but wait there’s more

More 1:72 Almoravid early medieval infantry. Spear and sword armed infantry, and skirmishers with javelins.

I have carried on the same limited pallet, which helps create a coherent look on the table.

Not sure why they are holding their spears pointing backwards, but I like the skin tone I have acheived.

These skirmishes are possibly my favourite unit. I quite like the effect of the simple shield design, which to me suggests the relative status of the unit.

I wondered if these javelin throwers needed more colour.

And then I thought, yeah nah, just finish them.

Coming soon: the beauty parade. I’ve finished the first box of this this little excursion.

So, come at me christians. I’m ready to defend Iberia.

Almoravid spearmen

Another batch of Almoravid done. This time a group of spear wielding infantry.

I’m not a super tidy painter, but I think they are coming along OK.

There is something about whole units that has a wow factor all of its own.

Next up, more spearmen and maybe some armed with sword. Onwards!

AlmoravidsĀ Return

In the interest of painting the minis you already own, I have returned to a project I haven’t touched since before anyone had heard of coronaviruses: 20mm Almoravids.

I don’t have a particular rules set in mind. Maybe Lion Rampart. I’ll work that bit out later.

The minis are that chewy plastic and some of the detail is a bit soft. But they are cheap, and look fine at arm’s length.

After washing the spru I gave them all a coat with thinned PVA which is taking the paint nicely. They are quite fun to paint. I’m even giving a bit of free hand a go on the shields. All rather wobbly, but you have to start somewhere.

A few more yet, plus some cavalry. And, I’m pretty sure there are some more boxes in the shed, which will make two complete armies. For what ever rule set I land on.

More little plastic soldiers

I could be painting so many different things. Bolt Action US (Korea or WW2), Partisans, Soviets, or even some Hungarians. The reboot of Gaslands has drawn my eye back to modding toy cars. Silly but good fun. A new cast or two for 7TV is in the cupboard – an all female group of post-apocalypse type survivors. So many ideas and projects. K47 too.

I could even progress the 1:72 US to complement the Germans I finished recently.

I suspect your hobby-space looks the same.

So, of course, I’ve started a new project.

On a whim I picked up a box of Almoravids from Hat miniatures. So far I’ve done the archers and made a start on the spear-armed warriors.


This scale is fun and pretty quick to paint, which is good because I’ve got a bunch to do yet!

I can feel an experiment in something even smaller in the future, a chance to distance realism even more and just chase an impression of the relevant units on the table. Maybe not 2mm. Looking at those one day in a shop made my head swim, but there are some pretty cools scuplts available in 10mm and even 6mm. Another project, why not?