Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Another unit ready for Smoggycon.

My painting is a bit like buses, they tend to all come at once.
 Anyway John felt that I needed to have some more light cavalry ready for Saturday, so I dashed off these chaps.
 Luckily the Pike and Shotte rules operate in sixes, so painting these boys wasnt a chore.
 I used to have a fair few Citidal figures in my previous renaissance armies, especially my Burgundian one. Who did I sell them to? They are still a nice figure to use, but I dont like the Foundry pricing for them, a tad on the expensive side for figures that are at least 25 years old.
On that note, Hinchliffe have always produced a wonderful range of wagons, especially the renaissance range. This wine wagon, was one of my favaourites, so painting up another one was a real pleasure.
 Also a very reasonable price to currently buy.

 Lastly I had a couple of spare figures, so never being one to waste a nice figure, I have painted him as a sub general. I havent a clue who the manufacturer was but still a nice casting.

 So there we have it, hopefully it will make a colourful display on Saturday, dependent on the weather of course. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Gearing up for Smoggycon.

Well next Saturday is Smoggycon in Middlesbrough. John and I are putting a renaissance game on, pending the weather, which according to the Daily Express is expected to be the next ice age.
 Anyway, putting a game on at a show is a great way to focus the mind and paint some more units.
 I have always loved the Hinchliffe gendarme figure, so it was inevitable that I should have a unit.
Well actually that isn't strictly true, because I took delivery of a further unpainted unit today.
 Hopefully, Pete, from Pete's Flags will forgive me from using some Szorza banners to add some colour to them. The Hinchliffe rangs is one of the best value ranges going at £1.65p for a cavalryman, whats not to like about them.
 Anyway I hope to see some new faces at Smoggycon, please come over and introduce yourselves.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Cesare's Swiss Contingent.

 Well I've managed to complete three of my Swiss pike blocks. My intention as stated before was to put all the figures on one base, for ease of movement and to cheat a little and not have to paint as many figures whilst still giving the impression of a large mass.
 The first two photographs are of my Perry troops, a mixture of plastics and metal.

 The next few are of my Connoisseur figures with  the odd Perry thrown in for good luck. They were a delight to paint, and I know are not everyone's cup of tea, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 The blocks together with some of my new skirmish troops. There will be three sub units for the Swiss.
 The sub unit, with a couple of injures chaps to add interest.
 For some reason I have a bit of a slant towards orange at the moment! It is the colours of my local football team, so perhaps subconsciously I am a secret Northern League fan.
 Finally the blocks en masse. Cesare's army will hopefully receive its first outing at Smoggycon later this month [weather permitting]

Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.

Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.