Friday, December 11, 2015

Almoravid Berbers


I've finally got around to starting my Impetus Almoravid army to of course provide opposition for my  El Cid army.  My Caballeros were tired of sitting around a table throwing dice waiting for somebody to fight.

This was my test regiment consisting of Berber spear supported by archers. The figures are a mix of Gripping Beast, Artizan and Musketeer(Footsore) miniatures. I wanted my Almoravids to have a fairly strong contrast to my slightly colourful Spanish so I went for a very sombre low key look to reflect the dour and strict mindset of the Almoravids. I did this by choosing very earthy natural colours of  creams with shades of brown and then adding some black and white in the mix. Lastly I choose a dark green as a both an army unifier and a contrasting colour that wasn't too strong. The shields I also kept very minimalistic in keeping with my theme. Like my El Cid army I used ap with highlights added. All shields and the banner were painted by myself.

So far things are going to plan which has motivated me to moving more units on to the painting table and getting prepared for painting later this month. I'm happy I finally started the project as it's been too long!

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Gripping Beast, Artizan, Musketeer(Footsore)

  

52 comments :

  1. what a great result !
    they are absolutly fabulous!
    the mix of your brushwork, the quality of the sculpting, and the basing are top notch!

    I need to paint something like that!
    you are a vile instigator of new projects on my paintdesk ;-)

    All the best.

    thefrenchjester " the weak follower;-)"

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    1. Thank you very much TFJ very kind! I'm always doing my best to push new products on folks!>:-)

      Christopher

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  2. Nice work.

    They remind me very much of Brian Phillips work. Is he an influence on your painting?

    Still, no bad thing to be compared to the expert brushwork of Brian.

    Darrell

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    1. Thanks Darrell. Perhaps Brian Phillips did influence me as I gather influence from books, wargaming material etc. I wrote down a vague plan years ago when I started the El Cid project so I don't exactly remember how I decided. Could you give me a link please to some of Brian Phillips Moors as I can't seem to find one.

      Christopher

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    2. He had an influence on me too as when I was living in Scotland he was quite a close friend. I picked up all sorts of hints and 'tricks' from him and he always supported any painter with gusto. The man has a real passion for painting shiny toys :>)

      Darrell.

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    3. Sounds good could you please give me a link to his Moors as I would like to see if there is a resemblance to my own. I'm curious if his perhaps inspired my own. Thank you.

      Christopher

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  3. Beautiful brushwork Christopher!

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  4. What an amazing job, congrats, details are outstanding!

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  5. Ah, these are excellent, Christopher! Great figures, great composition and basing, and expert brushwork. Outstanding! I want to see more of this project.

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    1. Thank you very much Jonathan and more units are on the way!

      Christopher

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  6. Wow! Absolutely beautiful painting, Christopher.
    Very impressed!
    Phil

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    1. Thank you very much Phil I appreciate the support!

      Christopher

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  7. Great colours, great work Christopher!

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  8. Great looking figures. They suit the muted colour scheme

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  9. Superb. An impressive start to what looks to be an impressive army. Inspirational as well, I really must base those spearmen I have sitting waiting.
    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you very much Ross and indeed you should get on those spearmen!

      Christopher

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  10. What a superb combination of the different shades of brown, khaki, white mixed with green. I love this style.

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  11. They're absolutely gorgeous Christopher. Despite the deliberately muted palette you've managed to make them really pop. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thank you very much Michael! I should have some more fairly soon!

      Christopher

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  12. Love it. Cohesion, yet each is distinct. Really nice work on these.

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  13. These look fantastic Christopher. The colour scheme is excellent and the white of the Iman is a wonderful contrast. Are these based for Impetus?

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    1. Thank you very much Carlo! They are indeed based for Impetus.

      Christopher

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  14. Beautiful Almoravids Christopher! The mix of ranges and subdued colours are really striking.

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  15. Lovely looking unit Christopher. A great start to your Almoravids. Will be watching how this army progresses with interest.

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  16. Gorgeous figures Christopher, the colours of the clothing and the basing just all comes together!

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  17. Superb work - you've really captured the potential of the Impetus basing! Awesome stuff :)

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  18. Marvelous! - Great to see historical colours used on these awesome painted figures - lovely basing too!

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  19. Hello Christopher,
    Superb unit !!!!
    Nikko

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  20. Christoper, I've always adored your El Cid project. This is fabulous and the palettes spot on!

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  21. Superb work Christopher! The colour scheme works very well indeed.

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  22. A wonderful choice of colours and the green contrasts well against the browns. Finished off with great basing.

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    1. Thank you very much Pat I appreciate your support.

      Christopher

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  23. Wow.... did this actualy happen? Did I actualy miss this?
    Great painting Chris! I'm especialy taken by your combination of greens and browns which I somehow wouldn't have thought of myself. The flag is ace and you definitely have to tell me your recipe for the wooden shields when I come over next time.

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    1. Thank you very much and no worries Nick it's not easy keeping up with all blog posts!:-) I'd be more then happy to give you the wood recipe.

      Christopher

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