Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Simon Chicks Burgundians on eBay... Once in a Lifetime Chance Folks!

A week or so ago I noticed on Simon's blogs, Je Lay Emprins and Harness and Array that he was selling his Foundry Burgundians on eBay. This is a fantastic looking army that has been painted to the highest standards and is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. After all, it has been lovingly painted up by Simon and once sold, there will not be another chance to buy.

The e-Bay link is below:

Please take the time to look at the army and give it some consideration.

That's all for now folks!


Friday, 14 February 2014

A Horse if a Horse of Course of Course Unless You Have to Paint Loads of the Bleeders Part III !

Painting horses the Quick Way! Part III

OK, here's the pics I was too exhausted to put up yesterday of the finished horses ready for the painting of their wild Stradiot riders. Rumour has it that they have an interest in high class erotic art too, but that remains to be seen ;>)

The first pic hasn't come out very well, I must have knocked my tripod or something but as the second horse is the same model as the first it gives you an idea of how it turned out. Overall I'm very happy with them and they are certainly good enough for the rank and file of the two armies. I'm going to try the same technique on four of the Plastic Perry Miniatures Horses from their Mounted Men at Arms 1450-1500 box set next and I'll be sure to post up the results as soon as they are done. First things first though, now onto the Stradiots that will ride astride these pretty pieces of horseflesh!


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A Horse if a Horse of Course of Course Unless You Have to Paint Loads of the Bleeders Part II !

Now then.... on to A Horse if a Horse of Course of Course Unless You Have to Paint Loads of the Bleeders Part II!

I have added the horse harness and the horses socks as well as the metal components of the tackle. all have been given two or three layers of quickly applied paint in keeping with painting then horses up quickly.

They are now beginning to take shape with only the decoration and the horse hair to ass which will be base coated and then dry brushed.

I'm quite happy with all of them with the exception of the model in the third picture. This could have done either with a darker wash or a couple of washes with the colour I chose. Obviously none of them are amazing works of art and they are certainly not something I would ever consider entering into a painting competition, but, the point is that they are acceptable enough to appear on the table top and with the addition of their respective Stradiots they will really look the part.

All the characters (and there are plenty of them!) that will be taking the field at Fornovo will be on mounts that are painted in my normal manner such as that of the Duke of Mantua's horse below which is being worked on as part of a vignette that will appear in the game. 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A Horse if a Horse of Course of Course Unless You Have to Paint Loads of the Bleeders Part I!

OK, first of the 'rejuvenated me' Battle of Fornovo posts coming up right now.

In between pain ting stuff for others I've made time for myself to get some painting done. It's been more of a necessity as my painting was flagging in all areas, partly down to a serious health condition and partly down to a lack of any kind of impetus to paint due to the hobby becoming a job and not a pleasure. It's a long story and i won't bore you with the details!

So, in taking on Fornovo I quickly came to the realisation that I was going to have a hell of a lot of cavalry to paint up and my normal method of painting horses just wasn't going to suffice. Then I remembered having a conversation with Darren from Gripping Beast touching on the same problem that they had when they did their huge Battle of Zama Demo Game quite a few years back. He divulged a method of painting horses in order to get the miniatures on the table top ASAP, something that I did try with my Early Byzantine Army (Now sadly sold, but it has gone to a very good home and couldn't have been better received by the owner) and it worked very well.

So, in summary this is how you go about doing it.....

Painting Horses for the Tabletop ASAP Part I

Right, let us get down to it. 

In the pics above all the horses have been given a base coat of various different shades of brown and then been dry brushed with several layers of paint in order to emphasise the higher points on the horseflesh. Up to this point it all is nice and simple as it is in most of the article. They look very messy at the moment, at least by my standards, but everything will be tidies up as we progress. 

Again, in the above, I have applied various washes by Citadel to the horses and allowed them to dry. This can just as well be done with thinned down paint but I like the washes for their relatively matt finish and find them very easy to control, something that's not always possible with a paint wash unless you add Flow Improver and sometimes a retarder to control the paint. As much as it pains me I do recommend the GW Citadel paints and washes. They are a vast improvement on their last range! 

You will see that the washes have already started to unify the appearance of the models and tone down the dry brushing to create a smoother finish.

In part two of A Horse if a Horse of Course of Course Unless You Have to Paint Loads of the Bleeders Part I!  I'll be concentrating on adding socks to some of the horseflesh, dealing with the horsehair and the horse harness and decoration. should be very soon.

Pip! Pip!


Monday, 10 February 2014

Battle of Fornovo Rejuvenated!!

After a couple of years of illness etc I'm very pleased to announce that the Battle of Fornovo Demo game is back on the cards and is set for Salute (I hope) in 2016. ~The reason it's not set for next year is that it's the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and it would be an obvious disservice to the Lance and Longbow Society of which I'm a member to plan another game ahead of Agincourt.

I'm also working on stuff for Agincourt.. All will be revealed on one of my other blogs: La Journee very soon so please watch out for that one. The Agincourt Demo Game will have its debut at Salute 2015 of course.

Before I go it would be rude not to leave you with some images taken from various artists (some contemporary) of the Battle of Fornovo: