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hopefully will put a smile on some gamer’s face
Mission accomplished Mark! Always got a kick out of Bender, and you’ve done an admirable job in both painting and converting. (And sorry about your boys in black & yellow – but they made it further than my team!)
Thanks but it’s Black and GOLD 😁 . Yeah we were hot in March, but then COVID and who know what happened to Rask.
Really glad ya liked him. I needed to get him done!
Absolutely superb. Love your work and a fascinating subject!
Thank you very much. Just checked out your page on Facebook. Nice Federales (and others!)
Just in case you missed the latest: https://markamorin.com/2020/08/09/aztec-snake-woman-and-drummer/
Going to get them into a game Saturday!!
cool studio, those figs look interesting to paint. I get one period on the boiler then I see something interesting from another,
Yeah, they are a lot of fun to paint. I especially enjoy the shields and all the colors – very different from most military minis
Thanks Jeff – I ran into the same problem as most if not all of the pics of Mesoamerican temples I found were Mayan. I did get called out on that as a background on another forum, but I did not want current day tourists in my background!
Appreciate the stairs pic. Years ago I did cut a couple of real stair stringers – so that makes sense. Not sure which way I’ll go terrain-wise, but I want to finish my figures first (it’s not like I’ll get to game anytime soon anyways).
Now you’ve done it, Mark! Your stuff is looking great. I just had to get my old Aztecs and Spaniards out of storage and see how they’ve held out. They were individually wrapped in tissue and stored away for a move in 2011. This is the first time they’ve been out since. Oh, well. It gave me the opportunity to try out an idea I had for photographing figures. I found I have some Tin Soldier, Ral Partha, Mirliton and Naismith figures in the mix: and finally, the studio set up:
These are damn nice – too nice to be locked away and happy I helped get you to free them!
Love your backdrop – could you share the link? I’d like to use it too if that’s ok?
BTW, I did find a 28mm Aztec temple – a bit pricey and not sure if the stairs would work for gaming. Your thoughts?
Excellent work, always loved the aztecs. First 15mm figures I ever painted were Naismith aztecs. im waiting for wargames Atlantic to produce their 25mm plastic aztecs.
First, thanks for the feedback and for looking. I have more stuff to come with this project.
Also, I have a good number of 25mm Ral Partha Aztecs, but am using/painting them up only as a last resort and where the scale appearance differences between 25mm and 28mm are minor. I’m pretty happy with the 28mm stuff I’ve found so far. Good luck with your Aztecs!
Wow!!!!! They are fantastic!
Thanks for looking! I hope to keep the project going.
They may, emphasize “may”, have existed. It also may have been that they were mixed in with atlatl users. Conquistadores’ accounts certainly mention the number of different types of missile weapons being used against them. I will have them in my games, though they will be expensive troops.02/06/2020 at 21:08 in reply to: Doubling Down Aztec Veteran Warriors from Wargames Foundry #137431
Wonderful. But ‘specimen jars’? [eye roll] Can’t wait to see a Great Speaker and Snake Woman. You’ll need a priest or two, too. –jeff
Thanks Jeff and they are in the queue!02/06/2020 at 12:27 in reply to: Doubling Down Aztec Veteran Warriors from Wargames Foundry #137411
Lovely stuff! Another of those areas that I am intrigued by, but know very little about the actual way of fighting. The figures themselves are a serious attraction though. I have painted some 15mm Aztecs in the past but sold them off in a rationalisation programme (polite term for ‘what the h*** am I going to do with this lot?’) Now I’m resisting the urge to start all over again!
Thanks – maybe 28mm is a new way to start! The fighting will be covered in my supplement when published – and should enable both pre-Colombian games as well as versus Conquistadores. The history here is fascinating.02/06/2020 at 12:25 in reply to: Doubling Down Aztec Veteran Warriors from Wargames Foundry #137410
Nice work, did you buy those from Badger Games?
Yes, I got these from Badger
Outstanding – I will be copying this for Aztec uses!
Btw, do you know of anyone selling Aztec temples (large)?
As you know Mark I’m having a France 1940 game using the following game table with Char 2Cs in the mix
Did you write an AAR? Would love to see that and read more
Cool. I was unaware of the method for shaft thickening/strengthening.
Thanks – I just extrapolated the concept of rebar and concrete – though lead is no steel!
Ah, the mysterious Arrow Knights. I don’t recall where I read it but it turns out they may be entirely fictitious. There was an early 20th century artist (with a German name IIRC- Hoffman?) who drew an ‘Arrow Knight’ as well as an ‘Eagle’ and ‘Jaguar’ knights. He may have completely misinterpreted what he was using as sources and he certainly oversimplified Aztec military society. But… his images have been used over and over and they captured the public imagination. There’s been a lot more research done showing the complexity of Aztec military society and its symbols since those drawings were made. The simplistic view of three ‘knightly orders’, though, does appeal to war gamers and figure manufacturers. Yet another rabbit hole to explore!
Yes, the research on those has proven to be difficult. My next painting project will be a 6-figure blister from Ral Partha circa 1988 – 42-305 “Aztec Arrow Knights”. Basically dudes with long feathered javelins. Historically accurate – well at this point who’s to say – not in any of the codices or not clear at best. So first, I will paint them as I have them and it seems reasonable that a feathered long arrow/long darts/javelin-like-armed elite unit could be possible. Maybe just super big atl-atl? It would be fun on the table, and given the relative paucity of information I think it would be fine. I’m planning on them having two long arrows with one held for melee like a spear. Now the SECOND question is – how to paint them and would they have shields with two of these long suckers to carry? Your thoughts?
Mark, Just thought I’d mention how much I’m enjoying your blog. Years ago I went through an Aztec phase. At the time (mid-80s ?), precious few manufacturers made Aztecs. I’d gotten Tin Soldier, Miriliton, Ral Partha and Naismith figures which, for the time, were all pretty nice. Lately, they’ve been calling me. I’ve got about 120 in total, about half painted. I’ve got some old photos here: https://sites.google.com/site/petiteguerre/galleries/aztecs . And, if you’ve not seen it there is a great thread on Lead Adventure Forum (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115157.0 ). The author, Huron34 really knows his stuff. Keep it coming!
Man oh man what great resources – thanks for sharing them. I saved them as favorites and will be referring to them as well. Really liked the stuff on your blog.
I see you mentioned Arrow Knights and I am painting a group of them next – and like you I have not seen much as to pics as references. They are the old Ral Partha figs from 1988 – after these I am on to Wargames Foundry and Outpost Wargames 28mm figs (138 to be exact). I wrote an Aztec/Maya/Inca/Conquistadores supplement which I will use to game them.
Much appreciate the feedback – very kind and very helpful.
Well done on the skin tones. They really work well .n my view,
Thanks OB, they were a bit of a struggle so others’ feedback is helpful. Cheers!
This looks like a great start to your project! Meso-american warfare has always been fascinating to me. Your planned supplement might be perfectly timed, as I understand Wargames Atlantic is beginning to do a set of Aztec and Spanish in 28mm hard plastic. No idea when they’ll appear. Hope your job search – when things get back to normal – goes well. And maybe the NHL post season will be cancelled so you don’t have to see the Leafs beat the Bruins.
Thanks Tony! I did see that about Wargames Atlantic – and I liked what I saw, but as they were not out yet I bought a lead mountain (maybe just a hill) from Badger of Outpost and Wargames Foundry stuff – plus I have a ton of old Ral Partha and others that I might paint and use (if the 25mm scale is close enough to 28mm). Appreciate the kind words on the job. As for the Bruins, this year’s team has been phenomenal. But the Leafs??? At least you’re better than the Habs! But you have a point, have had no playoff disappointments (though no thrills either).
Thanks for looking – there will be more!
Amazing as usual Per!
Definitely. I ran a club game and a convention game and both worked well. Just catching up on February stuff. Glad you liked these!23/01/2020 at 13:43 in reply to: French Armor for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of France: Part 2 #130098
They look good, Mark. I look forward to your AAR’s later this spring.
Thanks – looking forward to the upcoming games!
Nicely done sir!
These pics are great – very nice work on the figures Buck. I am looking forward to seeing the rules and diving into some of this – kudos!03/01/2020 at 15:34 in reply to: French Armor for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of France: Hotchkiss tanks #128869
An interesting post Mark, thanks. I am slowly but surely building up forces for France 1940 in 20mm. I have had most of the necessary Germans for many years, but all the First to Fight stuff has enabled me to move on from pretending that my grey Panzer IIIs were the correct ausf. Thanks to S-Model, Altaya/Ixo and Early War Miniatures, my French and B.E.F. can put up some token resistance (a bit like the real thing), but there is a lot more to get. I have a copy of The Seeds of Disaster, but have yet to dip into it. Fortunately I bought all the Minitracks (I think they are called) books on French AFVs many years ago, and now search the internet for more source material. Unfortunately the vast majority of it seems to only come in the French language, and I stopped learning French at O-level. There is a lot of very good stuff that I can’t resist though, so my ‘French language’ library is growing. The GBM magazine series is an absolute treasure, and I so wish they would publish an English edition. Thanks to the JP Wargaming Place blog I discovered Minigeneral in Portugal who produces both common and really obscure 3D printed French stuff. They are well worth looking at.
Very nice feedback deephorse, very much appreciated. I looked into Minigeneral and wow, they have a lot, but not in 15mm unfortunately. I hope to add enough tanks and armored cars for a decent selection. I have focused more on hardcover reference books, especially Restayn’s https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopaedia-Color-1939-45-ENCYCLOPAEDIA-Hardcover/dp/B00QM10H8G03/01/2020 at 15:29 in reply to: French Armor for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of France: Hotchkiss tanks #128868
Really nice work and it will spur me on to finish up some Germans for France 1940.
Great Steve – please share yours as well!03/01/2020 at 15:28 in reply to: French Armor for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of France: Hotchkiss tanks #128867
Thanks kyoteblue – I hope to post some AAR’s on my blog!
Thank you – and glad you get the style that I am going for with these. I was lucky to get them from Roger as WSD was closing.
Oh yeah, love the Bruins!!!
Appreciate the link – will have to get that pdf
Very nice indeed! (The figures; I must disagree with your choice of hockey sweater ). I’ve always been interested in those style of Pulp SF castings. And I even saw this today on Wargames Vault – a campaign pack for “Fistful of Lead:Galactic Heroes. After seeing that, I really wish I had your collection. Thanks for sharing. (￼https://www.wargamevault.com/product/297467/Dark-Day-of-the-Destructo-Ray-A-Campaign-for-Fistful-of-Lead-Galactic-Heroes?src=cab_col if anyone is interested in that campaign)
The Bra´Sheer are somehow cool. I easily can imagine their heavy units look like The Tripods from the series back 30 or so years ago.
Yeah, they have a very nice retro feel to them – we’ll see how they perform on the tabletop!
They are super pulp!! Nice paintobs and nice backdrop too!
Thanks – glad you like them!
OG huh? Some of these French tanks are very hard to get hold of anywhere. I am sure mine were QRF. Lovely painting BTW especially given the size.
I thought Stugs were small.
FCM’s are BIG compared to some of them
I do love the quirky shape of these – though they did not perform great in battle!
Glad you like the camo. The source I used was Restayn’s translated WWII Tank Encyclopedia
This is awesome stuff!