|House Martell warhorse, work-in-progress|
|Warhorse awaits the freehand heraldry of House Martel|
|Front and back views of the work-in-progress House Martell warhorse|
As with the other knights in this personal Game of Thrones project, the warhorse's caparison awaits the freehand painting of it's noble house's heraldry. In this case, it's a spear through a sun for House Martell. As I am currently viewing freehand clothing pattern painting tutorials, every cloth that doesn't have repetitive freehand patterns look 'naked' to me now. However, I have no plans to paint such designs on the caparison. If I did it on this warhorse I would have to go back to all the others I have finished and paint repetitive freehand designs on them. Too much work to be even considered!
|Orange hues on the caparison were painted using Vallejo Model Color acrylic paints|
|Green grass near the warhorse's hooves provide vivid contrast to the orange hues|
Paints used to achieve the orange hues on the warhorse comprised solely of Vallejo Model Color stuff, specifically Scarlet, Orange Red, Light Orange and Deep Yellow. A more vivid contrast was achieved by painting the grass near the warhorse's hooves a bright green while the yellow reins provided a more 'harmonious blend' to the orange colour scheme. Both the greens and yellows were painted using Citadel acrylic paints as were the leather straps ans silver bits on the warhorse.
|Warhorse is still missing its yet-to-be painted knight in shining armour|
|Blending and layering of paints to try and achieve smooth shadow-to-highlight transitions|
Ironically, my head was filled with orange and yellow hues courtesy of the latest book - Fahrenheit 491 by Ray Bradbury - I had finished, not unlike having one's thoughts being run through an orange/yellow filter. This classic dystopian novel depicts a world in which possession of books is illegal and the story primarily revolves around a 'fireman' which burns books. It's a relatively short read and one worth delving into. Finishing two short books in quick succession (the other being Lisa Genova's Still Alice) has kinda freshened up my mind and I now feel mentally invigorated enough to pick up where I left off in Book Four of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. A touch fitting perhaps as my work on the House Martell knight and warhorse gathers pace.