Normans!

I recently finished my Norman army.  With this project I decided to experiment with a quick-paint technique similar to how I used to paint 20 years ago with washes.  I basecoated the miniatures with black gesso and then block painted them using about 7-8 colors based on those found in the Bayeux tapestry.   For the majority of colors, I used Citadel’s Foundation paints.  They were my first experimentation with them.  I like them overall, but when painting a big unit, they tend to dry up fairly quickly and congeal a bit in the pots.  For metallics I used Citadel’s regular metallic paints.  Once the miniatures were painted, I then liberally used a dark brown wash over everything but the metallics.  Over the metallics, I used a black wash.  For the washes, I used Citadel’s new washes.  Again, these were my first experiments with Citadel’s washes and I was pleased with the results.  Ideally, I would go over with another layer or two of highlights, but I wanted this army to be a quick paint.  Finally, I used two colors of Delta Ceramcoat paints on the bases and flocked with GF9’s static grass.  All in all, I was pleased with the results.  My main interest was seeing if the result came out better than those using the “dip”.  I find the dip muddies the miniature.  While my result is also muddy (which I think is fine for this period), it also contrasts the shadows and highlights much more effectively.   However, the effect was not that great on the blue and green hues.  If I were to do it over again, I would use green and blue washes over those areas.

The miniatures are Crusader purchased through Old Glory based on Wargames Accessories sheet metal bases.  The transfers are from Little Big Men Studios and the flags are custom from Rick “The Flag Dude”.  Rick custom made these, but I think he may now have these for regular sale.  They are based on designs in an Osprey book, I believe.  I probably won’t do the Little Big Man transfers again.  They fit poorly.  I was fairly warned by someone with similar results on TMP.  However, I did not want to paint 100+ shields in one go.  If I were to do it again, I would buy larger sized transfers and then cut to fit.  It’s still pretty fiddly work.  I had to paint over the transfers in many areas and some look quite poor as a result.   The movement trays are the kits produced by Games Workshop and are still unfinished.

My interest in Normans came from my genealogical research.  My direct ancestor is the brother of Bishop of Odo and the half-brother of William the Conqueror, both represented below.

Norman Army

Norman Army

Normans with spears

Norman cavalryNormans with axesWilliam the Conqueror and Bishop Odo

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2 responses to “Normans!

  1. Nice work! They photograph gorgeously. I assume that the bottom pic is showing Odo and his brother Robert of Mortain.

  2. Those are both beautiful and inspiring!

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