Post by gloriousbattle on Nov 28, 2018 9:42:28 GMT -9
Just thought I'd post a little more here about Antohammer's current project for me.
The Napoleonic and fantasy-Napoleonic figures for Red Shield & Gold Eagle(C) are really coming along beautifully. He has completed his commission on seven period armies, including duelists (essentially, player characters) for each: French, British, Prussian, Russian, Austrian, Spanish and American.
The French and Austrians will be published along with the rules, so everybody will have something to play with. The rest will be available as separate sets.
He is now working on sets of additional figures which will be published periodically, which have a more fantastic and role playing focus. The first will be an Elcaireur of the Guard, a French line regiment drummer, a skeleton in the rags of a French uniform (I have seen this guy already, and he looks great!), a demonic Red Shield Banker, a lady in a ball gown, a civilian gentleman, a Catholic priest, a kind of generic peasant (who will have a blunderbuss strapped to his back, to serve double duty as a Spanish guerrilla or a Vendean rebel), and two historical figures: Marshal Jozef Poniatowski and Ludwig van Beethoven.
I the above is pretty much the format we will try to follow: Ten figures in each set. Two of soldiers with a more exotic or rpg basis, two fantastic pieces, four civilians or other generic types (thieves, brigands, pirates, smugglers, whatever) and two of what the system refers to as Power Player Characters, which are essentially famous personages of the period, who can effect the grand campaign either on or off the battlefield or both.
I will also publish this note on a thread of my own.
Again, magnificent work, Antonio! I greedily await the rest of them!
i m even trying to use a new identification sistem... the upcoming set will recive a H at the beginning if they are HISTORICAL a F if they are FANTASY and then two letter to indicate what time period or what group they belong ... and obviously a progressive numeber do you think will make enough order?
antohammer: The scorpionman concept art looks good. Not sure he really needs the pincers as well as his arms and weapon though; looks maybe a bit too cluttered?
For the recent releases on WV and DTRPG, I noticed none of the Previews seem to be working. Maybe something needs tweaking about them, as they are a key feature in selling things on the sites, I know.
EDIT: Missed that we'd slipped onto a second page, so have gone back to check the new Hittite concepts. The light spearman might be still more lightly dressed - shorter skirt length, for example. He maybe needs a little more definition to indicate his arm is bare - inside elbow line and maybe a wrist line?
The scale armoured guy looks good. Lamellar armour would be another option, though how common armour was overall isn't clear. His arms might be bare as well.
The shield bosses look much better, by the way, and the alternate shield looks good. Rectangular shields might be used by some - possibly only allied - troops too.
antohammer : I checked the WV/DTRPG Previews a short while ago, and all seemed OK except the Hoplites ones, which were coming up just blank. Not sure if that may be an OBS fault though, as I know sometimes the Full Preview PDFs can take an unexpected while to download.
I'd be a little wary of relying too much on cast minis for the appearance of ancient troops, as compared to genuine historical and archaeological sources. Mistakes made in one interpretation often get carried over and repeated endlessly in wargame figure ranges, unfortunately. Plus variations may be ignored.
I think the Osprey Warrior 120 book "Hittite Warrior" is probably the most reliable single published modern source aimed at wargamers and military historians, and which has a suitable range of illustrations to help, including modern recreations of full Hittite warrior costumes. It doesn't have much in about body armour, however.
In terms of robe/skirt lengths, period artwork suggests lengths of anything from a little above the knee to ankle-length could be possible. Shorter lengths give greater freedom for fighting on foot, certainly, but as the Hittites came from highland Anatolia, the longer options would make more sense for things like guard duty, marching, or just general winter wear. Plus the Hittites seem to have been known for their use of military chariots, where much active motion wouldn't have been necessary, but where additional protection, both from enemy weapons and the climate when moving at speed, might have been important.
Lamellar armour is similar to scale, but where the plate shapes are more rectangular. Several different styles of lamellar armour have been proposed by modern interpreters, and it's not often clear which may have been more likely in specific ancient cases.