With that in mind, before embarking on a game, I have opted to take time to selectively refurbish some of the figures. Specifically, as a first pass, the six stands of Norman knights and six stands of German knights that I need for the game I am setting up.
- Repaint flesh brighter
- Highlight the armor and metal parts with silver
- Clean up straps and belts, etc, with more contrasting brown colors so that they pop a little more
- Highlight all cloth areas, brightening where needed and repainting entirely in a few instances
- Repairing any places where there are chips or other minor damage.
Here are a few samples of before-and-after Norman cavalry. They don't completely look like they would if I were painting them from scratch these days, but they are much closer. More importantly, they do look much better on the tabletop than they did before. Some of the highlighting looks a little severe in close up pictures, but I am more concerned with what the figures look like en masse on the table than what they look like if you pick one up and study it, and I have learned that going a bit "cartoony" actually looks great at the distance they are normally viewed at.
I am happy with these and am almost done the six stands of Germans as well.