's helped / inspired some. Its March and this is only the first unit of the 12 I planned for the year, me distracted by other projects, never !