Bill Horan does it better… than me and probably you… he is in a class of his own… I can remember when buying (long long ago) my copies of the magazine Military Modeling I was treated to examples of his craftsmanship or artwork… starting with a little mesh of bended wires etc.
Take this post for what it is, a “hats off” to his contribution to the Hobby. Never have I even intended to step on his footsteps (I know my limits)… and there are less then a dozen pieces in my modest collection that you can consider “pure” Military Modeling (see Posts about that in this web page to see the pics).
Simply awesome! (just look at the tartan trews paintwork…)
Of course the officer in the left needs to see his optician (not that he is going to ever acknowledge this)… A superb vignette that mixes manufacturers and a great scenery or setting. I found the “atmosphere” a delightful reminder of times gone by… More tomorrow maybe…
Ancients is a period I have played in a few occasions due to my initial introduction to the hobby (METAURO – GREAT BATTLES OF THE WORLD), experienced wargamers tend to use metal spears (or sarissas for that matter) instead of lead alloys to avoid bending and eventually broken “things”. This pic is a fine example of that practice.
French Napoleonic Light Infantry I guess… the level of painting and finish is Militay Modeling quality… a grat joy for the owner. Excellent basing too BTW.
On the other hand this kind of craftsmanship applied to 28mm was also one of the reasons behind my crisis with that scale (for me Military Modeling was another field)… not the main one (that was Big Battles)… but certainly I did not have the steady hand, eyesight or time to paint at this level… I was already sorry to see other people handling my wargames figures with due care … so imagine if they were like this!
Deep congratulations on a job well done!
Post Scriptum: If you want to see the efforts of my painting (MINIFIGS mainly) go the Post Napoleon or Waterloo… you shall understand what I mean.
At Abu Klea there never was an all round attack of the Square… but who cares! this is magnificent!… did’nt see Burnaby but he must be there of course… No idea of the scale of the minis but they look quite big… 28mm upwards not discarding 54mm.