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Monday, March 10, 2014

Bowmen of Treyine

Woohoo, this weekend I entered my first regular entry into Curt's challenge. Here's what I wrote.

These 20 1/72 scale plastic figures are meant to represent a portion of the army of Treyine in the Talomir Tales campaign. Treyine is supposedly 100 years war England in flavor. This bunch comes from Zvezda English Infantry of the 100 Years War, Zvezda Medieval Peasant Army, Airfix Robin Hood and Strelets Military Order Warriors for the two footmen.


I have been futzing around with these figures for what seems like months. I have to say that painting the 28mm figures feels like a breeze compared to these. I cut out the final dry brush over the ink wash as I didn't feel it was going to add anything. I also experimented with both Burnt Umber and Sepia washes and I like the variety. The varnish step was a little more problematic and a couple of the figures came out ultra shiney. I was able to knock that down with some Vallejo Matte Varnish, excellent stuff. I will do a post on my blog with comparison shots when the figures are released to be put up there.


Same picture protocol, but it was 5:00pm here when I took them so the light is not as strong as it could be. I need to experiment more with lighting.

Oops, forgot to rotate the middle row on the left.


I hope you all enjoy my very first non themed entry. I'm hoping it will not be my last.

One thing I did learn with this bunch is that Vallejo matte varnish is truly matte. I used it to fix some figures that came out extra shiny.


All three of the above figures were varnished with the Liquitex matte varnish. The one on the left is acceptably shiny for me. The middle and the right were both equally shiny, due perhaps to over doing it with varnish that was not mixed enough. But in the picture you can see that the shine was knocked down successfully with an application of Vallejo Matte varnish over the shiny layer. I think it worked well. More to come soon.

10 comments:

  1. Great looking archers, love them!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I'm glad you like them.

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  2. Those look really good, well done! I like the composition of the pictures as well; the backdrop really helps.

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    1. Thanks Hugh, I'm trying to work on my photography. I still have a ways to go but I'm liking the look better.

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  3. They do look really good - great painting on impressive Zvezda figures. They really have nice sculpts. Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, much appreciated. I really like Zvezda a lot. For the most part their sculpts are great. Sometimes they do have some weird figures that look incomplete. I also really appreciate the hard plastic they use. HaT and Airfix are so bendy that they are almost impossible to clean.

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  4. That's good word Sean, nice work on nice figures.

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    1. Thanks Fran. I'm still plugging away.

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  5. Great stuff - may try and get hold of some of these myself - nice one :)

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    1. Cheers Monty, the Zvezda 100 Years War English are particularly nice.

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