Over the last few days the fellow below has been painted. This is the first figure for a base of Christian Mercenary Knights that will fit in with the El Cid and Norman eras well.
The armour still needs a dark wash to remove the nearly new look and a decision has to be made on the horse. The original Gripping Beast horses never really hit the mark. They paint up reasonably well, however the sculpting isn't the best. The decision to be made is whether or not to replace with newer sculpts, the problem being that this will mean replacing a lot of horse-flesh. Decisions, decisions.
In case you are wondering the figure represents William the Bastard, although the choice of weapon will not be a club and a shield is to be added to. It is the central figure after all.
Something a little bit different here and something that there will be a few more entries on in the coming months.
Shown above is the 1st Rifles Company for the ARC forces in Critical Mass. Some of these figures have been shown here before on different bases, but as all wargamers love to rebase their figures here they are again.
The figures are from Ground Zero Games New Israeli 15mm range and will be the basis of an infantry company for the above game.
An easy approach to painting these has been used and this style will continue throughout the army. The style consists of basing coating in GW Khemri Brown, detail picked out in black, washed in Devlan Mud or equivalent and then dry brushed. Nice, easy and simple. The basing is different from normal and is based on ready made plaster, base coating and dry brushing. Again nice, easy and simple.
The overall effect give a good wargaming standard that will allow the army to progress at speed along side more detailed painting for Impetus and skirmish based games.
Coming shortly from this range will be support units, a reduced infantry company, scout and assault walkers and grav tanks. All in good time.
The first Back to the Brushes entry in a while. Pictured below shows the first of several stands of bow armed skirmishers for the El Cid period. Obviously these are in the very early stages of painting.
The figures are from Gripping Beast Andalusian range and for their age are still great figures. Looking forward to seeing their new Arabs in the near future.
A quick update before the semi-final kicks off. The next ten Black Guard will be receiving weapons and shield decorations this evening and tomorrow prior to basing over the weekend.
Below is the start of a third unit of Black Guard that will again have two drummers but no standard. This will be the final unit of Black Guard with the following units of spearmen being standard Berber spears.
The first two units will be shown as two completed stands in the one go hopefully alongside the first of the skirmisher units for this period.
Well all plans fall apart on contact with the enemy and this personal painting challenge was no different.
Final stages of the decant at work happened over the last two weeks of May and it was all hands - literally - on deck. Most of June has been spent tying up loose ends and sort out the issues arising with work. The end result of this has been that there has been every little time or motivation Everything is finally now finished and a new role starts officially on Monday - unofficially the has been ongoing for most of this month.
Anyway enough rambling about real life and time to start rambling on about hobby time. Here are two quick pictures to update the challenge so far.
The first stand of Black Guard are now being based and will be finished for final display very soon. The picture below shows both stands together and the second group of figures have already been started with what little flesh present having been already blocked in. These figures are relatively easy to paint due to the very limited pallet and amount of trappings on each figure.
Will be back to more regular hobby time and blogging from here on.