Sunday, December 6, 2020

Knights

   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.