Mittwoch, 31. Dezember 2014

My entry to the 'Mount(s) & Rider(s)' themed bonus round

The end of the year is almost upon us so it's time for my last blog post of the year. Below you can find my submission to the 'Mount(s) & Rider(s)' themed bonus round over on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Blog. The poll is still open so make sure you head over there to cast your vote for your favourite entries. There's some great stuff on display even dinosaurs with license plates so what you're waiting for?

At the moment I'm listening to Ulf Schiewes excellent Montalban Trilogy (unfortunately there seems to be no English edition) while painting. The novels are set in 12th century southern France and Outremer (modern day Israel and Palestine) with a definite focal point on the Crusades and tell the story of a fictitious Montalban family vassals to the masters of Tolosa. Thus inspired it should be little surprise I wanted to pick up the cross and fight the infidels for this submission.





The figure is by Gripping Beast and meant to represent William the Bastard, conqueror of England but for me it's Monieur Jaufré de Montalba, the main protagonist in the first novel "Der Bastard von Tolosa". It's a nice sulpt unlike many others from Gripping Beast, but maybe a little on the larger side of 28mm. The casting was crisp with little in regard of mould lines. Especially it's horse is a great little figure and highly animated.




The figure was fun to paint and even the horse was a joy, well... almost(!). The only thing that brought me headaches was the paint not sticking to the darn figure. Before painting I've washed it in hot, soapy water and even put it in my ultrasonic cleaner. Then I've airbrushed it with Vallejos Black surface primer and left it to dry for two days and still the paint came off even when looking at the model. In the end I gave it to coats of gloss varnish and it seems like this finally worked.




Normally the Montalban family has a red boar on a green field as its heraldry but I decided to go with a more christian motive and went for a red cross on a white field which I found pretty striking at the time I painted it. It was my first handpainted shield in years as I normally put my trust in the excellent Little Big Men line of Decal sheets, but there was simply no time for getting hold of a set before the deadline. Afterwards the shield reminds me a bit too much of the Templars but now he's done and also some of his hangers on were given these colours, so no turning back I guess.
 
 
So there's nothing more left to say than thank you for your continued support for this blog over the last twelve months and a Happy New Year to all of you and your loved ones! 
Depending on my hang over tomorrow we'll see us in the next year for a round up on 2014 and a prospect for 2015...

Kommentare:

  1. That is really nicely done. I like the vibrant chestnut colour used for the horse.

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  2. Very nice job on him! The horse turned out great even if it wasn't the most joyful to paint :)

    Vallejo primers can be a bit tricky. All of them can come of quite easily, but the grey seems to work best. Black and white never last through any masking and come of quite easy, but the grey is workable. On top of that the white doesn't seem to cover anything and pools very easily and the black leaves a bit shiny surface that I'm not too fond of.

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    1. Thank you Samuli. I've never had any issues with the black primer. I usualy apply two or three thin coats using my airbrush and giving each coat enough time to dry before applying the next one and it always worked for me. Since then I also basecoated some more figures and had no such problems. Strange thing...

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  3. Beautiful model :)
    Remember a glass of water between each drink... stop when you can't tell if it's water or not?

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    1. Thanks for the advice Mike. Unfortunately I remembered it too late ;-)

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  4. Fantastic painting with great detailing. great base too - what colours did you use on the base?

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    1. Thank you! For the base I used GW Tallarn Sand for the basecoat, followed by a drybrush of VMC Iraqui Sand and a final drybrush of White. I hope this helps.

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  5. a masterpiece!
    fabulous work!
    the shield design is cracking! seems to be inspired by "the black moon chronicles".
    have a Happy New Year!

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  6. Fantastic Nick and was my personal favourite! Look forward to seeing it in person.

    Christopher

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  7. Excellent looking piece - a masterpiece really.

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  8. Amazing brushwork - especially on the pony.

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  9. A really fantastic looking figure. The free hand worked out really well.

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  10. Wow. Some of the best painting I've seen you do, simply superb. Your attention to smooth highlighting and the finish applied with dusting/weathering... Just amazing!

    Happy New Year!

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  11. An amazing amount of detail takes this fellow to the top of the heap. I especially love your last highlight on the horse done in the finest stokes! Great finish to the year!

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  12. Well done! A beautiful model and a wonderful paint job!

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  13. Marvellous work, a real piece of art on its own right. Thanks for sharing.

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