Sunday, January 6, 2013

In the Saddle-Hungarian Light Horse

The challenge to painting a Later Hungarian army is that once you've finished your foot troops, you've done the easy part.  The cavalry contingent is 100+ strong with shields, heraldry and knights.  The upside is that Essex horse are a joy to paint, even when you get to  #99.

Hungarian Light Horse: Hungarian light horse is nothing special in the Field of Glory Hungarian army list but it is a mandatory pick.   Much like the Union cavalry at the start of the ACW, I suspect these fellows felt the pangs of being second best as the Szeklers light horse teased or even mocked them.



Szeklers Light Horse:  Armed with bow and sword, these superior horsemen will be hard pressed to find their equal.  They'll generally outclass the enemy light horse.  +5 points for the stylish caps with a feather in them!




I think the sand colored ballast helps the horse shine.  I used 4 or 5 shades of brown with these and the light basing lets the various browns shine through.   

26 comments:

  1. Good job. I really like them.

    Cheers

    Seb

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    1. Thanks Seb! I'm waiting to here which army you chose for your next ancients (FoG?) army.

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  2. All those layers really paid off. Really nice, and lots too!

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    1. Thanks Max. It is easy in a 15mm figure project to trim a few corners. I did try to keep my nose to the grindstone here.

      The siren song of painting a Medieval army in 28mm like you is awfully strong. For Christmas, I got a great book on the War of the Roses. I wonder if I dare open and read it? ;-)

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  3. Very nice, colorful...and fast units : great work Monty!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil! I did get colorful with the Szeklers, didn't I?

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  4. Quite beautiful and colourful work Monty!

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    1. Thanks Fran. Every time I see your avatar, I want a BK burger. Why is that? ;-)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! I hope you're having fun with Curt's painting challenge!

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  6. Hi Monty,

    Happy New year 2013 for you and your family, health and happiness;

    great work Mate! I really like all your Hungarians, special mention for your work on the shields and the choice you done on the horse colours;
    have great games with them in FOG V2.0;
    Cheers

    Gilles

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    1. Gilles, Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

      I think an army with loads of shooty superior cavalry is going to be very very tough. I can't wait to test my theories in v2 with these guys.

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  7. That is a colorful lot of characters - I really like it.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! It's a bit colorful but with the Szeklers, I thought I could get away with it. I won't misplace them on the tabletop.

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  8. Excellent looking units Monty, but that one chap is going the wrong way! ;-)

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    1. It's almost like that figure served under my command before. Pre-emptive run away!

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  9. looks great monty well done the light ground work really makes those figures pop!

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    1. Thanks Willie! I wish I had taken a few classes in art and color in my younger days. I've got a brand new container of Woodland Scenic grey ballast. When I did a test base in grey, I lost my nerve to use it for basing an entire army.

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  10. Excellent! Lovely vibrant colors!

    Christopher

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  11. I'm always amazed by your ability to produce good stuff in quantity; how do you manage it?

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    1. That is a quite a compliment Fire, and I thank you for it. My kids are older, so my family demands are much less these days. I've given up all of my other hobbies for this one, which is ok because I like it best.

      I used to paint in a meandering way but after my Impetus armies, I've focused on being more efficient. I'll have to write out my "efficiencies" in case they might spark an idea for someone else.

      Lastly, this is the 3rd time I've painted this army, counting my fall commission. Oh, and I've never painted horses' eyes.
      ;-)

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  12. Greate paint job !!!

    best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Dal! Hope you're keeping warm and loaded up on vitamin D these days!

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  13. Love the Szeklers! Great paintingjob! I have added your blog to my blogroll :)

    Cheers :)

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    1. Thanks Yori! I'm a big fan of your painting and I'll be following your projects in 2013 closely Your Persians are just wonderful to look at!

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