Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dismounted Men-At-Arms (unit #2; with attached general)

Impetus Unit Type: FP
Base Size: 8cm x 3cm
Manufacturer: Corvus Belli
In terms of game rules, this unit will be fielded as "dismounted men-at-arms" in a Free Company list. The miniature wearing the mail coif and holding the helmet is the commander-in-chief, mercenary general Sir James Stockwood.

Because the general is attached, I decided to model the unit as his aides and personal guard. I thought the use of a common livery made the unit look a little more modern (relatively speaking) and would make the entire force more convincingly continental. Also, since the commander-in-chief spends the majority of game behind the lines, I chose models with more static poses over those in mid-swing.


Andrew said...

I like them. Is the white/black color scheme your own invention, or is it historic? I like the poses of those little guys.

JET (aka Jason) said...

The black and white is in reference to Sir John Hawkwood's coat of arms. He was an English Knight who lead one of the largest mercenary companies ever assembled at that time.

And yes, the poses are terrific. Frankly, I find the poses of all corvus belli 15's really well-done, and combined with the sculpting, it often sets them above other models in this scale.


NLgamer said...

I like these over the first set of guys. Just more...I don't know uniform?? I guess. It's also less busy and the feel of the poses are more in line with what the whole of the unit is doing.

Rab said...

I thought I'd recognised the engraving of Hawkwood in your earlier post. Have you read Frances Stonor Saunders' book about him? Worth keeping an eye out for, a really good read, particularly his early Italian adventures.

Andrew said...

Oh, these are Corvus Belli? They are good. When I first saw their Romans I thought they were 28mm!

fireymonkeyboy said...

Bloody good stuff Jet. Nice and crisp, good colours.

fireymonkeyboy said...

Me again - how are your doing metals? Looks like a mix of metallic and non-metallic - or am I just nuts?


JET (aka Jason) said...

As usual, you are most definitely nuts... but back on topic.

There's no metallic paint on these guys. In short, I overbrush/drybrush over black with the following P3 colours ; greatcoat grey, bastion grey, trollblood highlight. Each application is lighter than the last. Then, I wash with slightly watered-down P3 armour wash. In some cases, I add a slight highlight after the fact, but not usually.

Thanks for the commments gents, and yes Andrew, CB models are truly to die for,


cooey2ph said...

Your models are very beautiful and the painting is inspiring! I found your blog thru TMP and I must say that I've been enjoying all your entries --especially the reports. Kudos!