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Zvezda Siege machines Kit 1 (8014)

If you collect 1/72nd medievals then this set is a must.

The Scorpion

This is useful not only for medievals but also for Ancients, particularly the Romans / Macedonian. Although such devices in this size did exist, the scorpion in the kit is still a big one in 1/72nd scale, and would have been a rarity rather than the norm. It fits alongside 1/72nd figures well but is also useful for 28mm. The kit is a bit more complicated than the Catapult but the instructions are clear and the parts fit together well. One thing that I would recommend…don´t use the bits of plastic meant to represent the rope meant ot wind the device up, but use sewing thread. Not only does it look more realistic but the “plastic” ropes that come with the kit are too short! Two bolts are supplied as ammunition but small balls can be used as these devices were used to launch stone “shot”. One minor complaint. The torsion ropes attached to the arms. Both of them are turned in one direction, namely clockwise (from top to bottom). In a real scorpion they would be wound up in opposing directions.

The onager.

Again, a useful bit of kit for ancients as well as medievals. The kit its self isn’t too complicated, the instructions are clear and it fits together easily. The wheels can be attached as free rolling or if wished simply left off, which was probably more likely when the device was put into position in a siege. The throwing arm can be set at any angle, from vertical (just fired) to horizontal (being loaded or about to be fired ) and everything between. The kit also contains two balls, which are useful to represent stone ammunition. Again, I suggest using thread or thin copper wire to add the tensioning ropes. As with the scorpion, the torsion rope at the bottom end of the throwing arm is incorrect. It is represented as being wound up in one direction along the whole of it´s length. If this was to be replicated in reality the arm would move to the right.

The mantlets.

Three are supplied, are easy to build and a good addition to the set.

Scorpion
Onager
Two of the three mantlets from the set
The Onager manned by the Siege machine crew from Fredericus-rex.

 

The set is available through our utility here.

 

Strelets Roman market

All I can say about this set from Strelets (comissioned by and exclusive to Linear-b) is that it is superb. The variety of poses, the sculpting and subject matter are excellent. There is very very little flash to deal with and the figures themselves are attached to the sprue mainly by their bases which means very little carefull knife work when detaching them.

street scene using one of my old roman scratch built houses
The Slave traders and their "wares" The one sitting comes seperately from the small gold laden table in front of him.
Traders. Not quite the butcher, baker and candlestick maker but Baker, potters and the butcher
A couple more traders. The bread maker. The cloth trader and cobbler. The bread maker comes with the table and if you look closely you can see that the cobbler has a nail in his left hand.
The rest of the set. Buyers. The arrogant stance of the paired figures....great stuff. The guy bidding..not only does he appear a bit annoyed but he seems to be indicating his annoyance with the all to familiar two fingers ;-D The last fig...this is IMHO the only small mistake in the set...the size of the goose´s head!!!!!

This is a wonderfull set that can be used for street scenes, camp scenes or to add to the two roman transport set.

Did I mention street scenes???? Here´s a couple more 😀

Remember that this set is exclusive for Linear-B

Warlord Games 28mm – WGIR5 Imperial Roman Auxiliaries

Auxiliary troops fought like their counterparts, the Legion, despite what we think today, this troops were not inferior, as they had the same training and fighting capacity.

Initially recruited from the free provinces subjects of Rome, later began to be recruited in the new territories conquered by the legions, so it was not unusual to see Legion Celts Auxiliary Legions.

Armed with his spear, the Gladius, and protected by a mail’s coat and an oval shield, Auxiliary cohorts did a splendid job in the name of several emperors, but the glory always was for the legions.

Warlord Games Auxiliaries can be used in any scenario where the Roman war machine were. The box’s illustration shows a Celtic auxiliary unit in the Middle East performing “police” tasks against people who did not like the “police”, 😉 , one of the common tasks undertaken by the Auxilia (as they are called).

The 24 Auxiliary are equipped with chain mail and carry the sharp spears (Gladius) and short swords. They have the usual oval shield, and may be used supporting the legions, or fighting their own battles.

This set contains:

Enough parts to built 24 figures.

·Decal sheet for 35 shields, with a transparent background, to be used with any shield colour.

This a perfect set to escort you Roman legionaries, or even to built his own armies. Set have some minor issues.
-Limited poses, there are only 4 poses, with some different heads, although some conversions are possible.

– Size of this men is a bit bigger than the other Roman’s sets from Warlord.

This set haven’t command group (older box), the new boxes came with four less auxiliaries and incorporate 4 metal figures as command, a Centurion, one Option, one Cornice, and the Signifier. But again there are some size problem with this command if you have and old box of auxiliaries.

But, it is an economical set and useful, which we recommend to extend your Roman army.

Paint:

Paint work for this figures have been quite easy. We have used all Citadel colours.

·Prime Chaos Black, Black, Skull White, Catachan Green, Shining Gold, Dwarf Bronze, Boltgum Metal, Mechrite Red, Blood Red, Tallarn Flesh, Scorched Brown, Graveyard Earth, Bleached Bones, Goblin Green, Babab Black y Devlam Mud. If you have other paint’s brand use black, white, olive green, gold, bronze, gun metal, dark red, light red, flesh, dark brown, earth, bone, green, and black and brown wash.< /p>
I recommend to let the shields in the sprue until decals were applied.

After the black prime a base coat as follow.

1- Bronze/Dwarf Bronze for helmets.

2- Dry brush of metal/Boltgum in the mail, weapons, shields and sword cover.

3- Flesh/Tallarn Flesh in all skin parts.

4- Brown/Scorched Brown to belts, sandals, spears and back shields

5- Dark red/Mechrite Red to the neck scarf.

6- Earth/Graveyard Earth for the base.

7- Green/Goblin Green front shield.

8- Olive Green/Catachan Green to trousers.

Once dried apply black wash to all metal parts (except helmets) and brown wash to the rest.

Once the wash is dried apply again the base colour highlighting some parts and using dry brush for metal parts.
Some lightings in the helmets with gold/Shining Gold, weapons with metal, the scarf with the light red, sandals, belts and back shields with a mix of bone/Bleached Bone with brown/Scorched Brown and for the base a mix of bone/Bleached with Graveyard Earth/Earth.

Then is time to put the decals on the shields and to add some grass in the base.

You can buy this excellent set here.

Hät 1/72 – 8142 Indian Elephant

Hät 1/72 – 8142 Indian Elephant

Is hard to know when the Elephant was used for first time at war, but it’s sure it was very common in ancient Indian armies, and they will remain during centuries in this role. Even they was a formidable weapon, they aren’t so big as African Elephants, so was no possible to create heavy structures over it to protect the crew/soldier. A well trained infantry could defeat them quite easily.
Even if it’s not sure it they was a really effective weapon against professional armies (such the Alexander’s ones.) they was a symbol of the King’s power.

This set is quite similar to other from Hät, the Macedonian Elephant , which probably were adopted by Alexander after know the Indian armies ones, the only difference is the head.
elephant comes in 3 parts, two for the body and the head. All parts fits quite well without glue. If you want to use glue to reinforce the union you will need Cyanoacrylate glue, the soft Hät´s plastic don’t glue with many other kind of glue.

Set comes with a classic crew of three men, one driver, one archer and one javelin men. All of them are well depicted in both weapons and clothes. Here i added one more men from the Hät Indian Chariot set. Figures haven’t any pin to put here over the Elephant’s back, so you can choose different combinations with more or less crew also changing the order.
Figures almost haven’t flash, which is hard to remove in this kind of soft plastic, so it’s good the absence of it.

Paint:

To paint the dark Indian skin i used a base coat of Citadel Scorched Brown, then highlight then several layers of Scorched Brown mixed with Bestial brown and even Elf Flesh. Lately i used a base coat of Kemri Brown and a Devlan Mud wash, highlighting with pure Kemri Brown, which gives a better result than the first try.

Elephant figure also have been painted with Citadel paints, as follows:

Face detail: Elf flesh has been used here to change colour in certain areas

Base colour is Citadel Charandon Granite, then it’s washed with Devlan mud. After wash several layers of increased mix of Charandon with Codex Grey applied by Dry Brush. A final highlighting layer of Fortress Grey have been applied. Around face, back knee and hindquarters areas another dry brush layer of Elf Flesh is used to depict the common albinism spots in this specie. Eyes are painted with Citadel Vomit Brown.

Base is made from a plastic part + cardboard over it. All covered with Pumice stone and painted directly with Ogryn Flesh. Tufts are from “The Army Painter” range.

A good set primary inspired for Alexander the Great which can be useful for other periods too. If you are lucky some boxes were manufactured with 3 elephants inside !!!

You can purchase this set here.

This excellent work from our mate Álvaro is showed now in the 2012 Hät’s contributions list.

1/72 Atlantic 1510 – The Greeks (Greek cavalry Set 1806)

This is the small box set of the Greek cavalry set 1510 that came with Chariot and horsemen. Set 1510 is available from Nexus as set ATL06

The Atlantic set contains one sprue in bleached orange plastic containing one chariot, two crew and 4 horses. No-one really knows if the greeks used chariots in warfare but this could be a battle taxi (to get the lord to the front line) or a racing chariot.

Basically the set is a bit of an historical mess..the hoplite style of armour doesn’t fit to the period in which chariots were used in warfare, and even then, the Greeks were principally a foot soldier army..

 

The set taken as it is, ignoring any historical mistakes, is ok.

Very little flash and the sculpting is finely done. Everything fits together well, no glue needed and the crew come with bases so they can be used independent of the chariot.

The box front cover (from my collection)

 

The set comes with build instructions on the back

Now for the set built and painted. As ever I have used Acrylics. The base is made from sand mixed with wood-glue and then dry brushed with sand brown acrylic. The traces (reins) I added. This was done using a sowing needle and some thread, I just pushed the needle through the place where the bit in the horses mouth is…;-) Close up, it can be clearly seen that the traces are thread but on the tabletop..they look fine. The actual set up..ie, how many traces were used is also unclear so i went for a full set per horse..difficult to imagine how the poor driver would hold them all in one hand wile holding the whip in the other but that´s his problem 😀

The set I have painted isn´t the original from Atlantic but a re-issue set from Nexus

I haven´t copied the box art...for one..I prefer my horse teams to be all the same colour.

The horses are nice sculpts. Each horse ahs a different pose and as a gruop they work well together

 

You can buy this set as Atlantic here, or as Nexus here.