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Monday, July 8, 2013

Matthias Corvinus & his Black Army commanders

4 command stands for my Later Hungarian army command and with this, my Later Hungarian army is finished!  All 15mm Essex figs.  King Corvinus turned out quite nicely, thanks in large part to the great sculpting.

My Later Hungarian army started with great promise, only to go cold out of the gate.  Our Field of Glory group is small and we've been unable to add any new players for some time.  With a Maurice campaign and Saga under way, it's a rare weekend that we get together for Field of Glory.  I'm quite jealous of those of you who get together for weekly games!

I paint a lot of figures but I've avoided becoming a collector.  When the stacks of armies in my closet gets  too high, I'm compelled to move 1 or 2 out. If I can't get these fellows onto a tabletop, they'll be off to the market as well.  I'm fairly careful about choosing my projects so I have to ask, what was I thinking when I decided to paint up the Later Hungarians for a 2nd time?  That's right, I got a bit caught up in redoing them in a darker style.  They are different than my first version but not all that different.  Ah well...



Jonathan of the excellent The Inevitable Spark  posted on the science of painting horses some months ago.  In his post, he shared a link to the Guide to Horse Colors and Patterns.   I have books on horse colors but  it's hard to put them to use with a wet paintbrush.  I did some digging and found the Guide in poster form HERE.  I've had it up on the wall next to my painting table for months now and it's a great reference.  THANKS Jonathan!

30 comments:

  1. Hi Monty,

    well done! they are great! they are perfect!
    I hope you will have more games in FOGV2 with your beautiful figures, I hope it will tease your friends to play more games;
    unfortunately I'm too far to come at your club and play a game with my Ottomans;
    don't be worry! and surf the wave(of Maurice and Saga) as it comes and have fun!

    Cheers!

    " Bodhi;-) "

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    1. Gillies, that would be a wonderful matchup, wouldn't it? If only there was a "chunnel" between the US and France!

      I had to look Bodhi up. As someone who stresses too much, I should probably have the word tatooed on my arm.

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  2. Ah, yes, I often ask myself "what was I thinking?" when it comes to building up collections. Unfortunately, I may have no salvation but I don't recall painting the same army twice (at least in the same scale).

    Nice job on the figures and thanks for the horse painting tip. I recognize many of the Essex command since I once had them in a medieval collection.

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    1. Jonathan! I feel like I have to paint an army at least twice to figure it out. At the end of the first version, I'm thinking I'd do "X, Y and Z differently" in the next go. I've painted Mid Republican Romans 2x, Gauls 3x, Hungarians 2x. I've thought of painting my Ottomans over again now that I found additional color and reference materials from Turkey, thanks to a Turkish blogger -thanks Artar!

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  3. Tremendous work Monty, splendid work Sir.

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  4. The quality of the work on those horses jumped right out at me Monty. The depth of colour you have on them is excellent and the highlights are spot on. Also your shading is perfect. These pieces shine, excellent job mate.

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    1. Anne! If my energy or confidence is flagging, I can count on you to pick it up. You are an inspiration and thank you for that! Looking forward to following your painting challenge. :-)

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  5. I agree. Nice looking horses and figures. Great bases as well.
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi! I need to take a look and see whats going on down under (in NZ of course!).

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  6. Greate painting !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  7. They are quality work Monty....again. I remember the name Corvinus been used in the Underworld movies?

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    1. Fran! It is a catchy name and perhaps the fellow came back from battling the Ottomans to defeat the undead? ;-)

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    1. Thanks Cyrus, I appreciate it!

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  9. They look great Monty!

    I have no problems moving unpainted lead off to new homes when I've lost interest on an impulse buy, but painted figures I have much more of an issue with. I need to really,really want to get rid of painted figures as it takes so long for me to paint figures.

    I find amassing unpainted lead not to difficult, but amassing painted lead a whole different issue. I envy you the ability to paint good and fast.

    Christopher

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    1. Christopher, thanks so much for your kind words! I know I have to be careful about this. I churn & burn my painted figs with the assumption that I can always paint up more. I'm getting older and one day, I won't be able to paint as well (or perhaps at all) and then I'll have some remorse. Maybe I should be pickier about selling. Food for thought.

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    2. Not surprising I'd have to agree with the re-think on selling as I'm quite biased on the subject. I've sold some painted figures in the past and ended up regretting it sooner or later on virtually each one. My attitude nowadays is I'll trade or sell unpainted lead as I can always get it again if I really want it at some point, but that's not true of painted figures.
      Nicely painted figures are premium items and great care should be taken before giving them up is my best advice.:-)

      Christopher

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    1. Thanks Willie! One day, I'd like to have some 28mm Ottomans. You seem to have collected the whole Ottoman empire! Inspirational stuff!

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  11. Good work, Monty. You continue to improve! This is a new, improved army.

    Perhaps we can do a swap to get me into FoG -- I've got AWI and F&I and Dark Ages in the one, true scale (One scale to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them).

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    1. Brent! I have 2 FoG armies in progress (Gallic and Dailami) and a 3rd unpainted one (Egyptian) on its way to me. If you want to give FoG v2 a spin, we'd love to have you! You can test drive an army or 2. If it suits you, I'm sure we I can come to a gentlemen's agreement. Short version...we'd love to have you!

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  12. Have you ever regretted moving something on Monty ? I'm hopeless at letting things go....hahaha. I've just resurrected an Grand Alliance French army I painted in the early 90s which is getting a few face lift and rebasing....shiny shiny...old is new again.
    Love your generals btw :-)
    Richard

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    1. I did, once. When I got back from last summer's college road trip for my son, I looked at the charges and decided to sell my Hungarians to pay down the bill. I'd only played them once and regretted it pretty quickly. When a good fellow let me in on an Essex buy, I jumped. And now the circle is complete. I moved from "I made a huge mistake selling!" to "I made a huge mistake repainting!" ;-)

      I want to see the French Richard!

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  13. I didn't see this post!! Splendid, absolutly splendid Monty...Your figures are really beautiful and the flags awesome!!

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    1. No worries Phil! Thanks, and I couldn't help but notice we both painted up the same Essex king figure and posted it within a week of each other. Great minds, eh?

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    2. I recognized him! Great minds, you're right!!

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  14. Excellent painting and lovely colours.

    I hope you get to use them in a game!

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    1. Fingers crossed Jonas. I'm rethinking my idea of unloading little used armies. They don't take up a ton of space so maybe I should not be so quick to move them out.

      BTW, you and Michael make a great duo in warbands and war!

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