A return this week to some more Footsore knights.
This is the first of two little dioramas I have planned. The other will hopefully be completed in a week or so. The model itself is a simple affair, just three figures on a base with very little ground work. My image of the crusades is one of an arid and dusty landscape. Whilst I like the array of colours and heraldry painting knights offers I do find the Templar and Hospitaller Knights very iconic. Of the two I elected to go for the Hospitallers as I had a preference for black over white.
What can I say about the figures?
The tunic crosses were painted freehand as were the two shields as there is no embossing or engraving on the figures themselves. The flag was hand made. You can buy flags and banners already printed but I found a YouTube tutorial on how to make your own so I gave it ago. Not a lot to it really, the key is to use Oriental/Asian writing paper. The paper has more of a fabric feel to it and in my opinion produced a decent end result. I went for a simple cross befitting both the model and my first attempt. Once painted and allowed to dry a wash of PVA was apllied. When the PVA had dried the flag could be folded and shaped more easily and hold its position.
Images of the model below.
Reaper always seem to be able to produce some great looking figures with a high degree of detail and such is the case with this figure called “Amon”. I don’t know if IPMS Norway will have a trophy to present at Telford later this year or whether the show will even be on but I thought I’d like to go for it again if they do so hence this purchase and paint job. With so much upper flesh on show I decided to give him a few basic tattoo’s. No doubt IRO will approve!
The wall was a part of the sculpture so I only felt a need to add a litte ground work and vegitation to the base.
A couple a WIP images to kick off with followed by the completed figure.
Here we have a little vignette I put together of Brian Boru, First High King of The Irish, a legendary Irish Warlord – so says Gripping Beast who produced the miniature. Just a little figure I was rather taken with and for which I felt the pose warranted a little more attention than a simple 25mm round base.
As with all the Gripping Beast figures I have found to date they are nicely made and enjoyable to paint. Not a great deal to say on this one. Simple paint job on the figure and an opportunity to make another wire tree as I hadn’t done one in a little while.
I needed a change from painting Dad’s Army figures (I reckon you all did too!) even though there is only one more post to go. I knew I would rush it so I decided instead to take a short break to do something else. Besides I also needed to complete something for the October Challenge.
For October Orc’s were never going to be an option with the time available to me even if I had wanted to go down that route. Completing a neglected model on the other hand left me in with a realistic shout.
So what we have here is a model I am calling the Temptress. Both the guard figure and female temptress were painted months ago and sat on the side far a part from each other as I had no idea quite what to do with them. At the point where I had given up on ever having an idea and was about to settle for simply basing them it occurred to me for the first time that they looked quite good together! After that it was reasonably easy to come up with an acceptable setting and the rest as they say is history.
The “Temptress” goes by the name of “Lenore” and is a figure produced by Hasslefree Miniatures. The guard is a figure from Other World Miniatures. The base comprises of an MDF window and frame with cat litter and slate chippings for the ground and masonry work.
The images below look dreadful on my laptop but acceptable on my phone and tablet. Quite why that is I am not entirely sure although my laptop, a self winding one, could be showing its age!
Following on from last weeks post I managed this week to complete the last of the four Gripping Beast figures which I purchased about a year or so ago. As this neglected figure just crept into February I thought I might as well include it in Azazels monthly challenge. Hopefully I’ll aim to complete at least another one before the month is out as well as making a contribution or two to Alex’s February challenge.
Not a lot I can say about either the figure or the base, neither are spectacular just pretty straight forward stuff.
I do have some good news though, well for me at least. My “Partly Done Neglected Pile” has been reduced to one so once I get that done I can start to do something new. Hooray!
I’m not looking at the “Not Yet Started Neglected Pile” though, that’s too big to contemplate right now but at least it’s smaller than the recently purchased pile which will soon become the focus of my attention!
Incredible as it seems another Christmas is over and I hope each and every one of you had an enjoyable time. More on the subject in a future Musings post perhaps but for now it’s time to focus on the New Year. Before that though my last post for 2018!
I hadn’t intended to post this Saturday, mainly because the Christmas festivities left little time to prepare anything but then I discovered that I had drafted a post which I never published. Not entirely sure how that came about as I’m generally well organised but clearly not on this occasion. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the model remains neglected. I lost my way with this one sometime ago for what I am sure we’re good reasons at the time but blowed if I can think what they were now. Let’s put it down to age.
The down side of this post though is I now have to finish the diorama and with so many other things on the go I’m not really sure I want to. That said it will make for a good start to the year if I can install some discipline and finish off various projects before I get carried away with all the new things I have planned.
So, without further ado let’s move on.
The aim of this little diorama is to depict the beginning of the Viking age and the attack on Lindisfarne and its Priory in the year 793.
The figures were purchased from V and V Miniatures, either a Russian or a Polish company if I remember correctly, and one I hadn’t used before. The quality of the resin figures is very good but the simple truth is I really do not like resin figures that much (I’ll explain why at some point in the future), I’m a white metal guy at heart. Nevertheless I will keep an eye on their interesting range which at present is not huge but hopefully will grow.
The base when I get round to it will be a simple affair but for now all I have to show are images of the four painted figures. A little more work needs to be done but otherwise they are almost complete.
Progress photos below.