Monday, 1 October 2012

16th century Knights (DDS)

I´ve had this lot, Dark Dream Studio´s European Knights,   for a while now...and I´ve never dared to get to grips with it but everytime I look at the pile of "to do" bods,  they look at me sadly and shout "come on..we dare ya!" and after seeing the absolutely stunning paintjobs of Early Tudors from Stuart over at his Army Royal blog, I had to at least try.
The PSR review does them justice, whilst not a lively set, and the nags leave a bit to be desired in the poses department, they are a lovely set and like Stuart I will make them into the  cavalry of Henry VII...........just not as lovely as Stuarts.
All the weapons come with the set, are easy to remove from the sprue, the detail is very well done and best of all, there´s loads of spares when every knight has been kitted out.

Getting the Patina effect was murder. I tried at first to create a consistant pattern but this proved impossible, so the nag had it´s paint removed and the task was re-started, this time I just painted a "sort of" effect.
 
All the bods and the nags have some lovely little details, the sculptor must have done a bit of study of 16th century armour whilst making this set.
For all of you withing striking range and with nothing better to do on the 6th, there´s a new model show. I´ll be there doing a bit of demo painting along with other members of the Benno Figures Forum....... more info HERE

Hello to Nate...thanks for following

26 comments:

  1. A lovely work, worthy of a Carthusian, and Paul!

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    1. Thanks Michele.
      Judging by the amount of time I sit here and paint...carthusian seem appropiate :-D

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  2. Very good paint work!
    the red and white blanket is fine.
    But I must say that I don't like the knights of this period...maybe too much metal and those "stupid" helmets !!

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    1. Thanks pascal.
      This isn´t really my period of medieval history and As a pair, without the others and a standard flying above them, they don´t look very impressive..but now I´ve finished another 2 and all with all 4 together, the armour shining in the sun, looks very impressive. When all twelve are finished nd based they will bring shock and awe on the battlefield.
      Salut
      Paul

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  3. A real work of goldsmith , congrats .
    Cheers Captain Lol ;) .

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  4. Excellent job, I feel your pain ! Well worth the effort.

    Stuart

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    1. thanks Stuart.
      The full plated knights are´t really the problem. The Patina on the barding was pure misery, thankfully there´s only one other that has a patina effect in the set, I cannot see how you managed to create such a wonderfull effect on yours. The problem is the others, the demi lancers and the historically incorrect crossbowmen. I´m still trying to decide how to paint all the folds on thier clothing! :-/
      Cheers
      paul

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  5. These look really good, well done!

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  6. That is rather special, lovely work Paul.

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  7. Some great painting Paul, they look rather complicated.

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  8. Thanks chaps.
    @ Ray. Just a bit. Stuarts blog is a real goldmine in terms of research (and to make myself jealous of his skills)
    Not only is the Patina effect a complete §!*X!!, it costs a lot of patience and loads of coffee breaks, but each bod (the armoured kniggits) have a seperate plume, weapon and sidearm to attach. The others...I´m not looking forward to them, so the next 4 kniggits will get done, then a break for a week to get the nerve back to carry on with the rest.

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  9. Wonderful painting and have fun on the small scale convention!
    Regards
    Bruno

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  10. Excellent work mylord Paul! :)

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  11. Lovely work, Paul. Not just the patina but all the red on the barding of the one figure, that shows a steady hand with the brush and nerves of steel. Do you do a black wash over the steel plate and then highlight? I'm curious (and impressed).

    Cheers,
    Mike

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    1. Thanks Mike. Painting these cost me nearly all my nerves..:-D
      The metal. Black base. Then Marabu Anthracite laque #772 acrylic. It has to be the laque and number 772. One coat and Finished. Honestly.
      It seems that it contains a blue hue which really brings out the metallic effect of steel.
      In sunlight they look much more shiny but the reflection was too much to take and decent photos.
      Cheers
      paul

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  12. good work once again, I love full plate armour it really is just a symbol of strength... shame moderns don't give me the same feeling, except tanks, now that is just strength weight and power

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    1. The sound of heavy cavalry thundering across the battlefield and the noise of imact as it crashes into the enemy...great stuff.
      Same goes for tanks..but IMHO, there´s only really one that actually says "I´m Heavy" and that´s the Tiger. I used to fill mine with plastacine to give them "real" weight. It helps hold the reacks down as well.

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  13. Top notch work Paul...As per usual!

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  14. Very nice painted armoured knights! I thought they would be easier to paint with all that metal, but you're telling the opposite!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  15. That is rather special, lovely work Paul.
    Good paint
    Cheers

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