Sunday, 21 February 2016

Under the banners


Just a very quick post to showcase a couple more miniatures for the 'Witchfinder General' project; standard bearers using the downloadable artwork from the 'Dashing Dice Games' website.  The Courageous Witchfinders that battle against the many vile abominations that plague a once green and pleasant land are being pushed to the limit by the clandestine vampire factions, aided by their loyal Guardsmen  of Blind Obedience.

To reflect the constant struggle against the legions of evil, I attempted to show the battle worn standard of the Witchfinders by first sealing it with Testors Dullcote then picking at the edges.  Ink was then applied to try and hint at damage and folds, I'm not entirely happy with the effect, but it is certainly heading in the right direction. 
Meanwhile the Guardsmen of Blind Obedience are immaculate in their appearance, the benefits of being in the employ of the wealthy vampire factions.

74 comments:

  1. Simply stunning stuff, sir, quite stunning. I especially like the burnt ragged edges. Makes it look as if the banner has been involved in some terrific fighting in its time.

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    1. Thank you Simon and I hoping, at some point, that it will eventually see a battle!

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  2. Nice work, really interesting subject.

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  3. Great work Michael. The weathered flag look really adds to the feel of unit that's been on campaign.

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    1. Thank you Rodney, that was certainly my hope and that they were hard pressed.

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  4. "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" - two things of beauty.... :) Marvellous work, Michael, beautiful, beautiful miniatures and flags! Greetings!

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    1. Thank you so much, such a lovely comment.

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  5. Superb stuff Sir Michael! Loving the battle worn effect, bravo!

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  6. They look great - both the flags and the painting!

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    1. Thank you very much my good man, greatly appreciated.

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  7. Two very sharp looking minis, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, I was particularly impressed with the 'Blinder'.

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  8. A very nice bit of work there, Mr Awdry, the banners are especially fine!

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    1. Thank you Evan, ultimately I was pleased with how they turned out.

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  9. Nice work at adding some life to the banners.

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    1. Thank you, I should have mentioned that I stole the idea from a magazine article - Wargames Illustrated perhaps?

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  10. They look lovely . I do find banners a struggle, but when done do look worth it.

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    1. Thank you Clint, I know what you mean. I would love to be able to do what Flag Dude does!

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  11. Stunning job Michael, flags and figures are awesome!

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    1. That is very kind of you Gordon, thank you.

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  13. Very nice! and a useful tip to boot, with the Agrax method.

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    1. Thank you Roy, I'm pretty sure that I saw it in a Wargames Illustrated article.

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    2. Ah, I don't buy any of the magazines so its a new method to my eyes :)

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  14. Very nice work on the flags. Great looking figures.

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  15. Oh yes indeed - might have do some some ECW banners using that technique
    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Paul, happy to pass it on as I can't claim ownership for the original idea.

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  16. Nice work Michael! The flags turned out great! I've tried weathering flags previously with washes and the like, but they've just seemed to turn out rather badly with the wash immediately setting in and being a bit too stark. Need to try your way with a layer of varnish beforehand if that would help.

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    1. Thank you, it did seem to slow the seeping process down and the inks were not repelled as I sometimes find the case with PVA.

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  17. Great looking banner bearers. I only wonder what it is that vampires, ghouls, werewolves and Zombies always seem to have German origin... "Blinder Gehorsam"

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    1. Thank you Nick, a good point, perhaps your rich cultural heritage and the foreboding Black Forest?

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  18. Hola Amigo
    Magníficos abanderados
    un saludo

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  19. Lovely stuff! Makes me want to play the game...

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    1. Thank you and me to, there seems to be an endless preparation for this, but I'm enjoying painting and collecting the new miniatures.

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  20. Are the banners water decals? I am working on a project which involves decals but I want to weather them. I was thinking along the lines of spraying a clear matt coat on top of the decals and then using a toothpick to simulate paint chipping. Not sure if this will work though. Is it similar to what you are doing with the banners? A noob question I know ... hope you can help.

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    1. These banners are just printed on to office stock white paper. The matt varnish certainly helps to slow down the seepage of ink/paint into the paper. I've not used water slide decal for an awfully long time, but understand that sealing is the way to go, so your idea sounds great.

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  21. Very nice work, Michael! Whilst your eyes may initially be drawn to the banners, the paint jobs on the figures are excellent.

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  22. An excellent addition for your collection. And some good hints for banners.
    Well done, my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Stefan, that is very kind of you.

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  23. These are excellent Michael! Job well done!

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  24. Lovely standard bearers and standards, Michael! So colorfully rendered.

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  25. Great effects Sir, I do love a nice flag!

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