The latest bonus round was a Hero or Heroic Group.
I had submitted Saladin as the Villain in the Villains round and it seemed fitting to stay with the Crusader theme.
So I thought Richard 1st (The Lionheart).
Now we all know that Richard was mot really a very nice person, but who was back in those days.
What we all can be sure of, is the fact he was a very brave man, a real hero to his men and to his Christian cause.
I had already painted a Richard before the challenge started.
But he had no crown, just a gold band around the top of his great helm.
I decided to paint another, this time with crown and retinue.
Here he is in all his glory, accompanied by his trusty retinue of a Templar and Hospitaller Knight.
Figures are 1/72 plastics and are a mix of Strelets and Italeri.
Still painted in the high contrast paint scheme I have used on the whole Crusades collection.
A worthy opponent for Saladin and the Saracen hordes.