Sunday, 25 November 2012

Italians - fast painted skirmishers



I've completed and based a couple of later 15th century Italian skirmishers. These have been done using my 'speedy process' (see previous posting) and were completed a couple of weeks ago, but as I can only take photos in natural light at the weekends in the English winter they've been slightly delayed in their arrival here. I had to add a casualty figure as I'd already 'borrowed' the crossbow for the other figure in the pack and spares didn't fit well.
They have been based in the usual way, on 'Warbases' laser cut mdf, the only change being applying Vallejo Beige Brown as the earth colour, to lighten it slightly for a Tucsan setting. The overall frontage for the 3 bases is 120mm, for potential use with 'Impetus' rules. Closer fighting units will have either three or four figures on these same base sizes and mounted units two figures (on deeper bases).
They have been sprayed with a matt varnish and I'm pretty happy with them for what they are - a way of getting an army together in quicker time. I reckon my usual approach would result in about 2 figures completed in the time I did these twelve; so completing a small scale Italian city state force is potentially doable within a reasonable timeframe, i.e. before some future new figure releases distract me!




I'm going to use this painting method - using a mix of washes rather than Army Painter as I feel I get more control re applying the levels of shading - for more Italians as well as some more HYW on my other blog.


16 comments:

  1. They look great. I like the guys red and yellow stripey trouser leg and the kneeling fig looks great
    Cheers
    paul

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  2. Wonderful, as always! Marvelous stands!
    Phil.

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  3. Nice looking figures and really like the stripped trousers.

    Christopher

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  4. Looking realy good !

    Best regards Michael

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  5. Very nice, in particular for "speed-painted" figure. Their colourful appearance is quite spiffy.

    Cheers
    SG

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  6. Yep, bang for the buck is good. What make / sculpts are these, the faces are terrific.

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    1. Hi
      Thanks for the kind comments - they are all Perry Minis, from the European Armies range.

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  7. I find your work nothing short of brilliant and quite inspring. I'd really like to come over and play with your armies someday. But in the meantime I've nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. http://rabbitsinmybasement.blogspot.ca/2012/11/id-like-to-thank-members-of-academy.html

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    1. James
      Thanks for the kind words and for the nomination!
      Simon.

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  8. They are indeed excellent - you'd never think they were "speed" painted.

    best wishes

    Giles

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  9. Grey undercoat is well worth a try with the block painting/wash/highlight method.

    MOT!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Dave - I have just finished some HYW crossbowmen with washes, on a mid grey enamel undercoat... a good colour a you say, and it also seems to have very fast drying properties, so I can start blocking in only a hour or so after applying. They'll be on t'other blog when basing done.
      Simon.

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  10. Hi Simon, great post and fantastic pictures. By the way, I've nominated you for the "Liebster award": http://tobispaintpot.blogspot.de/
    Best regards and take care, Tobi

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  11. Tobi,
    Many thanks for the award nomination.
    Regards, Simon.

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