In keeping with my somewhat crazy aim of "speed painting" as many miniatures as possible as fast as I can, hopefully without losing too much by way of quality, for my Italian Wars Fornovo 1495 project I managed to get six more mini's painted and ready for varnishing. Six Stradioti/Stradiots to be precise. I already have the horse flesh painted for these ruffians so that's three bases of Stradioti/Stradiots vis a vis one unit for Furioso, at present a very likely candidate for wargames rules for my Italian Wars projects. Furioso being fast play and easy to pick up, which means the rules ought to be very suitable for a large display game. I say that with the proviso that due to Covid I have very annoyingly not played a game as of yet! The choice was really made after watching Ken of The Yarkshire Gamer blog fame's YouTube video series that covers the basics of the rules quite nicely. Well worth a watch if you are interested in the Italian Wars and are looking for a suitable ruleset.
Another word on the Stradioti. I intend to have roughly six of seven units of Stradioit/Stradiots to represent the rough 2000 the Venetians employed during the campaign. At Fornovo they were sent on a wide sweeping flanking manoeuvre making it to the French baggage train and looting in extremis. They are even said to have made off with Charles VIII's own private pornography stash! Actually reputed to be prostitutes that Charles had slept with and had small portraits made as a keepsake. They certainly filled their boots with tons of extremely booty.
Stradiots by Jorg Breu the Elder:
The heraldry on the shields was inspired by the brushwork of John Bianchi and some of the images in his Warhammer Ancient Battles, Vlad the Impaler supplement which had an excellent potted history o Albania and a great army list for the same including that of the famous military commander Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.