Early Crusaders for a Friend

Here’s the second part of my most recent commission paintjobs: a unit of eight Breton cavalry painted up as early crusaders.

Eight cavalry from the Breton Warriors pack for Saga, by Gripping Beast.

Eight cavalry from the Breton Warriors pack for Saga, by Gripping Beast.

There’s nothing special about these models at all; it’s just tunics, trousers, a helmet and a round shield. The commissioner wanted earthy tones for the models themselves, so I went with a variety of bone colours plus some light grey. I did add some  small red and orange accents on scabbards and the like, but these were kept to a minimum.

The back of the unit shows the rudimentary highlights I applied to the tunics.

The back of the unit shows the rudimentary highlights I applied to the tunics.

I really like how the shield designs turned out – they were the commissioner’s idea, and while he’s very much a laissez-faire (or laissez-peindre in this case?) fellow, he asked for this design specifically. The white’s just plain white, and the blue is a basecoat of teclis blue with a highlight of lothern blue. Again, very simple stuff.

That’s it for today, dear readers. I’ve been painting horses today for both ACW and Pike&Shotte cavalrymen, so these will be appearing on the blog shortly. I also have some crossbowmen left for this commission – and I will be paid along the lines of several Perry early crusades blisters. In short: there are a plenty more saracen-slaughterers on the horizon!

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