Standard bearers are probably the most time consuming models in a regiment, and this one was no exception.
|Chronicon Helvetiae Part I - Page 230|
The emblem of the BlackHorns clan being the famous auroch of the Grey Moutains, I've searched for inspiration in the existing banners of the Canton of Uri (left: Sempach banner, 1386 - right: Julius banner,1512)...
... and finally used as a starting point the coat of arms of the Warhammer Ostland :)
Painting on curved surfaces while keeping the proportions can be tricky sometimes. Below a few pictures (shot with my smartphone, a little bit dark I'm afraid) showing how I have processed:
- Copy the model on a square paper;
- Draw a grid on the flag (based in white);
- Draft the silhouette, using some reference points on the grid;
- Fill the silhouette;
- Clean the messy paint strokes and the grid with several layers of the basecoat (here Vallejo Model Color Filthy Brown)
Still a few additional hours to spend on shadows, highlights, and all the tiny little details (the tongue I had initially forgotten). And you're done!
The back is far less glorious :p
Another idea I found in the illustrated chronicles Luzerne Schilling:
|Luzerne Schilling - Page 123|
These naked hairy men are "woodwoses" or wild men of the woods, and they were sometimes used in medieval representations to present coats of arms (in our case, Lucerne and Uri). Anyway, these beards tinted in the colors of the Cantons is a nice touch I had to try... with mitigated results I would say.
Next post, I'll show you the other models painted for the BlackHorns clan.