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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Spanish for Saga

Or alternately, "out with the old, in with the new." I discovered Crusader Miniatures El Cid Spanish well after I'd painted my Spanish warband using Gripping Beast Normans. I fell in love with the Crusader figures the first time I saw them.  With so much history to paint, it seems silly to repeat a project but that's whats happening here.    

After putting in an order with Crusader, I set about locking in my new color scheme.  My GB Spanish were done in yellows & reds. I tried yellow and black on these Spanish footmen for a test run. Overall, I'm pleased but I'll take the yellow down a notch.  

I'm using a desert basing that matches my Moors so the two can be used against each other in Hail Caesar.  In Saga, I can swap individual figures back and forth for a nice Reconquista look to the warbands.   


With 33-41 horses to paint, I dug out a tutorial on the Metal Mountain blog for the oil wipe method.  I was thrilled with the combination of speed and shading I achieved so the oil wipe method is a lock as well.

I'm blessed to have a buyer in Chicago for almost all of my 15mm & 28mm painting. After a few emails, my Spanish/Norman/Breton/Strathclyde warband was on its way to the Windy City.  The buyer owns a gaming store so these fellows will see the table quite a bit.  It makes me happy to know that something I've painted is put to good use. If you're ever in Chicago and you see these lads out, send me a picture!





38 comments:

  1. Fantastic army Monty! I'm fell in love :)

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  2. Awesome, Artist ;o) painting miniatures work by you Monty! The Army look suburb and stunning!

    cheers,

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    1. Phil, thanks! Hey, when my blog bombed out in the summer I lost my blogroll. Now I can find my way back!

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  3. Wonderful job Monty, they look superb, I hope to face them one day on a table!

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    1. Phil, I would so love to travel to France one day. One day!

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  4. Nice work and that multi-purpose army looks fantastic :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, painting horses is too much work to paint separate Breton/Norman/Spanish and all. Proxy for the win! ;-)

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  5. Das ist mal eine schöne Truppe, die gefällt mir sehr gut. top 1+

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  6. Crusader's El Cid range is a good one!

    While I really like your yellow/black color motif, for me, the real piece de resistance of this entry is you horse work. Magnificent results!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! I'm wondering why I didn't try this before.

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    2. And I'm wondering why I don't try it now!

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  7. Awesome. I especially like the shields on the Spanish. What gaming store in Chicago? I live about an hour and a half north of downtown Chicago.

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    1. Andrew, thanks! He's the fellow who revived the Thistle & Rose 15mm line. Now that I'm trying to find my way back, I can't find a store. Arg! Maybe I misunderstood and it was a local club.

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  8. Great technique on the horses - painting horses has never been my strong suit (notice all my work has been foot troops?).

    Glad to hear that your warbands are going to a good home - they deserve to be shown off to the public!

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    1. Evan thanks! That's the reason there are so few horse armies. Also they're expensive. And time consuming to paint. For these 3 reasons, horse armies are hard to come by. ;-)

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  9. I like the yellow as it is mate! Glorious stuff once again... From a selfish POV happy to see you sell and paint more as it means we see more eye candy :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Michael! I have to turn it all over or I'd have an entire house full of lead. Mind you, that wouldn't be a terrible thing.

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    2. House of lead has some advantages...

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    3. I can only imagine the lead head count in your basement, Jonathan! A population larger than some cities.

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    1. Thanks so much Sergiuss. I do love the Spanish, ancient or medieval!

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    1. Fran, thanks! If I ever make it to Ireland, can I swing by for a game and perhaps a beer? I bet you have a lot of visitors. ;-)

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  12. Stunning paintwork! You took the right decission indeed :)

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'm glad I made the change too.

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  13. That yellow and black looks really good. Cheers

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    1. Thanks, I was a bit nervous about the combo but the test is a go!

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  14. Beautifully done troops, I particularly like the black and yellow motif.

    John

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  15. Beautiful work Monty, if I'm ever in Chicago I'll take a peek!

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  16. Wow, Monty!! Fantastic minis! And the "family photo" is truly impressive!!...!Cheers!

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    1. Thanks! Yea, one last group shot before departing.

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  17. Lovely painting Monty! It's always a pleasure to see you tackling a new project.

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    1. Thanks lots, now lets see what you're up to. :-)

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