Uomo d’arme Sforzesco (Man at arms) WIP p2

Some progress on painting my man at arms. I painted the torso composed of a bi-colour clothing over an armour and series of belts around the armour. The armour has been painted using the Vallejo Metal Colour, starting with a Steel base and the lights with steel+silver and just silver for the maximum lights. For the shadows I have used the Magnesium which is very dark. The cloth is a standard one, I used Andrea Ivory and for the red I used the AK Red Emblem which is a hue I like a lot. I took some snapshots with my iPad which you can look in the attached gallery. And now it's up to the tough part: the heraldry and…

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Uomo d’arme Sforzesco (Man at arms) WIP p1

New year, new paint work and decided to kick start 2019 with a bust of "La Meridiana Miniatures" named "Uomo d'Arme Sforzesco" (https://www.luver.it/miuaf) which represents a man at arms of the Sforza family (Milan, Italy) in the second half of the XV century. The primed bust has been sitting on my desk for a long time, but yesterday I started the paint work starting, as usual, from the face. I used the Andrea acrylic colours from their paint set, starting with the brighter base flesh tone, then I added multiple glazes with brighter and darker colours to create lights and shadows. This time I am particularly pleased of the overall outcome and for this I have to thanks Vince Venturella…

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Hello World!

Hi and welcome to my web site! If you have an IT programming background, you may be familiar with the "Hello World"" simple sentence, as printing this statement is typically the first example used to show how the programming language works. As I do have an IT programming background, I decided to leverage on this example to kickstart my own web site dedicated to the small world of historical miniature painting, which is my other big passion. The goal of this web site is to share my experiences around this beautiful world, so the primary focus is about my paint works and work in progress (WIPs), but I am also going to collect reference materials like documents, photos, tips and links I…

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Trumpeter 2nd Rgt. Lancers of the Guard

This is the last figurine for 2018 and I can say it's been really challenging both from the painting and assembling perspectives. The figurine is a 90mm one and represents a Trumpeter 2nd Rgt. Lancers of the Guard (ref [1]). This is my first figure of this type and as I said it's quite difficult. The first challenge was the face. Sometimes I want to test different brands of colours (I typically use Vallejo and Andrea) and this time I tried the Scale 75 but found they are too sticky for me, so I decided to use oil colours for the first time (I mean, not for the armour as I did in the past). I tried the Oilbrusher by…

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Medieval Footman

This is really a big bust! The scale is a standard 1:10 but the overall posture and the the pole arm take a lot of space in my showcase. The bust is manufactured by Altores Studio and represents a infantry footman in the medieval age (ref. [1]). I really love this bust especially for the shouting facial expression which is pretty much unique. I tried to reproduce a tired soldier after a tough battle, hence the long beard and the dirt over all the surfaces. I hope I have been able to do a decent job, but overall I am happy with the final result. [ngg src="galleries" ids="19" display="pro_mosaic"] References[1] - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_in_the_Middle_Ages

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Jacobite Highlander Culloden Moor, 1746

This is a medium (scale 1:12) bust from Heroes and Villains Miniatures (ref. [1]) that portraits a Jacobite Highlander (ref. [2]). I am not fey happy with the face, I think I did the same mistake as the previous bust and used too many layers of colour, although they are thin. The real challenge here has been, of course, the tartan and the texture. It's really a nightmare painting so many line and squares and their shadows and lights, but overall I am happy the way it ended up! [ngg src="galleries" ids="18" display="pro_blog_gallery" border_color="#dd9933"] References[1] - http://www.heroesvillainsminiatures.com/product/jacobite-highlander-culloden-moor/[2] - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobite_rising_of_1745

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English Man-at-Arms, Crecy, 1346

Another small bust (scale 1:12) from FER Miniatures which is very nice and represents a "Man at arms" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-at-arms) during the battle of Crecy in 1346. I wanted to represent a tired soldier after a battle, but I am not completely happy with the outcome about the face, I think I used too many layers of colour so the face ended up being a bit shiny... However, this is also my first attempt at painting a complex heraldry like the one painted over the shield and in this case I am much more happy with the final result! [ngg src="galleries" ids="17" display="pro_blog_gallery" border_color="#dd9933"]

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Saxon Huscarl, Hastings, 1066

This is a small bust (1:16 scale) by FER Miniatures who represents a Saxun Huscarl (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housecarl) during the Battle of Hastings in 1066 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hastings) This bust is nice and quick to paint as it's rather small. I just want to highlight the texture of the cape which I tried to reproduce by using a technique similar to the dry brush, but with more colour and using a simple stippling. [ngg src="galleries" ids="16" display="masonry"]

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Frederick II

This is one of my favorite figurines, and portraits Frederick II of Swabia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_II,_Holy_Roman_Emperor). This is an old 90mm miniature from Pegaso Models, but this is undoubtedly a classic. I think I improved a bit my technique about painting shades and lights for both white and red hues. The chain mail is not painted, that is I leveraged on the white metal and oil colours to paint the shadows. The red cross and the eagle on the shield are bass-relief, so they are easier to paint and the 3D effect is nice. The shadows over the eagle are painted with oil colours. The gloves have been painted using the Quickshade colours by Army Painter, starting from a beige surface and…

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