Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Some interesting new purchases - hakbuts for the Marignano game

Except at the start of a project I rarely post about new purchases. I would normally wait until I'd painted the things and then post the result. But, this morning, I received these figures from Martin S. at Vexillia. They are designed by Copplestone and produced in Italy by Mirliton.
I suppose, given that Copplestone was the designer, I shouldn't be surprised by the quality of these sculpts but, I am. These are just the ticket and I haven't minded, especially now I've seen them in the flesh, paying more than my usual £2 per figure maximum: I'm calling them artillery, and for that you usually pay a premium, so I will pretend that my arse is duly covered! 

Service from Vexillia was, as usual, excellent - Martin is so organised that he could probably herd cats.

I'm going to base these 'artillery pieces' in pairs on 90mm square bases. I'm going to add a few spare figures to bulk them out - in this case by Foundry, TAG and OG, one of each. The Copplestone figures are the two figures with each hakbut. You get 2 hakbuts and four figures per pack. I think, from memory, the packs were £11 each.

I'm probably going to buy a few more of these. At Marignano the French fielded 300 of the things. I think I might field them mixed in with the French crossbow units (for flavour) to cut down on the ridiculous numbers I would need otherwise. We will see.


Gonsalvo said...

Great looking figures; I think they seem more like early handguns than hackbutts, though, especially by 1515.



David Sullivan said...

I have a couple of these painted somewhere. I love them. That old Grenadier fantasy range by Copplestone is very nice. Some of the best figures. I only wish the range were fuller.

DeanM said...

Those are cool figures; never heard of that handgun type before. I have an interest in Marignano. I someday would like to playout something like it using some of my Empire troops :)! Best, Dean

Oli said...

These will look great when painted up and added to your forces, they are really nice figures. This type of weapon seems to have been very common around 1500 yet hardly anyone makes them for the renaissance