The 'Mercenary' theme round is now up in the gallery page, so please head over to the gallery and enjoy all the entries.
This round the theme is 'Mercenary' and we have wide spectrum of interpretations of the topic from medieval Flemish mercenaries, and modern contractors to 40K Kroot and Star Wars villains. It's a panoply of all things avaricious and dangerous.
After you've enjoyed in the gallery please take a little time to vote for all your favourite entries.
My entry for the theme round is a doughty, if somewhat hapless unit of French pike being led in by their mounted German mercenary captain and supported by a great gun.
The French liked to muster their troops from particular provinces or townships, which gave each unit a bit of 'local colour'. For example, men from Picardy, led by the reported libertine Mssr. Monclou, were known as the mauvais garcons (literally translates as 'bad boys). A bit of a rude chap himself, Monclou was executed in 1523 for his 'depredations' during campaign (not especially surprising when your employer is the Pope, but there you have it).
Last year, my good pal Millsy was kind enough to paint up a schwack of Perry plastic pike for me so I could field another unit for my Italian Wars collection. After the hurly-burly of the summer, and being distracted by other projects this autumn (I'm looking at you 'Titanicus'), I've finally managed to get this mob flagged, pimped-out, and based-up to roll with my other units.
This pike block is nothing but a top-heavy delivery system for my brazen grasp at a few meager theme points from the mounted German mercenary I managed to paint up. This is a Perry-sculpted figure from the Wargames Foundry range of Landsknechts. I love these figures as they are so wonderfully characterful and satisfyingly hefty. The Perry's did a great job in sharply defining the puff-and-slash of the clothing which makes them really fun to paint.
Both of these units I've based in an autumnal theme to match with the rest of my Italian Wars stuff. (Thankfully I keep a 'hobby recipe book' as I have a bad habit of bouncing between periods and always, always forget how I did things - so it helps keep things straight in my noodle.)
Millsy also painted me a trio of gunners as Curtgeld last year. And so like the pike, I've been holding on to these until the Challenge to get them matched up with an appropriate gun (this one being an old chestnut from Warhammer Fantasy (RIP)). As I had a spare gabion left over from the pike unit, I popped it on the base for a bit of visual interest.
For points? Only the gun, the mounted mercenary and the banners count, so let's place it at 25 points.
I want to thank Millsy very, very much for the brilliant figures - they're a wonderful addition to my Italian Wars collection. Thanks again mate!
Okay, folks! Have a great week and start thinking about the next theme round: 'Water Feature'.