The Occitan knight is now basically complete. I could leave him in this state and happily take him to shows, but I want to make him look more like he’s living in the midst of a siege. To that end, I’ll be adding dust, dirt, little scrapes and so on. In the meantime, here he is all clean and sort of shiny:
Actually putting his arms on wasn’t quite as simple as I’d hoped. Somewhere between doing a test fit before I painted him and now, his shield arm decided that it no longer wanted to slot into place, so I had to fill a bit of a gap in his upper arm and sculpt in some chainmail. Thankfully, the chainmail as sculpted here isn’t insanely detailed, so I just had to poke some putty a bit to make it work.
The shield itself I decided to paint with a fair bit of texture, which had a couple of advantages:
- It makes it look like it’s seen some use. If not stopping swords and arrows, perhaps bashing people in the face.
- It made it really quick to paint. Large flat surfaces like shields can take a lot of effort to blend, especially if it’s aligned roughly vertically, as it is here. A textured surface doesn’t need that sort of perfection, so you can get through it a lot faster.
The final highlights are still a little harsh, but I’m hoping the dust and scratches will sort that out. I may also glaze in some extra tones to smooth it over a touch.
Also, I am now very sick of crosses.