Saturday, 7 March 2015

French Men at Arms for Agincourt (I)

The production process is underway, with goal to expand the French men at arms for the lance & longbow Society game at Salute. These are my ‘speed painted’ figures; although I worry that I maybe spending too long on getting them done (but it’s much too early to panic just yet). I have a schedule drafted and have to stick to it – and cross my fingers that no unplanned distractions occur along the way.

The good news is that the plastic Perry figures are primarily attired in white harness, making the figure painting process quicker. So these have been done on thinned black enamel undercoat. A heavy drybrush has then been applied of GW Runefang Steel, over which I’ve added a wash of inks – an approximate 50:50 mix of GW Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade (brown). When fully dried a much finer drybrush of GW Steel is made, just to pick out the raised edges and joints of the plate armour and any mail.

Other parts to be painted are then re-blackened and all the leather, cloth, wood and flesh areas are painted in – without any highlights, as they’ll be lost in the morass that is the French foot at Agincourt. Gilding is then picked out to create a bit of variation – on couters and poleyns, dagger and sword pommels, visors, and scabbard & belt fitments, etc. A couple of rather old Citadel waterslide transfers have been dug out and applied to the shields - all in efforts to save time. A few banners will be added by retainers, who are currently in prep stage, using some Perry metals.

Although I have a schedule I do still get tempted to convert and alter figures. So far I’ve limited this to just three figures – changing heads on metals as the new plastics have much finer definition to paint. I've also added a visor to a metal foot knight – for variation and to save time on one less face that I have to paint! All of these are relatively easy to do of course.


Johns Miniatures said...

They look great. Really good posing too :) Keep 'em coming!

Ray Rousell said...

Great looking figures!

Dalauppror said...

Looking really good !!!

Will they be singel based? What rules Will you use.

Best regards Michael

Stuart M said...

Good progress Simon, for speed painted figures these are still very good. I'm looking forward to seeing these soon.

painterman said...

Michael, They will be based on 50mm square bases, in small groups, like the rest of my HYW. I then put 2 bases together to create a unit for Impetus. Not sure which rules to use on the day - will discuss with the players soon - although Impetus has been OK in other years for game at Salute, where other distractions limit the actual time you have to play.