First finished decal shields

29 August, 2009

As a kid I never got anywhere with making models. My only attempt was with a Airfix spitfire that I never finished, which is why I sympathize with Calvin (below). After that I stuck to painting figures, so it was with some reluctance that I tried my hand recently with using shield transfers.

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I finished a batch of Welsh spearmen, along with a few knights and some Islemen this week. They all have VVV decals for shield patterns and I’m very pleased with the result and how easy it was. Here are some pictures.

The new Islemen pose alongside their command and some suspicious thegns—"They better not think with that pack of shifty thieves!", "I dinnae trust Islemen; why only a few weeks back we put a load of them to flight, didn't we!" They were the first transfers I did so I chose simple designs in case I messed up. The other figures are for a comparison with hand-painted shields.

The new Islemen pose alongside their command and some suspicious thegns—"They better not think we're with that pack of shifty thieves!", "I dinnae trust Islemen; why only a few weeks back we put a load of them to flight, didn't we!"

These were the first transfers I did so I chose simple designs in case I messed up. The other figures are for a comparison with hand-painted shields.

The Feudal Castings knights. One of the commanders is still waiting for his arm. I'm sure the one I was sent is for a ECW cavalryman. A couple of the knights were painted earlier. Their hose is so tight that I've decided to paint them as bare-legged, as Welsh and Scots knights—obviously gone native very quickly!

The Feudal Castings knights.

The Feudal Castings knights are still waiting for an arm for one of their commander. I’m sure the one I was sent is for a ECW cavalryman. A couple of the knights were painted earlier. Their hose is so tight that I’ve decided to paint them as bare-legged, as Welsh and Scots knights—obviously gone native very quickly! The transfers only just fit and I needed to paint bosses onto the flat shields to make the patterns look right. If I put a little more effort in I might have made bosses with green stuff, but these look OK.

The Welsh spearmen. Note the hunchback in green on the right. His head came off and when I glued it on he looks hunched compared to the others in that pose. Still, his element destroyed some Anglo-Norman knights last night, so it's not affected his fighting skills!

The Welsh spearmen

The Welsh spearmen got the bulk of the transfers. Note the hunchback in green on the right. His head came off and when I glued it on he looks hunched compared to the others in that pose. Still, his element destroyed some Anglo-Norman knights last night, so it’s not affected his fighting skills! The middle element was painted last year, so gives a comparison of my efforts without transfers.

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2 Responses to “First finished decal shields”

  1. Stephen Says:

    Which pack does the decal on the white shield on the rear rank Sp element second from the left come from? I might take the plunge and buy some, rather than taking the time to make identical ones.

    • Mark Davies Says:

      That’s VVV’s D3 (Viking Round Shield), which has a lot of interesting patterns. You need to get more than one, however, to get a variety of colours.


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