Inspired by the latest Borgias series,and the Warlord Games Pike and Shotte rules,its time for me to start a new wargames period. The army of Cesare Borgia and hopefully some opponents. All in glorious 28mm.
I think most wargamers have a metal or plastic mountain, and some, myself included have both. We have these mountains for various reasons. An impulsive buy, followed by inaction. A new period, followed by inaction. The chance to buy figures cheaply followed by, ''why did I do that? I have done all these and more. However when I set out to rebuild my renaissance armies in 28mm I was determined to paint everything I bought. Well I would like to say that I kept to this ideal, but I would be lying, however in between buying the odd extra unit, I am now starting to see my way clear. At the last count I 'only' have six regiments of cavalry, the odd very large pike block [ actually 3] four regiments of arquebusiers a few personalities and a carracico [?]
I am hoping to complete this lot before Pro Gloria roll out their gendarmes and their plastic landsnects, but knowing my weakness for these figures, I can see a small hill growing again.Anyway, I have managed to paint some Foundry figures, including a part painted unit of arquebusiers that I bought at Triples. The price was to good to miss. In fact I probably saved money on the purchase.
I know a lot of wargamers didnt like the transition over to the designer of these figures, and felt they were clumsy in design. I like them, and they were on offer from Foundry when they were discontinuing the range. The standards a mish mash of flags by Pete of Pete's Flags. So thinking about it, I probably saved a fortune buying these from Foundry, well thats what I keep telling myself.
I do like these Perry Italian infantry, they look, well Italian,albeit a bit archaic.
Purchased part painted at Sheffield Triples, but not I hasten to add from the table of James Roach.
[ Just in case any Sheffield members are reading this post]
Just to show any readers of my blogs that my demise has been greatly exaggerated I thought I had better publish some photographs of some of my latest painting. Over on my main blog I have posted some thoughts about wargames shows, but on this my sister blog I thought I would do something a bit lighter.
And that is my love of Hinchliffe figures,these gendarmes witha few swopped Perry heads look great, honest. Peter Gilder was of his time but somehow created figures that to me are quite timeless.Its only my opinion but they were a delight to paint. Try some, theyre cheap.
Shaun Lowery some months back brought John and my old Italian Wars armies to fight with. Included in the units was a large gun that I bought of Dave Thomas many years ago cast by Peter Gilder but never released for general sale, probably because Peter Gilder had plagarised someones elses gun.
Shaun very kindly fished out an unpainted one and gave it to me. Its a brute but looks the part.
Finally a couple of camp scenes from a now defunct Wargames Foundry range. Again I like them although they are so different from the Perry figures. So hopefully this is proof that I havent gone to the great caster in the skies, at least not yet.