Archive for August, 2008
I thought I would never get this unit finished – and its only the first half. I’m not sure if the horseman and steed just made for too much model to paint or if I’m finally shaking the rust off my painting skills & producing quality works. That’s a bit hint that I’m pleased with the results. Now I just need 10 more days to finish the other 4.
Reinforcements have arrived! For the second phase of my Arab army I selected Magister Militum miniatures. Customer service was excellent – each of my emails was promptly answered. The order took four days to process and about a week to ship from the UK to the US. All of the figures are well cast with minor flash and mold lines. Sculpting quality is average to above average, although there does seem to be a bit of flattening from the spin casting process.
I believe this line of miniatures used to be called Navigator – I don’t know if Magister purchased the product line, or simply re-sell the product. In any case – the Magister web site is still a work in progress. In the two weeks since I order, prices and packaging methods have changed. Even with the changes – the unit deal (24 figures) still seems the best way to buy in.
The Magister Arabs fit well with my existing Gripping Beast (cast by Old Glory 15). Foot solders match well for height – eye ball to eye ball the figures are the same size. The Magister minis are a bit bigger about the chest and perhaps a bit longer in the arm. I’ll have to mix a few into a unit, but I suspect the size differences will naturally blend as normal human variations.
Magister on the left. Gripping Beast on the right.
The Syrian Heavy cavalry are a more mixed lot. The riders are very upright (side effect of a one piece figure) and sit taller in the saddle than the crouching bowman. Trying to get the riders to fit their mounts will take a bit of pliers work – the legs are either too narrow or too wide.
Magister horses are a bit thin, short in length but stand taller than the Gripping Beast horse.
RastlCon is a new gaming/hobby convention coming to the Kenosha, WI area 11-22-2008. An event list seem to be a work in progress, but Rastl is a known Hirst Arts fan & that can only be a sign of good things to come.
First two units of my Arab WAB army are (mostly) complete. The figures just need to be based – a task I’ll save until I’m truly bored. I’m still not 100% sold on the color scheme – the blues and greens jump out as bold, deep colors rather than the more pastel colors from my research.
Three champions of chaos converted from various bits and pieces. The Undivided Champion’s body is a metal chariot rider, with an arm from the mutation sprue and an sword from the Chaos Warrior kit. The Khorne Champion is built with parts from the old Chaos Warrior plastics and the chaos mutation sprue with a torso and shoulder pad from the Marauders kit. The Nurgle champion is once again built using the old Chaos Warrior bits plus the head and guts from the zombie kit and what I think is an ork arm.
Wargames Factory finally announced the ship dates of their new plastic figures – but the first kit released will be colonial era British solders rather than the Roman Legions first advertised. Don’t worry – they promise a busy September as both the Legion kit and multiple Celts box sets are finally released. Rumor has it that the secret box is a chariot for the Celts.