So, I have been continueing said knight, I started a week ago. I would have liked to have him completed so far, but unfortunately I had a blockade in my neck or whatsoever its called in English – let’s say it hurt and I couldn’t move it much. (Sounds worse than it was!)
Aaanyways, I finally got around finishing the metal parts and the coat of arms as well as the heraldry and one of the two girdles. And before you say anything about that heraldry looking VERY German, it wasn’t my idea but came from this >> *click_here* <<.
Saying this, you might still spot a few differences between my interpretation and the re-en-actor: For example the smiling sun is only yellow, while I opted for a bit more warmth. I also did change the color of the red to a slightly darker tone – this was unintentional and actually comes from my lack of experience. Speaking of experience; I actually tried wetblending on all the cloth-parts, that’s why it looks a bit strange in places. Another difference was that I opted for only two instances of the heraldry. Why? Simply because I had a real hard time, getting this freehand stuff; unfortunately, I’m not yet a master of the freehand, such as >> TIM << is. Keeping in mind, that I wanted to try wetblending and it would have been a shame to overpaint it everywhere, wouldn’t it? Of course it would!
Otherwise I would have had to paint 4 suns and crosses!
So here are some more pictures of him, from more angles. Pictures/Fotos – that reminds me: I’m really not that great at doing them yet, because the contrast on the colors looks always so much worse from reality; all blurring into each other. I think this might be, why techniques from ‚eavy metal/citadel have been so prevelant: Meaning, it doesn’t look real, it doesn’t look as good as something can look, but at a distance and especially in an environment with less than optimal color saturation, this will look extremely good, because basecoat, shades and highlighting is always producing more contrast than real color-fading. Or differently explained: Exaggeration will help the human eye catch better values, than reality, if there is only limited information. Or simplier: Exaggeration makes everything easier to see.
(If you dear reader, have read until here, you might notice, that I sometimes go out on a tangent where I might literally explain the same thing multiple times by different approaches. This comes from me having to read different philosophical books a while back, influencing me to write a little bit more on the pedantic/stupider side. 😉 )
I think, if I recall correctly, I wrote in my last post, concerning this mini, that I was about to do a multi-base with him and a few additional minis from roughly the 13th century. Back then, I still had to decide, and don’t get me wrong, I very much have to do so still, but I have finally had the time – and the weather was right – to print a few minis for a scene. Here are 3 knights with pot-helmets, I also have bascially the same mini as the knight painted, but with the great helmet and a spear/lance printed as well. I still think, it might be interesting to put a standing mounted knight next to it, but have yet the ideal miniature for it. I have a bunch of 3d-files for the Teutonic Order expansion (and repulsion), however they are bit more intricate and still taller (barely heroic, but true scale in the turest word, they are 30-32mm and have actual proportions 1head goes 5,5-6,5 times in the body meaning very small heads), but I have to think about it. Maybe cavalry works better though, as I noticed that even if the scale is usually off by a lot even, cavalry models of different scales usually work together finde, as sitting on horses and the horses themselves tend to distort the scales, helping to blend together dismounted and mounted miniatures overall.
Before I close this blog-entry for now, I remember mentioning in post a while back, that I had done quite some miniature-wips, that I wasn’t comfortable showing, as they weren’t done. Still, I did take fotos of them, most not the best, but good enough, that I decided publishing them on my pinterest. But to be honest, I only publish them there, for archiving purposes and to use some of them, if I’m not to lazy, on here, so I don’t have to use wordpress-storage.
Speaking of those I think, it might be nice to pick out some of the wips (like in the last post) and publish them, as some kind of „WIP from the VAULT“-thingy.
This time I chose an eastern Roman (Iustinian/Byzantine) heavily armored Comitatus (pl. comitatenses) of the 6th century. If you see him, you might wonder: „How is this guy in heavy armor?“ He’s wearing a chainmail to the famous Spangenhelm, that was used mainly by Germanic tribes and of course the Eastern Empire. It also was worn in the lands of the Britons, however I think the castle-helmet might have been even more popular in those places and everything Roman was soon to be replaced by the Anglo-Saxons (who should have worn the Spangenhelmets as well) but more importantly by the Normans, who did wear the more central European skull-cap helmets.
Back to the point and be aware that this is highly speculative(!): Chaimail is at that time already a good protection, when you can simply use the typical tall oval shield, the Romans used, so many regular units (especially the militia-like Limitanei that were for borders and cities) didn’t have a need for them. The tall shield gets way more useful in formations by the way, which the Romans made use of. Factoring in, that by the 6th century, Rome’s wealth has diminished and military provision changed its focus, we can also say that not everyone either wanted to wear anything heavier than cloth or couldn’t afford it!
A little further sidenote: We don’t exactly know if Romans shown in cloth-only aren’t wearing additional armor! They might simply be wearing chainmail beneath it. It might also be possible, they are wearing linothoraxes beneath or the limited depictions might only be fashion-statements, that don’t represent actual war-units! There are a few written accounts from Roman and Eastern Roman historians, however they are also all to be written with a bit of awareness, that they are biased, wrong or exaggerated.
On those premises, we can establish, that chainmail is already more armor, than a usual soldier has, but to be used by more specialised troops or richer-ones. Adding onto the protection of chainmail this miniature sports a >> GAMBESON (*click*)<<, a thick type of quilted multilayerd cloth-padding armor, that would be used all over Europe and the Middle East for centuries to come. By the 6th century it was something rather new and could be worn on its own, to deflect blow and stabs to a much lesser degree as well as arrows.
Alternatives to this configuration would have been Scale-Mail (which wasn’t that good) and Lamellar (basically everyone from the Middle East, North Africa to East Asia (Japanese) used that excessively until the 18th century).
Now for the unfortunate part. Despite this guy being really well-armored he is just infantry, which was relegated to a mere statist role in the 6th century going forward to the 14th. Infantry even in formations was only there, „to hold the line“ and battles were won by Cavalry engagements or for Europe by charges. This was interestingly forced by the continuous attacks and raids orchestrated by the steppe peoples like the Huns, the Slavs that heavily intermixed with them, resulting in for example the very unique armor-style of the Russians (part Byzantine/Roman part Steppe warriors) and Sassanids, that (apart from the latter) relied almost exclusively on mounted archers.
That’s everything for now!