Friday, June 21, 2013

Empire Knight & Realm of Battle Terrain Board

Needing one more knight to get a rank bonus for Combat, I did a kit-bash of sorts. I used the body of the Empire General that came with the Griffon kit, a helmeted head and shield from the Demigryph kit, a horse head/neck from the Knights kit and a Bretonnian horse body. I had the horse body for a long time - never painted.
He'll be the Preceptor for the unit.
I painted the cloth barding a gray to have it blend in with the rest of the unit's plate barding. There appears to be mail under the cloth barding which matches the horse head armor.
As the lance is rectangular, I decided to paint it length-wise instead of spiraled.
I also painted up a 2X2 feet Realm of Battle board which I plan to use to display the army. After washing it to remove any oils or debris, it was sprayed with flat black. Over this the rocks and skulls were dry-brushed grays. The rest of the boards was painted with a watered-down coat of brown.
Static grass was then glued over the brown areas. I understand there is an electric applicator to ensure the grass stands up when glued down, but didn't want to invest in one of those and just went ahead and sifted the grass and then tilted the board on its side to remove any grass excess.
Probably not to everyone's tastes, but I rather like the numerous skulls in the pits.

19 comments:

  1. Great work on that Knight and a good use of the 'bits box'
    I use a Noch puffer bottle to apply static grass, very cheap and it seems to a decent job, and no need to mess around building an ioniser.

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  2. A marvelous knight with wonderful colors and a great terrain too!

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  3. Great piece especially the barding, looking forward to the who;e army showcase!

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  4. Great stuff. Did you get the realm of battle board separately? I am one of those guys who dremelled out the skulls on mine, but it fits the WAB world.

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  5. Really great paint Dean !
    Greetings
    Vincent .

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  6. Lovely work Dean, like the barding, nice idea.

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  7. Great looking battle board and the kitbashed knight looks awesome mate.

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  8. Very nice kit bashing Dean and he should round out your Knights very well!

    Christopher

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  9. Thanks a lot for the wonderful words, everyone. I truly appreciate your visit and post comments.

    Paul - I saw that also on the 'net - wasn't sure if it was battery operated or not - so it is just a "puffer." Hmmm, will have to check that out.

    Dan - I saw folks do remove them skullz :). The local GW store was selling them individually - about $50 USD. I know I could get a board from Home Depot for a fraction of the cost - but where would I get the skullz from? :)

    Best to all, Dean

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  10. That knight is sensational, what a fabulous job you have done on it.

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  11. Superb brushwork Dean and I love the skulls!!

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  12. Thanks, Gents.

    Ray: Yes, GW - "Skullz r' Us" :) Dean

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  13. Now that is a knight! I love the idea of having a board to display such a lovely army as the one you've painted up.

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  14. I like the cracked terrain pieces!

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  15. Again, Dean does in an afternoon what takes the rest of us a month!

    Looks great Dean. Can't wait to see it on the table and on display up in Burnaby.

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  16. Looking great. You are a machine...

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  17. You are all too kind, Friends. Warm regards, Dean

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  18. Beautiful paintwork on the knight Dean, very nice indeed!

    Jason

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