So over the weekend I finally got around to painting John Harper’s Bretonnian knight for his planned army of individual knights. He plans to get one knight painted by a different person and build up a really unique and cool army that has a lot of personal history. Really loved this idea that each of his friends contribute a single knight painted in a unique colour scheme and jumped on board!
I decided to try something completely different and go with a Charles Rennie MacKintosh (CRM)themed knight dubbed: “Ser Charles La Renne MacKintosh, The Rose of the West”. I’m a huge fan of CRM’s work (went to the Glasgow School of Art and my wedding will be at the House of an Art Lover) so thought this model was a great chance to do a one off something different. Straight up, I am shocking at free hand so this was a real challenge for me and it is not that great imo but from arms length I think the model looks great.
I had a look for some CRM designs online to get inspiration (below) and sketched out the design a few times and 5x scale to get the feel of it before committing paint and brush to model. Some work in progress shots below. Really actually enjoyed painting this and made me think given (A LOT of) practise I would love to paint a Bret army with subtle variations on this design and colouring, it would be totally unique. The CRM designs really lend themselves to Medieval heraldry and fabric work as they are so simple but equally colour ful.
Anyway please let me know what you think as it is something well out of my comfort zone!