The army consists of (in DBA army list format):
1x General (Bd6)
1x Knights (Kn6)
8x Pikes (Pk4)
2x Handgunners (Ps2)
1x Mounted Crossbowmen (Lh2)
1x Artillery (Art3+bombard)
These units are the optional units in the army. You can either take the mounted crossbowmen or the two bases of foot handgunners. I also included the artillery in this picture just to include it somewhere.
Everything in the army is 15mm from Mirliton, and while the Mirliton figures are excellent with tons of detail, they only come with soft metal pikes which bend when you look at them sideways. Worse, they are only about 1/2 the length they should be, and since we all know the length and stiffness of your pike matters, I quickly replaced them with metal ones from Xyston. While much better looking and I won't have to worry about breaking them, I do have to worry about breaking me on them. I have already drawn blood at least 5 times when reaching for them, or over them to get paint. Damn they are sharp!
This was an army that once again I had visions of doing as a show case type army, with crazy levels of painting. Once I started working on it though, it quickly dropped down in level as I found with the 15mm it was just too hard to do anything super high level without taking way too much time, and even if I was taking time it was too small to get things like striped pants or seams that looked right. So, I back tracked and did them at my normal base level painting and I still think they look pretty solid at table height. This is what I call tabletop level painting since they look good at tabletop but fall apart when picked up for close inspection, but that drives Curt nuts, so I just had to say use the term again :-). These figs do fit that description though, they look good at a distance, but they fall apart when looked at closely, but I doubt they ever will be, and they are only 15mm, so it's all good!
I have to be honest about something else too, I have no idea about the paint scheme being accurate or not, and really didn't even care. I looked around at images, saw a bunch of different bright colours, so went with that. I even looked at Tamsin's figs again and started to read about her research of different provinces or mercenary bands or something that determined the colour patterns, my eyes crossed and I thought screw it, random colours it is! So, I will probably have someone shoot them down for not being historically accurate at some point, but oh well, they are for a glorified game of chess, and I love the bonkers colour variations, and I love the look of the massed pike (even if every time I reach for them I stab myself and draw blood on those damn metal pikes!) so here is one more picture to leave you with....
I really do like the look of them :-)
Oh, and with that I believe I am over my stated points goal for the year! I have some more projects in the works, but I think this will be my last big post (unless I go even more off the deep end than I already am) as I move into doing some more character level and high level paint jobs for the last 2 theme weeks, the Curtgeld, and to do some characters/leaders and finish my Arena Rex army. So don't expect to see too much from me as it will mainly be slow but better painted stuff rather than rank and file level stuff. I can't believe I met my goal in 1/2 the time this year though, hurray no last minute rush required!