Pretty much the best part of a month since my last post but I have been busy as ever. Most of what I've painted in recent weeks has been stuff that I couldn't show immediately so that's largely why the lack of updates. I've not done much of my own stuff either and I ended up having the best part of a week off sick (which completely fucked everything up schedule wise). Anyway, I did manage to find a little time this weekend to finish off a Bretonnian knight that has been sitting almost done on my desktop for bugger knows how long.
The main reason it's taken me so long to
get it done is that I was fucking about with homemade decals again. I'd
decided quite a while back that I wanted this guy to have a black eagle
on a white (well, off-white) background. If it was just going to be the
shield design I might have had a stab at freehanding it, although to be
honest that wasn't the awkward bit as far as the decal was concerned.
What really made things difficult was that I wanted the exact same
heraldry displayed on the knight's tabard. There was no way I was going
to try and paint three identical eagles (shield and front and back of
the tabard) so I thought with a bit of clever resizing and plenty of
micro sol I should be able to use decals for the lot. Ultimately it was a
success (although I'm never 100% happy) but it did involve far more
messing around than I thought. He looked a bit colourless though so I
pepped up his base with some nice red posies. I quite like the contrast
of having armoured knights trampling through dainty flowers. I wasn't
sure about using them at first but then I saw a history series on
Youtube with some little bald fella talking about medieval warfare
(can't remember his name but he knows all about weapons and tactics from
that era). He was in France explaining about such and such a battle
that took place in the Hundred Years War and he was tramping through
fields that hadn't changed much since and they were full of wild flowers
which convinced me it was perfectly reasonable that men might bludgeon
one another to death in such a serene landscape.
picked up a Warbases movement tray which I think I'll use to display my
knights in. It's nothing special and I don't intend to make anything of
it other than to texture and decorate it to match the model bases. I
thought if I had a tray with 'x' amount of holes in it it might
encourage me to paint enough models to fill each space and therefore
give me a little unit to aim for. I know that doing a few small units
was always my intention but I find it far too easy to get distracted so
hopefully this will remedy that. Blurry photo time...
As you can see, not far off a 10 man unit
here. The knight in the middle will be the unit leader. I've had him
since I was teenager (like the other knights on show) and I always
thought he made a good hero what with his ornate helm and commanding
pose. The other unpainted knight used to have a spear and a crap helmet
crest. I do have the same model in the old lead pile but he's intact.
This one though I removed the crest many years ago just as an easy way
of making it look a little different to the other one. More recently I
thought he'd be a good standard bearer so I clipped off his spear and
that'll be replaced with brass rod and a flag when I'm happy with my
flag making/painting. The gap in the tray will be filled with a 5th
edition musician when I can get hold of the one I want. Both the
standard and the musician's tabard will display the hero's heraldry.