The good news for me this week is I’ve started work on my next mounted knight. The Bad news is I digressed and decided to paint this guy instead!
What we have here is “Hubert de Burgh”, a real life knight whose heraldry is shown in the below downloaded Google image. As you can see it represents a painting challenge and it is that which led me to setting aside my mounted knight.
The opening paragraph on Wikipedia for this knight reads:
“Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent (c. 1170 – before 5 May 1243) was an English nobleman who served as Chief Justiciar of England and Ireland during the reigns of King John and of his infant son and successor King Henry III and, as a consequence, was one of the most influential and powerful men in English politics”.
There is however much more written about this chap and if you would like to read more then follow the link below. I was particularly interested to learn that he was once the custodian of Launceston castle in Cornwall which is only a few miles from me and is where my parents both live.
All in all an interesting guy and one which deserved the best I could offer in terms of a paint job. I’m not going to pretend the diamond pattern was easy to do on a 28mm figure, it wasn’t. I also used a little poetic license on the shield too. It was simply far to small for me to even attempt to replicate the exact design. Maybe next time I’ll give it ago if I ever paint him again.
Images of “Hubert” below.