Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prince Rupert and Boye the War Poodle: Warlord Games

Rupert, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, 1st Duke of Cumberland, 1st Earl of Holderness is commonly called Prince Rupert of the Rhine.  Born on December 17, 1619 he lived a long and colorful life dieing on November 29, 1682. Throughout his life he was a soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. The younger son of the German prince Frederick V, and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James I of England.

 Portrait of Prince Rupert by Anthony van Dyck

Rupert is the nephew of King Charles I and is a great addition to a Royalist army.  Warlord Games' Prince Rupert also comes with "Boy" or "Boye, his poodle that accompanied him on many a field of battle until becoming a casualty during the Royalist disaster at Marston Moor.


The horse is a wonderful sculpt and the animation is superior in my opinion.  Boye is running next to where Rupert will be and is mounted on a 40 mm round stand representing a brigade commander in Victory Without Quarter.


Prince Rupert is not glued yet to his faithful steed yet as I am going to finish painting the horse before adding him. I've been switching to cheaper acrylic paints available at stores like Hobby Lobby. The paints are much cheaper and I'm getting the same results. The horse was primed with black and the base coat is painted with a dark brown called "Burnt Umber." I then applied a black wash over the body and then painted the raised portions of the body with the same dark brown paint. Later I will paint the highlights with a slightly lighter brown.

Works just as well for 1/2 the price!


Though not glued yet you can get an idea of what the finished command stand for Prince Rupert will look like.


A close up of Boye the War Poodle is easy to paint.  Base coat was a medium brown followed by a "thick" wet brushing of Bone White finished with a dry brushing of white.

5 comments:

  1. Good point about the cheaper acrylic paint, it's often a fraction of the price of 'proper' wargaming paints. I use similar when I'm painting large areas. Looking forward to seeing the final results.

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    1. Thanks! Didn't I see some of your ECW units on the Warlord Website?

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  2. Nice topic. Prince Rupert for mine remains one of the most attractive characters history has to show: a real straight-up-and-down sort of guy. He and the good Marquis of Montrose would have made a formidable pair given the chance to work together.

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    1. I agree. Dashing and dynamic with natural leadership. Following his career you can see how he matures as a combat leader especially in his use of petite la guerre in his naval tactics.

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  3. The quality of the 'low cost' paints has come up a great amount in the past 10 years or so.

    I have been using tube Acrylics, so called poster paints, for everything I have painted. Mixed all my own colors (save for burnt umber), also - hence saving loads on the 'different shades' of the old Poly-S paints that I started with 20 years ago.

    Good on you for the ECW feature leader choice, looking forward to seeing the finished product in action!

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