Monday, 12 January 2015

From AaronH - 28mm Celt Light Cavalry (60 Points)

This next entry is, surprisingly, more Celts.  These are six 28mm Celt light cavalry from Wargames Factory.  There are twelve cav in the box so I made six mediums and these lads lights with javelins.

Six riders with javelins.
The models were not much fun to paint, but are probably actually good practice.  The detail was so soft on a couple of them that I ended up painting on the hair and face like it was a blank canvas.

Same pallet, different day.
I painted two of the horses a different color at the urging of several commenters.  I used to have a link to a fantastic horse color chart that laid out all of the various colour combinations.  It is now, sadly, defunct so I started to google horses and got distracted looking at 15mm tanks and ended up just doing whatever I wanted.

Big men on little horses.
I'm not sure how well these guys will stand up to Numidians but we'll find out someday.

Not so bad en masse and charging.
I probably would not have been as unhappy with these horses if I didn't have a splendid example of what a horse should look like sitting next to them on the work bench.

Good and not so good.
They sort of reminded me of the scene in Shrek 2 when Donkey drinks the potion and becomes a stallion Baby!

Ignore the WIP-iness of the horse on the left.
I don't normally show WIP shots but in this case it's a teaching moment.  Sculptors, the horse on the left looks equine.  The one on the right looks cartoon-ine.  I'm not saying I won't ever buy more Wargames Factory Celt cav, but they will have to be the back half of better sculpted units.

27 comments:

  1. You couldn't have been too distracted by 15mm tanks - at least none of the horses are sporting German Late War Ambush camo!
    ; )
    Don't be too hard on yourself, you've done great work in making a rather mediocre set of sculpts look top shelf!

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    1. Thanks Evan. The only reason they don't is that Ambush camo scares me more than these horses.

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  2. Like Evan said, the quality of these sculpts are not as good as the horse you previously painted, but your brushwork makes the very best of them.

    You did a splendid job on that horse and it's saddle btw.

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    1. Thank you Anne. I appreciate that.

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  3. Looking at the pictures blown up and you can see the detail is soft in places but you have done a great job.

    Ian

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    1. I'm trying to look on the bright side and use it to improve my skills. I sometimes feel like I'm painting by numbers with minis.

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  4. I feel your pain with the sculpts, only average at best, but great job making them work.

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    1. Tea, I agree, though you may be doing them a favor. They will be fine as filler behind better sculpts.

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  5. You have done a fantastic painting work with those not too good miniatures. I´m very hard too with the miniatures I bought because I´m sure that when the better the quality, the greater the enjoyment (I expect to have written this sentence well...).
    Cheers!

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    1. Juan, your thoughts are crystal clear. I find the models I enjoy the most are well detailed but not with too much clutter. These fit the second part at least.

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  6. Despite the tank distraction I do think these have come out well. Anyway back to talking about TANKS.......

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    1. Ehmm. Tanks. There may be more coming down the pike if I can get over my painters block with them.

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  7. More beautiful Celts for us to drool over Aaron. Please stop (JK) :)

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    1. Tamsin, there is only one more batch in The Plan. I'm so far ahead of my plan though that I may slip some more in, especially since I recently received some as a gift from another blogger.

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  8. Gotta love Celts .. Well I do am one of sorts!

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    1. I have been enjoying telling the boys about their head hunting ancestors as I paint these.

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  9. Nice painting on these soft sculpts. Good work. Cheers

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  10. Those are pretty average models as you say but you've done a bang up job on them mate.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Now to move on to something more satisfying.

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  11. I have really enjoyed all of your Celts so far. Great stuff.

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    1. Thank you Adam. I delayed painting them for ages because so many people complain about them. I've really been enjoying them.

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  12. They look very fine,Aaron! The trousers( or would it be trews?) are excellent, the chang up in the horse coloring really helps separate them from the riders.

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    1. Thanks David. I have to agree about the different colors. I also painted the saddle blankets a different shade. I'll definitely have to go back and hit the other batch because it really does make them very much less samey.

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  13. Nice painting! Lovely use of colour.

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  14. They look good to me. On the subject of painting horses, if I can find it, I'll send you a picture chart of horse painting I buried on a hard drive around here somewhere.

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    1. That would be great Sean. Thank you.

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