Blog discription

What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Athens Revisited

My ADD afflicted mind has me going through interests and gaming periods faster than you can say rip van winkle! My latest craze has been with the Greeks. If you've ever read Victor Hanson's books (for instance his great "Western Way of War") you'll understand why I've always had a fancy for them. But I do give credit (or should I say blame;)) to my very good friend for getting me back on board this colorful period. He is almost a clone of me when it comes to going from period to period, but just delves into it a bit deeper in the research department. He started reading everything Greek of late and then off he went and bought every Victrix Greek box they made plus one each;) Oh and all the transfers as well. Then of course it didn't help me that he talked non stop about them and then pointed me to a blog site called "Too Much Lead" (who sadly quit the blog business) who posted a couple of Saga battle boards for the period. Well let's say I was already falling off the cliff when my friend gave me an extra push;)

Here is a couple of jpeg's of the Battle Boards for Sparta and Athens. I've noticed a few mistakes on the battle board but nothing that can't be easily fixed. The idea is to play test them a bit and tweak them to my taste.

 [Attention: To those not used to looking at pictures on blog, if you click on pictures you will see the larger size]

Now with the above in mind I just had to paint my General/Warlord first. If for anything, it was to inspire me toward whether I wanted to really do it or not (I do!!!). So a few posts ago I showed you my built up base. The following pictures will show you a mini step by step I did in creating the finished product.
Parts glued together (in the future I will paint the bodies seperate from the other bits and paint those on the sprue).
I wanted to use the arm holding the helmet which is a left arm and the arm to rest on the shield was a left one. So I took a right arm for holding spear upright and used a little milliput to make a sleeve to match the other arm.
First coats of paint
Some basic shading and the start of building up the base.
The job finished with a gloss coat (please forgive the Japanese back drop, I have yet to make Greek Terrain;))
...and now with a dull coat to complete.
Excitement courses through my veins, so the General (me) assembles his troops;)


  1. Looking good, Kevin!


  2. Thank you Aaron, does it make you want to break out "Lost Battles" ;) My good friend jokingly told me "now you only have to paint up 48 more to make a unit", I was like doh!

  3. Those "two" are very pretty Kev. BUT, they are not Dark Ages figures!! Are those Danish archers done yet? Hehe!

    I am actually working on some Saxons at the moment.

    1. Howdy Skip, The Dane archers got there base colors on and I am halfway through black lining them. The Hoplites are giving me a nice break from them. I will return to them soon, no worries there;)