Issue 9 in the Painting War series deals with Holy War, the various periods of what is called collectively ‘The Crusades’ and the reaction of those already resident in the Holy Lands who were the target. This is a 105-page softback book, which follows the established pattern of previous issues.
The overall scope of the painting guide is fairly wide, as evidenced by the Index. However, the step by step approach to the painting of various aspects of the 28mm figures shown is, as always, very well done.
Whether flesh, clothing, cloaks, armour, basic or heraldic shield designs, every stage is clearly defined, using Vallejo pants as a source of colours. The techniques outlined enable the painting of generic types of clothing and equipment for both foot and mounted figures.
A nice touch is the outlining of how to paint a Battering Ram, making the most of painting horses and, something a little different, finding the right basing techniques and the correct colours for the various types of terrain which saw Crusade-era battles.
There is an excellent painting guide for flags and banners of the period, including examples and a colour chart. These flags are shown prepared for the tabletop with suitable figures, plus a number of guides to how to paint both ‘rank and file’ and personality figures from across the period considered to encapsulate the Crusades. Whether Vikings, Arabs, Europeans or any other origin, every possible type of warrior is covered.
As always, this is a great resource for those looking for the colours and main methods to be used to re-create tabletop ready figures. The examples and step by step guide technique is very clearly laid out and is simple to use. A nice touch with all the Painting War guides is the fact that they are useful for both beginners and veterans to the art of painting figures and help to enhance and improve techniques. Another great offering, from a great range of painting guides.