This project is designed to fill the role of systems like DBA and give me an excuse to prepare some armies for the table and play with them without having to commit to a huge number of miniatures for each and the time and expense that would entail.
I am planning to produce about four (maybe more) armies to play Neil Thomas' One Hour Wargames. These armies consist of six elements drawn from a pool of ten so I shall be assembling and painting all ten options (and some extras, more on those later).
These units will also be suitable to use with Irregular Wars, another set of rules I'd like to try out.
The Aztecs became my second army for my Renaissance Wars project because Foundry were having a Christmas sale which saved me £63.00 on the cost of the miniatures.
Since the Aztecs don't have any cavalry, I've replaced both those options with warbands. Warbands move faster than infantry and inflict +2 damage. I think this reflects the Aztecs' numerical superiority over Europeans and their 'home ground' movement advantage nicely.
The warbands are made up of novice warriors. I've used twelve miniatures to each warband so they look imposing and mounted them on 80mm square bases.
I painted the miniatures in three batches of 12 (two identical packs) and split each batch over two bases for variety.
I wanted darker skin for the Aztecs so, after my usual sand basecoat, I painted all the flesh areas in Foundry Native American Flesh 120A before giving everything an overall wash of Chestnut ink.
Here's the first batch:
The second batch.
The third batch.
The completed warbands.
Warbands and swordsmen.
Montezuma will be my main commander with a sub commander and a priest base. I think I'll allow armies with a religious element to have extra hit points, probably just one per unit. Whether a religious leader is present will be based on an 'either or' dice roll so only one army per scenario will get one. I have a nice mounted Cardinal set for my European armies to use.
Everything so far, just the commanders to add.
I like to have something to put on the table to evoke a feel for the location other than trees, roads etc. I've plumped for some Aztec ruins even though the Aztec civilisation was at its height when the Spanish arrived because the pieces are smaller than a pyramid and the Aztec villages available in resin are quite expensive. I might make my own Aztec stuff later though.
These resin scenery pieces are by Scotia Grendel.
These are two aquarium pieces and an altar that a friend brought back from mexico for me in the late nineties (thanks Grant!)
The Aztec swordsmen units are made up of ten miniatures each to highlight the Aztecs' numerical superiority over Europeans. These miniatures are all experienced warriors.
I've decided the Aztecs will receive a unit of swordsmen as an extra when they roll for their units prior to a battle so I'm assembling three units in total.
The completed swordsmen.
These four units are the backbone of the Aztec army and are made up of the most experienced warriors. Each base will have a mixture of Eagle knights and Jaguar knights.
I'm starting with the Eagle knights.
The Jaguar knights.
All the knights based together.