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Sunday 7 October 2012

Successor Agema

Wow! Can't believe how long it is since I last posted! Time flies when you're having fun, I guess.

I started these just after our Heraclea game at Partizan in May. I've been distracted with several things since then, work not the least of them. These are once again Aventine figures and represent the Royal bodyguard unit of one of the strongmen who managed to carve out a piece of Alexander's Empire, or the successors thereof.

I've tried to paint the purple in a shade that matches the latest interpretation of what is believed to be what "Tyrian Purple" looked like. Might be a bit pink for some tastes!

Oh, by the way, I'm really pleased with these - I think they're some of my best work. Enjoy!


  1. Just lovely! What is the colour you found?

    The leopard pelt is particularly nice.

    Cheers, Simon

  2. Beautiful work. The shading on those cloaks is fabulous!

  3. Absolutely superb! I think you've nailed the Tyrian Purple.

  4. Very nice work on these the red/magenta and mustard combination.

  5. I commented up on TMP, but these are spectacular. Would you be willing to share your leopard skin 'recipe'? In continually baffles me...

  6. Thanks for the comments.

    The purple (as someone has already spotted) is in fact magenta.

    I mixed in some burnt cadmium to shade and, you guessed it, pink to lighten for the highlight.

    The leopard skin was base coated with a dark yellow ochre, washed in brown ink and dry brushed with a medium yellow ochre. The spots (actually more elongated ovals) were painted in randomly with a thinned down black and very lightly toned down with the medium ochre dry brushed over the top. The lighter edging was dry brushed initially with a buff then an ivory white.


  7. Should have mentioned - all paints Vallejo

  8. Thnaks Craig, must have a crack at emulating that colour!


  9. Thanks very much for the tut Craig!

  10. Hot. Metals are great, and I love the smooth shading on the black. Lovely stuff.