A 28mm Knight in Shining Armour

I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that having returned from holiday I wanted to diversify a little from modelling Old West figures and dioramas, my genre of choice.  To this end I identified the medieval period as an area in which to have a brief dabble.  I was partly inspired by a fellow blogger Souls In Miniature.  Ironically SIM is based in the good old US of A modelling knights of the realm while I am based in the UK modelling the Old West. Clearly we were both born on the wrong continent.

I digress.

Painting figures of knights has long had an appeal for me but my modelling skills are simply not up to painting coats of arms.  However  I recently discovered some fantastic 28mm figures by 1st Corps which come with decals and transfers so thought I’d give it a go. I bought two mounted knights and below are the images of The first one duly completed.  The second is under construction.

I have mixed feelings regarding the end result. On the one hand I think the model looks ok but on the other hand I can’t help but feel that using decals is a cheat on the painting.  Having said that, hand painting the lance proved a challenge and finally came good.  I will  complete the second model and post details in due course but the jury is out as to whether or not I will do some more.

My experiment on diversifying is not proving too successful. I need to do a few more WW1 figures and a couple of RAF figures for my model club which I am looking forward to doing but I’m missing the Old West. A new building diorama is being planned.  I don’t normally have projects running side by side but I think that will have to change.  In the meanwhile images of The First Knight!



4 thoughts on “A 28mm Knight in Shining Armour

  1. Hey thanks for the shout-out. I really like this guy! It would be great to see you paint up some more knights and give it the whole terrain treatment. Judging by the landscapes and buildings you make for your old west stuff I bet you could make some awesome castles/cottages.
    And to your point on decals… I think I agree. While they look fantastic I don’t think they’re for me. I enjoy fiddling around to make the best details I can by hand. Which aren’t great, but they feel more personal.

    Looking forward to what you have coming in the future!


    1. Shout-out well deserved, you do some great stuff. I’ve nearly finished another knight and will post details at the weekend all being well. Not sure about doing more but like you I do enjoy the building and landscape stuff. Am missing the Old West but have some plans in the pipe line for more builds and will post details in the weeks ahead. With you all the way on decals. I guess it’s where you draw the line, it’s not like I make my own figures but the decals do feel a bit like a cheat and puts the end result more in the domain of what anyone can do. Keep up the good work.


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