Thursday, 4 March 2010

Numidian Royal Bodyguard

These miniatures were splendidly painted by my mate Nick Speller, and based by me.  They form the Royal bodyguard of my Numidian army.  Numidian Kings often recruited Spanish cavalry "with bridles" for this role (at least in Caesar's time).  They are also the final unit my the Numidian army, which now has just under 300 minis.

I've used whatever figures came to hand; some (late lamented) Companion miniatures, sent to me by Mike Adams in the US, two Crusader Spanish and a couple of A&A Numidians.  The horses include some Aventines, and the splendid standard is Aventine.  I added rosettes and fringes to the horses to give them a Spanish flavour.


 And here they are from behind.  This shows the irregular basing style I favour on all my cavalry.


These'll be Masinissa's bodyguard at Zama.  

In other news... I hope to start the 6th terrain board today.  We also have a table number at Salute, but I don't know exactly where in the hall it is, at the moment.

12 comments:

Hetairoi said...

Superb! Your work rate is excellent ;)

BigRedBat said...

Only 'cos I don't paint them! :-)

RTB said...

You can tell they were painted by someone else as the paint is in all the right places!!!!

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BigRedBat said...

I think I could base in my sleep, now, wodge. ;-)

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

These are fantastic. I love the mix of figures as it matches what I see in my mind as a unit might look on campaign in this period. Too many times I think we end up using too uniform of a figure selection. The extra work you spent to gather the right figures really pays off here.

BigRedBat said...

Hi Allan, "extra work" involved grabbing any vaguely suitable miniature in my bits box! ;-)

Caliban said...

Lovely stuff as always, Simon. By the way, four of your dead nellies arrived for me today from Aventine - well done on those too!

Paul

BigRedBat said...

Ha Paul; I heard a bunch had gone to Scotland- I should have guessed! You now own the world's second largest collection of dead nellies. ;-)

BigLee said...

I know plenty of other people have said this before...but damn I'm looking forward to seeing your work at Salute.

BigRedBat said...

Big Lee, I'm hoping that the terrain will at least bear comparison with the figures on it!

Doc Phobos said...

Regardless of who painted them... great looking unit! :)

BigRedBat said...

Hi Doc, Nick is a better figure painter than me, especially when it comes to irregulars. I'm OK at painting, just as long as the minis are Romans!