Sunday, May 25, 2014
Just a quick post to share my finished arab archers. These figures will get sabot bases similar to my berber spearmen, but I'm waiting until my Silfor desert tufts arrive from Scenic Express to finish the sabots.
I wanted to keep a subdued color palette to blend with the neutral tones of my berbers, but I couldn't help but give these archers a bit more color. I settled on a color palette inspired by the cover of Osprey's The Armies of Islam : 7th-11th Centuries. The figure in the foreground of the cover has a warm yellow robe and blue head scarf that I quite liked. Coupled with the earth tones I used for the berbers (namely Vallejo Beastly Brown and Sand Light and a mix of Sand and Spicy Mustard ) the overall effect should be fairly cohesive for the finished army.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
|Berber spearmen in neutral white, tan, beige, and brown.
|The bases could use some tufts, but I didn't have any desert vegetation on hand.
Besides SAGA, I also intend to use these figures for mass battles. Although individually based on washers, I created a few sabot bases for them as well. I intended to mount four of them to a 40mmx40mm base, but they were jammed in so tightly I switched to 60mmx40mm bases.
|Magnetic tape being affixed to metal 60x40 base
To help keep the figures attached to the sabot base, I laid down some magnetic tape on top of the rectangular base.
|In the future I'll make the holes a bit larger so they're not quite so snug
On top of the magnetic tape, I glued some 2mm foam sheet that had circular openings cut out to accommodate the spearmen's bases.
|Once glued and painted, I did have to go back and chisel out some errant grains of sand
Both the spearmen and sabot's received similar texture and paint to help the bases blend together.
|Berber tribesmen, ready for skirmish or set piece battles
The Gripping Beast figures are decent. I quite like the robes and head scarves, but the detail on their faces was quite tricky to make out. Overall I'm pleased with how they turned out, but I'm eager to compare them to the new plastic range they've just released.