Monday, April 30, 2012

Copplestone Troll Command Stands

I played with the new Copplestone Ice Trolls as my Norse-Irish command stands at the US Open this last weekend, and all of my opponents were good-natured enough not to seriously complain about the introduction of fantasy figures into a historical tournament. I'll be posting soon some short AAR's of my games at the Open, and some overall impressions of the event, but I'm too tired out still to do that right now. In the meantime, here are some photos of the trolls (I call them Frost Giants) for your amusement.

Once again, some really, really fabulous figures!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Norse-Irish Warbands

I'm participating in the Field of Glory US Open starting this Friday in Bedford, Massachusetts, and finally facing up to the reality that I will have very little chance of finishing in the upper brackets, I then decided that instead of trying to build a killer list from one of the perennial tournament tiger armies, that I would take an army that will be instead very unusual and most likely a lot of fun to play - win or lose. The army that I chose to do this with is the Norse-Irish, which is composed of tons of unprotected, heavy weapon wielding loonies, and not much else (except for a Viking ally with a modicum of anti-cavalry functionality). I do expect to play my games in a much different fashion than I am usually accustomed to, and that going outside my comfort zone in this fashion will result in a really memorable time.

Because of the large number of figures this army requires, I am certainly going to be doing some proxying, but I wanted to paint up some units for at least the superior, noble battlegroups that I can take. The Copplestone Barbarians that I have previously posted photos of will compose one unit (the additional figures I ordered from Copplestonewill regrettably not arrive in time), but two other units will consist of figures that I obtained from Splintered Light. I wanted these to be all ax-armed troops, and in order to increase the variety, I used a combination of figures from their Irish, Early Saxon, and Pict lines. Here are some pictures of the finished units:

The last one above is a comparison shot of a stand of the Splintered Light figures next to one of the Copplestone Barbarians. They look very similar in size here, but when viewed on the actual tabletop, the Copplestones are really much larger to my eye. But kept in separate units, its close enough for me.

Anyway, wish me luck this weekend, and once the event is over, I do hope to post some after-action reports.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Warrior, Wizard, and Witch

Some more photos of Copplestone Barbarians below. These are figures from the Northlander Character set, comprising what I assume are a warrior chieftain, a wizard-shaman, and a seductive witch (or priestess). I've based them on a 40mm square command stand for use in Field of Glory, but they will serve this purpose just as well in Hail Caesar games. This will actually be my Inspired Commander stand for the upcoming Field of Glory US Open.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Copplestone Barbarians for Ancients

I've painted up a unit of the 15mm Barbarians being sold by Copplestone Castings, and these are simply really superb figures. In fact, I don't think that I've ever seen anything like them in 15mm, and even though I didn't know what I would do with them (I don't regularly play fantasy games), I just had to have some for myself. Now that I've finished them, using a little creative thinking, I've come up with at least several armies that I can put them in when playing Field of Glory, Warrior, or Hail Caesar. Because of this, I've based them on 40mm x 20mm WRG style bases for use as Medium Foot (or LMI) troops.

These figures came with almost no flash, and once primed, the detail is so incredible that they virtually painted themselves. Most highly recommended. Now I just hope that Copplestone will produce some additional packs with mail armor, some other similar troops with spears, and maybe a little cavalry.

Here are some photos. I think they look great, but I would love to see what some really skilled painters can do with them.

Of course, the figures are on the large size, measuring more like 18mm instead of 15mm, but they aren't too far out of scale. No problem fitting three to a base, which is appropriate with the rules I play for undrilled or irregular warriors. For comparison purposes, here is a photo with the Copplestones side-by-side with some Romano-Brits from Splintered Light.

If you think you also have a place for figures like these, I wouldn't hesitate at all to get some of your own.