Friday, 8 May 2015

Swiss rear rank Halberdier's

I am pleased to have these finished,  and Perry miniatures have just released some new Swiss command figures which would have been perfect for this collection, what timing to release them as I complete my third and final main Swiss infantry block, anyway now to find time to base them up!


  

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  1. Isn't that the way it always is? But you could always paint up an exchangeable command base, maybe? They look excellent as usual!

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks Kevin, good point, command bases, yes those new figures could find a place !!!

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  2. These look great Chris, and who are we kidding - you know you have to get those Perry minis eventually;0)

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    1. Thanks Soren, ha ha yes I guess your right, sooner or later I will find some reason to get them, perhaps a few command bases!

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  3. Beautiful, love the great colors!

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  4. These are great! You have to give those new Perry figures a go, your painting skills would certainly do them justice

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    1. Thanks Oli, most kind, I guess some command bases would be a good excuse to buy them!

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  5. Outstanding work and the mix of colors is perfect.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Jonathan.

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  6. Very lovely figures Chris - you can always squeeze in a bear for your Bernese!!
    Simon.

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    1. Thanks Simon, yes perhaps the bear and handler on their own base in front of one of the Pikeblocs would add some extra mean intent and character!

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    3. Great job on the figures but...are you Swiss? If so, you surely must know that when claiming that the Bernese used real bears as mascots or even war bears the Perrys clearly dropped the ball. All references to bears in the sources, including the illustration alluded to by the Perrys (must be the battle of Nancy by Schilling the Elder), are of an allegorical and emblematic nature. They must not be taken at face value. The bear represents the men under the banner of Berne, the contingent of Bernese warriors. I apprehended that the Perrys' flight of fancy would be suited to lead astray quite a number of war gamers. Looks as if I were right, unfortunately. Do you know your Schilling? ...And yes, I'm Swiss, and an historian...Best ;-)

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    4. I think you should be voicing this on a wargaming forum, not on this little blog!

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  7. Excellent work! Now, the recent swiss releases by the Perrys come in the nick of time ;-)

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    1. Thankyou, not quite in the nick of time!!!

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    2. Three years ago I asked the Perrys to make the following sets:

      - Swiss mounted command set (marching and/or standing)

      including commander, his squire, mounted retinue (lancer, perhaps a mounted crossbowman as well) as can be seen e.g. in Diebold Schilling the Elder's chronicles: Bernese commanders Niklaus von Scharnachthal (Schultheiss [Mayor] of Berne), Petermann von Wabern (another Schultheiss of Berne), Adrian von Bubenberg (garrison commander of Murten), with their squires and retinue. The squires are wearing their masters' helmets and carrying their shields (with family coat of arms) and lances

      - Swiss mounted crossbowmen (some figures of the new light cavalry set are suited to meet my requirements regarding this wish for which reason this wish has been fulfilled as far as I am concerned).

      -Swiss military musicians set (marching and/or standing)

      including the following musicians, all of which are shown in the chronicles of Tschachtlan and Diebold Schilling the Elder:

      -fifer (holding his instrument either to the left or to the right),
      -drummer. As they have already included a drummer whose instrument has a shallow shell in the EA mercenary infantry set, it would be nice if this one could be equipped with the drum variety with a deeper shell; apparently, this variety of drum was not only held by the hand, but also attached to either the arm or the belt (?),
      -bagpiper (bagpipe with one drone),
      -horn blower (no horned cap, just a feathered turban),
      -trumpet player (dismounted),
      -maybe a shawm player (rare but shown by Tschachtlan for Glaris troops next to two trumpeters)

      Partly fulfilled by the two new sets but I still miss the alternative drummer, the fifer(s), the bagpipe with ONE drone (as shown in the Mss., the foot trumpeters and shawm players.


      - Swiss infantry, special poses:

      -kneeling soldier executing the typical Swiss gesture of praying with spread arms ("Beten mit zertanen Armen"),
      -marching pikeman and handgunners carrying their weapons "at trail",
      -marching and standing handgunners shouldering their weapon, holding it at the barrel, with rear-facing butts,
      -maybe an extra standard bearer


      - a set of so-called "Swiss daggers" (longer and shorter varieties)
      - a set of handguns, maybe also including a few crossbows


      I've sent them all the relevant illustrations from the chronicles.

      Instead they've made that fictional "bear and handler". What a waste of time, energy, material and money. BTW, I've received my set including the bear handler - just to get the other figures - which, in my opinion, all in all, are a letdown compared to their former European Army/Swiss sets. As far as the sculpting is concerned, I must say that I'm rather disappointed. The proportions look not convincing to me, especially the bear's anatomy (oversized, in my opinion) and head, and some men's faces are quite ugly, in my opinion. It is my impression that the figures were made in a hurry, just to offer something to those who've had to wait too long for any new Burgundian War Swiss figures. Too many figures have turned out half-baked and not to my requirements. Sorry to say so.

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  8. Beautiful brushwork. You have a great eye for color!
    - Jeff

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  9. Beautiful brushwork. You have a great eye for color!
    - Jeff

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