The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Painting Armour Version II: Part I

I'm rather keen to make the Henry V vignette (below) to take on a more dynamic appearance. I also want to replace the Front Rank Henry V model with the one I got free with the Perry Miniatures HYW English Boxed Set. The more dynamic pose of the Perry Henry calls for some lavish attention and the stand need more banners and variation. It is for this reason that I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and show two slightly different techniques for painting armour and heraldry.

My (Old-ish) Henry Belligerent Vignette

Perry Miniatures Henry V model:

In the case of Henry V, I undercoated his black with Halford's Black Primer, this has quite a Satin sheen to it and is not entirely to my liking. This can be remedied when applying the base coat as I use Andrea Flat Black which really allows one to see the details on the model.

The pic below shows the model with a coat of Halford's primer and the initial drybrushing of the armour. I use GW metallics as I think they're the best available on the market. Sometimes if I'm painting armour that I want to depict as being 'out in the field' I will use Vallajo Oily Steel which gives a pleasing off colour, just be careful not to highlight too high if using this hue. So it's just the GW three stage dry brushing and then paint over any areas where the brush may have strayed.

Here's the result:

When it came to the Banner and Standard Bearer's I decided to use the Grey Undercoat method. They are given an undercoat of Halford's Matte Grey primer (this lacks the satin sheen of the black) and I mix up a grey to match using Vallejo. the next step is to liberally apply a black wash of GW Nuln Oil. This picks out all the areas of detail and is on fact a more efficient way of doing so than to use Andrea Flat Black as a base coat. The chainmail is dry brushed in the same manner as the Henry Model (though in these pics it has not been done as of yet!):

Banner Bearer:

Standard Bearer:

That should give you the basics of the two different methods. Next will be the painting of the armour itself to be followed by the heraldry and other items of equipment/adornment.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

St Valentine

Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. There are other sources of the origin of the day but this is the one I have chosen to depict.

OK, seeing as it's St. Valentine's Day..... what could be more romantic (and chivalrous) than: Francesco Gonzaga and his Doomed Charge Across the River Taro at the Battle of Fornovo 


Bye for now.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Claymore Castings Mounted Late Medieval/HYW Mounted Men at Arms

I've got permission from David from Claymore Castings and Saxon Dog Blog fame if it would be OK to present the new Claymore Castings Mounted Late Medieval/HYW Mounted Men at Arms on this blog of mine.

I'm not just plugging them for a friend but these sculpts have got me genuinely excited. I can say with confidence that I have never seen such dynamic sculpts for Mounted Men at Arms in my whole experience in wargaming/painting and that has been a long time! They are full of life and the rigours of Medieval mounted combat.  One of the sets is based upon blind King John of Bohemia's great chivalric but doomed charge at then Battle of Crecy and it is a superb piece of master sculpting.Matt Bickley has outdone himself with these sculpts! They really are amazing and I for one cannot wait to get my mitts on them and get them painted up!

I should say that all the miniatures come with different heads and that the contents may not be what is on show at present as David has just received the masters and there is work to be done yet. As well as Crecy these men at arms could be used for the Battle of Poiters, the Teutonic Order and in fact any other conflict taking place between 1330 the 1400's and a little beyond.

So, I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves:

Bye for now!