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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by billyturnip, May 30, 2011.

  1. billyturnip A Fixture

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    England
    30mm painted in acrylics.

    Roger.

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  2. kathrynloch Active Member

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    You've got a great start on the horse! How dark (or light) do you plan to make him?
  3. billyturnip A Fixture

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    England
    Thank you Karrie.

    As far as the horse goes... I'm not quite sure yet. I've put it aside for the night and will have another look tomorrow. I might lighten it some more or leave it as it is.

    Roger.

    PS I am open to suggestions :)
  4. kathrynloch Active Member

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    I'm woefully unfamiliar with the rider's time period/specifics. Conquistador of some sort? Please forgive me for not knowing.

    Of course you could always do the regular every day bright red coppery chestnut (you're practically there already), or blood bay, mahogany bay, or a black or gray. The every day horse and with the basic colors that will never steer you wrong.

    But wouldn't it be cool if you could switch it up a little and paint a dun or a buckskin? A Pinto? Pintos are always associated with Native Americans - but the Indian Pony, Spanish Mustang, Keiger Mustang, Nez Perce and so many others....all of those horses originally came from stolen and runaway Spanish stock - the spots originated from those bloodlines. ;)

    What color might you paint the rider's clothes? Bright and flashy, reds or blues? Or soft and earthy, greens, and maybe lots of leather?

    lol! Sorry about that.
  5. billyturnip A Fixture

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    England
    No need to apologise Karrie. :)

    We'll see how the horse pans out today. I don't have any definate plans it'll just evolve into what it is :D

    The figure is a 30 Years War cavalryman, so somewhere in the period 1618 - 1648. I'll be going with quite earthy colours but with the odd touch of something more colourful.

    Roger.
  6. kathrynloch Active Member

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    United-States
    Well, the 30 Years War you're talking primarily Germany and in the 17th century many well known breeds formed their roots. The German Oldenburg, Hanoverian, Trakhener, Freisian, and Westphalian are the major ones. It's interesting to note that breeding programs of this time were governed by the state, and more specifically the regional governments, so you see organization and documentation but also breeding programs geared specifically for the requirements of the regional community needs and desires. There was also quite a bit of breeding stock importation of Thoroughbreds, Iberians, Selle Francais, and several others.

    If you go with any of these, your standard colors of chestnut, bay, black and gray won't steer you wrong.

    I looked up a wiki on the war and some participating countries. The Spanish Netherlands might offer some interesting possibilities for horses as well.

    But, I digress, I love researching this kind of stuff and can go on and on. I know you just want to paint the horse. lol!

    For the basic horsie colors, if you go earthy tones with the rider and a splash of color - if you make the horse a bright shiny red chestnut (looks like brand new copper) that works nicely as a counter to the soft earthy tones. A blood bay also works as well - similar coat color only the mane, tail and legs are black. You've already got the foundation started for both of those colors. And they are easy to do in either pigments, pastels, or acrylics.

    Darker horses have a tendency to blend into the muted earthy tons.

    Let me know what color you decide.

    Cheers,
    Karrie
  7. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you karrie, all very useful and interesting info.
    I'll post some new photo's later today and you'll be able to see what I've decided. I won't say too much yet in case it doesn't quite work out. :D

    I have a feeling you'll like my next 30mm project.... think Blacksmith/farrier :D

    Roger.
  8. billyturnip A Fixture

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    England
    A bit further.

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  9. housecarl Moderator

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    United-Kingdom
    Looking good Roger. Not sure about the highlight under the rear left leg, not that I'm a flat expert.
    Carl.
  10. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Cheers Carl.

    Not a flat expert? The way your banging 'em out at the moment. :D but yes I see what you mean. To be honest it was probably the light because you don't notice it on the real thing.
  11. mil-mart A Fixture

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    Roger, great painting, is this partof a set or a one off.

    Cheers Ken
  12. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Ken. It's part of a series but I only have this one.... at the moment :)

    They are available from Johan Lilliehöök. His catalogue can be downloaded from here,

    http://www.zinnfiguren-klio.de/hstsuch.php

    Scroll down to Johan's name.
  13. kathrynloch Active Member

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    United-States
    Hey I'm LOVIN' that mane and tail! lol! Very nice! I want larger pics tho. ;) I'm thinking it's more or less a foundation as the tones are pretty even. The highlights on the horse are also nice but I don't know how far you are going with it so I don't want to say it's a bit too strong and large for a red copper chestnut, if you've already got a plan.

    I really like the addition of the blue and yellow on the rider, it's very, very nice!

    Oh, and I can't stand suspense. The blacksmith/farrier has got me curious. And today I just received some small metal horse shoes from a friend to put on one of my models. lol!

    I can't wait to see more!

    Cheers,
    Karrie
  14. Andrew Craft Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Looking great mate, can't believe it's only 30mm.
  15. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Karrie. Finished pic coming soon. As for not standing the suspense I can't either, but the postman should deliver the latest aquisitions any day now which might just contain something to do with horseshoes. :D

    Thank you Andrew. Yes it's 30mm, go on give them a try. :)

    Roger.

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