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.