Thats this particular stage of the Italian wars completed. I have a whole pile of Venexia miniatures now and will use them to add the Swiss and Spanish plus more french cavalry and stradiots, and anything else i have not yet done. However, i am going to give the 15/18mm a rest for a while and have some fun painting 28mm.
The blackband Landsknechts in french pay
Venexia artillery and crews
French camp scene
The blackband go up against an Imperialist pike block
Steelfist are due to release more Landsknechts, command, rear rank pikes, arquebusiers and zwiehanders. Looking at the picture these look simply magnificant, straight out of the woodcuts of the time. I have decided once i have completed the Italian wars in 15/18mm i will call time out with the smaller scale for a while, and go back to what i used to love most, 28mm medievals, and of course, these beauties below!
After what we were all told about the Venexia miniatures molds being worn and broke, i was a bit sceptical when Lancashire games announced they were re-releasing the hole Renaissance range.
Many will probably be sceptical too, which is why i have written this post.
I placed a small tentative order a few days ago and recieved them this morning, being Venetian archers and the two heavy artillery packs A and B.
Luckily i still have a small number of the original sculpts given to me by pete of petes flags and was able to directly compare two of them side by side.
None of the figures have been cleaned up
The figure on the left is the new figure from lancashire games, the one on right is the original. This figure is from the artillery crew that came with the cannons
Once again left figure is the new casting and the right figure is the original
And here is the cannons and crews
This was only a small order of three packs, so cannot be looked on as a full and comprehensive review of the newly released Venexia miniatures, but the few i have been able to compare with the originals have the same details and scale and any images of original cannons and crews i was able to view also look the same. In conclusion, and this is only my opinion, these are not some re sculpted copies of the originals but are the originals, brought back to life.
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