The wargamer and miniature collector in me noticed a problem. Viking ancestors? Got them. Normans? Loads of them. Irish? Uh oh, nothing there. I had a few random Crusader Irish from a grab bag purchase, so to fill out a small warband I ordered some extra packs from Age of Glory. They are a good source of Crusader Miniatures in the U.S., and my order arrived within a week.
I don't rate myself as a top painter by any means, but some of my students interested in gaming and miniatures have asked about how I paint, so here is a summary of the process:
First step is priming. Testors white primer if I am painting lots of flesh tones and fabric, black if I am painting chainmail and fur.
Block painted. I would like to say that I always think about selecting a color palette for a unit to create visual cohesion, but I am more intuitive than that. I try to think of colors and patterns that are historically appropriate yet visually appealing.
Washing and shading. I generally apply a sepia wash to whites, yellows and tan colors, and mix a darker shade on colors like reds, greens and blues.
Highlighting, fabric patterns and eyes
Glued onto circular bases. I then add a mix of white glue and sand or railroad ballast.
Bases with static grass and Army Painter grass clumps.