Great minds

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks as various duties have kept me away from the brushes, but I’ve finally managed to get some more done on the French knight, and it’s really nice to see how the model is developing.

A couple of weeks ago, I also saw that Marc Mussat had recently painted a knight wearing the Occitan cross. This reassures me that I’m not going completely wrong with the colour, cross, etc. It’s also nice to see that the cross looks pretty cool on a figure – sometimes you work on a bit of freehand that looks great in the real world but it just doesn’t transfer to the scale of the model.

Anyway, here’s where I’ve got to:

As you can see, I started doing the first cross on his back, but there were disturbances at the painting table. As I’ve previously mentioned, I do most of my painting at Inner Sanctum in Cambridge, which is unfortunately hugely popular with card gamers. Without meaning to disparage all card gamers (I do know some that are perfectly courteous), I’m sure most people in the hobby have had experiences with the type that are apparently oblivious to their surroundings – in this instance, they were banging the table and one person next to me decided they wouldn’t take their backpack off, so every time they turned I was battered by a bag that might have been full of bricks.

Anyway, there’s a lot more I could say about the card gamers at Inner Sanctum, but people who have been there know what they’re like. Back to the paint.

As you can see, I’ve added the yellow trim, which is sort of based on this guy’s outfit. Adding the little spacer around the yellow I think gives it a little more structure and makes it look like something that someone has actually made rather than simply being paint over a surface. The strip showing on the inside of his skirt would probably not exist, of course, but I think it would look like it was missing without it.

Once I get the crosses on, he’ll then be ready to get his arms, which is terribly exciting.

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