Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Great Italian wars 30, Romagnol pike

Here is a unit of Romagnol pike, the best native pike of the Italian wars.

They were prominent in the armies of both the Papacy and Venice, I've shown them with Papal flags but I can easily swap those out for Venetian if needed. These are a mix of mainly Perry plastic mercenaries and the Pro Gloria/Warlord plastics,I wasn't that keen on the plastic landsknechts to start with but I really like the kit now, its given me a nice mix for an early 16th century unit. There are also some Foundry landsknechts and conquistadors mixed into the unit. There's also a few Artizan dopplesoldiers.















They've been great fun to paint (in the colours of my football team, Arsenal) and even though they're late, they were meant for the mercenary bonus round, I'm glad to have them. Thirty six 28mm figures and four flags and yes looking at the photos I realise I need to touch up the edges of the flags! The flags are from the excellent Pete's flags.
I have also painted a landsknecht commander on a single base.


He's a warlord games metal command figure,it was fun just painting one figure!


All the best Iain

Previously posted on the Analogue Hobbies challenge


42 comments:

  1. Magnificent Iain, even if they are in Arsenal colours. I’m a West Ham supporter, but I’m sure your colours look much better on the figures!

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    1. Thanks Lee! I'm pretty sure you could paint landsknechts in virtually any football strip and they would look believable!
      Best Iain

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    2. Hi again Iain, reading back through this post I had not heard of Pro Gloria before and was not aware of warlords taking over the range. They are wonderful figures, full of character.

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  2. Brilliant, and very impressive!

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  3. Lovely unit, the red flag is glorious!

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    1. Thanks Norm,they are particularly nice flags aren't they?
      Best Iain

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  4. Were papal troops well known for supporting Arsenal ?
    Gret looking unit and being able to double for another army is a big bonus.
    The excellent flags really do make this a spectacular period to play.

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    1. No your right Joe,they were well known as Sunderland supporters! Now Venetian troops shouting up the Arsenal makes total sense to me! Pete makes lovely flags!
      Best Iain

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  5. Beautiful lopking troops Iain. Love the flags!

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  6. Great stuff Iain. I love how they are all marching in close order, it works really well. The mixture of late 15th Century and later 16th Century Kit also looks good.

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    1. Thanks Oli! Yes I thought the big sleeves and the earlier bodies gave a similar look to the illustrations I've seen of Marigano.
      Best Iain

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  7. Fantastic Landsknechts and flags!

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    1. Thanks Cyrus! Very nice of you to say so!
      Best Iain

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  8. Impressive. They really look great, the group pics are inspirational.

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    1. Thanks Suber! They do look better en masse!
      Best Iain

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  9. A lovely looking unit Iain...
    Will you be doing any artillery for them?... ;-)

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly! No specific artillery,I was just going to use one of my many guns!
      Best Iain

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  10. I don't know what this "Arsenal" thing is that people are talking about (some sort of armory, I guess?) :P
    But the minis look great!

    How do you store figures with long pikes like these?

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    1. Thanks Fitz! Arsenal are a UK football club that originated in the Woolwich arsenal, their strip is red and white. I have lots of boxes deep enough for pikes!
      Best Iain

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  11. Your red and white motif looks fab and your flag makes these pikemen pop!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! The flags are good,aren't they?
      Best Iain

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  12. Great looking stuff Iain. I’d love to see some done in a Wolves scheme (actually, I probably wouldn’t to be honest). What gave you the initial hesitation with regard to the plastics?

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    1. Thanks Lawrence! I'm doing a cavalry unit in black and yellow at the moment,close enough? I just wasn't that taken with them when I took them off the sprue but once I started mixing them with the Perry figures I liked them.
      Best Iain

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    2. I wondered if imight have been the assembly that put you off, which is something I struggle with at times. I’ll look forward to seeing the black and Yellow cavalry!

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  13. A superb looking unit Iain, fine looking Landsknecht officer, how many to go? ;~)

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    1. Thanks Phil! Glad you like the officer too! I still need light cavalry but I keep painting heavy cavalry,pikemen and artillery pieces,oh and wagons,Im taken by James Roaches Pike and Plunder campaign so I could do with a Venetian,a Papal,a Spanish and a French army,so a few more then!
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  14. Red and white alternated looks great, nice job!

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  15. Fantastic figures.......wonderfully colourful 👍

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  16. Really excellent painting on the colorful uniforms! A fantastic unit indeed! 😀

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    1. Thanks Stew! I'm sure they'll run away first chance they get!
      Best Iain

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  17. Fabulous figures, Iain! I may have to try out some of those Pro Gloria figs someday.

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    1. Thanks Dean! I think you'll like them with your track record with plastic kits and as they are now sold by Warlord you can often get them in special offers or in their sales.
      Best Iain

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  18. Now those are cracking work sir!

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  19. This is a fantastic looking unit Iain - the red and white colour scheme is very eye catching!

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    1. Thanks Ross! It's a very striking colour scheme isn't it?
      Best Iain

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