First up are some Maori chiefs that for some reason I didn't get around to painting last time. These figures are from a chieftains pack (together with a Hone Heke personality figure) apart from the chap at the end on the right, who is from a characters pack. Lovely figures in good, dramatic poses and, as always from Empress, very clean sculpts. The illustrations I have seen show Maori cloaks and clothes from this period as being largely brown and beige in colour with limited woven geometric patterning. I added some coloured borders to the cloaks to reflect the status of these men (taniko is the word in Maori, apparently). Zig-zags and chevrons seem to have popular patterns and these are pretty easy to paint. There are various words for the weapons used by the Moari. The two greenstone weapons here are probably kotiate rather than mere clubs, and the former were usually made of wood or bone rather than jade or greenstone. However, again I wanted to make these leaders distinctive and so decided to paint them green (using the Foundry "Bright Green 2"5 palette). The long club that the chap on the left is brandishing is a tewhatewha, and it was customary for those weapons to be decorated with bird feathers. Rifle stocks often had carved decorations and I have tried to reflect that as well.
As explained in my earlier posts, I paint Maori skin with the Foundry palette "South American Flesh 119". That may be a bit light, but it is suitably distinctive to my European colour scheme. Anything darker and the tattoos would be less noticeable. Those I paint with a dark blue colour rather than black (Foundry "French Blue 65A"). I have seen portraits and photos of old Maori whose faces are covered in tattoos. With these figures I have tried to add a few more tattoos than I do with "rank and file", but still adhering to a "less is more" approach.
More Maori tomorrow, then the Royal Navy and British infantry.
Four figures. Painted March 2015.