Sunday, May 19, 2019

Aventine Republican Romans

    Aventine miniatures are always nice and very little commentary is really ever needed.
I painted a group of 24 of them for someone else and have included the pics. I did not
go with any shield design....whether the shields were left in a plain color or some type
of design was used during this period is difficult to say. I also went with an off white
linen color for the tunics which simply look reality they were probably a
multiple of colors used for the tunics but an uniform appearance makes the chore of
painting easier and very appealing. Feathers went with crimson...Polybuis mentions
both black and purple feathers (purple probably being more of a crimson color) so
crimson it was.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Crusader Saxon Cavalry & Footsore Arthurian Cavalry

    These items have been painted for an individual who is collecting both an Arthurian army
to go alongside some Saxons. Items he will base only temporary mounted for ease of
taking some quick pictures. I have included one comparison pic of both lines side by side
and size wise the figures are almost an identical match. Shields hand painted....for the
Footsore Arthurian Cavalry went with matching tunics/cloaks and shields to identify them
as an elite unit. Crusader Saxons as everything I have ever seen from Crusader are always
nice figures and the Footsore are becoming some of my favorite figures to paint. Always
superb miniatures and I always prefer the closed hands for the weapon to secure them to
the figure.

saxon cav

Crusader miniatures in the center flanked by Footsore

Footsore Arthurian Cav

Monday, April 22, 2019

Saxons...FootSore and Crusader Miniatures

        Semi large project of a commission project of mainly Saxons with some Sub Roman
figures mixed in. I will be posting a group of the cavalry later.....there are also a group
of archers, slingers, and peasant infantry....but I have chosen to post the heavier Saxon
infantry along with the character type figures including one of Merlin. All the character
figures are from Footsore and very nice miniatures....they do stand a head taller than the
Crusader line and have included comparison pics. However; the crusader line of dark
age figures are also a quite pleasant bunch. Side note all shields hand painted which
I prefer to do on dark age figures.

these miniatures are all Footsore including one of Merlin

comparison pic of size with Crusader in between of the Footsore

another comparison pic with Crusader in between of the Footsore

Copplestone Castings Bolshevik Cavalry

    Though this blog is mainly dedicated to ancient and dark age time frame....I have been
quite busy with painting for others. My comfort level with painting other time frames is
fine as long as I can be given a vision from the owner of the miniatures on how they want
them to appear. With that in mind these are Copplestone Castings Bolshevik line of
cavalry armed with lances. First time I have ever seen these miniatures in person and
favorable detail in both the faces and the uniform for pain free painting

Monday, March 25, 2019

Foundry Spanish Cavalry

  These are from foundry's range of Caesarian Romans Spanish figures. I painted up
12 of them as part of a commission project and opted for a colorful portrait with these
miniatures of a variety of colors.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Minas Tirith veterans

  These miniatures not exactly historical but I wanted to put these up as I know there
are people who enjoy LOTR genre. I'm not an expert on these items I only paint to general requests of the customer I'm doing the work for. As I understand he wanted these figures
to have a weathered look to the armor and dress so that is what I did. One of the figures
did not have a shield emboss so I hand painted the tree design on his shield. Side note
to get the look on the armor after using a dark metallic color for a base I dry brushed
on P3 radian platinum....then washed over a mix of of army paint soft tone and MSP
stone wash....I was happy with the results.

Crusader Spanish Caetrati

   The following comprise the bulk of 80 Spanish lights I painted as a commission project.
Hardest part was working out so many different shield designs.....and feel overall I
accomplished my goal. So I've included as many shield pics and side pics for anyone
who intends to paint a similar force for inspiration/shield ideas for their own miniatures.
I do recommend putting time in on your figures of adding in stripes and embroidery
designs within the trim it adds flair to the figures and captures the nature of the
Iberian look. Side note customer will base these figures...just mounted on stands
for ease of pics.