Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

A Bit more of the Black Bande.

Well, Ive managed to complete the final sub unit of my Black Bande, or so I thought. I have been re reading The Art of War in Italy, where there are several mentions of the Szorza Black Bande,
 and what was of great interest was that Giovanni Szorza having seen the effectiveness of arquebusiers, formed a mounted unit of such which he used as an early form of dragoon. Well I did have a couple of spare flags, so I think the bande might grow a bit more.

 The Black Bande as it stands at the moment.
Anyway, not forgetting my original aim, I have been busy adding to Cesare's Papal contingent, with a unit of pike, with the odd pavise included.I took this idea from the last episode of the Borgias, where the Papal troops storm Forli castle.

 It looks a bit of a motley unit, but that actually was the look I was going for. I bought these figures unpainted off E Bay, and they were advertised as Foundry figures, but I think that is clearly wrong. Still I still like the figures.

 The pike with its sub unit of crossbowmen.
  If everything goes to plan, I hope to have based two units of gendarmes, one of which are a delight to look at. Unfortunately I didnt paint them, still they are mine, and look really fine.

6 comments:

  1. Excellent looking troops Robbie! Your work on the colors is really impressive...It will be difficult for me to present my minis after that! Very, very nice work...
    Cheers,
    Phil.

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    1. Phil,
      I've been wargaming for over 40 years, and painting figures for a bit longer. Its all about practice. My original Borgia army was OK, but if I saw it now it would look pretty crap.At the time I thought they were the dogs bollocks.
      What I am trying clumsily to say is, if you are happy with them, then what more do you want. I would love to paint like Dave Jarvis, but I know that wont happen.
      Stick with it,
      Robbie.

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    1. Evening Darrell,
      The Perry plastics are a joy to paint. I dont know what it is, but I find them really easy to do.
      Thanks Robbie

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  3. Motley or not they look great.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Joe.
      Thanks Robbie.

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Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.

Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.