Monday, 18 November 2013

WIP French Crossbowmen II

I was going to wait until these figures were integrated with some others and based before I revealed them but considered them worthy of their own post as quite a bit of work went into them.

The figures are from the Perry mercenaries boxed set and pretty much assembled straight out of the box but with a mind for sculpting. All were inspired by a single image of from a contemporary tapestry of 1513 depicting a French crossbowman defending the walls of Dijon;

It's been a while since I had last had a foray with some green stuff so I thought this a good opportunity to have a go and see what I could come up with. These guys are loose interpretations with this image as a starting point. In fact, none of them wear a woolen hat so there's still plenty of scope for some more. I'll probably have a go at some pike to beef up the Therouanne garrison figures I have.

These earlier WIP photographs show where i've made some additions;

They were relatively easy sculpts but they did require a bit of thought and patience; each arm was sculpted in a separate sitting so that the detail wasn't squashed or obscured as I worked.

In addition to the above image I also scoured various woodcuts and re-enactor photographs for some extra help as to how cloth would sit or move.

Here are a few individual shots;

I'm quite pleased with the way they've turned out, quite a simple step to pulling the figures into the early 1500's which I think i'll repeat.

Bye for now.

P.S. there's a nice meaty blog post on its way in a couple of weeks :)



  1. Another masterful set of conversions. That last figure looks especially natural.

  2. great stuff! now i want some more crossbowmen!

  3. Fantastic, great paintjob and a stunning work with the faces, absolutly stunning!

  4. Great conversions! Wish i could do likewise with that sticky green stuff!

  5. Stunning work Stuart! You are a very talanted painter!

    Greate article in the latest WI by you, thanks!

  6. Great stuff, really fit the early 1500s well with green stuff additions.

  7. I don't often comment because it always seems superfluous, but this last batch can't pass without notice. Superb work on both the modelling and the painting front. The animation and the colours are perfectly natural. Lovely work.