Saturday, June 5, 2021

Spanish Civil War International brigade

    These figures are all from Empress just as the other post of the militia figures. Again very nice miniatures all sculpted by Paul Hicks from what I understand. I tried scaling back on the brightness of these pics slightly as the militia figures came out too bright (not that is a bad thing) but it does have the effect of over enhancing the transition of colors. Generally that is somewhat needed once figures are viewed from a distance as some depth to the miniatures is ideal (also due to the fact we dont have the same lighting being shined upon them as when taking the pics) but close up shots that I like to do seem to over exaggerate the painting more than I like. Ultimately, my whole point of posting close up pics is for references for anyone who needs painting ideas and schemes they can use in their own endeavors. Any rate, these are more for the British contingent of the brigade and used a standard chocolate brown coat and military type green leggings for them. I did vary up of color of the pants to represent some variety and bear in mind this is not a period I'm an expert in if one catches color selection not perfect. My emphasis is always in the Ancient and dark age period but I do paint for others if requested outside my professed time period of knowledge. 

Charles the bold & mounted knights

    Unfortunately I cannot say for certain who are the manufacture for these are as they comprise a large amount of lead being painted on behalf of another individual. One of the figures was labelled as Charles the Bold among a group of mounted knights designated as Burgundians. The paint scheme for Charles was inspired from different online depictions of him and as for the rest of the retinue I went with standard Burgundian representation of blue and white colors (went with a linen white as opposed to a true white color) with the red cross. The Burgundians used it to identify their forces and the cross was actually shaped as a red X. I will not provide the basing for these hence why they only mounted on temp stands....for the armor many depictions of this time period reflect a brighter and polish look to the plate armor so I kept it on the brighter side.

Charles is the figure mounted on the armored horse

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Spanish Civil War Militia


      These miniatures are some of the finest figures of any range I have ever seen. Perhaps an overstatement but they are some really well sculpted figures with plenty of variety and enough detail without overkill to make an impressive looking force. Now these are not mine I have painted them up for someone else who will provide the basing for them. I have been painted up two batches the first is the militia posted here and an international brigade that I will post later. Naturally, he asked for a varied look to the militia figures so I kept to a limited range of color choices with different combinations to produce the figures. Something different for myself as I usually concentrate on ancient and dark age periods so found painting these figures both quite a stimulating and challenging experience. 


Sunday, April 18, 2021

dismounted Crusader knights

       Quick post of more Crusader period figures. Been painting a rather large host (I like large hosts) for an individual here in the northwest (well he resides in Vancouver B.C. Canada) just a few hours north of where I am located. At any rate he retains a rather large wargaming table in his home and has the luxury of being able to utilize large armies. I have currently lost count of the number of figures I have been painted but its over 200 now of which from time to time I post a selection of them. He provides the pics of only finished painting work on all of the Crusade era figures. Biggest motivation to post  is for those who like inspirational ideas to incorporate into ones own figures mainly color ideas as well as shield designs. Most of the shield designs I kept simple and came from WRG armies of feudal Europe that have many illustration of various shields so no cannot take credit for any originality but does have the strength of being in contemporary usage of the time.  

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Byzantine Skutatoi Infantry

   I have been wanting to get to some of the Byzantines posted for quite a long time. The center piece of my dark age collection will always be around the Bulgars/Avars, Russ, Franks, Arabs, Sassanian Persians etc...all make for terrific opponents. And needless to say they are always a popular choice for wargamers. Couple notes: I have went with Crusader Miniatures for these with one substitution and that is with the shields. My aim is to represent a later time frame circa 800-1000AD a period in which some uniforms would not be out of place and for the heavy infantry the shields would be largely circular not the kite/teardrop that became more common after 1000AD. For this purpose I simply substituted Gripping Beast oval shields in place of the crusader ones. I also went with 32 figure infantry units mostly for authentic appearances. Byzantine heavier infantry (Skutatoi) would often deploy in ranks of 16 and by using 32 figure unit 8 wide and 4 deep would look appropriate. Also, roughly 25 percent would be armed with a 32 figure unit with 8 bow figures comes out to 25 percent. Lastly, I went for an uniform color for these with a common shield design....later Byzantine would have the capacity for this and it simply looks nice. For this unit I chose a scarlet red (red was a common color for the bzyantines to use) and the shield design is hypothetical. I often do not use shield transfers and for ease of painting I prefer not an intricate design that consumes too much time (after all 24 of them require to be painted) but must have enough color to cause some pop for visual attractiveness.