Saturday, 9 February 2019

From IainW: Romagnol Pike Block (184 Points)

Here is a unit of Romagnol pike, the best native pike of the Italian wars.


They were prominent in the armies of both the Papacy and Venice, I've shown them with Papal flags but I can easily swap those out for Venetian if needed. These are a mix of mainly Perry plastic mercenaries and the Pro Gloria/Warlord plastics,I wasn't that keen on the plastic landsknechts to start with but I really like the kit now, its given me a nice mix for an early 16th century unit. There are also some Foundry landsknechts and conquistadors mixed into the unit. There's also a few Artizan dopplesoldiers.




























They've been great fun to paint (in the colours of my football team, Arsenal) and even though they're late, they were meant for the mercenary bonus round, I'm glad to have them. Thirty six 28mm figures and four flags and yes looking at the photos I realise I need to touch up the edges of the flags!

All the best Iain

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Wow! Fabulous work Iain and a bit of a points bomb to boot! This year's Challenge has certainly been rocking the Italian Wars - lots of character, colour and fashion faux pas - all wonderful things. The unit's red and white livery is very eye catching, the papal banners are glorious and the mix of manufacturers' sculpts really brings the entire unit to life. Bravo!

Now, seeing your sterling efforts, I think I need to shamelessly plagiarise your work and try my hand with that great colour combination (Go Arsenal!)

184 well-earned points for you, Mr. W!


30 comments:

  1. Now this is something special, very nice work, Iain! So much quality work from the Italian renaissance enthusiasts this Challenge!

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    1. Thanks Evan! Yes there's lots of nice Renaissance troops on show!
      Best Iain

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  2. Great looking unit Iain! Where football is concerned I personally prefer black and red (soon to be 2nd Division 1. FC Nürnberg) but still I can see the merits of your choice of colours.

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    1. Thanks! That sounds like a good anarchist strip!
      Best Iain

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  3. Fantastic work, despite the fact they are hindered by the colors of Arsenal!

    Italian War miniatures have always terrified my as being beyond my painting skills but you seem to handle them with real style. Very nicely done, Sir.

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    1. Thanks Miles! You have nothing to fear,I expect an entire army done in no time!
      Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! They are colourful and these are pretty restrained!
      Best Iain

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  5. They look wonderful and dynamic as bases Iain, but brilliant all together en mass - well done!

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    1. Thanks Christopher! Good of you to say so!
      Best Iain

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  7. Gorgeous stuff Iain, the banners really bring it all together, very good!

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    1. Thanks Sander! Pete's flags, they're great!
      Best Iain

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  8. Yowza those are aces Iain! My P&S collections been quiet lately but I may need a block of Italian pikes to bolster my weak Italian infantry.

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    1. Thanks Peter! Go on, you know you want to!
      Best Iain

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  9. Nicely done Iain, we need to combine our Papal Pike Blocks !

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    1. Thanks Ken! Two Papal pike blocks,both with Pete's flags!
      Best Iain

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  10. Tremendous work Iain, lovely and inspiring stuff.

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    1. Thanks Greg! I really think you should have a go,it would be splendid!
      Best Iain

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  11. Excellent! Look at all those pikes. Really nice looking. cheers

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    1. Thanks Brendan! Got to love a mass of pikes!
      Best Iain

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  12. Lovely job, the colours really pop and they look great all together!

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    1. Thanks Jamie! En masse they work alright!
      Best Iain

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  13. Nice stuff. Being in Arsenal colours shall they lose cohesion at a critical point?

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    1. Thanks Paul! They'll probably run around in pretty patterns for a while and then lose interest!(pretty fair description of lots of my battles!)
      Best Iain

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