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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Tuesday Workbench 31 March



With the SS squad out of the way, I had to make a decision last week about what to paint next. There were several potential projects, but I decided to go for one which I had been somewhat dreading - a 28mm Wars of the Roses army for Art De La Guerre. Dreading? Well, just doing the chaps in plate armour, to be honest.

I did make a bit of a boo-boo initially - I decided to start with a batch of 24 figures. That was fine for things like the flesh, leather, wood and the small amount of cloth showing, but was too much for the metal. I also had a bit of a 'mare with washing and highlighting the plate and I'm not totally happy withe the end results.

I decided to switch to a smaller batch of eight figures next. That was much easier. I also switched how I did the plate armour. The results were much better, but still not quite right. It was also a bit of a waste doing the flesh, leather, wood and cloth on such a small batch.

I've just started the flesh on the next two batches of eight. I do have another batch of 6 figures for this board, but they are all in closed helms. I'll be doing the armour (trying a different wash scheme) in the smaller batches, then going back to do leather, wood and cloth on all three batches together.

4 comments:

  1. This should be a completely different change of pace for you!

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  2. Its weird how apparently simple things can be a real pain!
    It may be time to trawl the You Tube for tricks to use on Plate armour!

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  3. Look forward to seeing your results Tamsin, as plate can be tricky. Have you tried adding a shadow with blue glaze ?

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  4. @ Michael - it certainly is a change of pace. I'm not putting as many hours a day into doing these, so I have time to catch up on reading. :)

    @ Herkybird - it would be so much easier if they wore grungy armour, but polishes plate? ;)

    @ Dave Stone - I did try that (unsuccessfuly) with the first batch, skipped it for the next batch, then added some blue back into the wash (and thinned it down quite a bit) for the remainder - seems to have worked OK for them, but might need a touch more blue in the mix. :)

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