Franceso Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro

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Franceso Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro

Post by Atheling » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:40 am

I thought that some of you might be interested in this vignette that I have been working personally between frenzied bouts painting for others of on of late.

It is the famous but doomed charge of Francesco II Gonzaga Marquis of Mantua against the nobility of France at the Battle of Fornovo 1495, that marked the beginning of The Italian Wars.

There are many more pics on my blog, but here is a taster just for now:

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Thanks for taking a look and as I said, if you want to see more then take a peek at my blog:

http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2014 ... te_15.html

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Post by obriendavid » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:33 am

Very nice paint job as I would expect from you Darrell, I especially love how you have modelled and painted the water.
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Post by yar68 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:06 pm

Ooooo that looks excellent!!!
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Post by PaulMc » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:45 pm

Absolutely superb Darrell, the splash effects are brilliant. :D
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Post by Prince Henry » Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:52 am

Beautiful!
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Post by Atheling » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:43 am

Thanks for the kind words guys- appreciated as always 8) .

Now then, who is going to spur me on to completing the French army of Charles VIII and Francesco's League of Venice?!?! :)

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Post by chema1986 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:49 am

What a stunning paintjob! I love it.
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Post by barr7430 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:59 am

This is a gem Darrell. Absolutely lovely.
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Post by kiwipeterh » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:23 am

Absolutely wonderful water. And the rest isn't too shabby either! :lol:

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Post by Atheling » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:03 am

Heartfelt thanks to all for the positive comments, I was quite ill for a while (one major thing followed another!) but I'm settled and back to work now.
Your kind words have given me the confidence to continue in mu bold efforts 8) .

For those of you that have commented on the water, this is how I did it:

The first thing I did was to paint the base with suitable brown-ey green colours. At this stage it looks a bit naff and I was wondering what the hell I could do to get the water frothing effect. It took a few weeks but when I was tidying up my studio I found an old tub of GW Snow. Eureka moment! I drew very carefully around the figures (already painted) and then put Blue-tak in the places where the mini's would fit. It was just a case of filling the spaces around where the mini's would eventually be sitting and removing the Blue-tak (not as easy as it sounds- don't press the Blue-tak into the surface too much as I did!). I added a bit more of the snow and PVA mix where I thought the water would froth as Gonzaga et al crashed into the river and left it to set for a day.

The next part was actually the easiest! I used Vallejo Water Texture and this was applied with a thin Starbucks stirrer. I just made sure that I added a little more Water Texture than I might on a slow flowing river and modelled it with the stirrer.

There are some work in process shots on my blog here:

Splashing Through the River Taro:
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2013 ... -taro.html

Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro Vignette II
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2014 ... nette.html

Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro Vignette III (Final Chapter).
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2014 ... te_15.html

I hope that helps if anyone wants to give it a go? Let me know if you need to know more.

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Post by obriendavid » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:42 am

Atheling wrote: The next part was actually the easiest! I used Vallejo Water Texture and this was applied with a thin Starbucks stirrer.
Darrell.
Vallejo Water Texture! What's that????
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Post by Friedrich August I. » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:45 am

Hi Dave,

look here

http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/en_US/w ... /family/21

Hope that helps,
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Post by obriendavid » Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:38 pm

Friedrich August I. wrote:Hi Dave,
look here
http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/en_US/w ... /family/21
Hope that helps,
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Thanks for that Gunter it looks very interesting.
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Post by dashing blade » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:33 am

As always ,fantastic! Well done :-)
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Re: Franceso Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro

Post by Gunfreak » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:48 pm

But how do you keep the water from spilling out of the base?
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