Though I have yet to complete painting the soldiers I have on hand, I availed myself of the Spring Sale at Armies in Plastic ($8.95 sets and free shipping for a $50+ order [I see now it's $60, so my impulsivity has been rewarded!]). This time I ordered whole boxes rather than random sets.
First up, above are Zafrarian infantry. I already had a couple chaps on the left with that little roundy hat, who I'll use eventually use as some other type of troop, I imagine.
A picked lot of these blue fellows will become Ascodali command. You see the drummer and the "donor" figure for my standard bearer. I'm intrigued by the headgear of the fellow to the left. A mitre sort of thing?
What ho? Another branch of service makes its arrival! I think this will be Ascodali artillery.
Despite having created my "Armies in Plastic Concordance," these fellows in blue were a mistake. When one dives into the cornucopia of codes at Armies in Plastic, he discovers that many represent the same figures, differing only by color of plastic. My eventual goal is to create my own illustrated AIP Catalog, occasionally substituting photos from re-sellers, as those on the AIP site are often blurry. For the present, I printed off the catalog and scrawled which codes included the same fellows. As I prime and paint them anyway, color of plastic matters not. "I call it my AIP Concordance."
Now, AIP Napoleonic artillery provides an extra challenge, as AIP now also has codes with two sets of crew and no guns, and other sets with two guns and no crew, and then regular-old codes with a gun and 5 crew.
When placing my order, I neglected to note that these fellows were manning a howitzer and mortar. "Size matters not," 'tis said, but that stubby little thing perched atop a full-sized carriage seems embarrassing. Oh, well ... I still haven't decided on which side these fellows will serve. And, I suppose I ought to vow to paint them before I invest in cavalry?
The final box will beef up the Ascodali infantry. I'll have to find another purpose for that telescope-wielding commander. While likely realistic that command would be "scoping" out the sitch, I consider the pose to be inexcusably unheroic. These chaps, for example, could be birding.
This, my friends, is what proper leadership looks like.