12 April 2013

Assembling and painting Polish Winged Hussars part 4

And the horses are completely finished, feathers on the wings painted and the bases cleaned up and now have static grass.

As mentioned in the previous part, you could keep the wings black if you want, I however associate Winged Hussars with white wings. I also think that using white wings makes them stand out and look even more impressive on the battlefield.

A little preview on the next part when I start to paint the riders. The riders are mounted on barbeque sticks using blue tack (in this case white tack). It wasn't until I began painting the By Fire & Sword miniatures that I started using this method to paint each rider separately. It's quite convenient, though I usually favor holding what I paint with my fingers for complete control.

Since the bases in By Fire & Sword are relatively small it makes basing the cavalry tight, which in turn would make it impossible to glue the riders atop the horses and expect a good end result when painting everything assembled.

I would have continued this session by doing the basic prep-work on the riders, but real life came in the way. Perhaps it was just as well, since it is better to paint something as demanding as the Winged Hussars in small steps rather than to rush them just for the sake of having them painted. This is after all, the “eye catcher” in the Polish-Lithuanian army and requires a lot of attention and effort.

4 comments:

  1. Absolutely fabulous!

    Painting white horses is quite difficult, you make it look like a piece of cake!

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  2. Thanks Thomas,painting white is not as difficult as it is time consuming. You want to have either brown or grey as your jump-off point and move through at least 1 more shade before hitting pure white to get the best coverage.

    I wrote a tutorial about that aa while ago which you can check out here: http://anatolisgameroom.blogspot.se/2010/09/painting-white-tutorial.html

    And as stated in my previous post on the painting of the Winged Hussars, you can smooth out the white painted surface by applying matt varnish. It often helps to mask roughness or tiny marks from brushstrokes that I think always become more visible on white than any other color.

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  3. Nice to see the progression, and how you do the riders separate. I was trying my first batch of riders separate but had a little trouble knocking them off the blue tack.

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  4. The blue tack is tricky, you want enough of it to provide a stable "hold" of the miniature, but not too much so that it spills our around the saddle or legs.

    I usually twist the miniatures off the stick, the turning motion often leaves the blue tack all on the wood and little or nothing on the metal.

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