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 what I will do with the other two priests I can´t 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


  1. It looks like a lovely set.This set has one more than the Moorish command set actually. Very nice colors and painting Paul.

    1. Thanks Shriff :-D
      The moorish command...6 (Basic)poses..
      3 horses/donkey
      The Spanish command...5 (Basic)poses..
      2 horses
      But if all the variations are used, the spanish win by one extra pose but still loose on the horse poses. :-D

  2. Hi Paul
    Great work in these mi is
    A suggestions for the standards: use rampant Lions and castles representing the kingdoms of Castilla and León

  3. Great work Paul , and great paint on flag really nice

  4. Stunning paintjob. The standards turned out fantastic.

  5. Some nice work as usual


  6. Superb brushwork on the figures, horseflesh and those banners Paul.
    If you have too many priests, you could always build yourself a monastry as the figures look like they would pass as monks.

  7. Wonderful painted figures! I like your banners.

  8. Was that Derek Nimmo? That was Derek Nimmo, I'd know him anywhere! Nice job Paul!


  9. a good set! could be used for many Medieval projects, in my opinion!
    The handmaid flags designs are beautiful!!!
    what a great improvement Paul!!
    I can say that all your painting work is coming better and better: welcome in the Masters-world!

  10. Great work on those banners, Paul!!

    Too much work? That's a good thing by these days! :)

  11. Really nice work, Mr. Bods. And a "Hoorah!' for the handpainted banners.

  12. Paul these are stunning, but that freehand work is just amazing.

  13. looking great paul!!!! wonderful work as always

  14. Lovely painting, especially the banners.

  15. Nice figures and good painting. They are so real. So now you have Christian army and Moorish you can create a battle

  16. Great looking set. The banners are fantastic.

  17. Hmm, sorry if you get two comments from me. It did something weird after I logged in. Great set, and those banners are fantastic.

  18. Beautifl paintjob!

  19. Oooh!! wonderful work. banners are splendid.

  20. I think I send you mine over for painting too :-))