Monday, 21 July 2008

Painted EIR ... almost

Just like buses isn't it? You wait for weeks the two posts come along one after the other!

Apologies once again for the lack of recent posting. Real world activities like job hunting, finding a house, living with the in laws, etc, have rather got in the way of gaming and painting. Still, things slowly seem to be working out ... I hope.

Anyway, here's my latest efforts with some Early Imperial Roman legionaries, figures from Black Tree Design. Given that I've not painted much recently and that any painting takes place in an air of polite disapproval (from the mother-in-law, bless her), I don't think they're too bad.

Nearly Painted EIR
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Typically they have yet to pick up their shields from the quartermaster. ;-) I really must get some done.

Starting from a GW Black undercoat the paint scheme is as follows.
Armour - GW Chainmail, GW Black Ink wash, GW Chainmail highlight, GW Mithril Silver on the edges.
Flesh - Foundry Flesh Shade/Mid/Light
Tunic - Foundry Madder Red Shade/Mid/Light
The tunics caused me some angst as I felt the red I had used for Auxilia was a bit too red for the Legion. Initially I used only Madder Red but found this a little too flat (see figure on the left) so I tried adding yet another highlight with Foundry Bright Red Mid. Yes, a four colour scheme, madness I know!
Sandals - GW Vermin Brown, GW Brown Ink wash, GW Vermin Brown
Leather Straps - mostly Foundry Deep Brown Leather Shade/Mid/Light
Pila shaft - Foundry Spearshaft Shade with highlights in Spearshaft Light (thanks to GuitarHeroAndy for that tip)
Bronze - GW Tin Bitz, GW Shining Gold - not ideal but fine for small areas.

Happy Gaming!

Figure Comparison for some EIR & Celts

Here's a picture of various EIR and Celt figures compared side by side. Thought some of you might find it useful, or even just interesting.

Figure Comparison
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From left to right the EIR designed by, Imago Militis (North Star Figures), Warlord Games, Gripping Beast, Black Tree Design. The sword waving Celt is BTD and on the far right is a GB Celt.

Measuring from foot to eye gives
Imago Militis 25mm
Warlord Games 25mm
Gripping Beast 27mm
Black Tree Design 28mm.
BTD Celt 28mm
GB Celt 26mm

The Warlord Games Celts (not pictured) are a fraction taller than the Romans and great fun to build.

Better post this on the WAB forum too eh?