Thursday, September 26, 2013

Perry Miniatures King Richard III for sale on Ebay

One of my favourite wargaming periods is the Wars of the Roses, or the 'Cousins War' as contemporaries dubbed it. I was therefore very happy to paint up Perry Miniatures' Richard III command set which I had purchased at the recent Partizan Wargames Show. The set comprises the much maligned man himself, his loyal standard bearer Sir Percival Thirlwall carrying Richard's White Boar standard, and the very important but often overlooked Herald. I have taken inspiration from Graham Turner's latest painting of Richard III (based on the latest archaeological finds) and given him gilded armour.
Being originally from Leicester and living not far from Bosworth I was fascinated when they discovered Richard III's body in a car park in Leicester. My enthusiasm for the news and subsequent documentaries/visits to the battlefield was picked up by Lynne (my long suffering wife) and eldest daughter Nicole aged 9...hence the purchase at the Wargames show..."Dad, is that King Richard, the body they found in Leicester...?" picking up the Perrys pack she asked if I would paint him for her, so here they are. In fact I bought two packs and painted them both. One to sell on Ebay pictured here, and the other set now proudly on display in Nicole's room.

The Herald...these guys were very important but I have to admit I never really bothered with them when collecting Medieval armies....they take up the space for shiny fighting knights! I'm going to rectify this mistake in future!
King Richard's standard bearer Sir Percival Thirlwall, so loyal he held onto the White Boar standard until the very end, gallantly holding it aloft until his legs were hewn from under him. A heart warming example of loyalty to King Richard when he was surrounded by so much treachery. The flag is by Freezywater.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Xyston Later Achaemenid Persian 15mm DBA Army

A journey to the east for the Later Achaemenid Persians, and here they are in full array

As this is the later Persians they are using heavier infantry to bolster the battle line

But they still have plenty of light troops, below are the Ax and Ps...

...and mounted troops to work around the flanks, with the Cavalry and Light Horse elements

If that doesn't work they have the blunt instrument of the scythed chariot to throw forward
Finally, to command and co-ordinate everything there is the general element which can be deployed as cavalry or in a chariot. I have based the painting of the generals chariot on the famous Roman mosaic.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Painted Xyston Theban 15mm DBA Army

Continuing with the Xyston 15mm DBA theme here are some pictures of their Thebans that I have painted.

Above is the army arrayed in full. Like the Spartans they have a nice uniform appearance, but this time a white theme. They were a good match for the Spartans, not just in terms of appearance but in fighting ability too.

Above are the hoplites and general elements.

Then the Cavalry Auxilliary and psiloi elements.
If you would like a Theban army painting drop me an email
I may go in an Easterly direction Persia.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Painted Xyston Athenian 15mm DBA Army

It seems ages ago now since I put some pictures up of the 15mm Spartan DBA army, and I remember planning to put some of their opponents on the blog. But then I went rambling on about other things - I guess that's why this site is called The Ramblings of a Figure Painter.
These are the 15mm Athenians, the complete DBA army with all optional elements. Figures are by Xyston Miniatures. Drop us an email to commission an Athenian DBA army (or anything else that you would like painting).

Above are the Athenians fully assembled for battle, with a rather grumpy looking general. Either his hoplites are not obeying their orders or he's facing the Spartans again...I know how he feels...
Here are some of the elements contained in the army:


The Hoplites

Peltasts, Cavalry and Light Horse.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Gondorian Ranger sends an urgent message..."I'm about to take a courage test and think I'm going to fail it...anybody fancy commissioning some Riders of Rohan to help me!?!"
(Yes blatant advertising - and I'm not embarrassed, help or the Ranger gets trampled lol)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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