Rosemary & Co Paint Brushes

This is not a commerical blog and the reason I do it is not to make money, I also receive no money and am not linked to Rosemary & Co! But we are all consumers and sometimes I come across products that really are genuinely good.

My paint brushes have been on the ropes for a while now and I had been making do, I think it is something that we all do. I had got down to painting with either a #2 and a 00. Meaning that I was either inaccurate or everything took forever.

Anyway I have been hither and yon on paint brushes, having used:

GW, Army Painter, Winsor and Newton, Daler, Element Games and Rosemary and Co.

Now what I won’t say is R&C are the best paint brushes out there, I am not sure that is fair. But I think they are right for me. The reasons why:

  • They last. I paint 300 models a year (current count 2017 = 230) and I need something that will stand up and remain pointy.
  • They are good quality. I get a very statisfying result quickly with them. My painting flexes between 100’s a month at good wargaming standard to competition winning. But the brushes don’t change so they have to be good.
  • Price. For the above qualities at £4 a brush I am very happy.


So I would recommend giving them a go Rosemary & Co. You are after the Series 33. I have tried a lot of the others and these seem the best for miniatures.


20 more Ceithern

I have now got the body of the army painted. 68 Ceithern, either 24, 24 and 20 or 32 and 32, the later is being recommended.


From here we have 20 Fianna and 24 Combrogni allies. Then some characters (which all have some paint on now.

I am debating adding more bodies rather than going 500 points on characters but it is a tricky thing and I don’t have a grasp of what works best.

I will try and line up a practice game against Tom, or get GB to use the Saxons as that sits so well with his playing style it is frightening.

Kings Champion

To save you from seeing yet another unit of Ceithern I am posting up the first of my characters. This is a lovely model and I spent some time on him.


This guys mission is to seek out enemy characters and chib them in the face. We will see how that goes.


Not sure if the rear shot is necessary but all content is good content, right?


Hopefully finishing another 20 Ceithern tonight plus some more characters. Getting close to the 100 models mark. Which is good both for the tournament and the total model count for the year. It looks like I will hit both as it stands but then 2017 has been a funny one and I am counting no chickens!!!

Dark Ages Test Battle

Off to the Ilko Gaming Hut last night for Warhammer Ancient Battles Dark Ages. After painting 75 models I discovered that I had 250 points so Tom had to do loads of loansies.

General Ballroom took the late Roman and Saxon force. I was Saxon Irish.

Here is GBs line up, 4 units in 750 points.


My left flank, 2 units of 24 Ceithern


The rest of my force, two units of slingers, 24 Duguth (I am going to spell these wrong) and some Combrogni Cavalry with my Athling.


Battlefield shot, I am hopeful of enveloping the smaller force!


General Ballroom with the more defensive army moves up?


GBs right flank is secured by these fellas who are nine ways awesome if charged!


But if they charge up hill into a formed unit takes some of the sting out of them


The thin roman line is stretched thin


A lot happens in one turn. My cavalry break the Saxons with a flank charge


GB’s Duguth charge mine, roll awful dice and bounce in the centre and my Ceithern run down the late Roman’s. Oh and my other Ceithern murder the archers.


GB’s tabletop embodiment remains in a heroic last stand where he is javelined down as he charges in.


As a test game we only learned a few things:

  • GB will charge with everything at everything so we need to get him a Welsh or Saxon army!
  • Slingers are brutal, in this size game 20 was too many
  • Cavalry did better than they should in this and this was the exception not the rule
  • I did like playing Warhammer again but there are some bits wrong with it!

GB said he would play again and wants us to play ancients with another ruleset (hey we don’t know any of the ones we play so why not chuck another on the pile! But he has only painted 10 Carthaginians so we won’t have to do this for 10 years!


The weekend saw me start and finish the missile troops for the army. 20 slingers. On a good rattle these can kick out 40 shots a turn.

So on body count I am up to 75. So 68 to go. Not sure I can keep up the pace but hoping to have something tableable soon to try and practice. Hoping to figure out how it plays before the tournament!

Further Battles for Ilkestan 4

Last night we convened in the Ilko Gaming Hut for some quality 40K action back on Ilkestan 4. If you look it is a binary star leading to dual shadows of the desert plains (happy GB?). Those of you following the blog will note the ever changing Mats as GB buys up the EU surplus of battle mats.

Tom starts deploying his Orks top left, GB top right with the Genestealers and I take bottom left with Crimson Fist Space Marines.


GB vowing to play a canny skulking game, charges straight at Tom!


The thin blue line lead by Pedro Kantor!


Tom bunkers down ready for the purple onslaught


First strike Tom wellies his kans into the stealers.


More genestealers wash around the shores of Tom’s defenses.


This is supposed to be an arty shot showing a lictor hiding in a ruined corridor


GB throws more bodies at the orks


The Kans cannot stand against such overwhelming odds


Tom is almost done as all but forgotten I start to trudge up the table!


Poor old Burna Boyz are surrounded on all sides. Can they burn their way out.


My Dread, largely unopposed wanders onto the objective and wins an undeserved and hollow victory.


We all had fun but the rule of whoever GB throws his Genestealers at means the other player wins holds true. I was a spectator for it and felt bad for shooting up Tom as without me destroying his large ork unit from afar he might have weathered the GS storm better. I think we might need to think harder on this or (heaven fore fend) get a fourth member of the group *cough Andy!

Ceithern and Dogs

This is the red unit done – except the flag, there were issues. Lots of issues! As I have said I will mix these guys with the others to get more of a jumble. I have stuck with yellow shield designs as there seems to be some reference to this.


Doggies, I only need six but got seven and it keeps my model count up. Worth it!!


One more unit of Ceithern to do and the slingers and characters are sprayed up. After these we have the Fianna and some Brits (early Saxons/Welsh dudes – I don’t know) anyway more progress

Dark Ages, more progress

This is work I was doing before I left. This is the read unit. Once all the Ceithern are done I will mix the units together for a pleasing patchwork. I have still got plenty of time so do not feel under pressure to just bash them out so I am spending the time on patterned clothing.

Once home I will get some close up shots of unit two. It does feel good to be doing a proper army for a thing. Rather than just random painting. I am going to test play these hopefully soon as I am nearing having enough painted to play a skirmish game.

These little big man transfers are proving tricky. I am using foil from the necks of whisky bottles but am struggling to get them to adhere. Any tips gratefully received?

I have started the 20 slingers too. And painted the dogs. Photos when I am back in Blighty. That is all from the Netherlands though I will post up my photos of the 18th century fort here as it was ace – if a little unsettling to see the fighting conditions!

Painting and reading progress report!

In December last year I met with Alan Bligh and John French to talk about gaming and reading. Both of these two gents are big readers and incredible hobbyists.

We each came up with a number of books to read and models to paint over the course of 2017.

Now God bless Mr Bligh who we sadly lost on the 26th of May but I will hold true to my ambition. I wanted to read 15 books and paint 300 miniatures. You might think one well “doable” and the other a stretch however for me sticking to the reading was going to be the challenge.

Anyway tallying up last night (2/3s of the way through the year) I worked out when updating good reads that I had hit on the reading.

Switching blogs in May meant it was more difficult to figure out how many models I had painted. I went back through the camera roll. It was actually pretty nerve wracking as although I spent 10 weeks out of work I also seemed to not get much painted-go figure.

Final tally 189 soldiers painted. 11 behind par. I have 96 I need for the tournament in November and some vanity stuff should carry me over the line. Though it will be tough. Especially as I am sat by a pool in Maastricht 500 miles from my paints. Maybe a beer will help, usually it does!