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Some quick snapshots of the latest additions to the Italian condottiere collection. Llama painted these to a tabletop standard. The latest batch, the Easterners and some of the other guys, like the musicians, will need some touch-ups (like defining the faces more) but are to my mind essentially good to go. I based them just recently and have finally figured out the ground colour for my bases. In the background of the first figure you can see some civilians. The Easterners can represent Ottoman mercenaries, Byzantines, or a pimped out Italian mercenary group in fancy dress-up.

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I have spent a ridiculous amount of time to get the figures to this point even though I’ve taken some shortcuts with many of the horses. But I’m still trying out new things and learning so experimenting takes times. What remains is to add some more highlights and shadow areas on some of the armours, some vegetation on the bases and possibly some more work on a couple of the faces. Might also add thin bluish-white layers to pull down parts of the white painted areas that recedes into¬†lower light.

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Here is a recipe for creating your own wash. Its the post in the bottom by Comte Michele.

And here is an unrelated article at Dakkadakka on painting minis with oil paints. Seems a bit crazy but I can understand the allure of colours that don’t dry up fast. I would however go with water soluble oil colours to spare me the hazzle of smelly solvents.

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As some of you may recall I’m not really into the painting part of this hobby. Mainly because it takes me forever to paint figures and then only to a basic tabletop standard. I do have some interest in getting a few of my Perry MAA’s on to the table so I started painting just four so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. I’m considering deploying my cavalry in groups (lances) of fours or threes: One knight, one or two MAA’s, and one medium cavalryman that can serve as coustiller/pricker/banner bearer/or French mounted “archer”.

(I will also deploy pages but at a much smaller ratio between pages and knights than would be historical. They will be kept as remount markers separate from the offensive arm of the lance.)

Below are work in progress pics. I still have some lighter whites to go over the feathers and the coustillers uniform. I also need to add some warm and cold glazes to the human skin. I might go for some more detail work if I feel inspired.

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