Sunday, 16 May 2021

Swiss Mercenary Band Types for Fornovo



It has been a bit of a week. A few days ago I somehow inexplicably managed to drop a large heavy Jamie Oliver wok crashing into my right hand! It was not hot, but it bruised my hand and it was too damn painful to lift a brush up until a few of days ago. Then just to add to my misery and from out of nowhere, a somewhat vicious cold suddenly came on within a few hours. I am officially Clinically Extremely Vulnerable so the anxiety took over and would not let go. I have had my two jabs, about three weeks since the cold hit me so at east I would have some protection if it was indeed Covid. I did manage by doing an hour here and and hour there over a three day period to complete more "speed painted" Swiss. The irony of using the phrase "speed painting" is not lost on me but it was the same technique I used on the "speed Painted" Swiss I completed a few days ago so I am stuck with the label.

These chaps have been given the "mercenary band" treatment in terms of their dress as illustrated by Massimo Predonzani in the book, The Italian Wars Volume 1, The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo


I have gone for the something close to the garish mix of colour as seen on Massimo's illustration above. I am not yet sure whether I will add all eight miniatures to one base or sprinkle them around in the 64 figure unit with their more conventionally dressed comrades. They might look a bit odd sitting in their own base so probably sprinkled around un the unit?

This cold has quite a lot to answer for as looking at the pictures on my screen I have just noticed that I have failed to add any crosses to the hose or tunics. Luckily these fine fellows have not entered into the varnishing process so there is still time to potentially save their souls!








12 comments:

  1. They turned out well, despite your challenges. Feel better!

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    1. I'm feeling quite a lot better today. ty hand has stopped throbbing which is a bonus too lol

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  2. They look great. Good luck with the cold, the anxiety and the bruised wing.

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    1. Thanks Peter. Managed to brushwork today so things are looking up :)

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  3. Great looking pikemen! Get well soon.

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  4. Lovely looking pikemen, are they all metal figures?
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, they're the Swiss pack from the Perry European Armies range, pack EA1 with a few head swaps from the plastic European Mercenary box. I picked out more Swiss looking and Germanic heads as the Swiss, at Fornovo (1495) through to Cerisole (1503) had not yet developed in to the classic Renaissance Swiss look , which is much more 1513 onwards.

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