Sunday, December 6, 2020


   All figures are Foundry and comprise some of the individual knights that fought in the third crusade. Again these as with all the Crusade period figures have been painted on behalf of another individual who will provide his own basing. The one figure in scarlet I painted up based on a known appearance of a german knight whos name is now escaping me...all the rest I went with acceptable appearances of the time.

Teutonic Knights

     The Teutonic forces are meant to match the Templar in terms of size. Again, mostly Foundry figures and perhaps some Footsore thrown in. They include mounted knights, mounted sergeants and dismounted knights. One of the sergeants had an Islamic type of appearance which was a nice touch to include. The Teutonics went with white which made the other mounted sergeants a little more difficult to paint for any meaning full contrast but I did as much as possible. Black type crosses on white backgrounds was common whether on the horses barding, the habit and shields. However, the Teutonics did add more color to their shields and sometimes a yellowish gold would be utilized on their crosses. It did add a little more color and flavor to painting these. On a final note I made a huge error on the standard......It was noticed after taking the pics but the standard  should be on a cross pole and the angle of the standard is incorrect it needs to be mounted by turning it 90 degrees.

Templar Knights

    The following figures are mostly Foundry with I believe some Footsore mixed in there. As with the other Crusade era figures these are not based the owner will provide his own. The total force comprises of some mounted knights, dismounted knights and mounted sergeants. The knights are painted in white with red crosses while the sergeants where clothed in darker colors usually black or dark brown. Red crosses were common to be seen and shield colors where predominately in black and white backgrounds. Lances were made from ash wood and do not appear to be painted over in other colors. The mounted knights had white and black barding with red crosses on the upper half. Many photos of the Templars I have seen online usually show white barding with red crosses but I went with the more in depth look which according to the Osprey book on the Templars was a common appearance.  As always I just included a sampling of the models I painted. I should mention I went with a slightly off white for these figures do give a slight variation from the Teutonic forces wherein I used a more pure white. Plus varying the white up helps delineate the habit from the cloak slightly as can be seen in the bottom pictures of the dismounted knights. 

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.