Monday, 7 May 2012

Burgundian Men at Arms - first base.




I've completed the first base of Burgundian Ordonnance men at arms. I was eager to get some of these done, as the figures are so good. This is the central base (on 60mm width by 80mm depth) of a three-based unit that'll comprise my Ordonnance mounted men at arms; so nine figures in total for each contingent. The central base will have the company guidon and any conductuer/captain figure, with the wings having men at arms plus any supporting coustillers - so effectively all the bases will be interchangeable.  I'll provide some historical context for this Ordonnance  Company when it's completed.

A note on painting the plate armour.  As previously posted the extra fine details on the figures encouraged me to try a different approach. On these figures I've undercoated on black (as usual), then given the armour a thin covering of the new Games Workshop 'Runefang Steel'. This is quite a bright colour and needs toning down, so I when dry I generously washed with a 50:50 mix of GW black wash and Ogryn Flesh wash, letting it pick out and settle in all the joints of the plates. When completely dry, a very light dry brush on the high points of the armour with Vallejo Silver. I did try the GW new dry-brush, but they are a rubbery consistency which I don't like using (and the colours not bright enough to act as the final highlight). I'm happy with the result and I'll use it on the rest of the men at arms - it's quick and easy (the horses now take the longest to paint) and gives me finish that I wanted to represent  polished plate harness.

Being too hasty in my enthusiasm to assemble - and not heeding my own advice of my last post! - I realised when it was too late that I'd attached the wrong lance arm to the man in the italian armour. Hey ho... hopefully when I've done several contingents of these, he'll be too hard to find...

Riders are already assembled (correctly!) and undercoated for the remainder of this Company. Will post them all soon.


15 comments:

  1. That is one impressive model. Kepp em comming...

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  2. Good job Simon,I particularly like the chap in the tabard, does he represent anyone at all?

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    1. He's Thanaseor de Capoue. An italian conductuer of a Company, more info in the next posting.

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  3. Lovely sculpts..lovely painting and basing.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  4. Always more brilliant brush work, i can imagine a whole unit will look incredible!
    Max

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  5. those are exellent simon really looking forward to seeing some more!
    im sculpting a mounted maa and some standard bearers atm so these spur me on! no pun intended...

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    1. Oh, that's good to know - I can certainly find room for those. Doing the horses yourself too, or to fit on existing manufacturers?
      Simon.

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  6. Lovely paint job Simon !!!!

    Very inspiring !

    Best regards Michael

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  7. Those horses look ace mate! I may take some inspiration from them for my own!

    Matt

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  8. Always look forward to your posts and this is why. Superb.

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  9. Hi, I've a question regarding the flag. What size do you use when you print it. 2 cm in height at staff? And what would be a good fit for the part of the flag which goes around the staff? I'm thinking about making a new version for krigsspil.dk just for 25 mm. The existing Burgundian flags are made for 15 mm and the flags needed to be broader at the pole as the flag pole is much thicker than for 25 mm (proportion-wise). The fit for the Perry flag in the last post looks better.

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    1. Rune
      The flag here is exactly 2cm high! I've copied them to Word document so that I can adjust the size and this seems about right in relation to their actual size (based on surviving fragments and illustrations. This size seems to give enough width to wrap around the pole I use (North Star's hardened pikes, cut to length).
      More different Burgundian flags would be great!!
      Simon.

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