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Offline Doom Beard 78

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Macedonian figures
« on: May 03, 2021, 09:29:28 AM »
After many years of painting away I finished off the last of my unpainted Greek/Macedonian figures.  Looking at my shelves there are around 800 painted infantry and around 120 cavalry, which I think is enough. Here are the final figures

1: Polemarch Theurophoroi
2: Mounted Greek musician and unit he accompanies
3: Empire elephant, nicknamed "Oakie" for reasons I won't go into

These figures are something of my swan song as regards Ancients

Offline Bloggard

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 10:41:01 AM »
they look great.

Offline trev

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2021, 11:14:10 AM »
They look really good.  Look forward to seeing them action. 

Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 02:12:37 PM »
Thanks guys : time for pikemen. Including a unit wearing trousers - I had initially thought of painting diamond shaped Persian style patterns but recoiled when I realised that there were  48 figures and that much of the patterns would be lost when the unit was  on the table
« Last Edit: May 03, 2021, 08:41:38 PM by Doom Beard 78 »

Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 02:16:43 PM »
Spartan cavalry

Offline Fremitus Borealis

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2021, 04:45:46 PM »
Thanks guys : time for pikemen. Including a unit wearing trousers - I had initially thought of painting diamond shaped Persian style patterns but recoiled when I realised that there 48 figures and that much of the patterns would be lost when the unit was the on the table

Lovely painting! I hear you about weighing the pros and cons of detail on huge Macedonian units. But I love the variation you work in! I try to do the same in my units.
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Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2021, 08:32:47 PM »
I wonder if the actual Macedonian pikeme would have been as colourfull as I made them, or if they would have been in bleached linen

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2021, 09:00:07 PM »
Impressive looking force.
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Offline Fremitus Borealis

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2021, 11:33:07 PM »
I wonder if the actual Macedonian pikeme would have been as colourfull as I made them, or if they would have been in bleached linen

I think about that myself. If nothing else, I think it's unreasonable to assume they'd all be identical in all but the most "elite" of units. But I think we have enough lapidary and fresco evidence that there were a variety of colors available. I guess I do try to get more "ornate" with Eastern units and more solid-colors for the Western ones.

Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 10:01:17 AM »
They look really good.  Look forward to seeing them action. -

We just need to find a set of playable big battle Ancients rules. And while we are at it, we can quest for the Grail as well.

Offline Aerendar Valandil

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2021, 10:47:58 AM »
Tha's looking very nice.

Good to know that I'm not the only one with a nigh eternal project. And that the word 'nigh' truly has meaning.

Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2021, 11:38:39 AM »
I started painting those in 2013- just meant to be a small army just 7 units, famous last words.

being locked down for the best part of a year has given me time to paint, I've painted around 300 figures. I have about 60 historical figures left to paint ( I have a lot of Fantsay figures to get working on )

Offline SJWi

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2021, 11:48:39 AM »
Doombeard, if you want a decent set of “big battle” ancients rules I would look at “To the Strongest” ( TTS). They need some investment as are played on a gridded may but they are my little group’s “go to” set for ancients and medieval.

Offline Clach Umha

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 03:35:06 PM »
Very nice painting Doom Beard  8) 

Key factor they are all homogenised so well without looking 'samey' or uniformed (no pun), there's great character in them, vibrant too, without being gaudy.

Love yer Pikeys  ;)

Proper dedication that, 8yrs of fortitued, I can't even begin to conceive of painting 800 miniatures in the way you have mate, really superb!
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Offline Doom Beard 78

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Re: Macedonian figures
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2021, 06:29:21 PM »
here we have most of the Macedonians and Hoplites as they sit on the shelves in my living room. The cupboard has a hinged cover, so they are hidden away from prying eyes .

Thinking about it I really ought to change the buildings in the background and move the Swiss and the unit of Lorrainer cavalry into my medieval/renaissance shelf space but that one is full to bursting
« Last Edit: May 04, 2021, 06:32:22 PM by Doom Beard 78 »

 

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