Wednesday 23 January 2019

Great Italian wars 29, hinchcliffe wagon and organ gun

Back in the distant day of the 1970s,pre Thatcher, before mobile phones or home computers no internet just cefax and books there were already various ranges of gendarmes and landsknechts about, minifigs,Ral Partha both 25mm and the slightly larger hinchcliffe range.
Last challenge,no the challenge before (how time flies!) I painted some hinchcliffe gendarmes and Curt was kind enough to paint one for me following our Rennaisance duel.
What we have here is a great fun little model of a wagon for the Great Italian wars,a German peasants wagon based on a contemporary woodcut from the triumph of Maximilian.
The model actually comes with the shoemaker,a chap with a wheelbarrow,three donkeys and a peddler.
It's a pretty big lump of lead and arrived without the characterful waggoner,Ian Hinds (who now manufacturers hinchcliffe figures) was excellent in sending out a replacement as he was featured in the photo on the site but did not arrive, excellent customer service. The load,children and lady in green are also part of the kit,I was reminded of the folk song"little sir Hugh" after painting her so I don't give the kids much chance if they end up anywhere that nobody can hear them scream! I do think that the design of the wagon is a little large,especially if you compare it to the Perry wagon I have previously painted, it's also a little odd that the superstructure appears to be made of branches and not joinery,having said that it seems a little churlish as there is something like 40 years between the two designs,it's also a really characterful piece.

  The organ gun is another hinchcliffe piece as is three of the crew, the fourth ,the portly chap slaking his thirst was part of an eBay purchase so I'm not that sure,maybe redoubt?

That's both the bases I've done this week, the gun and a gun I did for a previous challenge actually came with a two horse,four wheeled wagon,so I have those yet to do! Hinchcliffe,or Ian Hinds are going to have a sale in February,worth checking out,certainly for wagons and guns!
I think this adds up to 4x28mm horses,6x28mm figures and 2x 15mm for the children? The gun is a crew served weapon and the wagon is I guess a 28mm vehicle? 84 points? Some period appropriate terrain next, oh and I guess these should count towards the Rennaisance duel too.
All the best Iain

This post was previously posted on the Analogue Hobbies challenge page

Monday 14 January 2019

Great Italian wars 28 Command stands

First post of the year , finally I've got something painted! Six 28mm command figures, a mix of Warlord games and Artizan, one stand has s later figures burgonets and a pistol! Both of the flag bearers are from the Warlord plastic landsknecht set, although one set of arms came from the Perry plastic mercenary set,I've got a pike block coming up that's a mix of the Warlord and Perry sets, I didn't really fancy the Warlord plastics to start with but I rather liked them when I started assembling them. The Artizan figures are nice and chunky and were straightforward to paint. The flags are downloaded from the free kreigspiel site and are the arms of various German cities, I can of course swap them out for other Imperial, Italian or even treacherous French flags!

So that's the earlier command stand,I quite like the flag bearer, with his hair it looks like he's from a motorcycle patch club!

And that's both command stands together, do I really need any more command stands? Possibly not, but I've got the figures so they'll get painted, what I really need is light cavalry but don't hold your breath as it's one thing I haven't started this challenge, foolishly I've started a number of things at the same time! What was I thinking! 
This has been previously posted on the Analogue Hobbies Challenge site.
Coming up more Italian wars figures
All the best Iain