Saturday, 2 January 2016

From Curt - 28mm Landsknechte Handbuchse Light Gun & Crew (25 Points)


'Rodrigo, get that blasted thing out of my face... Niles! Wait! No, not yet you fool!!'

What we have here is an early light gun, or more appropriately a heavy rifled musket, sometimes called a 'Handbuchse'. These tripod mounted guns were usually used in sieges, presumably to pick off defenders and make a general nuisance of themselves. I saw one of these weapons on display in Les Invalides in Paris and marveled at what must have been the bravery of its crew. From looking at the thing the gunners must have been in as much danger from their gun flying apart as to those they were supposedly shooting at. 


These 28mm figures are from both Warlord Games and the now defunct Pro Gloria Miniatures (Warlord bought the range a few years ago). 

I borrowed a Master Gunner from Warlord's Pike & Shotte range and re-purposed him for this vignette as I liked his pose. 


I imagine him as a Spaniard mercenary gunner in Imperial pay who has dropped by to help his German friends sight their 'silly Teutonic popgun'.

The two Landsknecht and the handbuchse are pretty much stock from the kit, except for a  bit of careful bending and re-positioning for the vignette.



As I just received a bunch of terrain material from Tajima I so thought I'd indulge myself with an autumnal setting for these boys. I sort of like it and am thinking I might maintain it as the theme for my Renaissance collection - we'll see. 

 
Hmm, what does this add up to? Three figures and a idiot crew served weapon equals 25 points.

Now, back to getting the Theme Round sorted...

67 comments:

  1. very bright and "juicy" work. very well it reflects the spirit of landsknechts.

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    1. I'm ALL about doing juicy work.

      Hm, I'll just leave it at that...

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    2. "juicy" in Russian means, and that is something very bright and looks like a ripe fruit, which look very happy .... I'm confused with the transfer ... the main thing - a very good job :)

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    3. Awesome! I love being lost in translation. Viva la Juice! :)

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  2. Colourful entry, both the figures and basework!

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  3. This is awesome - great work dude.

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  4. Glorious! I had no idea you were doing Renaissance stuff but I wholeheartedly approve if this is the kind of thing we can expect to see.

    Which flowers are they from the Tajima catalogue? I'm about to do another order and they're spot on for what I need...

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    1. Thanks Millsy. Yeah, I've been interested in Renaissance period for years (I've just recalled that I have a major in Renaissance Art, go figure) and then Peter wanted to do it proper so I thought, why not.

      They are the 'orange' flower offered by Tajima. I got them in a mix of several other colours.

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    2. Major in Renaissance Art eh? And an interest in the period from a military standpoint to boot? Hmm...

      Right then, I'll not be satisfied until I see a 1:1 representation of Altdorfer's Battle of Issus in 28mm. Get cracking and mind you don't skimp on the puffs and slashes. :-)

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    3. Alexander the Great being famous for his huge force of Landsknecht pike, you understand...
      ; )

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  5. Brilliant paint job and I love the basing. You really captured the colorful clothes in fine style.

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    1. Cheers Aaron. I thought that if you're going to do Landskencks you have to do it in Technicolour.

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  6. Exellent stuff. the colours really pop and the basing is excellent

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  7. Most spectacular! Love it Curt!

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    1. Thank you sir! Much appreciated.

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  8. great paint! full of colour full of life!!

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  9. This vignette is wonderful, and your painting work, perfect! I like a lot the complex and realist base.

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    1. Thanks Juan. I discovered at the end that I had more room to indulge my 'gardening' so ran with it.

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  10. A real feast for the eyes, the figures and basing work very well

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    1. Thanks very much Loki, I'm delighted you like it.

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  11. So much going on in that base. The colours are great and it is hard to tell where the figure ends and the base begins. And I mean that as a compliment.

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    1. It's perhaps a bit to punchy but I wanted something oversaturated to go with the Landskneckts clothes.

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  12. Sumptious. A beautiful pece of work

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    1. You're very kind, thanks Martin.

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  13. Excellent Curt! Great choice for basing theme.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher. The jury is still out on whether I maintain it for the others.

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  14. Hi Curt,

    fabulous paintwork!
    the choice of colors is top!

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  15. The paint work is outstanding but the work on the base is not to miss

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    1. Thank you Benito, I'm glad you like it.

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  16. Astonishing work - especially the basing. Perhaps you might consider posting a basing tutorial when the smoke clears from this year's Challenge?

    Those of us who are less skilled than you (i.e. the rest of us) would benefit mightily from a peek inside the mind of the master!

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    1. I agree, a basing tutorial would be most welcome.

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  17. Fantastic stuff - love the colour scheme and chap pressed into service from elsewhere.

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  18. Well done Curt, what a great vignette. I look forward to it blowing up in your crew's face. Cheers, PD

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    1. Thanks Pete. Yes, we need to make a fun 'blunder table' for these Renaissance guns.

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  19. Splendid little vignette Curt. I think you should go with the Autumnal theme. It looks good.

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    1. Thanks Sean. I may stick to it, we'll see.

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  20. A very picturesque scene indeed!

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  21. A work of art by a true master!

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  22. This is just gorgeous. The repurposed figure worked very well, the palette is delicious and goes so well with the basing.

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  23. Yet another top draw entry, your showing us how it's done for sure

    Ian

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Ian. I think the only thing I'm showing is how very slow I am!

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  24. That's just fricking awesome Curt! The basing alone is top of the shelf and your paint job tops it all of.

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    1. Cheers Nick, I'm delighted you like it. Perhaps something autumnal for your next figure?

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    2. Well, this sounds like a plan ;-)

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  25. Lovely little mini-diorama! I love those wacky old Renaissance guns. You're absolutely right--kudos to their crews for equal parts bravery and stupidity. Definitely keep up the autumnal theme.

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    1. Thanks David! Yes, some of those early firearms were very frightening contraptions, but I frequently marvel at the workmanship of some of them. They were like pieces of art.

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  26. Very colorful vignette, Curt! I thought the Renaissance troops were bright, but they look glorious with the Autumnal foliage!
    That has to be the proud sire of the punt gun!

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