To get me back to the painting desk I was browsing the Lead Adventure Forum and found some lovely brushwork by a chap going by the name "Hobgoblin" who has something of a knack for shield painting as you'll see below. One of the things that has always been an intrinsic part of the old school fantasy gaming aesthetic, regardless of the vintage of the figures themselves, is the intricate freehand detail lavished on shields and banners. This is something I'm particularly keen to work on in my own painting and have been resolutely plugging away at improving the face-shields on my orcs each time I paint another.
Here are six of Hobgoblin's pieces....
Unfortunately I couldn't find a blog, but I urge you to go and look through the whole thread which is full of lovely old-school figures and painting, as well as the same aesthetic employed to good effect on more modern plastics.
Thread link: http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=77384.0