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Title: Montrose: First Blood(s) [26 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on May 11, 2022, 05:30:32 PM
Been at this project for awhile, but have been taking a different approach than usual. Like an old Hollywood epic, I've got a friend providing most of the cast of 1000s (i.e., painting many of the rank and file) and I'm focused on the main characters, scenography and props.

What good timing to have had my efforts align with Bloody Miniatures recent releases. Here's my first from that range, with some head and hat swaps to provide more 'cowbell' for the Montrose campaign.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/973748215121846373/image1.jpg)

These Bicorne are also lovely sculpts, and will be used as the command base for one of my Irish regiments.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/973748214773743646/image0.jpg)

I'll be making use of a number of tabletop markers for status, etc., as well. This is a 'Humiliation' marker, used when a stronger unit loses to a weaker in melee.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/949386253747495042/image0.png)

Similarly, these are a series of 'Lost Squadron' markers.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/962826045566894140/image0.jpg)

Here are the MacDonalds... (used a couple WL box sets)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/939672930709819392/image0.png)

And WL's Macolla (more of him later):

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/941046610006245446/image1.jpg)

Lastly, getting some scenics elements together for the table as well. I'll be mostly using models from Jens' War of the Roses range, and this is a small chapel.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/970105984410325002/image0.jpg)

Much more to follow!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: OSHIROmodels on May 11, 2022, 05:36:39 PM
Lovely work  :)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Roo on May 11, 2022, 06:08:04 PM
Lovely stuff very inspiring!  Another thread to follow religiously!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: has.been on May 11, 2022, 07:32:13 PM
Lovely paint work.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Blackwolf on May 11, 2022, 08:45:10 PM
Wonderful  :-*  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Codsticker on May 12, 2022, 04:28:01 AM
Love that chapel- really well done.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: levied troop on May 12, 2022, 06:52:45 AM
Very nice, love the Humiliation Marker especially lol
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Silent Invader on May 12, 2022, 07:01:27 AM
Thatís a great collection 8)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Captain Blood on May 12, 2022, 09:40:02 AM
Well, brilliant  :-*
Love what you've done with the Bloody Miniatures - that was fast work 8)

I'm contemplating doing a release of Bloody Scots - basically taking 16 of the existing range, and getting Nick to convert / adapt them with new heads in assorted bonnets, plus border plaids / cloaks, and some distinctive Scottish weapons like Jedburgh staves, Lochaber axes, etc.
Just need to try to figure out if they'd sell well enough to justify the investment in the sculpting work, production of new moulds etc.
But it is very tempting...  ::)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Friends of General Haig on May 12, 2022, 09:33:44 PM
Wow :o ! Those are stunning - lovely paint work and great dioramas created. Itís such a colourful and interesting part of the wars. Canít wait to see more of the collection. The massed ranks of MacDonalds look especially good 👍.

@Richard, I would certainly be tempted by some Bloody Scots. It seems a popular part of the period to me. Would be lovely to have some more gentrified highlanders in trews, and some real humblies with nothing but stones to throw. More beards, as well  :D.  Alba gu brath!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Romark on May 12, 2022, 09:58:41 PM
Lovely job on those minis  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Marine0846 on May 13, 2022, 01:26:13 AM
Love the plaids on the Scots.
Very well done.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Codsticker on May 13, 2022, 03:40:32 AM

Just need to try to figure out if they'd sell well enough to justify the investment in the sculpting work, production of new moulds etc.
But it is very tempting...  ::)
Well, you know I will buy two packs. :D
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: flags_of_war on May 13, 2022, 08:15:10 AM
Wow that is some job you have done with them. They look brilliant.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: valleyboy on May 14, 2022, 09:04:00 PM
Fantastic stuff Ben - really really good
What's the Jens WOTR range?
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Paul Richardson on May 15, 2022, 08:51:30 AM
Lovely work. Great painting and great use of figures. I really like the brownish tinge you've given the stone of the chapel - bang on, imho, for some stone buildings you find in parts of Scotland.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Mitchelxen on May 15, 2022, 12:37:37 PM
Excellent work!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Flodden1513 on May 16, 2022, 06:52:30 AM
Fantastic work all round , suitably muted colours and groundwork which is redolent of moorland. Really well done!

Bloody Miniatures Scots. Count me in Richard. Ideal for skirmish and big skirmish settings throughout the Three Kingdoms.

Scott
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: abu iskander on May 17, 2022, 12:40:25 AM
Thank you all very kindly, gentlemen. 

First off, I too would buy Bloody Montrose. As much as I've enjoyed the conversions, I'd love to see some of these guys in trews and kilts, etc. I'll be using Bloody exclusively for my forlorn hope elements, and have already done much of the conversion work upon what I have on hand, but count me in for the full series if you do go down that path, Richard. This range is amongst my favorites and I'll continue to support it.

Kerry -- Thanks and the Jens range is from here -- https://www.3dprintterrain.de (https://www.3dprintterrain.de)

And thanks to all of you who complimented the terrain and palette - I'm really trying to get the atmospherics dialed in!

A couple new additions....

Another Irish captain.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/974816632398557245/image0.jpg)

More hot Presbo action, though in need of a saltire.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/975910775589851146/image0.jpg)

Needed something for the cavalry to mark lost squadrons, so did a little greenstuff work and converted a WL plastic horse.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/956008692002721862/image0.jpg)

And here he is painted up.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/956696255164190770/image0.jpg)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s)
Post by: Furt on May 17, 2022, 03:52:07 AM
Brilliant work with the sculpting.  :-*

I must admit to double taking, having thought the dead horse had an extra leg!  :o
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: abu iskander on May 22, 2022, 08:59:35 PM
Thanks, Furt! Extra leg?? No idea what you're talking about...  lol

Here are the Captain's bases, assembled for each respective force. Still a few more of these to do, but for now all the regiments I've fielded have a commander. I'm now moving on to more of my Bloody conversions which will be the basis of my Forlorn Hope groups.

The Covenanters (saltires are placeholders as I await some more of the excellent Flags of War banners)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/978035276079304765/image0.jpg)

Montrose's force

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/978035276452622357/image1.jpg)

And a regiment of militia staged with their boss man.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/978035530421915728/image0.jpg)

Also, to give a sense of more of the rank and file, this is the frame gun battery. These were painted by my friend Rex, tho staged and based, etc. by myself. 

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/958100240177704970/image0.jpg)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Blackwolf on May 23, 2022, 02:12:04 AM
Beautiful  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: bluewillow on May 23, 2022, 03:02:40 AM
fabulous brush work, nice work on the sculpting of the dead horse too

cheers
Matt
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Silent Invader on May 23, 2022, 05:15:21 AM
Iím very much enjoying this project.  8)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on May 23, 2022, 08:04:51 AM
Superb stuff! Love the Mac Colla figure, with bodyguards, launching himself in to the fray.  :D
Also really like the guns - great looking battery with the mules etc.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Paul Richardson on May 23, 2022, 09:04:36 AM
Marvellous. I'm going to have to have a look at those Warlord guns.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Axebreaker on May 23, 2022, 06:40:58 PM
Excellent work all around! :-* I would hate to be on the wrong end of that artillery! :o

Christopher
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 May update]
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on May 24, 2022, 09:11:28 AM
I think the man with the sponge is going to have his work cut out using it on those narrow barrels!

Excellent work.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [5 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 05, 2022, 07:26:40 PM
Many thanks, all.  Been doing a bit of traveling, so just a small addition here.  I'm planning to field two 12 figure Forlorn Hope elements.  Here is the first batch for the Covenanters.  Some hat swaps, which entailed carelly removing the top of the heads to add bonnets and resculpt the hair as needed, then green stuffed some tartan on the other.  Eight more to go for these guys!

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/724591503111880725/983032676720201759/image0.jpg)

Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [5 June update]
Post by: majorsmith on June 05, 2022, 07:30:10 PM
Yeah they look fantastic!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [5 June update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on June 06, 2022, 08:25:11 AM
Beautiful paint work, Abu 👍.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [5 June update]
Post by: Captain Blood on June 06, 2022, 10:45:48 AM
Great work Ben. Love that green and yellow plaid  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [5 June update]
Post by: rumacara on June 06, 2022, 03:21:23 PM
Great painting. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 09, 2022, 05:05:33 PM
Thank you, all!  Grouped up the output of my last few sessions here. More lovely figures from the Captain, with some minor conversions here and there... the sinister Presbyterian was such good fun to take a brush to. Anyway, three of these guys left to go and I'll begin work on the Forlorn for the Montrose side.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/984502123981070346/image0.jpg)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/984502124408868904/image1.jpg)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Captain Blood on June 09, 2022, 05:12:34 PM
Top job once again Ben  :-*

The one in the middle at the top looks rather like Gordon Brown, well known Scot, and somewhat shortlived British Prime Minister  lol

Lovely paintwork on the plaids as well.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Silent Invader on June 09, 2022, 06:01:50 PM
Outstanding. Am really enjoying what youíre doing.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: majorsmith on June 09, 2022, 09:31:46 PM
These are fantastic!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Blackwolf on June 09, 2022, 10:27:09 PM
Lovely  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on June 10, 2022, 07:18:21 AM
Wonderful!  Love the plaid, as the Captain says, and also the sinister looking Minister  :o .
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: traveller on June 10, 2022, 07:36:31 AM
WOW! I will use these as painting guides  ;) :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 15, 2022, 07:49:02 PM
Cheers, all - thank you kindly.

Finally managed to get the last of three figures done for this group. Here they are, and below them, I've assembled them into crew that will serve as my Forlorn Hope for the Covenanters.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/986716700563091586/image0.jpg)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/986716793244647534/image0.jpg)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: rumacara on June 15, 2022, 08:12:49 PM
Great work on those. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Furt on June 15, 2022, 08:54:30 PM
These are all superb!  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Curassier on June 15, 2022, 09:18:12 PM
Gorgeous work. love the groupings/command bases.
Could we see a glimpse of how you are organising your full units ?
Thanks
JM
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: Captain Blood on June 15, 2022, 10:46:15 PM
Beautiful paintwork Ben  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [15 June update]
Post by: has.been on June 16, 2022, 04:26:04 AM
Quote
I've assembled them into crew that will serve as my Forlorn Hope for the Covenanters.

They look great, though I always preferred the French term (for Forlorn Hope)
i.e. L'Enfant Perdu (Lost Children). Apologies if my French is incorrect. :)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [15 June update]
Post by: Silent Invader on June 16, 2022, 08:09:04 AM
Great work - inspiring 8)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [15 June update]
Post by: bigredbat on June 16, 2022, 08:09:55 AM
Lovely painting!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [9 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 16, 2022, 03:24:25 PM
Many thanks, gentlemen.

Curassier - In an effort to give this project a certain grand manner atmosphere, I've gone with 4 stands (~4x3) with 2 similar bases of pike as the basis for my foote elements. (I should note that all these figures were painted for me by my friend Rex)

Some in-progress Irish

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/965375096057380924/image0.jpg)

And some Covenanter militia.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/917442768790487120/image0.jpg)

My horse squadrons are 8 stands of 3 figures like these Gordons in progress:

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/714803796773175328/978015986009636934/image0.jpg)


Gorgeous work. love the groupings/command bases.
Could we see a glimpse of how you are organising your full units ?
Thanks
JM
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [15 June update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on June 16, 2022, 05:13:05 PM
The all look fabulous, Abu👍. Top painting by your mate, and I especially like the Warlord Montrose Irish.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [15 June update]
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 18, 2022, 04:51:20 PM
Great collection.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 23, 2022, 12:39:41 AM
Many thanks to you both!

Began to make some progress with les infants perdus for the Montrose side.  The duelists, of course, from Captain Blood and a highland type from elsewhere (face was a bit iffy on an otherwise nice casting).

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/989321984934543421/image0.jpg)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: Silent Invader on June 23, 2022, 03:46:13 AM
That plaid is a thing of beauty
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on June 23, 2022, 07:37:47 AM
Theyíre lovely, Abu 👍. I agree that the plaid is particularly fine.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: Captain Blood on June 23, 2022, 08:40:10 AM
Brilliant colour choices on the two Bloody gentlemen, Ben, and great work on the plaid  :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: has.been on June 23, 2022, 08:52:01 AM
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face was a bit iffy
I see what you mean. How about a Greenstuff/milliput tash?
and yes the plaid is wonderful.
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: rumacara on June 23, 2022, 10:07:41 AM
Great painting specially the plaid. :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: Elk101 on June 25, 2022, 08:25:27 AM
Marvellous work!
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: valleyboy on June 25, 2022, 08:54:58 PM
that plaid is superb and might get stolen for my Footsore medieval Welsh army!
Did you use a source or just make it up?
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [22 June update]
Post by: abu iskander on June 26, 2022, 03:02:25 PM
Thank you all most kindly, gentlemen.

Here's my next batch of les infants perdus for the Montrose side. And a shot of the crew so far. Five more to go...  Kerry - I've loosely sourced most or all of the tartans depicted. I've been reading Buchan's bio of Montrose and have used as references the place names where stopped after his initial landing with Black Pate on their recruiting drive. Or have internet searched "MacDonald 17th century tartan" or something similar. The big belted plaid is one of those, or close as I could paint it anyway...

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/990630415062675476/image0.jpg)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/723216803869753404/990630415641493574/image1.jpg)

that plaid is superb and might get stolen for my Footsore medieval Welsh army!
Did you use a source or just make it up?
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [26 June update]
Post by: Romark on June 26, 2022, 03:11:47 PM
Yep,they look great 👍
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [26 June update]
Post by: Friends of General Haig on June 26, 2022, 06:52:56 PM
More superb additions.  Alba gu brŗth!  8)
Title: Re: Montrose: First Blood(s) [26 June update]
Post by: Captain Brown on June 30, 2022, 04:28:16 PM
Nice work abu iskander.

Cheers,

CB