Saturday, 25 March 2017

Richard III and Sir Percival Thirlwall painting


After DSC's comment in my previous post on this painting, (See link below) I thought I should add the crown to Richards Sallet. 
Richard III and Sir Percival Thirlwall




To see more pics of this and  my other R III paintings click the link below.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Agincourt in miniature

Earlier I posted some very interesting paper knights made by Zio Prudenzio. At the time I was unable to find a link to these lovely and accurate kits.

Well, I have found a link and anyone who would like to have a go at making these kits should follow this link. It will take you to the home page and the knights are in the soldier section. click on the period you want and the kits should appear. To download the PDF's  you have to click on the tiny red arrow above each photograph. (some pics are now missing but the download should still be available. If you are diverted wait a couple of seconds and the pdf should appear, then just go to the top right and click on the download arrow.

Below is the Link to Zio's Paper kits.


In all there are 14 English knights some mounted or standing, 8 different archers and 9 different types of foot soldier including artillery.  44 French mounted or standing knights and 9 different types of common soldier including crossbowmen and artillery.



Although the key components and method of construction is primarily the same throughout, each figure is different and if you consider the endless poses available there is no reason why a very large battle scene should not be made up.


Although I have no pictures Zio also made a considerable number of 14th C knights and various other period figure kits (all can be seen and downloaded on the site above).


Please do take a look, If you like these photo's  you wont be disappointed


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Agincourt and The Paper knights


(Addition to blog). Since I posted this blog I have found a link to Zio's paper kits. Find it here

As some of you will know by know I am, amongst other things, a keen (but amateur) modeller.  I have always had a liking for making things out of card and paper, so when I came across the Papermau website I found it fascinating. 

Amongst the trains, cars, and spaceships a small picture of Sir John Codrington appeared before my eyes. Sir John was Henry V's standard bearer at the battle of Agincourt and to see him made from paper (On horseback) was irresistible. I clicked on the link and, behold, A set of English knights and men at arms came up. 
  

I soon discovered that the site was owned by Fabrizio Prudenziati 1946-2014. Fabrizio had developed dozens of English and French knights and men-at-arms in kit form that could, (for a small  donation) be downloaded and printed off.

On his website can be found stunning paper cars, planes, trains and ships, and a fantastic castle, all made by Fabrizio. His kits are a joy to make and it is a great shame that he is no longer with us. 

Models from other periods are also covered and very nice kits of Richard the lion heart, Bertrand du Guesclin and knights from the siege of Castruccio 1325 can be found. Not content to stick with the medieval Fabrizio also made kits of Napolionic soldiers and soldiers from the Zulu wars. 



The two things I enjoy most (medieval armour and paper modelling) . I soon started making my first two models. Henry V and Sir John Codrington.

The kits printed off beautifully in full colour and I used slightly thicker drawing paper rather than the usual thin photocopy paper.  


The kits go together with some fiddling but I soon got the hang of how to role the paper and glue it. Before long quite a large little band of brothers was achieved. 


Archers, Gunners and Bill-men added to the scene and the coats of arms on each knight were outstanding. 





Knights could be made standing or mounted on a horse with correctly emblazoned comparison.


The French knights also had fantastic detail and each had differing details such as sword belts and helmets.




Henry V was a fantastic kit but I couldn't resist adding a little extra in the form of different shield and saddle. These were easily made by printing my own artwork to the same scale.


The faces of each knight had individual expressions and Sir Thomas Erpingham who lead the archers had his distinctive white beard,  



These lovely little models that stand around 15cm tall are fantastic and with simple tools and glue could be made into a stunning diorama. 

It is a shame that Fabrizio is no longer with us 


But his models live on. 

To read more about Fabrizio click link to the Papermau site below