Thursday, 20 October 2016

House Martell Knight & Warhorse [Completed]

At last after what seems like an eternity, the House Martell Knight and Warhorse is complete. It took me a while to get over the creative block hindering its progress i.e. deciding what heraldic image I wanted on the sides of the warhorse caparison. Check out the photos below for the finished project.

House Martell Knight and Warhorse [Completed]
A Games Workshop Bretonnian Knight miniature was used for this paint job conversion project

Main colour scheme comprised analogous hues such as yellow-orange, yellow and yellow green. Things were intentionally kept as simple as possible in keeping with the other knights/warhorses in this Game of Thrones miniature painting project as can be seen in the very last photo of this post. 

Analogous colour scheme comprising yellow-orange, yellow and yellow-green
Back view of the House Martell Knight and Warhorse
Freehand painting of the sand snakes were meant to complement the 'curvy' nature of the miniature

In assembling the Games Workshop Bretonnian knight for use as a House Martell knight/warhorse proxy, I tried to include parts that had elements of a curve in it. Initially, this was to tie in with the eight bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell so if you think about it, it was actually a no-brainer to use a snake design as the freehand painting subject. Its just that I wasn't too happy about the type of snake design to put on the warhorse caparison before finally settling on the one you see here.

Each and every part during the assembly process was chosen with curves in mind ...
... curves ... sand snakes ... dynamic motion ... you get the idea
Front view of the House Martell Knight and Warhorse

360 view of the House Martell Knight on a Warhorse
For a 360 degree view of the House Martell Knight and Warhorse - essentially a Bretonnian Knight painted in the colours of a noble house in the land of Westeros as described in the Game of Thrones books - please see the YouTube video below. For other videos, please visit my YouTube channel FourEyedMonster Miniatures. Be sure to choose the high definition (HD) option for the best view.


My painting skills have improved a little to the extent that I might be more comfortable attempting to paint freehand motifs on the warhorse caparison. Unfortunately that's something I cannot do in this project because the other warhorses in my Game of Thrones project only have four large heraldic images on their sides. Doing small repetitive designs on the whole caparison now would make the newcomer to the bunch completely out of place. Freehand motifs will have to wait for another day.   

Other knights of Westeros from left to right: House Arryn, Baratheon, Lannister and Clegane

With the completion of the House Martell Knight and Warhorse, I'm left with only three more miniatures from the Games Workshop Bretonnian Knight set. Two are already spoken for i.e. House Stark and House Targaryen so that leaves one more 'lesser' noble house of Westeros that I can paint. With House Tyrell practically wiped out and House Greyjoy warriors more comfortable in the sea than land, that leaves me with two very minor houses with larger-than-life characters. It's a toss-up between Brienne of House Tarth and Lady Lyanna of House Mormont. Decisions, decisions.

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18 comments:

  1. Wow, spectacular and impressive colors on this one, he looks superb with splendid details...and you've got an outstanding collection now!

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    1. Thank you very much Phil. I'm glad I started doing this project as the whole is going to look better than its separate parts.

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  2. Just sensational, some of your best work to date.

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    1. Much appreciated Michael. It's the combined whole that makes the project look better than it is. :)

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  3. Fantastic paint-job ! I'm not a fan of orange , but this looks incredible. Greetings

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    1. Thanks Mario. Orange by itself isn't very nice but when paired with blue or green, can look awesome!

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  4. Looking awesome! The snake design looks great.

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    1. Thanks Snake88 ... it took me a long time to finally decide on this design but I guess it turned out ok.

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  5. That is a sweet collection and i love the saturation of the colors! Pop! Pop! Pop! So much eye candy!

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    1. Many thanks Zab. :) Hopefully the next one will not only pop but also crackle and snap! LOL ;)

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  6. So great! The colours look so sweet, you certainly raised your own bar up (again!)

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    1. Thanks so much Suber :) Hopefully the aforementioned bar still have a long way up to go. ^_^

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  7. Absolutely awesome! That orange is just brilliant and the dragon heraldry came out superb.

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    1. Very much appreciated Moiterei ... thank you!

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  8. Stunning orange it is very vibrant and smooth. Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Simon ... gotta love them Vallejos. The are making smooth transitions so easy.

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