Sunday, 28 December 2014

Battle Towton sketch

Hope you are all having a great Christmas and enjoying the festive period. I have used the period to finish this, its taken well over two years but its done. Back to figures after new year.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Towton sketch

 Its supposed to be the battle of Towton 1461, supposedly England's bloodiest day. A bit  off the topic of wargame miniatures but seeing its not seen light of day for about six months and I have finally motivated myself to put some time on it, thought you might like to see it and give your thoughts.

Monday, 1 December 2014

A few Perry plastic knights

I have finally painted some plastics!
Already had to re glue the centre figures plume after nearly breaking it!
 Nice miniatures, but seem rather delicate to there metal friends.

Now its time to get some heavy metal Swiss on the painting table.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

George, Duke of Clarence and retainers.

George, Duke of Clarence, Edward IVs traitorous brother during the war of roses.
Front ranks war of roses figures.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Rear ranks of Schwyz

The rear ranks of Schwyz. I have decided to leave Schaffhausen out.
I went with a strong showing of canton colours and armour for the front ranks but am aiming for a bit less of both in the rear ranks.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Swiss Pikes. A bit of progress

Three of four front rank bases completed. The front bases have three ranks deep and the rear ones will have two ranks, which is opposite to the first one I did earlier in the year. A few have plastic heads and some have heads from the metal Swiss heads set. Once again a mix of Perry and foundry miniatures.
Have a great weekend all.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Versatility of Perry

These are the latest Perry miniatures I have prepared for painting for my Swiss. I will not be posting every time I have a figure ready as it would be boring but just to show how versatile  Perry's medieval range is.
Left to right: 1st and 2nd figure from Italian foot command, 3rd figure from Italian heavy infantry, and given a halberd , 4th figure from perry's new standard bearers set.
The two plastic heads are from the new dismounted men at arms plastic box, the drummer has a head from perry's Swiss head set. The 4th figure needed no converting!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Second Swiss Pikebloc underway.

I have finally formulated the plan for this second Swiss pikebloc.
It will be between 55 and 60 figures of cantons of Bern, Schwyz, Zug and Schaffhausen, which should make a colourful bloc.
I am not sure of Schaffhausen's canton colour, but believe it was yellow, but I am not sure, if anyone knows different please let me know!!!
  I have included Hans Von Hallwyl, a commanding officer of Bern, and painted his standard bearer to add a bit more interest and colour, and may yet also add into the mix another Bern commander Niklaus von Diesbach .(it would be a good excuse to try a plastic man at arms!)
 Here is the progress so far.
  Left to right: Banner of Zug, Zug commander, Hans von Hallwyl standard, Hans von Hallwyl, and lastly banner of Bern.     

     The fellow on the left is a Bern man at arms and the pikes are the first of the Schwyzer contingent . 2nd from left is a foundry figure, the rest are perry.

Hope you all have a great weekend

Friday, 26 September 2014

Medieval miniature goodies

I have finally decided to follow everyone else, lemming like, and purchase a box of perry plastics!
 They have been around long enough, but I never was taken with them. Now I am the owner of one of their dismounted men at arms set. The shear volume of parts is amazing. I have no idea who or what to do with them yet, but I have already poached two useful helmeted heads for my 2nd Swiss pike bloc!

After purchasing 50+ perry figures for the 2nd Swiss pikebloc  i had a lucky purchase, 28 foundry Swiss on ebay, most of them in the pose I wanted, . It was not my intention to have so many foundry Swiss but if you can grab em at the price I got these then I will use them, they are still beautiful figures and as the last group of Swiss I did showed, they more than stand up to the newer perry offerings, and add considerable variety.
I have also got my mitts on the new perry metal standard bearers, one of which is already earmarked to be standard bearer to Schwyz ! They are a wonderful new addition to the perry's metals.

As if all this was not enough I have ordered 70+ Mirliton and legio heroic 15mm Swiss and mounted men at arms. After years of wanting to, I have finally given in to my desire to try my hand at 15mm  and I am looking forward to the challenge of  creating a pikebloc in this scale.

More on the 28mm Swiss over the weekend.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Gripping Beast Teutonic Knights.

Some Gripping beast Teutonic Knights I Painted some months ago Very nice chunky and mean looking sculpts!!!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Preperation for 2nd Perry Swiss Pike bloc

 I have been looking at my pile of foundry and progloria Landsknechts for 6 months and still  cannot bring my self to clean them up and start painting them, I really cannot explain my fear of this inoffensive pile of lead, but there it is.

However its been some time now since I finished the 1st Swiss pike bloc and I always planned to do a second one, and  this is one project  I intend to start and complete.
       This one will be all advancing this time so no nasty levelled pikes to impale my hands on .
To keep in theme with the first one I have ordered the bulk of figures from Perry with one pack of foundry Swiss pike men to add variety .
 For command types and musicians i am going to try and get away with using Perry's Italian foot command with some Swiss head swaps rather than be repetitive and use foundry's again .

In the meantime I have these to add a bit more fully armoured types with these Perry war of roses figures. It never fails to amaze me how a simple head swap or removal of a hand held polearm to standard bearer can totally change the original figures.
Well that's the plan,

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Artizan designs Landsknechts

A few more photos of  my Artizan Landsknechts I have been meaning to take all summer.