Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Macedonian General

Here is a picture of my painting efforts of one of Foundry's range.  The figure is supposed to be Alexander the great- however- I have painted his horse brown and everyone knows that Bucephalus was black!  So maybe he borrowed a mate's horse or he is just a look alike for the big man himself!
It was a lovely figure to paint and the detail on the linen armor echoes the famous mosaic depicting Alexander well.  The helmet and sword on the base are some spares from the Immortal Greeks box set.

12 comments:

  1. being tht dark brown that horse actually is a black, or at worst a faux black.It just isn'yt one of the rather uncommon sheer blacks
    there are only really 3 basic horse colours blacks,a greys and reds..
    "Black is a hair coat color of horses in which the entire hair coat is black. Black is a relatively uncommon coat color, and novices frequently mistake dark chestnuts or bays for black. However, some breeds of horses, such as the Friesian horse, Murgese and Ariegeois (or Merens) are almost exclusively black. Black is also common in the Fell pony, Dales Pony, Ostfriesen and Alt-Oldenburger, Kladruber, and Groningen.

    True black horses have dark brown eyes, black skin, and wholly black hair coats without any areas of permanently reddish or brownish hair. They may have pink skin beneath any white markings under the areas of white hair, and if such white markings include one or both eyes, the eyes may be blue. Furthermore, most black horses "sun bleach" with exposure to the elements and sweat, and therefore their coats may lose some of their rich black character. Black horses that do not sun bleach are called "non-fading" or "sheer" blacks."

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  2. Ok- I will paint a star on his nose and then he will be Bucephalus!

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  3. yep..although I imagine the big B was a "sheer" black..which is quite difficult to represent..

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  4. Although horses in ancient times were smaller, this guy just doesnt seem big enough to be the big B anyway.

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  5. Very nicely done with the leopard skin. Is that the influence of the Foundry painting and modelling guide? What colours did you use for the red cloak?

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  6. I don't have the foundry guide. Is there a similar paint scheme? The red cloak is (darkest to lightest) GW Scab Red, Derivan Spartan Red, Vallejo Carmine Red, GW Blood Red highlights. I really like a couple of the Derivan paints- I think I am the only one though :)

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  7. Thanks Marc. Where does one get hold of Derivan? I think you may have solved my search for a good crimson paint scheme.
    The Fondry guide has a page or two on painting animal skins - from memory I think they used the same model for the samples.

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  8. Here is the link to their website. http://www.derivan.com.au/pages/minis.html
    Gamesworld used to sell them but they sold the whole range off at ridiculous prices and I bought heaps. I'm not sure where to get them now. Recently I have been buying the vallejo colours from warlord. Free postage and strong $AUS help a bit though :)

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  9. Cote des Armes from blackhat miniatures in the UK is a great range and has any number of excellent horse colours..as links don't work in replies google them

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  10. Is cote des armes the 'old' citadel range?

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