Monday, 12 January 2015

From Clint (Paint Monkey) - Sudanese Armoured Cavalry (24 Points)

These are the last couple of figures I need to paint for Matt and go with my previous Sudan cavalry. Guess what these took longer. I found them a right pain but I do like the effect and now they are done would be content (if not happy) to do some more. 



 They are Perry Miniatures (28mm) and I wish I had gotten the triangles a little more even. But as they are all freehand I am not going to beat myself up anymore about it. Instead I will try to learn from it and do better next time (shudder).



 Clearly an officer(tribal leader) and standard bearer and the comparisons on the horses are quilted cloth armour. Pretty good at stopping slicing sword strikes, not so good against piercing spears and even less good against bullets of the British or Egyptian armies.



You can see on the picture of the real thing that I did get close but did not quite get a cigar. But at least you can see what it looks like now. I did not look at this picture while painting if I had more Red would have been used.



So they have come out a little more blue than I would have done in retrospect. Like I said live and learn! (Sleep and forget it all).

35 comments:

  1. 'Colourful' doesn't begin to describe this! Clearly, for the Sudanese, camouflage was for other people - unless they're planning to ambush someone in a Cairo rug merchant's shop.
    ; )
    Excellent work, Clint, well done, that man!

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    1. Thank you Evan. They are cunningly concealed in the circus tent next to the rug shop! (That sounds like a like from "Allo, Allo"!)

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  2. I love what you did here. They may not match that example photo but they will be striking on the table, especially in an army that, let's be honest, usually tends to be fairly drab.

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    1. Thanks Mate. I have been told there will be more after the challenge. So I will get the chance to use more red next time. Also there is bound to be some variety.

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  3. Lovely work, nice to see a swatch of colour.. And the detail is hence why these are at end of my painting queue!

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    1. Thanks Dave, my advice is to leave them in the painting queue! Forget you ever saw them and carry on with a happy life!"

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  4. This is just beautiful work Clint. The freehand work is really crisp and steady and those colours really stand out. Today certainly has been a day where your brush skills have come to the forefront.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I gave them back to Matt on Sunday and he was very happy with them. He really was.

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  5. That looks fantastic, hard to believe it's been painted on!

    Ian

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    1. Very kind of you to say so Ian. It was a struggle but I learnt a lot doing it.

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  6. These are fantastic - really evocative and teaches people like me some things that I knew nothing about.

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    1. Until I started to research them for painting I knew nothing about them as well, we both learned from it. Cheers Tea Urn.

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  7. They look great Clint - very colourful and a good representation of the design.

    A delightful amount of Sudanthis year, I'm itching to dig more of mine out. You beat me to submitting these minis.

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    1. No worries Phil I'll delete this post and let you do the Sudan work this time.

      Darn I can't find the delete button. Sorry Mate they will have to stay.

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    1. Cheers Tams. Glad you like them.

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  9. OMG what a nightmare of a paint scheme to have to attempt, looks great though!

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    1. It was a hard paint scheme I must admit but now finished I am ready for a couple more. Thanks Chasseur.

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  10. WOW I am impressed you got that close to the original maybe the local merchants had surplus of indigo when those were being put together. They look great.

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    1. Thanks Adam. I am sure there were colour variations at least I like to think so. That being the case I think these will fit in just right.

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  11. I wouldn't be less than happy with those if I was you mate. It makes my eyes water just thinking about painting all those triangles and you've done a sterling job IMHO!

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    1. Thanks Mate. I may not be fast but I do get there in the end..... well eventually! (Sometimes)

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  12. Holy Toledo!, they are great. That must have taken forever. I really like your Sudanese.

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    1. All I can say is I did start them before Christmas but only tinkering with them. When it came to painting them seriously it was about a day. But I did have them well underway by then.
      Thanks Baconfat.

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  13. Very awesome. That's some great detail work that would have taken some time. Excellent stuff. Cheers Clint.

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    1. Thanks Kiwi it did take a while, and I did loose my mind and yet now I would be willing to do it all again.

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  14. Great work Clint - I went insane when I took a crack at these same models a couple of years ago. Your results are excellent and these look great!

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    1. It helps that I am insane to begin with. Thank you Greg I really appreciate it.

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  15. Very nice, Clint. The effort on the triangles really paid off as they look extordinary! Very good representation of the actual item too! Great stuff, Paint Monkey...now you need to do some camels that match! ;)

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    1. Thanks David. I am told there will be camels coming! But no idea when...I guess when Matt wants them. For now a few more Zulus. But just a few.

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  16. These are great, Clint. When I first saw these pictures, I thought they were Ottoman Spahis. I didn't know the Mahdists had these heavies. Very impressive. Great job.

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  17. I quite like it, and who's to say that some weren't more blue?

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  18. Ha, I haven't been on here for a few days so I saw these on your blog first.

    I still think they're brilliant, though I won't be trying to copy the designs anytime soon :)

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