Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Early Polish - Detailing and dry brush.

I find, detailing and dry brush work the relaxing part of painting miniatures. I do dry brush the legs, lower body, tail and mane of the horse and pick out the harness for better definition.

With linen or white I now pick out metal details, such as chain mail, helmets and shield boss. Highlighting clothing, I prefer to wet brush white over darker colour, especialy blue, green, and brown.

You can create depth to a figure which lack folds in clothing with this technique. Wet brushing, I will use the thinnest brush I have, the brush that started off as a size 1 and through loyal service is down to its last few hairs. Highlight the folds on tunics, leather parts that would catch sunlight, a nose ridge, cheekbones, and weapons as well.

The last photo is the completed DBA Early Polish in battle array. Cheers,

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Early Polish 960 - 1200 AD

This latest DBA Early Polish army is a commission work. The miniatures are from a Polish firm of which I am not sure if these were Fire and Sword or not. They are good castings, all mounted figures are one piece castings which can be limiting, but there are enough different castings to add variety to your cavalry element.

The foot figures are solid looking figures with a variety of spear and bow types. The wolf skin headdress javelin men were unexpected. These would certainly feel at home among the Danish Leidang. Folds in the clothing are not deep by Metal Magic standards, but they are therre and there is ample detailing for the painter who prefers working with thin wash or inks.

This is a DBA army pack, III/62a Early Polish comprising of 9 mounted and 30 foot.

Out of the box.

Ready for priming.

Basic colour.

Detailing and dry brush next.