|Defence of a Fence|
I planned to get a Welsh warband back then, but eventually opted for the Normans (I have a bit of a soft spot for the old sods). My 40k Spears of Mawdryn draw some inspiration from the Welsh of this period - so I wanted to go for something a bit different. I've also treated myself to a few Norse Gaels primarily to represent dubious oiks from the Hebrides (Kingdom of the Isles).
Firstly, the Gripping Beast miniatures are (of course) beautiful, with very little flash on them. The only minor criticism is that the front of the crossbows have to be cut from the torso. It's a good idea to make it a single sculpt but there were one or two that were a bit flimsy and one snapped irreparably.
The plan was to balance quality with speed when painting these, so I wanted to develop a half-decent tabletop standard but get the whole 4 point force painted in under 20 days - currently I'm still on track to get that done. I've been painting two or three at a time, and with a couple of days of no painting I've averaged 1-2 models per day. Could be quicker, but I'm happy with that.
These have been enjoyable to paint and another good lesson in painting. I'm slowly edging forward in trying to be a bit more bold with highlighting and shading, but similarly I don't want to have too high a contrast between them.
- Mix paints less - usually as I forget what I actually mixed later
- Base coats make a difference - this has become very apparent on these, as the archer and crossbowman in green are painted Loren Green but the crossbowman's first coat was Stegadon Green and gave the slightly richer colour I wanted. No mixing necessary. Inks have been used less on these too.
|In progress: I've found the lens case of an old telescope is great for holding the mini whilst painting|
After passing the 100,000 hit mark and getting two more Liebster nominations from Carl at Hitting on a Double 1 and Marshal Argos at 313th Drop Troop Regt (both excellent blogs I urge you to visit immediately if you haven't), I just wanted to thank everyone that has ever taken the time to visit or comment on my blog. I know it's a cliche but I pretty much expected this to fade into complete obscurity, but instead I've found a superb bunch of like minded people who produce amazing hobby goodness and continue to share fantastic ideas and motivate me to keep up this lark. That's the soppy bit over now.