Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bronze Age Firepower

Tenua, a young noble commands this force of Egypian Archers.
 Egypt was one of the Worlds first great empires and their archers were a major factor in the protection of their empire.
Armed with an early form of composite bow and bronze tipped arrows, the archers of the pharoahs were a deadly force when combined with the heavy troops and skirmishers thah made the bulk ot the empires infantry.
These 25mm metal pieces from Minifig were cast in the 1970's.

Friday, June 29, 2012


Somewhere on the Northwest Frontier, troopers of the 1st Madras Light Cavalry charge towards the enemies of the Raj.
Light cavalry were the traditional scouts, and flankers of most European Armies in the 19th century.  They were most often armed with a light cavalry saber, carbine and sometimes a pistol.
But on the colonial frontiers, light cavalry was often the only force of horse troopers and so were called upon to fill all the tradional roles of heavy horse as well as light horse units.
These are metal 25mm pieces from Minifig.  I painted them in January, 1990.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Han Warrior

A contempary of the Roman Empire was the Han Dynasty of China.  Streaching from the 3rd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, the Han were the successors to the Ch'in (Qin) Empire of Shi Huangdi (the first emperor of China).
This lone warrior mans a watch tower on conastant guard for the ever present danger of barbarian raiders.
I painted this 25mm metal piece in the 1980's.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ships of the Desert

For thousands of years the camel has been the way to trave the deserts of Asia and Africa.
It didn't take long for warriors to begin to use these "ships of the desert" to assist in battles in dry lands/
From Ancient Egypt to the colonial wars of the 19th century, camel mounted troops have fought for control of the esert lands of the World.
While these warriors are armes with spear and bow, the US Cavalry even used a camel corps to patrol the Southwest in the decade before the American Civil War (stationed at Fort Tejon California, the experiment was not a success and the cavalry returened to the use of horses).
I painted these 25mm metal pieces in the 1980's for colonial battles even though they warriors are more correct for battles more than 1500 years earlier (proper castings were hard to come by in '80's).

Tiger Zouave

On the eve of the War Teen the States, the regimental standard bearer of the Lousiana Tiger Zouaves awaits his flag.
I painted this 25mm metal piece from Hinchcliffe in the 1980's.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Lone Rider

Bertie Houseflie of the 17th Lancers has found himself isolated from the rest of the regiment.  He realizes now that he should have paid more attention at the morning brefing instead of haveng that extra tea and scones. 
Pehaps they went this way?  How lucky does Bertie feel today, only time will tell.

Bertie is a 25mm metal piece from Minifig that I painted in the 1980's.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Red Dragon WIP

While searching through some old boxes I found this Archive Dragon from the 1970's, that Michell is holding.  The dragon is a massive piece that I had to solder together, then started to primer in white which is how he sat for the next thirty plus years.
Considering he was made in the late '70's he still has a lot of fine detail, especially on the wings (they alone were in four pieces).
The head, body, tail and legs were in seven more pieces.
He was such a pain to put together I still remember the cramped and burn fingers ( I did say a used solder).
He weighs in at over two pounds of metal and is a nominal 25mm scale.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

For France

"This way to glory and for France," shouts Captain d'Foule of the 3rd Zouave Regiment.
The command section of a French Zouave regiment stands ready to expand the frontiers of the Empire.
From Mexico to French Indo-China, the Zouave regiments helped project the power of the French Empire.
These are 25mm metal pieces from Hinchcliffe Miniatures that I painted in the 1980's, for my colonial battles.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Skirmishers Egyptain Style

Emerging from the lush greenery of the Nile onto the desert sands, a unit of Egyptian skirmishers precede the main force of the Pharaoh's army.
By their very nature, skirmishers, were light armed and armored troops, here with shield and javelin, designed for fast deployment and harassment duties.  When the main infantry force arrived the skirmishers would often retire to protect the flanks of the slower more heavily armored forces.
These metal, 25mm pieces are some of the 1970's, designed figures from Minifig.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Yes, I Am Deaths Granddaughter WIP

In Discworld, Susan is the granddaughter of Death and picks up the job when he is unavailable.
Susan is a large 30mm metal piece from Micro Art Studio

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Éowyn-Warrior Maid

Éowyn of Rohan is more than willing to fight for her people.  
An expert swordswoman as well as rider, Éowyn is a true warrior in the mold of her ancestors
As long as enemies threaten Rohan, Éowyn, the warrior princess, will stand ready to crush them.
Éowyn is a metal piece from Games Workshops LOTR line.  I painted her in the early 2000's.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Stoneward, Woldstalkers Arcane Destruction

Woldstalkers, constructs that radiate raw power in the hands of the Stoneward Druid.
Those who enter the realm of this team face destruction from this deadly combination of arcane power.

All the pieces are metal from Privateer Press.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pirate Beauty

Brightiis Lightsinger readies to set sail on a captured Orc raft, little does she know what the fates have in store for her.
For after a short voyage Brightiis Lightsinger comes under the scrutiny of the pool beauty Michelle.
After a humours exchange, Brightiis Lightsinger is allowed to continue her adventures as Michelle returns to her fun in the pool and sun.

Brightiis Lightsinger is a 30mm metal piece from Reaper, the Orc raft is scratch built and Michelle is our wonderful daughter.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Zulu WIP

Tree warriors of the great Zulu nation make ready for their next adventure.
These metal pieces are large 30mm pieces from the Chronoscope range from Reaper miniatures.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Desert Raider Lord

 Arriving with the Dawn the Desert Raider Lord surveys his domain.
Armed with deadly weapons, secret knowledge of his realm and the passion to protect what is his; the Lord of raiders uses his skills to increase his wealth and power.
The Lord is a metal piece from Privateer Press.