Sunday, November 1, 2020

Black Sea Fleet naval Infantry

       My background is mainly rooted in various aspects of ancient and early dark age warfare and my personal painting of models reflect my interest in such periods. But as often the case I have a couple of individuals who I do paint for for other periods. I must confess it is sometimes refreshing to paint other periods for the challenge of doing so. One such person has a huge interest in the RCW period and I have already posted numerous pics of such models. These figures I am not certain of the maker (I need to ask and update) but wish to post for others who do have an interest in this time period. I cant vouch for the choice of colors used (he provided the information of what he wanted) for its actual veracity of appearance so if incorrect I apologize. Essentially, blue tunics, white pants, black footwear and black belting with leather pouches. The actual amount of models were more.....I just chose a sample to photo and the standard bearer figure he will provide the standard himself as well as the basing. One final note I went with Pro acryl paints on these...for both the blue tunics and white leggings a newish line of paint I believe and was quite happy with the results.

Mounted Knights Crusades

       Following figures are either Perrys or Footsore. The mounted bishop figure is a Footsore miniature and he was painted much like the figure on their website per the customer request. The other knights do not represent any order (I will be posting both knight templars and Teutonic Knights soon) I simply chose colors of the time with shield designs that I added by hand. Photos hard to capture correct transition of colors....white and yellow came out somewhat accurate; however, the black came out slightly exaggerated than what it really is. To achieve colors like white, black and yellow I always start with a base then with the paint fairly thinned with water I apply lighter and lighter layers to achieve the desired result. When doing large surfaces such as the horses barding about the only realistic way I have found myself able to achieve the desired results. I never do a simple wash nor a simple base, mid then final highlight application for such a large surface. As an aside note...with white I often vary the base color to achieve a different component of white (sometimes a brownish grey sometimes a brownish yellow for example) to add variety to the final look of the models. The difference between the mount knight and the bishop can be seen with that effect.

Knights of Jerusalem

          I have currently been working on a large Crusader army for an individual and the following figures are to represent the Knights of Jerusalem. Not entirely sure who the manufacturer is I believe Perry miniatures but not certain. Some individuals I paint for buy from numerous manufacturers (as many do) to give their army as much variety as possible and when they are all combined together not always certain who the maker is. Went with blue of course and did add shield transfers he provided the maker being Battle Flag. First time I have Battle Flag transfers and found them quite easy to use and very effective. The multi color lance I used for the knights simply my artistic choice cannot vouch for any historicity behind it. Total of 3 knights, 3 men at arms and several dismounted knights.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Saxon archers

    These miniatures are a mix of both crusader and Foundry. The foundry line is definitely a tad larger....I kept them each on separate bases but they will round out one unit. Saxons of course did not make much use of bowmen so this might be my only unit....perhaps I will add one more? The Saxons will comprise a large amount of figures...hmmmm? Anyway...some pics for those interested.

Carolingian Cavalry Artizan Design

      I have slowly been collecting a large Carolingian army. Due to painting restraints progress has been slow going as commission work has been keeping me busy. I prefer largish type forces and I plan on having around 250 figure force with at least 80-100 of them mounted. For the mounted forces I will using both Artizan Design and gripping beast miniatures with Artizan Design being predominant. I will probably include some Footsore Breton cavalry in there for some of the allied mounted arm. The mounted arm my plan is to have a somewhat even balance (60 percent being armored vs 40 percent unarmored) mainly for visual purposes of variety. Colors choices will be a fair amount of blue, white, yellow/ochre for the tunics and scarlet for the leggings. Naturally, I will use other colors (mostly earth tones) to mix in for variety but my understanding is the colors above where some of the more widely favored choices for the Carolingians. least for the Artizan figures keeping it simple with one color fancy designs letting the rivets and spirals remain as a steel color as the only contrast. Even on the Gripping Beast shields which do not have rivets and spirals on them I will use the most basic designs...the few that are known that the Carolingians did use for their shield patterns. Basing going with 60mm wide by 50mm is a tight fit but when wanting a 100 mounted figures does provide some ease with less bases to move the figures. At any are some pics. Side note I seem to have finally found the lighting and colors to use for pics that I am happy with (after 3 years).....I do plan to re photo and post many of the dark age armies I have.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Artizan Design Vikings

      The following are all Artizan Design viking figures. I have been painting up quite a large force of Vikings for another individual and these are the last of the group. Though I have plenty of viking pictures of various miniatures these are the first of Artizan Design I have posted and thought I would post them for anyone who like a look at some of them painted up. I have also altered from a white backdrop to darker colors and continued experimentation with the camera to help preserve better I have found it difficult to balance being too dark and yet going to light/bright which over emphasizes color contrast. As a general rule I layer from a dark color with well thinned paint....I do not use triads per se....simply add a highlight color in increasing amounts from the original dark base coat to avoid hard contrast lines. But too much brightness added to pictures over intensifies that appearance beyond what they appear in normal lighting.