Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ancients Rebasing and Reflection

Nothing new on the gaming or painting front, but just a bit of rebasing figures painted many moons ago. These are Redoubt Oscans/Samnites and also Foundry and 1st Corps Hypaspists. They were previously based as singles for WAB and the like. I was never happy with the way the Hypaspists were ranked up with their lunging and hurling spear poses. They looked way too tightly packed together. Since I don't like individual casualty removal, figured they're just as well be based more in an open order way. All of these figures are on 40mm Litko squares - three figures per base. As I only wanted six bases for the Hypaspists, the spares were put on a round command base with a spare standard bearer.
Close-ups of the Redoubt Oscan/Samnites.
The shield designs are a combination of LBMS transfers and free hand painting.
Next up the Foundry and 1st Corps Hypaspists. LBMS transfers are used. The standard has a decal from VVV.
The two makers work well together; the Foundry guys are bare-legged while the 1st Corps guys have greaves.
Again, all of these figures were painted a long time ago, but I don't think they were posted before on this blog - not close-ups anyway.

As far as gaming goes, I actually feel like a burden has been lifted off of my shoulders. At last month's Enfilade! convention I sold off a lot of figures - most of my WHFB Empire foot, all of my Napoleonic Russians and Prussians, all of the Old Glory Biblicals, and all of the WW1 French and Germans. I also made private sales of some of my Napoleonic British (Perry Coldstream Guards and Household cav, and OG 71st Highlanders), some of the French (all of the OG infantry and Front Rank Dutch Lancers and Chasseurs a Cheval) and also a fair number of my Ancients collection (all of the OG and 1st Corps Hoplites; the OG Gallic infantry, Gallic and Scythian cav, A&A Companion cav, and Spanish Scutarii). I had sold off a plastic EIR army as well as some Medieval and Dark Age cav at last year's con. As you may see, I've hyperlinked to images of the figures for my own future reference/regrets :). The pricing was low, but since everything was sold to folks in the local community I am quite content. So far, I have kept all of my Trojan War stuff, all of the Samurai and Choson Koreans, the Napoleonic Victrix and most of the Perry, most of the Foundry Macedonians (like these Hypaspists), all of the Medievals and Dark Age Normans and Saxons, as well as the F&IW, Meiji/RJW Japanese, Gladiator and WW2 stuff. I now feel more focused and may even start hosting some games again.

38 comments:

  1. Dean! Your new basing looks good and would work for Impetvs. You have gone through a MAJOR figure purge! Hopefully, no seller's remorse later.

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    1. Thank you very much for the visit and nice comments, Jonathan. I'm actually looking forward to seeing the figures again in games hosted by the new owners! :) Warm regards, Dean

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  2. They look splendid Dean, love your Hypaspists...

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    1. Thanks, Phil - the way the linothorax are painted, I could not part wit these - as well as the Foundry phalanx units still I have :) Warm regards, Dean

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  3. The large bses make a lot of sense Dean, it also saves on damage too.Shame about feeling the need to sell off other figures, but sometimes you just have to.....so what you gonna buy with the dosh.

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    1. Appreciate your visits and great comments, Ray! Although I may have been able to charge more for the sales, going to friends in the local gaming community really pleases me. Some of proceeds for the sales have already been assigned to a few more items to go with the Samurai 1:1 gear :) Soon to be posted on this blog. Warmest regards, Dean

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  4. Looking good Dean! Sorry to see those glorious figures go, but they will be making some of your fellow gamers very happy, I'm sure!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! Indeed the fellow gamers are stoked on acquiring the figs. It's a nice feeling to know they'll be put to good use - far better than collecting dust and forgotten in a cabinet somewhere. Best Regards, Dean

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  5. Fantastc work Dean!
    mayby many models, were painted a long time ago, but looks great:)

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal. I had a lot more passion for painting back then - I can't even imagine doing up those linothorax they way they are now :) Warm Regards, Dean

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  6. Good grief with the clear-out but needs must, my pet hate is basing let alone rebasing!

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    1. Thanks for understanding, Fran! Yes, far better they go to folks who will be able to enjoy them regularly than hidden away uselessly. The multi-fig rebasing is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. No matter how magnetized the figs were on movement trays, they invariable would fall off when moved. Did I mention I dislike individual casualty removal :) Kindest Regards, Dean

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  7. These look great. I bet they really Pop when they are deployed

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    1. Thank you kindly, Steve. Yes, using even numbers of bases per unit is great for rapid movement and reforms. This coming from a novice gamer who started with WAB, and mentored by WAB-sycophants :) I now feel liberated! :) Best, Dean

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  8. Nice looking army Dean and with your pockets full of money you can now buy more things to replace the things you sold!:-)

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Christopher! Well some of the proceeds have gone to my 1:1 armor collecting zeal. That said, I may someday pick up a box of those Victrix plastic Hoplites to replace the OG and 1st Corps ones. The sculpting of the Victrix being far more advanced and realistic. Best Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot dropping by and posting the nice comment, Rodger! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Lovely to see these Dean, the shields really stand out for me.

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    1. Thank you very much, Michael. I did enjoy painting the Oscan/Samnites shields as well as their tunics. Those Osprey illustrations really do sink the hook. Best, Dean

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  11. The Redoubt Oscan/Samnites look great! I know how you feel about selling off miniatures. You do still have your WAB Ancients (Macedonians/Successors)?

    cheers,

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    1. Hello, Phil! Thanks for the compliments. As they minis were sold more for clearing out space than for profit, I am quite happy as they all are in the hands/collections of NHMGS members. Besides these Hypaspists, I still have four units of Foundry phalangites, a 1st Corps Companion wedge, two Aventine elies, a 1st Corps scythed chariot and OG Cretan archers. One of my buddies picked the Hoplites and Gauls, as well as the Scutarii. He's been wanting to build a Syracusan army. Not sure what rules he plans on using for them. Best regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much! Regards, Dean

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  13. They do look superb! Years ago, I recall a post at Bartertown where some poor gamer was trying to sell a lifetime of painted lead armies (50+). It stuck with me and I turn over my painted lead regularly. Anyway, keeping them local means you get to see them again!

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    1. Great to hear from you again, Monty! I never realized you did that with your beautifully painted figures. And yes, it's very comforting to know the figures are still in the local area and I look forward to seeing them in the future. Best, Dean

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  14. Superb Samnites and Hypaspists Dean! I always seem to regret selling stuff I've painted myself.

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    1. Thank you for the very nice comment, Mike! I'm consoled by the fact that they'll be used by friends in the local community. Also, since most of them weren't recently painted, I had forgotten how much effort I may have put into them :) Warm regards, Dean

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  15. Lovely looking minis, Dean. Your minis deserve to be seen and selling them will get them out there. If I was local... :-)

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    1. Appreciate your visit and kind words as always, Simon! I sure hope the new owners will be hosting games with the figures. Warmest regards, Dean

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  16. Good thing you decided to rebase these guys, gives us a chance to be amazed...! Outstanding miniatures, thanks for sharing... and hope you have a lot more of undisclosed "oldies" you´d like to rebase!! :D Cheers my friend!

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    1. Thank you very much, RM! Appreciate your interest and kind words. I always thought ranking figures directly behind each is such a waste of brushwork for the guys behind the first rank :)

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  17. Rebasing can be a chore however you have achieved a great look and feel to these bases Dean.

    Selling parts of the collection becomesxa necessary evil at some point. Thankfully you hsve sold locslly and may still see your sterling efforts in use.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks for the visit and nice comment, Ross! I've re-based a lot of my figs like these - 3 per 40mm square. I like how they can be positioned to have all the figs seen, as opposed to the tightly packed 4 per - one right behind the other. Also, these work with the type of rules I play - Lion Rampant (as they're in multiples of 3 for the 6 & 12 fig units) and Hail Caesar (as the sizing of units is mostly based on frontage). And I am very pleased to have local gamers in possession of the figs - now I can chide them into hosting games :) Best, Dean

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  18. The rebased figs looks great Dean! Great job!

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    1. Thank you kindly! Yes, my preferred type of basing for most of my games now. Regards, Dean

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  19. The rebasing looks great, oh and I look forward to seeing your Awi figure when you get around to painting him

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    1. Thanks a lot, Kent. Yes, someday I will have to slap some paint on those AWI guys. Best, Dean

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