Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reinforcements Arrive

Clibinarius on borrowed Cataphract horse, Cataphract (need more of these), Desert Queen, Spearmen and a Prince August levy.

Its enough to make a fellow wish he was still doing large, Grantian armies and had oodles of time and money and no distractions. I finally ordered a teeny order of Sassinids and absolutely love these little gems of figures. I was actually ordering some medievals and slipped these in just because. Anyway they arrived while I was at Huzzah and never mind the medievals, guess who's on the painting desk. They might need their own army though.........

Now don't ask me about Zenobia, Rob slipped her in and I have no idea if she's from a 20mm range, a defunct range or a special that he did. But she is just the sort of ruler my new Iranian Imagi-nation needed. I had been sighing and thinking if I bought actual Sassinids then I'd have to buy the long delayed Romans to face them, but the ones I'd want would be the wrong Romans. Well, seeing these, I'm back on track with my series of unknown Iranian and Greco-Bactrian Kingdoms back of beyond. Except that Rob also slipped in some marvelous hoplites that I suspect are Hyborian in origin which has me thinking about Spartans and of course, flipping through the S&S list gives me other ideas. Well the good side of  Basic Impetus using so few troops is that even with multi-basic impetus armies, I could easily do a dozen armies with 100 or so figures each.

Well, first things first, paint at least 1/2 of the new arrivals and finish planned armies then plan and buy more!

Thanks Rob for keeping these figures alive and sharing!.




10 comments:

  1. SKT did a range of Midianites and she's from there. Sadly, the original 20mm camel was used for a 28mm range and they all look ridiculous apart from the queen on a camel who I promptly thought of as Zenobia - who was the wife of Conan as well. So seemed reasonable to put her in.

    The hoplite types are both from the S&S Range, SS29 and SS34. Actually, it is one of my favourite Garrison ranges, I just don't seem to get round to painting any of them myself.

    As it's just past 8am and I'm leaving for work in about 30 seconds I'll leave this for now and get back later....

    Rob

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    1. She looks perfect to me, at least as a base, I figure some form of headband with jewel or feather and maybe some jewelry and/or token light armour.

      I figured the hoplite in Corinthian helmet was a Corinthian and the other a Guardsmen of some sort, he has a Praetorian look, I didn't think of Nimidian.

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  2. OK, both todays kids cancelled - one won't get out of bed, other one 'something's come up'.

    So, where was I, right...having got a figure that makes a good Conan, a good Zenobia is a must - where would Phil be without Sue and her knitting? Interestingly, I once got killed by Conan. Well, sort of, it was a proxy thing. Back in the mid 70s I used to go to convention with the late Ian Beck - we were at Uni together - and at one of them Phil Barker was playtesting a new game. I think it was Sorceror's Cave, certainly the game we played seemed very similar to that. Phil took part and naturally grabbed a Hero figure proclaiming it to be Conan, his alter-ego in the then-running Hyboria campaign. Ian and I went through the dungeon tunnels with our characters and came across a bear. We tried to befiend it, failed and just carried on into the dungeon. Phil came along later and befriended it.

    Then our way ahead got blocked by a landslide and the only way back was through Phil and the bear.....

    Phil spent ages trying to convince us not to attack, we couldn't actually beat either him or the thing whatever dice we rolled, and he really couldn't understand these two demented people (I had graduated by that time so I can't say students) jumping up and yelling 'we're hunting bear'!

    Anyway, we died.

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    1. Good story. It reminds me of Steve Quick who introduced me to D&D but that's for another day.

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  3. I know what you mean about Sassanids - I have a number of Cataphracts in stock, but I take your point about needing shedloads of Romans to fight them!
    As regards the S&S range, I hadn't noticed them on the Garrison website - but I really must paint the last order Rob sent first!

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  4. Shhh Don't mention the Romans. I'm trying not to think about them right now.

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  5. I've never released the Garrison Late Romans because the shields often cast with pitted fronts, plus they have leather armour - which some people are coming back to anyway - rather than mail. Might be nasty and send you two gents a couple of samples then release them.......

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    1. Oh no, no no! Please no! When I sold off my largely Hincliffe Late Roman Army 20 years ago, I swore that I'd never rebuild them! If I do another Roman army I want a "real" one in Lorica Segmenta, rectangular shields and knee breeches. Just like in the old Caesar's Conquests comic book:)

      Damn! Now I have Picts on the brain.

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  6. Ross - I don't know about you but I'm starting to think that by pandering to our lack of willpower Rob is a bad man.

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