Well the dust has settled from my Cancon weekend and the troops have been sorted, fist cab off the rank will be the Aventine Miniatures, mainly cause some had already been painted, and secondly, in fact most importantly, I have a rule set which is favourable to my strained sensitivities.
It seems more and more that the problem with me getting stuck into the pile of shame is finding rules that I can come at, Impetus seems to be a set of rules that I can live with comfortably and break my ancient and medieval duck on.
|The Velites are nicely animated|
So with a totally new period in mind the paint bench has been cleared of crisp packets, dead moths, old cups of tea and all that paraphernalia which seems to accumulate when it is not being used for it's prime purpose. There are a few SYW Russian and French grenadiers hugging the side lines that need finishing off but having those type of hangers on floating about always makes for a nice change of pace while waiting for paint to dry on the main project.
|He does look very nice, couldn't resist having a crack.|
At the moment I'm working on two bases of velites and a signifier (he looked so damn good I have to throw him in the mix), I'll probably be putting four velites to a base but it is subject to change once they are painted and I start fiddling about, four seems about right. The nice thing about Impetus is that there are no hard and fast rules about the number of figures required per base for each troop type as long as the base represent the troop type appropriately your pretty free to dress them as you see fit, what a novel idea!
|Just add javelin, shield and finish the fur trim|
I have stuck with a pretty simple paint job for the Velites, off white (citadel dehneb stone) with a beige tone for shading, I'm liking this compared to the grey shading more often used for white. As an after thought I was going to put a broad red stripe down the font of the tunic but I think it would be wiser to start the figures off with that than add it in now, far too much faffing about.
The tunic for the Signifier is as for the Velites but with less yellowing and I toned down the cloak a bit as I didn't want it too red. The cloak is the really old swamp brown from citadel (remember that one?) and I just toned it down a bit for the shade with a very very little of a very dark blue for the shadows and lifted it with a tiny point of ivory for the highlights. The highlight colour was just about an exact match of Citadel tanned flesh so I'll go with that in the future
|I'll need to check the shoulder strap on this 'un then finish the crest, add his lollypop and he can direct all the traffic he wants|
By the way the figures are from Aventine Miniatures (google it noob) :-)
thanks for looking