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!