Saturday, 15 October 2016

update on stuff for Lion Rampant

Here's just a little update. Mostly this is just me finally settling on colour schemes and the like.

First up are the horses and armour choices. Picture 1 has the horse at the back left in Italian armour and the other two in German.  At this point I changed my mind on the Italian. 

So I replaced the Italian armour with German.  And now I'm thinking German will do.  I've also decided that only 3 horses will be armoured. I was going to do 6, but I reckon now I want to see more of the horse.  

Here are the test examples for the bows.  Livery of blue / yellow and white / blue for one unit. I'll make a start on actually painting them soon.  

And for the second unit, blue/ red and red/ white. They should make a decent show on the table.

The armoured chappies. I regard the armour as pretty much done. Just the boots and belts and other colourful stuff to do.  

The standard bearers. I wasn't too sure about a colour for the jacks on the two chaps on the outside. Eventually I decided just to go with basic metal plates.  Colour on the figures will come from boots and belts and eventually from the flags. 

This Thursday at the Perth club will see us kick off our Lion Rampant campaign. As always it will be interesting to see if there will be a slow start to grab territory or if players will just get 'stuck-in' for the games and the potential glory.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

painting continues

I have two projects getting painted just now, the Napoleonic British for a friend and the 28mm Wars of the Roses stuff.  I'll post pictures of British when they have some more paint splashed on them, but for now here are the horses for the Wars of Roses / Lion Rampant forces. 

I always start with a white undercoat then apply different shades as something between a wash and a normal paint coat.  The idea is to get the paint flowing freely so it settles in the folds and creates it's own highlights and shadows.

I still use the Colour Party horse paints I bought many moons ago as my main paints. Then I just add whatever other browns are on hand.  I start with the lightest bay colour, add a little darker bay or chestnut colour and do another horse or two, then add more mid or dark brown and do another horse, and so on.  Gradually I work though the horses with each slightly different.

At this point I don't care about the horse furniture as it can be painted over later. My focus here is always to get a good looking finish to the coats.  

The next stage is to add the shading to the legs, mane and tail. I used commercial washes this time instead of my usual DIY approach.  I had to apply several coats of washes to get a good effect.  Umber was a good wash, sepia was not, and black was the best.  The idea here is to get the darker hair effect with the wash but to still allow the base colour to show through. 

The next stage is to add the leg and face markings. From a Historex catalogue I had years ago, I've always remembered them saying that horses rarely had 1 leg or all 4 with markings.  So I tend to do my horses with two or three legs with markings.

And believe it or not, that is essentially it. There are little details to finish off.  I have to go over some of the looser strands of manes with a smaller brush to make sure they get painted darker. Then the eyes and then the hooves on the legs with markings will be painted lighter. 

I don't know how long all this took because I paint other things and do different bits on different days, but these 11 horses probably took less than an hour to get to this stage.

And I'm only working on 11 horses because I'm going to replace the head on horse number 12. I thought it was smart to have a head with fancy armour and plumes, but then when I came to paint it, I changed my mind and wanted something more simple.

More later. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Quick splash of paint on the WoR figures

I managed to make a bit of a start on the plastic Wars of Roses figures for Lion Rampant. This is not a colour basecoat or the finished article; just me splashing on some paint to get idea the colour combinations I want to use, particularly with the livery. My focus is Yorkist units, my usual with my WoR armies.   

I reckon I will do 2 slightly different liveries of 6 figures in each 12 figure archer unit. This group will likely be blue / yellow and white / blue (the first colour is on the right side). I want to use a combination of reds on the other 12 archers, but I've not yet decided the livery. I don't think I want to use the blue / maury combination of Edward IV and co.  

I still have a couple of little books of WoR liveries and flags that I got many years ago - I think from the Lance and Longbow society. They are good to look through, but so many nice combinations make deciding on liveries for 6 or 12 figures a bit tricky.   

I gave the men-at-arms a thin black wash to highlight the detail on the armour. Trendy 'tinternet paint-heads probably call this pre-shading or something similar.

At first I thought the bills would be in the livery of Warwick, but there's not a lot of surface to do the ragged staff. Then I decided to paint the sleeves red but painted the jacks brown - it wasn't looking that good side by side, so the sleeves got a coat of white. I'll think again about colours for the bills.

More later.

Napoleonic British generals finished

I finished off the basing for the generals. Here are the finished figures. 

In the background of the first two photos are the horses for the final unit of British dragoons. That's likely to be the next batch of figures I paint.  Otherwise, waiting in the wings are more British infantry. 

More later ... 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

And just when I thought it was safe ...

So I wasn't really planning on any fresh projects as I've been having a clear-out. But then I played Lion Rampant at the club in the week before Claymore. It's a great game, and so I bought some Perry plastics at the show and set about preparing them.

Here's the story so far. First the bare plastic figures on circular 25mm mdf bases with sand glued down for texture.

Then given a good undercoat of white. Everything here is enough for my late English / WoR force - 1 men at arms unit, 1 unit of bills and 2 units of expert archers. 

And then just in case I want some variation, some mounted men at arms and serjeants, crossbows and bidower skirmishers.  All this lot should give me plenty options and let me field a Free Company or Burgundians, Germans or Italians of the era. 

Some more British Napoleonic done

Circumstances have meant I didn't get too much painting done recently, but I did get two British heavy cavalry units done and the generals almost finished.

Here's the pictures. The 1st Royals and the 2nd Scots Greys. (The Iniskillings are waiting in the wings). 

And the generals. A lot of scarlet and some gold, but not too much flashiness as we're British, don't-cha-know.  In the background are horses for the generals, some artillery train chaps and the Iniskillings.

I hope to get the generals finished by the end of the week.  More later. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

First British Napoleonic units done

Here are the first 6 of the British Napoleonic units I'm doing.  I reckon they are done, though I'll have to do a final check just to make sure I have missed something.

First the 1st (arf, arf!).  The Royal Scots, the right of the line.

Then the 92, the Gordons and the 42nd, the Black Watch.

The 73rd.

Then the 30th and the 44th. 

So I finally got there. 6 units down, 5 infantry and 5 cavalry to go plus the artillery and generals.  I may post some closer pictures later.