All those months of painting goblins and orcs....wolves and boar ...has compelled me to work on something completely different for awhile. And to work on something with a completely different color palate.
And so, I find myself returning to the Armee of the Maquis d'Saud-or...the small bretonnian army that I painted up 5-6 years ago. This army is composed entirely of 5th edition Bretonnian figures sculpted by the Perry twins in the mid-1990's. While these are decidedly "Middlehammer" figures you cannot deny that they are superb sculpts and paint up a treat. Currently the army is infantry heavy with a unit of halberdmen, a unit of spearmen, two archer units (one of which can be used as scouts...the squires w/bows) a small unit of 7 mounted squires, and a unit of 10 knights.
This small force has been seeing a lot of action in my recent Oathmark games and I really enjoy the way they look on the table...
So I've decided to add some to the force by painting another unit of shock cavalry...and for this I will stick to the 5thed figures and add a unit of 10 Knights Errant to the Marquis' forces.
I always loved the simpler paint jobs that were given to these figures by the studio painters and I've had these figures in my collection for a number of years now ...so, I am happy to finally have the motivation needed to get them on the table!
Here's a early WiP pic of the knights as I was starting to figure out color schemes and block in the first colors and flesh tones.
As you can see I will be mounting them on the cloth barded horses that are typical of 5th edition...at first I wasn't hugely fond of this sculpt, but it has grown on me....particularly with the variation that can be achieved when you employ some of the many optional metal horse heads that were included in this range. You will see that I used several of these head variant in my existing knight unit...but as the Knights Errant are meant to represent less experienced unit of knights I have opted to use the basic plastic heads for all the horses except for that of the hero which will have the metal head variant befitting his rank.
As with the first unit of knights I've opted for basic Heraldry with quartered surcoats for the knights and caparisons for the horses. While somewhat basic on an individual basis I think this makes for a very striking unit on the table that doesn't appear as "cluttered" as some knightly units can that have a ton of complicated heraldry.
For colors I've returned to the same palette as the previous knights and selected the more muted tones again. I'm really fond of all these colors and feel that they are a nice change from the pure primary colors traditionally associated with heraldry. Here they are a little further along in the process
In the foggy recesses of my mind I'm slowly coalescing my thoughts around these color schemes....basically each color being representative of particular noble family in the Lands of the Marquis. When these families intermingle through marriage some interesting color combinations are created for their sons to wear in combat. For example...you may notice that the leader of my first Knight unit has quartered salmon/grey livery (and portcullis Shield).
...while the leader of the Errants unit will have salmon/white livery (it looks orange now but will highlight up to that salmon color.)
...the presence of salmon on both leaders surcoats suggests that they are brothers, or at least closely related. I will further reinforce this connection by also giving the Errants hero a shield with the Portcullis on it. The rest of the unit will have plain shields.
Anyway...as I said its something I'm still pondering on.
Highlights have been progressing on the Caparisons and surcoats....here is the current state of the project. Most colors have been highlighted...just the hardest one left to do...the White Livery....I see a hundred layers in my future!
I hope to be back with some updated paintjobs on these guys as the years comes to a close.