A couple of weeks ago I started painting my Saracen Army proper. I've painted up most of the horses but put these to one side and focussed on the 130 infantry figures already based and primed.
Part 1 of this project can be found here...
10 days later I can report 130 infantry figures painted. There are some provisos...firstly I have not painted the shields (toying with the transfer option) and secondly the basing still needs to be finished.
You'll see that my painting style is very basic, slap on the colour and paint over with army dip (medium tone). This allows me to field armies really quickly and do what I like best play with my shiny toys. I haven't decided yet on whether I might tone down the shininess with a matt spray?
Again please bear in mind I am building a 'Hollywood' Saracen Army so no reference to historical inaccuracies please.
So here we go...
This lot were really easy to paint...all black. The bulk have come from Gripping Beasts Plastic Arabs.
Sixteen Spears, Sixteen Archers and an Officer. All my units will be built in eights to allow easy conversion to Saga.
Next up is a neat little unit of Crossbows (all Black Tree Design). I will be building another 16 crossbows from the next box of Gripping Beast Arabs.
Each of my units has a common colour - in this case its blue
Archers are clearly something you need in a Saracen army so 16 so far. A mix of gripping beast and black tree. These guys all have blue sashes helping to tie the unit together.
We of course need some levy, javelin throwers etc. - 16 of these
Next up are some North African Skirmishers...
Next up are probably some of the nicest Black Tree figures - there spear armed warriors. Red being the theme for 24 of them. These will look great once the shields are added and the bases done.
Finally I had around 24 sword armed and other melee weapon figures. These could be dismounted knights, guards etc. Some of them would also look great supporting a Sinbad style game...there is a thought.
And lastly the first boss...
Up next - well there are another 80 infantry to be built md painted But I'll start next on the Heavy Cavalry.
Until next time....
Part 3 can be found here...