A small post this week. I've got two projects half way along, but got slowed down by Epic Fail, initial resource gathering for Defensive Terrain and .... well life.
These are 8 Italian men at arms with pole arms (a mix of pole axes and Lucerne hammers) from the Perry Renaissance range. There are 6 from a the pack labelled Italian Heavy Infantry, a standard bearer from the Italian command pack and a plastic dismounted knight.
The standard reference for these guys is of course Renaissance art and there is a background figure in Carpaccio's Legend of St Ursula (this period gets the best reference links) that shows up in Ospreys and the like.
|The dude with the Lucerne hammer and the red pants by the water. Note that he is left handed apparently - how sinister.|
The heavies figures come with the lovely oval shields that appear in artwork, but it's not clear that you could use an oval shield and poleaxe so I have left them off. My wife (a fabric junkie) questioned the bright scarlet and yellow hose, but I went with them on the basis of "that's the colour set Raphael used". I think that she is right, but I want my figs to have the same pop as a Mantegna or a Bellini.
|Nicely illustrating the colour palette, that stairclimbers were not needed in the 15th century and why I won't be joining a reenactment group any time soon.|
The big change for me is the basing. I have taken the group's advice and used a Liquidtex Gel medium. The mix used was the medium, plus small "rocks" plus Raw Umber (which is after all coloured after Renaissance Italian mud). The Umber looked dark so I dry brushed it with Burnt Sienna (more Italian mud).
The tufts are GW Mordheim turf which looks like dried out grass and weeds to me, and thus suitable for a hot Tuscan summer.
Favourable feedback on my basing is always welcome, constructive criticism will initially be met by curling up in a fetal position and whimpering and then be welcome.
That is a great crew of Italian miscreants Peter. I rather like racous colours you went with for their hose. I can just imagine these guys, menacingly fingering their Lucerne hammers (left handed, no less) saying, 'Hey buddy, you got sumtin' smart to say about my hose?'
I like where you're going with your groundwork Peter. My only suggestion would be to drybrush both the cured gel and the tufts with a lighter tone to highlight them a bit more.
I'm really looking forward to seeing these on the table in our upcoming Italian Wars game!