Fruilmodel's metal 54mm Italo-Norman Nobleman is based on a painting in Osprey's Elite Series #9 'The Normans'. The kit's pose and painting scheme pretty much follow the book's color plate.
The figure consists of seven cleanly cast white metal parts.
Clean-up was minimal and there were no fit problems.
spear point and banner were cast onto a length of brass rod; no bent
or wavy spear shafts here. A great idea.
The left arm and sword hand were left off until after painting.
The helmet, spear point, sword blade, and shield decorations are the buffed natural metal of the kit. Everything else was painted.
I followed the kit paint/book paint scheme using Andrea's Gold on the helmet brim and face shield and Testor's Acryl II Gold on the coif cover.
The lower surcoat has the pattern cast onto it making painting easier. I used Andrea's Basic Red and Dark Red to keep things simple.
I painted the base stones Wood,
then stippled on some Dark Brow, followed by a stippled coat of
lightened Wood to give a multi-colored effect.
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Model, Text and Images by Glen