Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Swiss Crossbowmen (I)

As mentioned, prep on a first unit of Swiss crossbowmen has been done. As with my Burgundians, these skirmishers will be composed of nine figures, three per base.

All of these use Perry plastics, from the Mercenaries box with extra arms selected from Light Cavalry and Agincourt French Infantry boxes. I've tried to do some work on them to reflect the images in the Berne Chronicles that are available online - these images will be my reference points for all Swiss troops. So this has meant applying some green stuff to either add mail shirts or convert existing tabards to coats.

I'm satisfied with the finished figures; for me using green stuff has to be a gradual process where I can only apply a small area on each figure before letting it set hard, then returning to do the next area. So this has been a relatively slow process, with other painting progressing alongside. I'm particularly pleased with the figure reaching for the spare bolts tucked in the neck of his coat - as spotted in the Tschatchlan Chronicles of 1470s.

Will post again when painted and based up.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Burgundian Vignettes

I've spent spare time over recent weeks preparing figures for my new units of the Swiss Confederation - halbardiers, pikes and crossbows are being assembled and tweaked accordingly. However in picking out figures from the lead pile, I've rediscovered several castings to be used as Burgundians and so have got some of these done over the holiday period.

These are primarily figures to used as vignettes in the Burgundian camp or siege lines. They're all Perry metals; the man at arms putting on harness was an extra available with one of the plastic set launches. The page holding his armet is a combination of a mounted metal page, cut off at the waist and glued to plastic legs which were then dressed with green stuff to add the lower half of his coat. The table with the rest of the harness are all plastic spares chopped up and laid out ready for the page - a hound waits patiently beneath.

The other vignette shows a wounded Burgundian man at arms being protected in melee by two other soldiers. This'll be used as a marker in a game - I'd like to do more of these and some casualty markers (perhaps as a pleasant future distraction from the Swiss!).

Some Switzers soon...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Schilling Vignette (I) - completed

Paintwork and basing on the vignette all done.

This is based on a detail from a Berne Chronicle illustration, for which see the previous posting. I contemplated adding another Swiss halbardier, but decided to stay true to the illustration. A nice model for my transition from Burgundians to Swiss - the planning for the latter has progressed nicely this week.

More anon.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Schilling Chronicle Vignette (I)

My thoughts are turning to planning the build of a Swiss Confederation army, to oppose my Burgundians. My primary visual sources for getting a contemporary 'look and feel' are the illustrated chronicles complied during and just after the wars by the cities of Berne and Zurich - to record their civic history, defiance against Charles the Bold and military victories.

Whereas I used to scour publications to find relatively rare images from these chronicles, several complete volumes are now online and I've started to click through the pages for useful references - of which there are plenty. One of these showed an image of a rather panicked Burgundian man at arms being attacked by a Swiss halbardier (Berne Amitliche Chronicle, volume 3 folio 727). So I thought I'd start off my Swiss additions with a version of this.

The horse and rider are from Perry's mounted men at arms, the only major change was to use a horse head from their ACW cavalry box, to provide a bit more movement as it's reins are grabbed by the assailant. The Swiss soldier is a plastic body from WotR box with arms selected from the Agincourt French Infantry sprue and a Swiss metal head. The joins have been covered with green stuff, to represent a coat, rather than the livery vest that's designed on the plastic body (which the Swiss don't appear to have worn), although I've not added a breastplate which the image seems to show. Like the illustration, a discarded lance and halbard will lie on the ground.

Now on to the painting stage.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


A relatively quickly assembled and painted artillery piece - a Crapaudeau - which was one of a number of contemporary terms for a cannon with wrought iron barrel looped with iron staves on a wheeled carriage. This has been done as a generic gun, no specific signage or colours for any late fifteenth century army, so it has potential usage with my Burgundians, Swiss or any others


The gun itself and carriage is Front Rank (I think...it's been sitting in my stash for some time); wheels from another source. The crew are Perry metals, all with some minor conversion. The labourer's spade has been made into a ramrod, a headswop for the onlooking gunner with folded arms and the master gunner, who is a wagon driver, has a new plastic head and replacement hand (from Ansar box) holding the linstock. The only other work was to add a discarded doublet from putty on top of the barrel; its my first attempt and I'm happy with the overall shape (it just maybe a tad too small).


Monday, 28 November 2016

Culvineers and Crossbows

A final contingent of shot - mixed crossbows and handguns - for the Burgundian army.

I got these assembled and painted relatively swiftly in the last week. Consequently there are just a few assembly combinations which are different from those previously completed - I've used crossbow arms from the Perrys Light Cavalry box and some plastic open hands with handguns added - and just a smidgen of Green Stuff in evidence. All are plastic figures, apart from one metal (which was painted by Chris Thompson).

Now that I'm close the planning 'finish line', I'll try and take some pics of the army over the Christmas break.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Coustillers for Bastard of Burgundy

I've completed the coustillers which are the second rank for Antony, Bastard of Burgundy's men at arms. This also finishes off all the mounted troops that are in my initial plan for the Burgundian Ordonnance army.

The extra two bases are all Perry Miniatures plastics (the central base was completed and is in the previous posting here). As per usual there has been some tinkering - green stuff and metal bits - to accessorise the original figures. These have been a bit of a labour of love to get to the finishing line; progress has been glacial at times and I've had to switch from doing small painting sessions on these interspersed with other stuff.

Here's a picture of the full unit, with men at arms on the front rank.

Just a few more pieces now on the list to 'complete' the army against the original plan - a Charles the Bold vignette, a unit of handguns/crossbows and casualty markers - just 12 months behind my self-imposed schedule!