Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Second Unarmoured Early Byzantine Unit Close Ups


I really surprised myself by managing to get up very early this morning and taking the rest of the close ups after only managing the first two bases yesterday- the lure of painting my new Boukellaroi/Bucellarri was too strong to resist yesterday! This is going to give me time to keep working away at the beautifully sculpted Boukellaroi/Bucellarri later today.

If you look closely at some of the images you will notice that there has been some sort of reaction between the Humbrol Gloss Spray and the Windsor and Newton Matt Pro Spray. I usually use Humbrol brush on Enamel as it is easy to control thus I'm wondering if this might have been down to possible "pooling" of the gloss with the spray? If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear from you as I really want to avoid a repeat of the problem. You can either leave a message for me by leaving a comment of contact me through the email facility on the blog.

The images are all "clickable" so you can really dig in if that is your thing. There is also a brief description of how I wanted the models to mesh with one another above some of the images.

The moment in a melee where the highest ranking officer in the unit has been forced into the unenviable position of having to take his place in the front rank in order to hold the unit together. Perhaps the standard bearer is gesturing to a possible flank attack?

Here the musician blasts out a specific note to indicate to the officer placed in the back rank (see below) to order the archers to loose.

The stand in the back rank officer moments after he has heard the blast of the "horn" to indicate that he needs to order the archers to loose.


  1. Painting is absolutely first rate! I’m curious about your photography. I recently bought a macro to get better pics of my stuff. In the absence of a light box, I’ve been doing it outdoors. I really like the effects from late afternoon sun and the shadows it throws.
    Do you have any particular tips that assist you in getting such marvelous shots?

    1. Thanks, very much appreciated.

      Advice on taking pictures? Hmmmm.... Everyone has their own way of doing things but I just use two daylight lamps one above and one in front mixed with the natural light in the room of which there is quite a lot. I think lighting is the key. some prefer light boxes- I have never tried one so is would be unfair of me to comment. I have seen some LED light being used and they seem to give an even better result then the daylight lamps. They're pretty cheap on Amazon so I really ought to give them a go.

  2. Hello,

    Excellent paintjob !!! A lovely unit !!!


  3. Fantastic job! I really impressed!

  4. Wonderful work all round! Your clean painting style in conjunction with the bold colours works fabulously with those miniatures. I’m also quite taken with the thought put into the arrangement of each base.

    1. Thanks. It is usually my intent, when multi basing to have the miniatures interact so it's great that you noticed that :)


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