As the title to this post say's, these are to represent the French king, Francis I heavy artillery batteries during the seige of Pavia in 1525. The figures and cannons are bluemoon's miniatures. I stuck to a blue and white colour scheme for the crews.
After a period of 28mm Italian wars steelfist goodies, its a return to 15mm and another very fine range of Italian wars miniatures, the new bluemoon range. Got to say i really like these miniatures, they are very well detailed and on the larger end of 15mm. Bluemoons new range is also very extensive and covers most of the troop types of the period, all except the french infantry that is!
The infantry come in bags of 30 and a real plus is the amount of variety in each bag, perfect when you are planning to paint up a number of 60+ figure pike blocks.
Heres four more of the splendid steelfist knights. The horse furniture patterns for the first two were taken directly from the Maximillians truimph art work. This is the best contemporary art reference for mounted knights of this period i ever seen, and i have included a few images of them as reference along side my painted samples.
No hand painted flags this time, these are all from petes flags, available through steelfist miniatures or from petes ebay store.
The green armoured horse was inspired by the rear horse in this image
There was just enough showing for me to get the general pattern and colours
Whilst i paint away at my next batch of Steelfist miniatures, i wanted to share a few products i purchased in recent months.
I think having a blog is not all about showing your painted miniatures but also a place to share your hobby.
For all the years i painted miniatures i had never found a true matt varnish, not one, they always left a semi shine on the surface, but not anymore, AK interactives ULTRA matt varnish is exactly that, totally matt, and i will say again absolutely flat matt. I still use my Valejo matt varnish as first coat then apply AK second to get the matt finish.
The second recent product is Citadels NULN OIL wash, the idea of purchase being to see if it was good to tone and detail armour. The results have been superb on Steelfists Landsknechts armour, and has totally replaced my old Valejo wash. This NULN OIL is more subtle and you can build up the layers to the desired depth you seek. If you hve not tried them and are looking for a product to do the above mentioned jobs , these come highly recommended.
My plans for a renewed 15mm Italian wars project is now assured, these latest releases have made my year.
Overall bluemoons new Italian wars range has to be the fullest and best available in this scale, and its great for anyone wanting to do this period as you can now do an Italian wars project using figures from one source, instead of having to find what is the best available from multiple manufacturers as was the case in the past. I am also impressed with there Spanish infantry, past manufacturers always seemed to go for the later elizabethian period look, but bluemoons seem to have the early 16th century look as shown in contemporary art works of the time. I for one am looking forward to there next releases!
The pile of Testudo miniatures has been reduced with the kings lifeguard and John Talbots Royalist Regiments painted, also a cannon and crew from bluemoon manufacturing, all large 18mm sized figures. Flags by Wargame designs.