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By smacdowall, Jul 5 2020 09:37AM

In their famous green and white livery, these archers round out the Black Prince's contingent. The figures are a mix of Perry, Front Rank and Crusader miniatures. Some of the larger Front Rank bows and hands have been swapped for the better proportioned Perry.

I have a few more English to paint (the Earls of Oxford and Warwick's contingents) but will pause for a bit as I now need to concentrate on painting up a few more French knights.

By smacdowall, Jun 22 2020 03:15PM

I have now finished painting the Black Prince’s contingent for Crécy.


Here is young Prince Edward of Woodstock with his men at arms. Front rank: the Black Prince (centre), Godfrey de Harcourt (to his right), the Earl of Stafford (to his left).



And the rear view: Sir Reynold Cobham (right) Sir Richard FitzSimons (standard bearer, centre) and a man at arms in the Prince’s livery.


To fight alongside the men at arms are some spearmen, led by Sir John Chandos (white shield with red pile), and Sir Bartholomew de Burghersh (red shield with yellow lion).



This is the full contingent arrayed for battle with archers in front. The miniatures are a mix of Perry, Front Rank, Essex and Wargames Foundry.


I have greatly enjoyed painting them and pleased with the way I have managed to blend the miniatures from different manufacturers. It has required a bit of surgery here and there with head, hand and bow swaps but I think it is worth it.


Next up with be a unit of Cheshire and Flintshire archers. Then I need to think about painting up some more French knights.


By smacdowall, Jun 15 2020 08:50PM

This is my favourite Oscar Wilde quote. It is also the most applicable to me.


I made a solemn vow to myself to use the opportunity of the lockdown to chip away at the lead mountain and not buy any new miniatures. I have really enjoyed painting my many medieval figures over the last couple of months and so far my resolve has been holding.


I have completed my Wars of the Roses collection.


Now that the Black Prince’s contingent is nearly complete...


... all I need is a few more French knights and I can refight Crécy and other engagements of the early Hundred Years War.


Then along comes temptation!


For some months I have been admiring the pics of !898 miniatures Spanish Tercios.


They look like just what I need to build up my Spanish to fight Rocroi and the Franco/Spanish engagements of the 1640’s.


With the arrival of Corvid19 in March when Spain was particularly badly hit, I thought I should order a Tercio immediately — just incase. So I did.



In an uncharacteristic demonstration of self-discipline I left the package unopened for three months, knowing that if I did I would likely be tempted away from my Wars of the Roses and Crécy projects.


Until today!



I have opened the box and peered at the contents — they seem to be beautifully proportioned characterful figures.. Although I dearly want to start painting them, I am doing my best to resist the temptation by not opening the sachets.


I must finish one project before moving to the next.


Or is Oscar Wilde correct?










By smacdowall, Jun 11 2020 08:50PM

At Crécy the Black Prince was only 16 years old. He commanded the vanguard, surrounded by more experienced knights. Having painted his archers I am now painting the Prince and his immediate retinue.



First step, as ever. is a Black ink wash over the white undercoat on the metal bits. I like Coat d’Arms black or armour ink wash as they are more like a stain than a wash and this is what I am looking for in the fist step.


Then I dry brush a very dark metal over the black, picking out the highlights and starting to give the armour a metallic look. Should I wish blackened armour (as for the Black Prince’s figure) I stop here. For the others there will be further coats.


I do a similar dark base for brass or bronze which will later be highlighted with an antique gold.


Here you can see the Black Prince with a blackened bronze base on his helmet visor and the dark metal on the rest of the armour which could be left to represent cast iron or blackened iron.



A second dry brush using a brighter shade (such as Games Workshop Bolt Gun) lifts and brightens the armour.


Then comes a silver dry brush which really brings out the detail and gives the armour a polished shine.


Brass/gold highlights come next along with silver painted on protruding bits of armour to enhance the polished look. I have left the Black Prince with black armour while most of the others have polished iron.



Here they are after painting the rest. The standard I designed on my computer, printed off and over painted.

Now they are ready for basing. From left to right (viewer’s perspective) they are: Ralph, Earl of Stafford, Sir Richard Fitzsimons, Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince), Sir Reynold Cobham, a man at arms in the prince’s livery, and Viscount Geoffroy de Harcourt.



Here they are on their base. I stick magnetic sheets to the underside of the card base and place them on a steel ruler as the gkue is drying to prevent the bases from warping.





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