Monday, 29 October 2012

European knight (and a tech tip)

Some pictures of the first metal figure which I painted a while ago. It's the European Knight / crusader in Holy Land from the Korean manufacturer 'Seil Models'. The figure is of a high quality, the fit is excellent and a piece of ground was included, all the things one expects from a high quality metal figure. A bonus was a photo etched plate the 'Crusader in Holy land 12 - 13th century'. The figure also comes with two heads, one wearing a great helmet an other without a helmet on. A separate helmet in included making this version. The only downside was that the feet of the figure didn't fall in exactly the right place on the base but this can be overcome with some putty (which I didn't use at the time) Unfortunately Seil Models is bankrupt but Historex Agents still has a few items for sale.

'Tech tip': I panted mine as on the box. First I primed the figure with white primer from 'games workshop' and after that painted the uniform white to get a good covering layer of paint. I masked the figure with 'magic tape':

That's right, simple tape available in good and less good office supply stores and supermarkets. The glue on this paint is not very strong making is ideal as an masking tape. It won't stretch like 'professional model makers tape' however. This can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you want to mask. After this I brush painted the blue area's with revell's 36154 matt 'blue'. I removed the tape when the paint was dry and sanded the upstanding paint edges that form at the side of the tape away. I repainted that area very carefully when needed. What I do now is removing the tape while the paint still dries but doesn't flow so easily anymore. The result looks like this:
I can recommend this figure but unfortunately it is difficult if not impossible to find. Seil Models offered quite a nice range of figures with quite some of them in action full poses which I really liked, it's really to bad the company is bust. Especially since they offered a sound product of high quality.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, good work with the knight. I like the colors you painted it.