Friday, July 21, 2017

Minwax Stain: Not Just for People (in miniature), Horses Like It Too

Just a little update on the Wars of the Roses Project. Here are 24 horses - 12 each for the Light Cavalry and Mounted Men-at-Arms. The horses were given a basic block paint job, followed by Minwax Tudor Satin stain brushed on. They'll be sprayed with Testors Dullcote once completely dried.
Except for some of neck/head options, the horses from both boxes are the same. As the bodies come in several different halves, varied poses can be achieved.
The horses block painted, before the staining.
These are the Light Cavalry figures. They've been a bit "over-engineered" with removable/poseable right arms using magnets (arrows). The arms with lances could be swapped out for crossbow or longbow arms.
So much for now. Thanks again for checking out the blog.

23 comments:

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    1. Appreciate your visit and kind comment, Ray! Regards, Dean

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  2. That certainly works, nicely done Dean.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Yes, the staining over block-painting is the only way I would do this much cav at once. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Steven! Yes, the project is rolling along pretty nicely. Best, Dean

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    1. Appreciate the kind words, Rodger! Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan! Yes, I think so too, with all the horse furniture especially. Best regards, Dean

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  6. Will bear this method in mind in future months as have a few horses to paint and really don't enjoy painting them.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. I can't say I know anyone, at least locally, who enjoys painting horses - particularly quantities of of them. In fact, until I started using the stain method, I stayed with mainly infantry type of armies. Warm regards and thanks for stopping by and posting you comments. Best, Dean

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  7. I have never gotten around to trying this method. But then I don't really paint the volumes that your manage to get done. Look forward to seeing them finished.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. It does work best for larger projects. That said, I find the Minwax staining gives predictable results, whereas I've had mixed results with washes and stains. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks for stopping and the nice comment, Tamsin! Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you kindly, Michal! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Great work at cranking out units, the horses look good, don't think I could cope with the overly engineered rider's, too fiddly for me!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. The horses could use a little highlighting, but I'll go with just the stain and Dullcoting. As far as the magnetic arms, I wanted to be sure they'd clear the low height drawer I plan to store & transport them in. That said, the magnets being so small, the arms can come off if handled roughly. We'll see how they do in games. Warm regards, Dean

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