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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.

By smacdowall, Oct 9 2015 10:30AM

Readers will have seen from my previous blog post that my starting point for blackened armour was metallic blue over a white undercoat.

The next step is a black wash which leaves some of the bluish metal showing through on the highlights. I find the Coat d'arms ink wash (either black or armour) works well as it is quite heavily pigmented and therefore stains as well as darkening.

Then comes a light dry brush of steel grey using artists' liquid metal. This leaves an even brilliant sheen to the highlighted areas. Various gun metal paints can also be used for this stage.

The next step is to paint in some of the fine gold and silver details to make the armour look like something fit for a gentleman at arms. Once this is done I give it all antother very thin wash of black using Cote d'arms shader. Unlike the ink wash this adds shadow and depth without shading.

All of this may seem like a lot of work but as the armour is the main feature of these gentlemen it is worth taking a bit of time over it. In anycase non of the stages are particularly onourous or time consuming.

I always paint armour first as the process I go through has a tendancy to spill over onto the rest of the figure and so cannot be effectively done once other parts have been painted.

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