Thursday, 9 January 2014

Swiss Pike

Here are the front ranks finished. I added a few dead Burgundians , and discarded pole arms.
The pavises are actually shields from the Italian men at arms pack I used to mix in with the Swiss, I think they have a pavise look and not wanting to waste them decided they will do . One of the dead Burgundians is also from the Italian men at arms pack, when I was converting some of them into pikemen and hollowing out the inside of their hands I went to far with this one and broke his hand of, and threw him in the scrap box.
After a bit of surgery and leg bending he is resurrected and takes pride of place amongst the Burgundian debris.
 In the past I always painted my own flags but these days  their is a lot of good quality prints or transfer's around , so I have gone with the cloth  Swiss flag sheet from Petes flags.
  Anyway here's how its looking at the moment.


14 comments:

  1. It looks awesome! Lovely touches with the debris!

    Christopher

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    1. Many thanks for the kind words and support Chris.

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  2. Chris
    Those look fantastic - very convincing Swiss front rankers. Great work on the base too, that extra space really works and I like the weapons etc. Agree that Pete's Flags are excellent.
    How many ranks deep are you planning this pike block to be?
    Cheers, Simon.

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    1. Many thanks Simon
      Not as deep as your huge Swiss project will be!!!
      I am going with 5 ranks deep on this one, using x4 50mmx80mm bases with 8 figures per base. I am aiming for a slightly ragged look at the back so some bases will have three figures across like the front ranks and I will add one rank with two, and use the space to give the ranks an uneven look, and perhaps add a few more casualties in the mix. I will make more use of the perry head set with the rear ranks too.
      Looking forward to your not so little Swiss project!

      Cheers Chris

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  3. This is really a great work : excellent paintjob and beautiful basement...A very impressive unit, and yes, the space in front of these guys is wonderful, I love it!

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    1. Thankyou kindly Phil, much appreciated.

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  5. Superb, this will be a fantastic looking unit. Petes flags transformed my armies, they are always a great addition.

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  6. Thanks Oli, sure better than painting them. I have the full sheet of Landsknecht banners too, awesome detail, wish I had them when I did the Artizan Landsknechts, but I will be having a go at them nice pro Gloria Landsknechts sometime so it will be nice to use them on those!!!
    All the best
    Chris

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  7. Stunning work Chris !!!

    Looks realy nice with the battlefield debries you added in front of the pikeline :)

    If doing more front rankers I could see a crouching minis (like a swiss mucissian in the "jester/devil" costume) under the pikes, looting or knifing a fallen enemy soldier... or way not a running dog or a pig? Lots of opportuneties to use the space.

    Looking forward to see more of your exellente work.

    Best regards Michael

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    1. I think you suggested the idea of battle field debris on those long front bases, and i think it has added a lot more drama to them.
      Thanks for your input and ideas Michael, much appreciated.

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  8. Wow, this unit is so impressive ! Great work !
    Cheers,
    J-B

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  9. Fantasic work! Exactly how I want to see my Swiss look.

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