Monday, 25 March 2013

HaT El Cid Spanish Command

Like the Moorish command this set only has a few bods, infact one less than the Moorish command.
It does however come with a set of spare heads and spare arms. Two of the arms only fit the mounted bod (they have chainmail sleeves to match the chainmail vest) and two for the foot bod.
The full set with spare heads etc can be seen HERE.

Without any conversions a combined  foot and command set of 7 can be created.

One Thing about this set and the Moorish command, the nags are very nicely done..a bit thin and the riders legs are a bit too widely spread (solution is to pin them onto the saddle)  but they do look nice.
There ´s 3 sprues in the box..so what I will do with the other two priests I can´t think..no conversion ideas have come to mind yet.
Small complaints about the set. The attachable arms, especially the ones for Holding the Standards just don´t do the intended Job well. Not only do they not have ring hands to hold the flags but they don´t support the weight, the arms just popped off the peg.
Glueing didn´t help much either so they  got welded on.
Also the poles of the Standards. The bubblegum plastic that they are cast in means they are too bendy so I replaced them with florists wire, heated up and welded on.

I was going to just paint the Banners up with the usual crosses / stripes / chevrons but then I thought I´d have a bash at painting some freehand religious Icon type standards.

The one on the left is the Madonna and Child by Segna, di Buonaventure (1298 - 1331)
The one on the right has several titels, Christ the redeemer, Christ the teacher etc. It´s a 13th century painting, appearing in a wide range of variations.
Both were painted  much later  than the El Cid period and I´ve found no evidence of them carrying such Standards at the time but they seem appropaite so why not ? :-
A small apology. I´ve not been getting around the Blogs as much as I´d like to lately. Too much work at the Moment but hopefully  that looks set to change in a couple of weeks