Dear Friends
At last we have here a new creation of mine, and not an old sin this time!
This 54mm scratch built vignette shows three worn out, tired and starved crusaders on their way to the holy city in 1099 during the first crusade.
Their clothes are worn out and ragged, they have walked hundreds of miles in hostile territories, fought several battles, still they march on to the holy city...
I focused on achieving a dusty and dirty appearance and faded and worn look of the clothes, same for the iron helmets and ring mail. Lots of different earth tones, warm brown ones, were added throughout the painting. Really interesting to use colors to add the final touch to you have been sculpting. No pastels were used, I prefer to paint everything as it gives me total control of the shading and highlighting.
Note also that there hardly any cool colors here, all to maintain the feel of the climate and environment.
Had lots of fun doing this vignette. Well maybe, with the exception of sculpting ring mail... !
Mike
  • Theodoros Giannakopoulos

    The combination of the figures, their face expression, their clothing and gear, their tight arrangement on the base, is giving us a strong impression.
    Great vignette in its simplicity !

  • FrankyPLUS

    We feel the hot ambiance with the tired faces
    Thanks for giving photos of the sculptures before painting : interesting to appreciate the work

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"PLUS

    another masterpiece. here is some gold for that fair crusaders.

  • PhilippePLUS

    Great vignette!

    • Mike Blank

      Thank you so much!!!
      Mike

  • Steve Jourdain

    Or!!!

    • Mike Blank

      Merci beaucoup!!!
      Mike

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    Masterpiece !

    • Mike Blank

      Merci mon ami!!!
      Mike

  • Aksel ”Axefacepaints” Olsson

    Fantastic! Gold!

    • Mike Blank

      Thanks my friend!!!
      Mike

    • Mike Blank

      Thanks!!!
      Mike

  • WojciechBober72

    Złoto!

    • Mike Blank

      Thanks!!!
      Mike

  • scott a shalterPLUS

    Nicely done all around!

  • Laurent

    Sublime comme toujours.
    Gold