I thought i'd offer a sneak peak at my progress with the unit of Gentlemen Pensioners, so far I have 2 done with 2 to go. They are a small unit but very highly detailed, I have done a fair amount of research and pulled out all the stops to get these right.
Whilst painting I have had a number of pictorial references at my disposal much helped by my painting desk. I generally take it for granted but thought I'd share it as it really has been useful of late.
It's an IKEA 'Vika' desk combination, the feature that really helps is the raised glass top with room to slide reference material underneath which is great as books remain flat and don't get splashed with paint or water,plus you can leave the material there when you're not working (this is a bonus for cat owners such as I !)
I also mix paint on the glass which wipes off easily. There are a number of lid and leg combinations, it really is an excellent addition to the painting armoury.
So, reference material close to hand here's the present WIP, a fully caparisoned horse with decorative damask covering.
The image on the right is fully painted in the shade colours and the image on the left is the other side in progress. For the damask designs a trawl of google images has helped, below is a sample sheet which I have utilised for this horse, feel free to use it or see what you can find yourself, there are a lot of designs and stencils out there.
Have I mentioned damask enough? it took me a while to realise that that was the name for the type of patterns favoured by Gendarmes on their barding and clothing (I might be a painter but i'm no decorator !) and once I did realise it was quite a find so damask damask damask!
The unit should be finished soon, I've left the most detailed riders until last, I'm beginning to wish I started with them first !
P.S. I hope the new look blog is to your liking, it has been a bit of a distraction from fiddly painting!