Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Days

I'm about to start my third week of school.  As my friend Doug noted, getting used to the schedule is a little bit difficult.  After a summer off, getting new students used to what I do is a little challenging.  Even so I seem to have a pretty good group of kids, so it should be a good year.

Old Glory Mounted Archers.  Pegasus large medieval cottage in the background.
That said, I've been working on a number of units this month.  First up are some mounted archers.  I bought 40 of these a few years back when I had an Old Glory Army membership.  These 28mm archers are pretty nice and relatively easy to paint. Unlike many Old Glory mounted figures, the riders fit their horses pretty well.  I've gotten to the point where I glue the riders to the horse before painting.  I don't know if it will work in every case, but I did for these figures.  I'll use these for semi-skirmish level games, so I didn't put them in any kind of fancy livery.  I figure scruffy figures for random encounters and town sackings would work best.

The second unit I painted was a crossbow unit.  There are ten stands of crossbows that go accompanied the vanguard at Poitiers.  I decided I didn't want them to be utterly boring, so swiped the pavises from my pack of Old Glory pavisiers and had at it.  These are pretty well equipped Genoese crossbowmen.  But I also determined I didn't want them to be just Genoese, so I decided two of the bases (six figures) would be the Italian mercenaries, and three of the bases would be city militia.  Thankfully, the Perry website shows some pavise colors for twelve different cities.  I settled on Soissons, with the large fleur de lys and the Meaux, with the red and green shield.  They were fun to paint and it added color and variety to the crossbowmen.
Line of crossbowmen.  Genoese, Soissons and Meaux from left to right.
I'm continuing to paint.  I have one more bag of Kentucky riflemen for my American-Spanish project.  I still have another thirty mounted men to paint, and that will finish up what I have until I get around to adding more infantry for both sides.  That's not at the top of my list at the moment.

I've actually got several more entries in the can to add.  I have a quick review of last week's Fix Bayonets get together, as well as some pictures of my first completed wooded terrain pieces.


DeanM said...

Nice work and photography, Kevin. Wow - those handpainted shields are impressively done. Best, Dean

Ted Henkle said...

Yeah, great job on the figures!

The Angry Lurker said...

Those pavises or shields are especially excellent Kevin.