Monthly Archives: November 2015

Legio XV Appolinarus

I’ve started collecting forces in anticipation of Aurelian from Sam Mustafa.  Conveniently they can all also be used for ADLG which is the current rage here.  I’m doing legions facing East, guys that could have been involved in wars with the Sassanids.  Legio XV was stationed in what is today Turkey along the edge of the empire.


The figures are by A&A miniatures and the transfers are by LBMS.  Apollo was the emblem of Legio VX so I fancy the dude on the shield to be their representation of him.  These figures are relatively lighter than the rest of the legion figures I have, and I gave them javelins rather than pila, so they could be auxilia just as easily.


My friend Joe painted these for me.  He did a fantastic job, don’t you think?  I finished the bases.  Looks like I need to hit the shields with another coat of dullcote to get the sheen off the shields.


Joe has finished painting a bunch of other figures, I just haven’t done the basing yet.  But look to see those in the not too distant future.


Venetian condotta


And here are some Venetian knights.  Well, they are mostly generic late medieval knights, but a few of them have flags that are appropriate to Venice.  Other than that, there is nothing particularly Venetian about them.

These are all Perry plastic figures from their mounted men-at-arms box.  This group has lances held upright.  You can set them up to be like this, or charging, or at an angle in between.

The flag is a Venetian flag by Pete’s flags.  You can find them in his ebay store (  They are printed on cloth and extremely nice.


I have a bunch of Perry plastics.  You’ll be seeing more pics of them as soldiers for this army.  The mounted men-at-arms box is my least favorite.  I have two main gripes: 1) the riders don’t sit the horses well.  This is particularly true of the rider with the tabard, but I’ve been surprised how many of the riders have come off while I’m painting them for me to find there was barely a touch point for the glue.  In that case I just use super glue to put them back on, liberally applied.  2) the horses have a nasty, very nasty, seam down the middle of their rumps in back.  I tried several ways to deal with this, and finally have settled on using tamiya putty to fill the crack.  I put it on liberally and then smooth it with plastic cement.  I still have to do it twice on some of the horses – I prime it, take a good look at it, sand it, and if that doesn’t work apply more putty.


The end result is nice.  Here’s the second group:


I built this group with various hand weapons.  I quite like the ones with the swords extended, but they are all nice.  Again Pete’s flags.  The one on the left is again the flag of Sigismondo Malatesta.   In ADLG you can include or not your generals in the units.  If he’s included in a unit, I’ll use this stand for him.  If not, I’ll use the command stand pictured in the previous post.


I painted these horses using a rif on the oil-rubbing method, and techniques for weathering afvs.  In the oil rubbing method you put on a coat of oil paint, let it sit for awhile, then rub it off with a sponge or bath tissue or an old t-shirt or something.  I put on a much thinner coat of paint, then took it off from the highlights by running a brush wetted down with mineral spirits.  You get a lot of control that way and it’s still pretty easy.


And lastly, here is half of my camp stand for them, for ADLG.  Again, these would fit in any late medieval army.  In ADLG you put your camp on a 60×120, but can go larger if you want to be “artistic.”  I’m putting two 60×80 bases together for mine.  This is one of them, the cardinals and priests.  This is a Perry metal set.  I painted it like the example on their website.


Venetian command stands

Here are the commanders for my Venetian army.  A mix of Ventflash Miniatures (er, Perry Miniatures) metals and plastics.


These can be the not-included commanders for ADLG, or command stands for any rulesset I suppose.  They are from left-to-right, Sigismondo Malatesta, a condottieri who would be the CnC, and two generic generals, the rightmost one part of a Venetian army, but the center one could be a general in any late medieval army.


The two figures on the center stand are from the Edward IV set from Perry Miniatures, so maybe I have a Yorkist WotR army in my future too?


The flags are from Pete’s flags in the UK (search on the UK ebay site for 28mm cloth flags).  They are printed on cloth, very nice, and very easy to use.  I highly recommend them.