Step by step painting guide for Crossed Lances Edward I 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 Edward I 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 Foundry Wine Stain Red - Shade 17A 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.
To increase the intensity of the red areas, I then applied an ink wash over the top of the paint.
Armour, sword, lance tip and horses bit were then painted metallic using Army Painter Gunmetal.
Leather & wood (belts, reins, saddle, back of shields) were painted brown using Army Painter Warpaint Leather Brown.
I painted the bits of the horse that are visable using Foundry Conker Brown - Light and the hooves Vallejo Glossy Black.
That completed the painting of the miniatures which took about an hour once the transfers had been applied. The models were then glued together using 5 minute epoxy glue.
A brush coat of Army Painter Quick Shade - Dark Tone was applied over the whole miniature with a No 6 brush. This is a fantastic product that shades and varnishes in one go.
The miniatures were then sprayed with Army Painter Anti-Shine varnish to remove the gloss varnish finish.
It is best to leave the figures 18-24 hours between applying Quick Shade and varnishing.
I will be covering figure basing in a separate article.