Wednesday, 28 February 2018

From Curt: 'Gloria Invicta' Renaissance Cavalry Casualty (10 Points)



Just a single figure from me today. This time it's an another casualty stand for my Italian Wars collection, a cavalry figure which I've sourced from Gamezone Miniatures. 


Gamezone has obviously marketed itself as an alternative source for Warhammer Fantasy figures. While most are very fantasy oriented, there are many of the 'Empire' themed figures which will stand-in very nicely for the Renaissance period, particularly for Spanish soldiers of Charles V's reign.


This figure is titled 'Gloria Invicta' and is probably one of the best sculpted 28mm figures that I've had the pleasure to work with. The sense of movement, how both figures' anatomy has been rendered, and the overall feeling of pathos conveyed by the pair is amazing.


Out of the pack the rider is bare handed, which is absolutely fine, but I decided to drill-out his hand and give him a shivered lance modelled from a piece of plastic rod, shaved back at the tip. I think this helps make the scene a little more dynamic - giving the impression that they have just staggered away from a ferocious melee.


As a little experiment I applied several thin coats of Formula P3 Armour Wash mixed with blue ink on his plate harness to give the impression of the blued armour which was common during this period.


I've mounted the figure on one of the D-shaped bases that I've come up with for this project. The flat side fits snug against my transparent unit platters, helping to identify which unit it belongs to.



Similar to Byron and Greg, my supply of Tajima tufts has rapidly dwindled over the course of the Challenge. Time for a resupply!

Thanks for dropping in folks - keep warm and have a good day!

From Ray

My my that's a beautiful figure Curt. The figure is so full of life, even though the rider has seen better days. Love the addition of the lance, that adds a little more life to the figure, he's clinging on to the lance as he's clinging on to life. Good idea on the D shaped base too. Top marks ol chap!

10 well deserved points!



19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous work Dude! I was lucky enough to see this in mostly complete form last Friday and it is every bit as wonderful as the pictures.

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  2. Wow stunning work Curt and what a great miniature

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  3. Wow. That is a lovely bit of work!

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  4. Really nice. That's a great sculpt and you have done it justice. Stay Warm! Must be a northern hemisphere thing for those that do not live in the Tropics. :)
    Stay warm northerners. Cheers

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  5. It looks great! This is not just a miniature, but a diorama, which illustrates a small episode of the battle

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  6. Awesome figure Curt, I must browse that Gamezone website for sure, or perhaps better not ;-)

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  7. Lovely work, never heard of the manufacturer before, I'll check them out and smart move on the day shape basing, I might pinch it!
    Best Iain

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  8. Awesome work dude, very clever stuff as always!

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  9. Lovely sculpt and beautifully painted as always.

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  10. Thanks for all the kind words everyone - it's very much appreciated!

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  11. Very cool indeed Curt. Such a dynamic pose and I really like the blue tint on the armour. I was running low on tufts too until Martin delivered another six boxes last week :-)

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  12. Stunning work Curt! An amazing sculpt as well. Never heard of the company before, but really have to check them out after seeing this one.

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  13. Gorgeous dynamic figure, beautifully painted.

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