Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Bronze Age DBA Part 4 - Gods and Ends

Alongside my fantasy figures, I've been working on a few miscellaneous items related to the DBA armies I've been building this year. The first of these is a bit of a crossover, actually - it's a Reaper Bones miniature, their Avatar of Sekhmet, but based on a 60mm square base. For DBA, she can be used as a measurement tool to mark a unit's threat zone. For Hordes of the Things, she can be deployed as a God, if the Egyptians are in need of a little divine aid on the battlefield.

Next up are some camp followers for the armies I've completed. These were a fun opportunity to do some little vignettes, representing some of the people that might be tagging along in the wake of one of these armies, and featuring some of the few non-combatants I could put together. (Well, usually non-combatants - DBA does have rules for sending your camp followers out to fight.)

Here are the Egyptians. The waving woman and the man with the bag are included with the Caesar Ancient Egyptian Chariot set. The man with the jar is from the Atlantic Pharaoh's Court set, which someone kindly gifted me at Barrage a couple of years ago.

The Hittites were a little more difficult, since their garb is a little more distinctive. The woman on the left is borrowed from the Caesar Hebrews. The man in the center marching off to battle is part of the Caesar Hittite Chariot set. The woman on the right is actually a HaT figure, from their Gallic Chariot with Warrior Queen set. (This isn't the first time I've put that figure to use - they've shown up on this blog some years ago in a rather different capacity...)

The Syro-Canaanites got a similar group to the Egyptians. The portly fellow in the center is good old Friar Tuck from the Airfix Robin Hood set, done up as a priest, merchant, or other dignitary.

The Sea Peoples were the last ones I had an idea before, and in some ways the trickiest, but also the most fun. Here a couple of raiders are shown making off with someone's fatted calf. (Or maybe they obtained it by legitimate means - who can be sure?) The men are from the Caesar Sea Peoples set, modified to be carrying sticks and ropes instead of swords and shields; the cow is from the Atlantic Stampede set. The most difficult part was tying the tiny lassos...

As I was going through and putting together the camp followers, I realized I had some extra Egyptian archers that were also included in the chariot set. This meant that I could do a few extra units to deploy them as the earlier I/22a list. This has a slightly different mix of infantry than the I/22b list, with additional solid bow units and fast blade units. I am still technically short one bow unit, but they have the option of switching for solid blades, which I have plenty of.

Finally, these are not directly related to the DBA armies, but are a sort of by-product. I previously had some chariots which were mounted on 40x60mm bases, rather than the 60x80 called for by the rules. Due to how these were based, I was able to salvage the original bases and use them for something else - in this case, some plastic spiders that got a quick paint job! These may pop up as Beasts or Lurkers in a Hordes of the Things game some day.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Having a fantastic time

With the pandemic still ongoing, it hasn't been a great year for gaming, but it has been a pretty good year for painting. I find it helpful to have a couple of projects to shift around between - this year, it's been my 20mm Bronze Age DBA armies, and adding to my collection of Reaper Miniatures' Bones range of fantasy figures, for use in D&D or various skirmish games. Here's what I've been up to since finishing off the Sea Peoples:

First up was this warg, which I painted more or less to resemble a gray wolf. This turns out to be somewhat less gray than I expected - or at least, there are some other shades mixed in there as well.

Next was this clerical-looking fellow, who ended up being a bit of a study in shades of brown. I also had some fun trying to paint the bottle at his waist to look like glass.

I went for a much brighter color palette with this "cultist leader" - I also tried my hand at some sort of twisty tattoo design on the side of her head, but I'm not entirely satisfied with how that came out.

I'd had this rogue or assassin sitting around half-painted for a little while - I had started off trying some object source lighting with her daggers to make it look like they were glowing, but wasn't pleased with how it looked, so I put her aside. Picking her up again, I was able to do a bit more with the effect, and I'm happier with where she ended up. Figuring out how the light should affect the colors of her clothing was interesting.

This flute-playing bard I did in a bit of a rush - at least, I think it's supposed to be a flute. There's also the possibility that she's gnawing on a baguette instead.

I added another three orcs to my growing warband. Unlike the previous batch, these three all required some amount of assembly, gluing various limbs in place before painting.

This gnomish warrior was another quick one - my dad and I decided to have a little speed-painting contest, so this one was done in an hour with a limited palette of paints. I thought the shape of her shield looked kind of like a face in profile, so I took that as a starting point.

On the more formidable side, I painted a pair of yetis. Doing the white fur was an interesting change of pace from the more usual brown or shades of gray; I tried working in some yellow tones in the underlayers, but I'm not sure they really came through in the final results.

And on the less formidable side, I painted half a dozen goblins. I actually painted another set of these guys last year, with pale blue skin, but I decided to change up the colors and do these ones in pale purple instead. (Different tribes? Who knows!) I do have one more set of six around somewhere; maybe they'll get painted green.

Next month it will probably be back to the Bronze Age - I have a few odds and ends to finish up there...