Just recently I've been completely snowed under with painting commissions and other projects.
One of the projects is a little bit of painting for a League of Gentlemen Wargamers weekend. These weekends, three a year, are for themed games and last November I volunteered to organise the one for late 2017. The game, because it is going to be one big game, is the Italian Wars; not a battle from the wars, but the wars themselves. I'm going to set up a multi table 'map' of Italy for everyone, playing the parts of Spain, France, Papal State, Venice, Milan, and so forth, to fight over. The table, perhaps 18 x 30 feet (plus walking spaces between tables), will represent Milan to Venice, the Alps to Naples. I'm going to be providing most of the troops for this monster so I thought I'd best get cracking painting some additions.
The latest additions are these:
Ten Archer cavalry. These make one unit and bring another up to full strength.
Figures are Old Glory. In the game I'll probably do cavalry in units of 6. Hopefully I'll have enough for about 50 units.
Four guns and crew - three light and one medium. The figures for these are from all over the place and include Foundry, Old Glory, TAG and Essex
I knew I'd find a use for those two Henry VIII figures - he liked artillery.
The multi-barrelled green organ gun is scratch built.
The big barrels are by Playmobil.
72 Italian pike by TAG. I like these figures a lot. They are very easy to paint.
They also work well as Picard pike men.
Note I haven't done the changeable flags yet - and I'm probably going to buy them from Pete.
Pike will probably be in units of 24 for the LOGW game.
All told I've now got about 800 pike men, including 144 Italians.
You can never have enough of these boys and I'd certainly like a few more - I presently have 252 and I'd like another 100 or so.
The figures are by Old Glory.
They have a certain charm and, their price (£26 for 30 figures) is very competitive, especially as you need lots of them.
They have plenty of variation of dress and they are well sculpted.
For Landsknechts they are also quite easy to paint, which is helpful.
Anyway, next up 32 arquebus and 32 Gendarmes to be followed by 48 halberdiers and 48 sword and bucklermen.
Then I'll have to blow the dead moths out of my wallet and buy some more figures.