Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

QRF cataphracts done

It's been quite a while between drinks, but I've finally managed to finish off the final 16 Quick Reaction Force cataphracts I bought about seven years ago (note the quaintly optimistic 'I hope to get a unit finished in time for my game on Friday.' If the Friday in question were two years later, I might've had a shot!).

The first lot was finally finished in 2014, but it wasn't a great experience to prep and paint them and I now see it's taken me four years to do the rest.

They have a lot of flash to remove in tricky places, and require spears. Unfortunately, the hands don't lend themselves to drilling, so you just sort of have to glue and hope. On top of that, I didn't really enjoy painting the armour, had other figures I could use in the meantime, and just sort of put them off, then put them off again.

But they're done now, so that's the '15mm mounted' duck broken for 2018.







And to finish, here they are with their cousins painted in 2014. I thought I'd done a better job on the new batch, but they don't really look all that much different! These will have to wait for their coat of matte varnish. Summer here is not kind to sprays, and nor is winter, which is what the season was when I finished the last batch. I'll have to give both lots a nice going over with matte when spray conditions improve...

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Thanks for viewing, sorry for the whinging, and may all readers' cataphract models be completed in a far more reasonable time frame!

23 comments:

  1. Lots of cats- what's that, Magnesia? :-)

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    1. 'cos I've been fretting about it. I've always wanted to do it in 28mm but only last week did Aventine come out with some lovely minis that would work. Conservatively, I'd need over 100 of them. So many cats at teat battle!

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    2. A big commitment, but would certainly be a magnificent sight!

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  2. 4 cats on a base... that's the way We think the game !
    Fed up of 3 cats bases !;-)
    There are beautifull !
    :-)

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  3. They are very eye-catching, the sort of thing that becomes a favourite unit.

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    1. Thanks Norm, we’ll see how things go on the favourite unit stakes!

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  4. Better late than never! They look worth the wait Aaron.

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  5. They may have been frustrating to prepare and paint, but the end result look very good.

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  6. Great looking cataphracts - worth the effort and time.

    Cheers, Ross

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  7. Excellent cataphracts Aaron! Some units do take a long time to finish, usually ones you don't enjoy painting...

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    1. Thanks Bill. It's always a relief to get those tough-to-finish units done!

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  9. Despite the "Brush dragging" they look mighty fine now that they re done, Aaron!

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