Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Arab Revolt 1916-18 (1)

 Here are my first troops for the planned Arab Revolt game for Broadside in June 2014. It was clear as a club that we wanted to do something related to WW1 due to the centenary and also because Tim one of the club members has IT miniatures which makes 20mm WW1 figures. As a club we wanted to stay clear of the typical WW1 trench warfare. As I already had some 20mm scale boards for Afghanistan it was logical that we do something middle eastern based. The Terrain and architecture being similar if not exactly the same. Which is how we came by the idea of doing the Arab Revolt.

So here are the first few Arabs mounted on Camels. As mentioned above We will be using IT miniatures as much as possible partially for convenience and partly to help promote Tim's business. I have tried a practice run a few weeks ago of painting camels so this is my first production run. there are 10 mounted Arabs on 10 camels which should help to reinforce the basic look of the conflict. I will need to paint a minimum of 36 of these in total and maybe as many as 50 in order to get the correct impression of an Arab war party.  I have photographed them on one of the Afghanistan boards so that you may see them insitu and I suspect give a greater feel for how I want the game to turn out.

Here are the first batch though. They were painted as part of Curt's analogue Hobbies painting challenge and as such have earned me 80 points. I will be prepping and priming the next 12 later today. I will also be finishing the bases for the 57 Fuzzy Wuzzy's in 10mm  (I thought I had 60 but it turns out I can't count! or maybe 3 have wandered away and will return later.

In addition to these I may prep some Ansar again in 10mm. Without counting it look like I have about 100 of these and As I suspect they will be very straight forward to paint they might find themselves hurried up the painting queue. And Finally I was going to paint some Mexican gunfighters in 28mm for Curt's next Bonus round. Which is the Villain bonus round. I settled originally on Mexicans because other than Zorro I could not think of any heroic character in western films with them being either Bandits or peasants. Yesterday however I braved the rain and storms and visited Rochester and the independent wargames shop there. (I had run out of a certain paint colour). While there I also purchased a West Wind Empire of the Dead pack of figures that are suitably villainous, especially considering what I will use for the bonus round of dead figures! Nudge nudge wink wink.

That's it for today I should have blogged yesterday but these had not had sufficient resting time on Curt's blog so I am a day out! Enjoy today and have a great new year and I strongly hope that 2014 turns out to be a brilliant and fantastic year for you all.

Happy New Year Clint






18 comments:

  1. Lovely work Clint, I am thinking of doing Bedoiuns to pitch against some Egyptians next year

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    1. Thank you Loki. Bedoiuns vs Egyptians sounds good. I may use these later against French Foreign Legion as well.

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  2. THe Arab revolt is a great idea, and these camels are really nice, a beautiful set of troops!

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    1. As mentioned previously I cannot think of ever seeing it at a show, so it should be something a little different.

      Thank you Phil

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  3. I do like your camel mounted Arabs, Clint. They fit in well with your gaming board shown here. Keep up the good work, mate.

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    1. If you have a good source for 20mm Arab zombies I would be VERY interested! Thank you Bryan. I think the game will look OK and being unusual it may attract some attention.

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  4. What a clever and unusual idea. Love the camels. All the best for the new year.

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    1. Thank you Irqan. There are so many aspects of WW1 that are glossed over from a wargames point of view it is good to try to think of something a little different!

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  5. Love the Camels! They're much cooler than horses..or is that hotter? (I'll grab my coat...)

    Happy new year once again Clint!

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    1. Being honest there are a few reason for Camels over Horses. Firstly it does make them more Arabian and less like they could be from elsewhere. Secondly I prefer the sculpts to the IT Horses. Third The Laurence of Arabia film used Camels and not Horses. Fourthly Camels are COOL! (Even if that means I have to agree with you!)

      Happy new year to you as well, best wishes to you and those close to you. (Even if you have been INFECTED by our northern cousins!)

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  6. I thought these were sensational Clint and a Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Cheers Michael. I have prepped the next 12 Camels and riders. So I will be slowly starting work on them tomorrow. So expect them in 7-10 days on Curts Challenge.

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  7. Crackin' looking figures Clint, I look forward to seeing this project unfold.Hope you have a great 2014!

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    1. Thank you Ray If you and Fran want a pre Broadside game of this let me know and we can sort out a date. Happy new year to you as well.

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  8. I'm always impressed at the volume of painted figures you are able to produce. Great work! Happy new year!

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    1. Happy new year to you as well.

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  9. Happy New Year Clint, doesn't look like you there was any respite from your painting over the holiday period either - hence the embryonic camel corps, who do look great. Anything of a dozen or more of these brutes look very intimidating on the table, roll on (out ?) the Ansar.

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  10. The Ansar I will get around to doing will be 10mmso nothing to do with these 20mm troops.

    I wanted to keep busy it stops my mind wandering onto topics I want to bury at the moment.

    Thanks Jo and Happy new year to you as well.

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