Painting Guide - Sir William Wallace

Painting Guide - Sir William Wallace

Step by step painting guide for Crossed Lances Sir William Wallace Miniature.

This series of painting articles is intended to show techniques to get a good looking miniature on to the gaming table in the minimum amount of time.

The miniatures being used are the Crossed Lances Sir William Wallace Mounted with Lance, a casualty landing on ground and a foot knight with hand weapon and shield.

Start off my cleaning up any flash or mould lines with a small file, glue the heads on to the miniatures, and the miniatures onto their bases. I use 5 minute epoxy glue for this.

Spray undercoat the miniatures white (I used Army Painter white primer)

The transfers need to be applied on top of the white primer, before you start painting. Cut around them carefully with a pair of scissors. The transfer goes on the front and back of the mounted miniature needs to be cut in half at 45 degrees and a couple of millimetres removed to take account of the cross belt modelled to support the shield. This is a bit fiddly, but definitely worth doing. It is important to get a really good adhesion with transfers. I use Microscale, Micro Set to soften the transfers and aid adhesion. This is brushed on the miniature before applying transfer, and then a short haired dry-brushing brush is used to apply some over the top and really push the transfer into the folds of the miniature.

Barding, tabard, shield and lance are painted red. I choose Vallejo - Model Color Flat Red to be a good match to the colour of the Battleflag transfer. I applied a thin strip cut from normal household masking tape with a steel ruler and scalpel in a spiral around the mask before painting the red stripe.

Next paint all of the metalic areas. I used Army Painter Warpaint - Gun Metal to paint chainmail armor, helm, weapons including tip of jousting lance and finally the horses bit.

I selected Army Painter Ash Grey as a nice grey shade for painting Sir Williams horse.

Hooves are next painted black and leather and wood painted using Army Painter Leather Brown. This included the back of the shields, saddle, reins, stirrups and belts.

Now these basic colors have been applied, the miniature is transformed by a liberal coating of Army Painter Quicktone to provide shading and protection.

Quicktone needs to be left for 24 hours to dry thoroughly. Once dry a coat of Army Painter ANti-Shine Varnish was applied to remove the gloss finish of the Quicktone and the figures bases were painted and flocked to match the rest of my collection.

I will be covering figure basing in a separate article.


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Product no.: CLK3a

William Wallace mounted with couched lance with base & transfers


£10.00 *
Delivery weight: 100 g
Product no.: CLK3b

William Wallace Mounted knight with hand weapon with base & transfers


£10.00 *
Delivery weight: 100 g
Product no.: CLT3

William Wallace  -  Each water slide transfer kit includes enough transfers for 1 complete mounted knight, surcoat, shield and horse barding. By Battle Flag.


£4.00 *
Delivery weight: 5 g
Product no.: CLK02c

Dismounted Knight with hand weapon and shield. Supplied randomly from 4 variants with assorted Helm options

£2.00 *
Delivery weight: 50 g

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