Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Redoubt Trojan War Characters - Revisted

Getting back on track with miniatures - here are Trojan War characters from Redoubt. These were painted some years ago and were posted on another site in response to a TMPer bemoaning the fact that Redoubt's catalog at the time only had line drawings.
Incidentally, figures from this range were the first 28mm figures I ever collected. I was stationed in Hawaii and a little shop where I lived had models and miniatures - it's since moved to a new location with a new owner and called The Armchair Adventurer. The previous owner told me about Redoubt's Trojan War figures and gave me the contact info for a retailer - Doug at Miniature Service Center in California. I ordered a few guys with figure-8 and tower shields, as well as a chariot. At the time I intended them to be used in a diorama - didn't start wargaming until a few years after this.
As a kid, I discovered the story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' adventures after the war in a book I read while in grade school. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the teacher had noticed that I always picked up the book and read it during our free time - while the other kids would be playing with toys and such. At the end of the school year, she surprised me by giving me the book - which I still have today - tattered and frayed. Here it is below on the left with a favorite translation on the right:
I read the translated version cover to cover many times and used the descriptions of arms and armor in painting these figures, but again, this was many years ago.
To be fair, the line drawings in the Redoubt catalog actually look very much like the actual figures.
This range was created before the Foundry Trojan War range - which was sculpted to match these in size. A nice collaboration of different makers.
The Agamemnon and Achilles figures above were part of the first set of 28mm figures I painted. I used enamels on them, before switching to acrylics.
Hector Triumphant
Death of Achilles
Menelaus and Paris
King Priam flanked by two Helen figures - one with converted/modified outstretched arms.
A comparison of chariots. Left-Right: Old Glory (w/Foundry crew); Redoubt; and Foundry. Redoubt is the largest; both in cab width and horses, but not noticeable when arranged for battle. The center Redoubt chariot was part of the first 28mm figures I painted. I added reins to it - prior to getting into gaming - reins and bowstrings aren't really feasible for gaming.

Another comparison shot of different makers. The most noticeable difference is the thinness of the Redoubt bows - very fragile. This could be remedied by adding something like Green Stuff to beef up the bow.
Below is a picture of the mini-diorama with the handful of figures I initially painted. The Lion Gate was scratch-built using Styrofoam with plaster over it. I still have it but changed the heads of the lions to face forward - it's sitting somewhere in a box needing some work.



Once again, pardon my indulgence.

34 comments:

  1. Lovely! How long ago would these have been painted? What were you painting before you painted these first 28mm figures?

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    1. Hello, Tim! Great question - I'll see if I can recall correctly - I was stationed in Hawaii in the late 90's so, the Achilles and Agamemenon figures (and some spearmen and a chariot) would've been painted then. Prior to that I really hadn't painted much since childhood - 1/72nd Airfix, 1/32 Monogram, 1/35th Tamiya WW2 stuff and a handful of 54mm figs. After the initial 28mm Redoubt Trojan War figs, I switched to large scale display figs - 120mm to 200m resin figs and such. Only around 2006 was I introduced to wargaming and started painted 28mm figs in earnest. That is until the last year or so when my painting has slowed down to almost of standstill :) Thanks again for visiting and posting such a nice comment. Warm regards, Dean

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  2. How beautiful are these figures! Beautiful and impressive...Well done with these splendid chariots, this great dio, these fantastic vignettes and this well flanked Priam...Happy Priam!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Phil. I gave these earlier painted figs a bit more attention to detail. Warm regards Dean

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  3. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

    This is one of my favorite posts of yours, EVER! Fantastic painting and photography including comparison of manufacturers' figures. Most Excellent!

    Since this is a project I will begin some day, I am marking this one, for sure.

    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks again, Jonathan. Great to hear you have this in mind for a future project. Kind regards Dean

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    2. As you with your tattered copy of the Illiad, I will return to this post again and again for a spot of inspiration.

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    3. Thank you for the kind sentiments, Jonathan!

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  4. More treasures from your collection Dean, these are delightful.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Michael. Regards Dean

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  5. I do recall seeing these fantastic painted works before Dean - I'll say it again as I did way back then, "Awesome" :o)

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks , Phil yes these are from a while ago. Best Dean

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  6. Your miniatures look fantastic!
    By coincidence, Redoubt will come over to a show in Belgium next saturday. I must take a better look at them.

    Thanks for the nice pictures, very inspirational!
    Wim

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    1. Thank you very much, Wim. I also fancied their Wellington in India range. Warm regards Dean

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  7. Stunning painting Dean, you Redoubt Trojan War collection is outstanding!

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    1. Thank you, Mike. This was a labor of love back in the day. Warm regards, Dean

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  8. Very cool looking models. I haven't realized yet that Redoubt has such a nice range of Trojans.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and posting your nice comments, Mike. Not only are the figures nice, the range is actually quite extensive, including walls for Troy as well as Minoan/Mycenaean ships. Warm regards, Dean

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  9. Lovely miniatures. Interesting how reading just one book can influence our interest and hobbies years afterwards.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Matt. Yes, that initial book as well as my loving mom indulging me in books on the subject. I suppose she could look back and think oh my, what have I created?! :) Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Really super painting, Dean! Love them.

    The horns on the helmets of the Redoubt minis are super.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Simon. Yes, those were some of my earliest attempts at using Green Stuff to decent effect. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Rodger. These were/are kind of my show case army. Best, Dean

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  12. Tempted by these so many times!

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    1. Thanks again, Fran. I managed to pick up a bunch of these from Miniature Service Company when Doug was liquidating his 28mm stock. I think he only deals in 40mm now. Lucky for me at the time! Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you kindly, Michal. When I painted these several years ago (actually going on a decade soon), I spent a little more time and attention to the painting. For instance, on the spearmen (not pictured here), I tried to vary skin tones! Later on I would let Minwax Stain take care of that :) Best Regards, Dean

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  14. Beautiful work Dean. I do love this period. Iv'e got them in 15mm and gave never played a fame with them!

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    1. Thanks, Ray. I'm looking forward to your game when you do. Regards, Dean

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  15. Dean..great to see these wonderfully painted figures again.

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    1. Thanks, Colin! Appreciate the visit and kind words. Someday I hope to get them on the table again. Warm regards, Dean

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  16. These are great! I've been revisiting the Iliad over the last couple of years and have been trying to decide which scale to use.

    I've got that same copy of the Iliad. love Fitzgerald's translation.

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    1. Thank you kindly for the visit and nice comments, Chad! I'd go with 28mm for larger games - if small 1:1 skirmish, you might try some of those pretty nice 54mm figures. Yes, Fitzgerald's is great for the nice translations of armor - like how Hektor's shield is described as touching the nape of his neck and ankles - clearly a body shield like a figure-8 or tower shield. Other translation don't describe them as accurately IMO. Best, Dean

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