Thursday, December 29, 2011

In Preparation ...

A command group for the gauls/celts, some work to do on these yet before painting ...
and for the Romans a unit of auxilaries (converted HAT triari)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Asterix and his chums ..

I've based up the useable gauls from the two Plastoy Asterix sets I obtained. Firstly have Obelix holiing Dogmatix, Getafix and Asterix passing the time of day ..
Cacofonix prepares to play for an audience ...
The chief Vitalstatistix,Getafix with his staff, with Obelix and Asterix in more agressive mood !

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A couple of conversions

I converted the Asterix and Getafix from the Plastoy olympic set; Asterix gets a full set of clothes and Getafix gets a staff.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

First lot of Romans

Have finished converting my first box of Call-To-Arms romans, giving me 12 figures in advancing poses (I've kept back the remaining 4 in the most unconvertable pose for future use), shown below with centurion and standard bearer from Irregular Miniatures.
I'm thinking of having roman unit sizes of 18, 16 legionaries + officer and standrad bearer. Each unit could represent a century an 1:5 ratio or cohort at 1:30.

Alternatively I was thinking of a 3 units to a cohort approx 1:10 (a bit like organisation of infantry regiments for Charge SYW)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Asterix Character Figures and a look at some Romans

Plastoy Asterix at Olympics set ....
I've been examing my Call-to-Arms romans, not a very well posed set; basically they've moulded the shields and bodies together. I tried a couple of mods on two of the poses, held together with blue tack (in picture below: modified pose1-pose1, modified pose 2 -pose2).  Will need to finish them off properly to guage if its worth the effort to apply to more - on the plus size the figs are plastic and cheap.
The other two poses, one useable but the other !

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Initial Choices, Samples etc

Have decided on 54mm, they are closest in size to the Asterix characters I started with.
Have been sampling a couple figure sets:
  • Italeri Gauls - - nice set 8 poses, 16 in set 
  • HAT Gallic Warband - nice set 4 poses, 16 in set
  • Call to Arms Roman Warriors - 4 poses, 16 in set - not very good set of poses - possibly convertable.
Also had a look metal figures- best so far is Irregular Miniatures (£3.75 a foot figure) - plan to use these for commanders/officers.

I've also found there is another tube of Asterix characters which includes some romans - which I've ordered.

Some initial ideas on basing is to use poker chips, I have a load I got in a charity shop which I use for trees but they seem to suit the 54mm figs.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

What got me started ...

I've been looking for another period for my wargaming and had though of ancients but needed a stimulus. Some Asterix characters from Plastoy (Plastoy Tubo Asterix Tube) got the old brain started. These are approx 45mm+ in size they could be large 40mm or undersize 54mm.
Hmm ? so 40mm or 54mm gaming - food for thought. Currently sampling some figs.