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Friday, November 16, 2012

Royal Banderium meets AC/DC

The Royal Banderium were the finest troops in Matthhias Corvinus’ Hungarian Black Army.  They were composed of nobles, exceptional mercenaries and high ranking members of other bandieras.  Inspired by the picture below, I painted the Royal Banderium in black.  I did work them up a bit as straight black left them looking like they were primed and waiting for paint.

The Royal Banderium, "Back in Black" version:


I recently had an opportunity to get in on a large Essex Miniature buy.  Having sold off my Hungarians over the summer, I was looking for a new medieval army. After studying the Field of Glory army lists, I decided to buy and paint a new Medieval Hungarian army. Yea, that's kind of embarrassing...

What sucked me back down this road are some ideas for painting version 2.  True to their name, I plan on using black as a reoccurring color throughout the units.  Mind you, I won't paint them all black as that'd be boring.  In my mind's eye, this will be a 15th century armored badass meets AC/DC.  The Black Army, "Back in Black."  

20 comments:

  1. They're great, but why not some heavy metal then? :D Nice to see something back from our glorious history. (It wasn't all so glorious after Mathias died.)
    The story I mentioned earlier (well, ages ago) revolving around the Black Army's siege of Szabács is completed but I'm having my time translating it to English.

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    1. Thanks sir!

      When you're done, I'd love to read your short story. I love historical fiction. Double ++!

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  2. Those are hot. The bright lances leap out against the dark armour. This is going to be a cool project.

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    1. Thanks Fire! I don't have 10 irons in 3 fires like you but I do have a fever, a fever for crossbows and archers and knights. Oh my!

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  3. Stunning! Banners are floatting above magnificent armor, really impressive! I can almost hear the Hell's Bells...
    Best,
    Phil.

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    1. Another great song! I may have to find an excuse to slip that video in before I finish. Thanks Phil!

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  4. Rock on, dude!

    Lovely work, too!

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    1. For those about to rock, er, paint, we salute you. ;-)

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  5. Hi Monty,

    congratulations!
    they are really stunning! looking like an aggressive unit ready to send their ennemies on the Highway to Hell! afraid to meet them my Ottoman Sultan will find another road in Balkans ;-)

    Cheers

    Gilles

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    1. Gilles! Thank you and yes, the question is can they stand up to their mortal enemy, the Ottomans. I'm going to make sure I keep at least on knight-centric army in my collection after this.

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    1. Thanks Dal! I really should learn how to do a cloth banner. I'll be at your blog when I decide to give it a go!

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  7. Hello,

    You just got a new follower from Spain, nice work I see here.

    Keep the brushes rolling.

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    1. Welcome and thanks for your feedback, Joan! I really appreciate it.

      I'd love to make a trip to Spain and to see all of the beauty and history that is your fine country. With 2 kids off to college shortly, I'm afraid it won't be happening soon. :-(

      One day!

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  8. M monty, "vous êtes un homme de goût " : for the music, the army choice and the painting, essex should offer you figure : your painting is a great advertising for their compagny

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    1. You made my day, Marco!

      I got a good start to the project this weekend. Work gets in the way of the hobby. I wonder if I can convince my employer to let me take a sabbatical to paint? ;-)

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  9. Really very nice! Wonderful colours going on!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Chris!

      It looks like I'll be painting a Dailami army as well. In that case, I'll be looking to your Arab Impetus army for inspiration!

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  10. Yes they look dangerous, as well as pretty.
    ha ha ha ha.....I've done that before, sell a painted army to buy the same army again soon after in bare metal. Hilarious.....good to hear I'm not the only one that does this, it's called an addiction Monty.....enjoy.

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    1. I feel a better, Tarty, although it is kind of embarrassing. I really did consider all the possibilities!

      BTW, it was your Burgundians this summer that made me appreciate black knights. I couldn't pull off quite the same effect in 15mm!

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