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 Mounted Herald with Scroll, Mounted Herald with Trumpet and Mounted Referee with Stick.
Start off my cleaning up any flash or mould lines with a small file and glue 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. 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.
I decided that my Tournament was going to be a Royal Tourney, so the officials were going to be have red tabards and barding with the royal insignia of Edward 1st. Battleflag have a great transfer for this in the Crossed Lance’s range. Once this had dried the barding and tabard were painted using Vallejo Carmine Red (908) which is a good deep red that covers well.
Faces and hands were painted in flesh tones using Vallejo Basic Skintone (815).
The next stage was to paint the leather and wood areas on the miniatures. This included reins and girths on the horse castings, saddles, boots, belts, stick etc. on the riders. For this I used Army Painter Fur Brown and Leather Brown and Vallejo Negro Black (72.051) and varied the paint used for particular areas across the three miniatures.
I choose another three colours for painting the riders clothing, trousers, caps, shirts etc. The paint that I used was Citadel Goblin Green, Foundry Slate Grey and Army Painter Skeleton Bone.
This just leaves the horses to be painted, not a big job as so much of it is covered by the barding. I decided on a mixture of browns and a grey this time and used Foundry Buff Leather Shade (7A), Vallejo Burnt Umber (941) and Vallejo Foundation White (919). The hooves were painted black and some white socks were drybrushed onto the legs. The horses bits were picked out using Army Painter Gun Metal.
To add shading and protect the miniatures a liberal coating of Army Painter Quicktone - Dark Tone was applied all over. This really is a magic product if you want good looking miniatures, but lead a busy life.
Quicktone needs to left to dry for 24 hours, and can then be sprayed to remove the high gloss finish using Army Painter Anti-Shine Matt Varnish.
This technique is never going to win any painting competitions, but it does get some miniatures out of the big box of lead under the bed and onto the gaming table where they belong in double-quick time!