Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Painting Challenge: Renaissance Churchmen

I have entered Curt's Annual Painting Challenge, including a side duel with Curt himself to paint the most points of Italian Wars Figures.  I set my bar at 800 points before the end date of March 20th (the spring solstice).  That works out to 160 28mm foot figures or 80 cavalry figures in the next 3 months, so I've got my work cut out for me.

With final exams and Christmas out of the way, I've finally been able to put paintbrush to figure for this year's challenge.  First up for me is this set of 4 clergy for my Italian Wars Duel with Curt, using metal figures from the Perry's.  These are lovely figures with lots of character and detail, two mounted and two figures on foot.  The mounted figures are one piece castings. Interestingly while the priest gets a fine piece of horseflesh, the Cardinal gets a lowly mule to ride, albeit a very well dressed mule.

I had to do a bit of online research re costumes here, and hope I got things right.  I could have delved deeper into Catholic regalia but feared I might be drawn to the Darkside (mandatory snarky Anglican comment now out of the way).  Renaissance art is a great source of reference material, as were these guys.

I bet you didn't see that coming did you?
English parents have been scaring their kids to sleep with images like this since 1588!

Paint wise, the challenge was the rather unicolour clothing.  I wanted it to look like lush fabric with deep folds and went with multiple washes over a base coat, followed up by highlighting on the ridges.    For instance, the black robes have a base coat of Paynes Grey (actually a deep indigo blue, almost black), washed with Carbon Black.  The reds are scarlet washes first with Deep Red, then with Burnt Umber and the highlighted in scarlet.  I use Liquidtex acrylics, I am sure that there are GW paints named for bodily functions in similar hues.  I suggest that Arterial Bloodspray, Bloody Booger and Troll Poop should do the trick.

I expect that my army commanders will be happy to see the back of this lot!

Period images show the hood with and without the white fur lining, so I added it to the mounted figure.  It gave the Cardinal on foot too much of a Santa Claus look so I removed it.

You can't do Renaissance Italy without conniving Churchmen, and these four should come in handy for scenarios as messengers, objects for kidnapping, unwelcome "assistance" etc.


  1. I think those paint names are more likely to be found in the range from Secret Weapon. I do know that one of their washes is called "Baby Poop".

    Nice work on these clergymen :)

    1. I'm close to two decades from changing diapers, but that it a vivid colour reference. Thanks, Peter

  2. Fantastic stuff Peter. I've not seen those minis before, but they've certainly attracted my attention with your paint-jobs; especially the cardinals. Your red is absolutely lush and that's a great depth you've managed on the black too. I'm looking forward to seeing how your challenge with Curt goes - as it'll hopefully distract him from his side-bet with me and the most "pulp" minis he paints ;-)

    1. Gee and I was hoping pulp would distract Curt from the Renaissance. Truth is I think he's spread very thin with the number of challenges he's entered. Clergymen wouldn't be out of place in a pulp game..
      Cheers, PD

  3. Wonderful, I certainly didn't see that coming!