vendredi 30 octobre 2020

Orctober challenge, episode 7: army complete !

 Dear fellow readers,

I am more than happy to tell you that the Orctober challenge - painting a 1/72 Empire army - is now over, and that I have reached my goals :)

In the previous episode, I explained that I had one element of knights and one general element left to paint.

Let's start with the general, and his companions:

First of all, the general. This mini represents the Duke of Talabecland. He wears a black enameled armour, as do his horse. He's wearing a red and yellow dress, since they are the colors of his duchy.

Next, an officer, in charge of the artillery on the battlefield: purple dress (something different, at last :)) with red and yellow facings.

Last, the standard bearer - always necessary on the battlefield. He bears a simple regimental banner and not the great banner of the duchy which should have a black eagle as coat of arms.

Now, let's have a look at the knights:

These are Dark Dream Studio Renaissance knights painted as Reiksguard, that is knights in full armour with red and white colors. These minis are absolutely wonderful in my opinion, and a real pleasure to paint. The armor in particular are full of nice details, as you can see on the close-up below:

The next picture shows my two elements of knights. The riders on the left are made by Miniart (see episode 4 for details). Regarding the sculpture, you can note how different these figures are.

The progress table confirms, the job is done !

Troop type Number of elements figs per element Number of figures painted figures
General (Knight) 1 3 3 3
Wizard 1 2 2 2
Knights 2 3 6 6
Halberdiers 2 4 8 8
Longswords 2 4 8 8
Arquebusiers 2 4 8 8
Fanatics 1 4 4 4
Bombard 1 4 4 4
Total 12
43 43

If you remember what I explained in episode 1, I primarily had 41 figures to paint. The total of figures was increased to 43 after I decided to have two wizards on the magician element, and three figures on the command element.

On the other hand, I already had 8 Longswords painted in 2017, so I've painted 35 figures this month for the Orctober challenge. As I usually paint around 120 figures per year (that's not a lot, I know), I must say that a good, though lonely challenge is a good way to stay motivated. 

Is it over ? Not completely (no, I'm not thinking of basing them, I know I have to, just like all the other figures, one day maybe).

Orctober is a month dedicated to Orcs, and I painted a complete Orc army for the 2019 Orctober challenge. This time, I wanted to paint opponents for the Orcs, so tomorrow, with the probable help of my daughter, I will take pictures of the whole army standing, then in a fight against the Orcs.

See you tomorrow :)

17 commentaires:

  1. Nice figures! I especially like the polished armor of the knights.

    1. Thank you! Of yes, these figures are so beautiful, I just tried to do my best on them.

  2. Réponses
    1. Thank you! I Hope you will appreciate the next post, showing a battle between Empire and Orcs.

  3. Great painting style and very colorful figures indeed.Well done. BB

    1. Thank you Paul! I must say that I've painted them just for the red and the yellow, that I don't use very often.

  4. Super! La peinture exceptionnelle, surtout le général, mais j'aime les toutes.
    Cordialement, James

    1. Merci James, tes commentaires me font toujours plaisir :)

  5. Good job Phil. They are absolutely breathtaking. I love the Duke in his black armor, but have to admit he reminds me more of "the Witcher" series rather than Warhammer. Cheers!

    1. Thank you X_BriX.Your own minis from last year have been a major source of inspiration for this project - you should paint many more of them, please!

    2. I'm glad to hear that from you Phil. Your original imperial last stand against hordes of undead was a major source of inspiration for me last year. I wish I had more time for painting.

  6. Great work, Dark Dream Studio knights are indeed one magnificent and unique set, and you pianted them superbly. The black armour effect is very good painted by you resembling historical examples. The Reiksgard are also beautiful and also similar armours you can find in many europeas armouries and museums. Quite inspiring work

    1. Thank you master Sceavus. Yes, these DDS knights are absolutely wonderful, I should buy more of them.

  7. Bon ben déjà félicitation pour la réussite de ce défi ! C'est un vrai travail de titan et la quantité de figurines ainsi que la qualité de la peinture te vaut toute mon admiration!
    Pour ce qui est de la nouvelle production j'ai jeté mon dévolu sur le Général qui est sublime ainsi que les chevaliers!

    Ca aurait été bien une photo de tout l'ensemble pour mesurer encore plus l ampleur du défis et j'avoue que voir toutes les figs ensemble m 'intéresse ^^


    1. Comme tu l'as écrit toi-même dans les commentaires de l'article suivant, je pense avoir répondu à ton attente :)