Jewel of July – Extended through August. Plus a Sextet of Reiksgard Foot Knights with Greatswords

Reiksgard Foot Knights with Greatswords

So the main point of this post is to let our little community know that the Jewel of July painting challenge has been extended through to the end of August this year. Why? Well, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with some real life business in the last almost-three weeks that have kept me from working on the more finely-detailed models in my collection (remember, there’s usually a lag – sometimes a decent sized one between when things get finished and when they get posted up.) Anyway, this has meant that my main focus has been on simpler models that don’t have the amount of fine detail or require the same amount of care – so D&D boardgame models, terrain pieces (which dovetail nicely with Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge!) and even simple-paintjob simple models like these.

There are only three models left on “The Tray”, but two of them require fine tattoos, and one requires some cardboard cut, patterning and gluing and painting and… well, they’ll all three have to wait a litlte bit longer. I’ve also got a pair of models picked out as my “Tray Finished: Reward” models, but I haven’t been able to do much on those either. Hopefully the extension to August will let me get something more apt completed for The Jewel of July. I mean, the Assassins and several other models can count, but I’d also like to do something specifically for it as well.

Anyway, we have here six more identical Reiksgard models. I found a bunch of them, with many needing to be stripped in a baggie, and these ones were first in line. They were destined for Tray #2 regardless, so I’m good with having painted them already. They took less than 25 hours for the paint once I got going (after stripping, basing, adding sand – all of which were done awhile back in June). I do still have even more Reiksgard to paint, though at least the others are different poses…

Reiksgard Foot Knight Commanders

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

More Reiksgard Foot Knights today. I couldn’t find refernces to either of these two in the catalogues up to 2000, and due to the slight difference in stature and style between the two of them I suspect that they were released as part of different waves, or if the same wave, two different sculptors. Either way, these two are different enough from my other Reiksgard models that I decided that they could be a pair of Sarjeants as my numbers of painted Reiksgard slowly increase.

– edit: Thanks to Fredrik for letting me know that the Knight with the Morningstar is from Marauder Miniatures’ range of MM65 Reiksgard Knights, sculpted by Aly and Trish Morrison (Carden), released in 1993. The Halberd-armed Knight is “Hero with Halberd 2” from the Empire Command Groups, circa 1992). Both models quite a bit older than I expected, though I wasn’t especially interested in Empire back in those days as I was more into the fantastical and sci-fi stuff, so it does make sense that I’d have glossed over them.

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

These were actually painted up early last month (June) but I forgot to photograph them until the other day, as they were sitting around with the other painted Reiksgard, and I just assumed I’d already posted them. That was until I posted the Sigmarite Warrior Priest the other day and was looking for the post with these two in it to refer to, as the model with Morningstar and Shield was the one I’d been proxying as my Cleric through the D&D Boardgame campaign until the WP was completed. And, well, I couldn’t find this post, or the photos, since neither has been created yet!

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

Paint-wise, there’s nothing amazingly revelatory going on here. I did use a variety of reds in order to try to define the different textures of cloth, feather and leather. A touch of green to contrast as a spot colour on the two of them.

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

And finally a group shot of them alongside their charges. Since painting these, I even found a baggie with even more of these things inside. So I’ve now got another 5 Reiksgard – stripped, based and sprayed, ready for a fast paintjob in the next Tray. Once I finish that, I’ll fish out another half-dozen or so…