I planned to paint these models very simply, as I did with my vikings, but I developed an ulcer on my eye that made it hard to concentrate and I messed them up. I then had to go back and do a lot of repair work on the paint job, so they ended up taking ages and being a bit more complex than I wanted. But I kept trying to minimise the work, so now they’re kind of in a middle ground for me: not as much effort as I would normally put into a centrepiece model’s painting, but more effort than I put into the vikings.
Still, I’m happy with them. I’ve been trying to find out what the ancient Irish law code says about colours. I heard that there were strict social castes in pre-modern Ireland and that only certain groups could legally wear certain colours. But the research is going slowly. I got impatient and went ahead with the painting. All I know for certain is that warriors were allowed to wear saffron, so I’m hoping King Dairmuid isn’t wearing a nice shade of pigherder blue…
Till next time,