More Franks were painted over the course of the last few weeks, but as you’ll see they’re nothing like the previous lot. These are Carolingian Franks from Gripping Beast, and they’re a commission from my friend Alex.
First up, the Warlord. He’s the more colourful of the lot, and I gave him a white horse to stand out that much more.
Two points of mounted Hearthguard. These were also done rather colourfully. I had a good time mixing and matching colours on different garments to make each model unique.
A point of mounted Warriors. For these lower-ranked guys I opted for simple, neutral colours on their garments but then made the shields stand out.
Finally, two points of foot Warriors. As with their mounted comrades I used neutral tones on the garments, and as you can see from their bases I used four different undercoat sprays which would form the base of the models’ tunics. That certainly sped up the painting process!
I’ve just completed painting the last of these models this morning and I’ll be handing them over tomorrow evening. I’m glad to be shot of them, as that means I can focus on my own lead pile again!
Continuing on with the monster update, here are some Flemish Crossbowmen. They’re obviously meant to go with the Flemish infantry who featured on the blog almost half a year ago now – yet another project that has gone sadly untouched until now.
As I said back in the first post on the subject of this project, my first intent is to use these as a Saga warband. I’m thinking of using these as Normans, Franks or Anglo-Danish, and the first two warbands do have the option for a point of warriors with crossbows. Thus, I availed myself of the excellent Foot Sergeant plastics of Fireforge Games make. However, as they are more of a 12th- 13th century type of soldier, I used the more old-fashioned bodies and heads on the sprue, and used a couple of spare Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors heads as well. A perfect fit with those GB heads on Fireforge bodies, by the way!
Painting was done with the same colours and techniques as their mêlée counterparts, though the lack of shields on these guys means they were much quicker to complete. Some sand and tufts and Bob’s your uncle.
At Crisis I loaded up on a goodly amount of extra Perry Miniatures models for this project: two units of twelve bow-armed levies and, of course, the commander pack with Godfrey of Bouillon and his chums. These and sixteen further infantry, as well as some cavalry, will be painted up sometime next year and I hope to conclude this project before 2015.
Again, stay tuned, for another update will grace this blog!