- Drybrush bases and add "grass"
- Paint three banners
I need a banner for my foot knights, my unit of billmen, and for my nascent force as its army standard (even if "army" is a touch out of scale with the reality!). The army standard seemed the most urgent, and would involve two different heraldic designs, one for the standard bearer and a different one for the banner. The (as yet unnamed) banner bearer has a simple coat of arms (per pale, azure and argent), but he carries the banner of his liege lord, the Duke de Corbin (paly of four, vert and or, a chief sable with three bezants, argent). Check out that spirally striped lance! Everything is freehand (as if it's not blatantly obvious...).
Things I'm pleased with?
- The lance. I'm dead chuffed with the impression the striped lance makes; I felt it needed something as the arms for the bearer are otherwise so simple.
- Blue. Despite the odd effect caused be needing to use the flash, I'm happy with shading such a dark blue.
- The banner pole head. This was a piece I picked up somewhere from a more recent Bret. kit and joined it on with some ProCreate.
- His nose. I'm getting better at shading flesh without slapping a thin wash onto a basecoat and hoping no-one will look.
Things I'm less pleased with?
- Despite having interfaced the banner with kitchen foil (a tip I picked up somewhere on an online scale modelling site for getting a good "wave" into flags), it has pretty much flattened out, giving it an unnatural sharpness along its edged - tips and tricks very welcome!
- The black on the flag. Made a hundred times worse by the flash, as mentioned above, it looks so stark in its shading.
All in all, he'll be fine to put heart into my band of brothers as they prepare to fill the breach with their enemy's ensorcelled dead at BOYL. One last scale picture against his boss:
This blog will likely be "going dark" until BOYL, now, as I'm off on a well-earned family break until the Thursday before we descend on Newark.
Enjoy the summer until then, and may all your preparations be successful.