Monday, 17 April 2017

Italian wars 5 artillery

First post of Italian wars  figures that haven't been painted during the challenge! Four foundry guns and crew and two guns crewed by Old glory with the guns supplied by Irregular and Warrior, the Warrior gun is the old fashioned iron gun and not the up to date bronze one's, I have to say I rather like it.

 More Italian wars in the works, possibly some napoleonic and a couple of books. 
All the best 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Great Italian Wars 4 Gendarmes and crossbowmen

Another and indeed the final recycled post from the challenge.
We have here 3 units of Gendarmes with French flags and mostly made up of Foundry figures, I have to admit to pinching the colour schemes of a number of these wholesale from James "Olicana "Roach whos Italian Wars collection is frankly fantastic.
The balance of the figures were made up of ebay purchases of unknown origin on Warlord plastic horses with Perry horse heads and armour from their MAA plastic set, I didn't use their horses as they ,while lovely, are just too dynamic and tall for the venerable Foundry Gendarmes. I have to admit that I think the Foundry Gendarmes are the best of the ones I have painted although the Old Glory are also pretty good and for the price can't be beaten. Ive got one more unit to paint , a right dogs dinner of manufacturers but once I've finished them I might photograph all my current Gendarmes together.
The first three photos show the conversions.

In addition I have some crossbowmen that were also part of the challenge, Perry plastic with the addition of 16th century europian heads and Swiss heads. It's a lovely kit that I actually enjoy assembling. The pikemen in the background I'm basing up at the moment together with some more crossbowmen.

Next up some Italian wars artillery and then a landsknecht pike block I think.
All the best

Sunday, 9 April 2017

This post isn't a recycled challenge post but is of some 28mm artillery for my War of Three Kingdoms/ECW Covenanter Army . There is a Warlord games Saker and a couple of Minifigs guns, the crews are mostly converted Warlord plastics with the odd Foundry and Essex figure thrown in .There is also a Minifigs Master Gunner that I have had for forever , or so it seems! The frame guns are scratch built around some smaller scale barrels I picked up on ebay.

These came out a bit fuzzy but since then I think I've got a better idea of how to focus on the figures! Fankly I seem to get better results with my phone as opposed to my digital SLR.
They are part of my first historical army I painted this century, I'm debating wether to rebase all the pike and shot as I've done them on big bases purely for pike and shot. I'm working on a universal/generic WTK/ECW army (change the flags/change the army) and all of those figures are on 1p for skirmish and I am planning sabot bases, 4 per 45mm x 45mm so that I can use them for pike and shot /pikemans lament or anything else.
Next up more Italian Wars either artillery or gendarmes.
All the best