Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Two More Phalanx's Finished

I managed to get these painted up in a few sessions all within a week. Much better output than I managed with the 15mm SYW Prussians that took 3+ weeks to get done. As usual these are Baccus, a mix of advancing and stood to get the depth and look I am after.

That being said I will probably paint up a few units all in the stood pose as I think it will add to the overall effect if all units don't have pikes at the slope. 

These are painted with green tunics and are a start of a third division. As per the others I have 96 figures to a block. Twelve across and eight deep. The phalanx actually fought eight deep, it will be interesting when I get them all done and put side by side. I may have enough for one full real phalanx!

With these two blocks I have now reached the half way point of my target of twenty blocks. That's over 960 figures as a few have extra commanders on the base. I have enough figures I think for another four blocks. I probably won't buy any more at Partizan, need to check my stock before deciding for sure. 

I am changing my focus over to the Persians with the aim of getting another four plus Persian infantry and about six cavalry units painted up so to be able to start playtesting some ancient battles in this scale. Next up on the painting table is another two Hoplite blocks, just finishing off my first guns for my SYW Prussians so looks to have three finishes in three weeks!

17 comments:

  1. It's Always impressive to see such phalanx, whatever the scale is! Wonderfull work Ian!
    What are the spears made of?

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter, I use brush bristles, they bend without snapping. Of course it takes about an hour and a half to do both blocks

      Ian

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    2. Thanks for the answer Ian! I thought so but I wasn't sure about it! An hour and a half sounds like quick enough to me for all those figures! ;-)

      Greetings
      Peter

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  2. Is there anything more striking in 6mm than a densely packed phalanx? I think not!

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    1. Yes two densley packed phalanx LOL.

      Really looking forward to getting them all on a table and getting some action. Of course that's way off yet

      Ian

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  3. Excellent stuff. This really highlights the strength of 6mm miniatures. It really captures the mass and depth of the formation.

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    1. Thanks, when we get to play with them, the opponents will be either three or four ranks deep depending on what they fight, that really should make them stand out

      Ian

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  4. Excellent phalanxes Ian :)

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    1. Cheers Tamsin. I will probably be bringing them to Partizan as I think Curt will be there

      Ian

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  5. Amazing units, very impressive!

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    1. Thanks Phil, they are starting to gain a mass of their own now so should be fairly easy to do the final 10

      Ian

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  6. Now that's an impressive sight!

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    1. Thanks Michael, just ten more to go

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  7. Wonderful stuff Ian. Love the shields!

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    1. I thought those shields were a pain, then I painted 96 hoplite shields and know my mistake LOL

      Ian

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  8. Unbelievable - I know know how you stay so focused so consistently.
    More very impressive units Ian!

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    1. Thanks Paul, I have found I get them done faster if I stick to two units at a time. More and it starts to feel like work but two seem to flow fast enough to keep my happy

      Ian

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