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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spanish Jinetes for SAGA

Locally, we're starting a Crescent and Cross campaign and I don't have time to paint a new warband. I painted these fellows to help proxy my mounted Normans as a Spanish warband until can I paint up another 24 mounted warriors.  They're also my submission for The Tapestry's SAGA painting competition.
These Gripping Beast figures pull double duty as Bretons and Norman warriors.  Make that triple duty now that they're greenstuffed for a reconquista look. To offset the limited poses, I bent some arms.  Now that I think about it, I could have greenstuffed tassles on the shields.  Maybe next batch!

My photos turned out a bit better than usual thanks to a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. It gets great marks for its controls and low light pictures (read: gaming hall or table). I'm quite happy with it the first time out.  

That's it for my SAGA painting until I finish the monster Punic Wars project.  The ancient Spanish army is well under way and then lastly come the Carthaginians.  If you have a minute, click over to The Tapestry and have a look at all the lovely SAGA painting in their forum. It's tucked under the thread "SAGA painting competition 2015."  A poll for voting will be posted after 5:00 tonight.  And now for me, back to the painting table!

35 comments:

  1. Great looking "multi-purpose" troops, Monty. I've used my old Normans as 1st Crusades knights.

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    1. Thanks Dean! If I had the time, I'd paint separate Norman, Breton, Strathclyde and Spanish warbands. I don't so I have to cheat a little.

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  2. Very nice Monty! An excellent period as well!

    Christopher

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    1. Christopher, I was looking for some inspiration and saw your El Cid painting. The words "fantastic" and "inspirational" spring to mind.

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  3. Fantastic work Monty! Your SAGA's minis are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Michal, your SAGA painting has been a treat to follow!

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  4. Excellent 'Saga's work' Monty, well done!

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  5. Hi Monty,
    you're on all the fronts !
    painter and photographer!
    congratulations for the Spanish bombs!

    all the best.

    Gilles

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    1. Thanks Gilles and I'm reminded of the saying "Jack of all trades, master of none.? Still, we must try!

      And I caught that reference to The Clash.

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    2. thanks for the saying monty, as Frenchman, I only know very few English or American saying ( I really must learn more of them;-)) to avoid any mistake when I send messages.
      I count on you to be my teacher, Mate.


      All the best.

      Gilles

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  6. Beautiful work! A great way to get the most out of your figures too, very clever. They will look right at home in several different armies. Good luck for the competition, I'll be sure to check it out.

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    1. Thanks Paul, I figure I can tuck them into the back line when I'm running something other than Spanish!

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  7. Awesome, love the tight palette.

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    1. Thanks Shed and I see we're painting the same period, opposite sides! Nicely done.

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  8. Nice work mate. The red/yellow palette is very evocative.

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    1. Thanks Millsy, red and yellow is a sharp combo!

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  9. Job's a good 'un!

    Striking stuff, Monty, and as well-executed as ever. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Evan! Now I need to go and watch El Cid.

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  10. Great start, Monty! A few hundred more and you will be able to field an Impetvs army!

    Quite photogenic. I like them!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! I have 50ish mounted Normans so that is a possibility. ;-)

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  11. Looks good. You're really falling down the SAGA hole, huh?

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    1. Marcus! It is the most popular historical game in town. Monthly tournaments, a large and growing FB page, campaign about to get under way. Yea, I'm in deep!

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  12. Very nice, Monty. These will be an excellent add to the community. I like the color combination, and the your detail modifications to the figures works really well.
    Brent

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    1. Thanks Brent, I appreciate that. I can't wait to give them a spin! Maybe Wednesday?

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    2. You bet. I'm bringing Kilij Arslan - Iberia against Rum!

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  13. Top job on those Monty. Really good. Would be a pleasure to see them on a games table. cheers

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  14. That is a great looking cavalry unit.

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  15. Very nice indeed! Those small conversions work a treat.

    Love the period too – it's on my "some day ..."-list.

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  16. Amazing brush work once again! Those patterned shields look just fabulous. Regarding your tremendous output of high class wargamers candy I keep asking myself if you actually sleep at night..

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  17. Really nice work Monty, I've got a unit exactly like these!!

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  18. Indeed exellent paintwork Monty!!!

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  19. They look great; beautiful colors. My green stuff is broken, I seem to be only able to make worms and snakes.

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