Whew! What a month! We sold a house, bought a house and squeezed in a trip halfway across the country in between. Haven't had much time for painting, but I did manage to finish off my Libyan Spearmen by Crusader Miniatures.
I enjoyed painting these up. I like Crusader's chunky style, these figures rank up easily, but there's enough variation between their gear to keep things interesting. My one qualm was the pretty vicious amount of flash in their open spear hands that I needed to carve out.
The extra Carthaginians in mail became members of the unit commanders guard. I figure they've picked up some equipment from recent skirmishes with Romans, but upgraded equipment has not filtered down to the rank and file of the rest of the unit.
The shields received LBMS transfers, which look great but didn't grip the shields as tightly as I'd hoped, even with scoring and cutting "pie slices" into their edges to make them conform to the convex dome of the shield. I was also surprised at how heavy each base wound up. That's a lot of lead on each 40mm x 40mm or 80mm x 40mm base, and a few bases slipped from my fingers while finishing these up necessitating some regluing of shields and spears. I'll have to get a movement tray for these guys.
What else has been up? I missed Cold Wars, Google is torpedoing the RSS reader I use to gather feeds for Flipbook, Warlord Releases plastic Caesarians and a new supplement for Hail Caesar, Gripping Beast announces new generic Dark Age plastics... I have a lot of catching up to do!