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    I thought I’d kick off my renaissance postings with a few shots of a Cerignola 1503 game. The Italian Wars are my first renaissance love. I like the way that pike and shot have not, for the most part, properly combined into regiments. I like the varied weaponry and armour. I like the colour. I like the huge units of pike in seemingly ridiculous depth. The times, with characters like the Borgias and Machiavelli, make for some of the most exciting history I’ve come across – it’s like a huge murderous soap opera – fantastic. Anyway, it also looks pretty good on the table.

     

    Cerignola

    Set up, the troops in the distance are marching off table in the opposite direction to there physical direction of travel – see arrows on the pic below.

    Cerignola

    The battle at the earthworks. The French off table reinforcements have started to arrive, though their artillery and some tardy gendarmerie (travelling along the road on the off-table bit of table – marked with the dowel) still has some way to travel – actually the battle was over before it arrived (historically correct) – note the orange arrows on the far side of the table – the roads on that side of the table join up.

    cerignola

    Swiss pike.

     

     

     

     

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    #3153
    Cameronian
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    Lovely stuff, looks even better with the number of figures deployed.

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    #3210
    Henry Hyde
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    Looks familiar! 😀

    Gorgeous stuff, James, a truly spectacular period. What got you started with it?

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    #3218

    Hi Henry.

    Believe it or not, a schoolboy error. When I was 14 – 15, I decided I’d like to do renaissance because I liked the look of landsknechts. I knew nothing about landsknechts other than they were renaissance Germans. I bought two armies (small of course) from Mike’s Models. Can you see where this is going? I bought Germans and Swedes. Can you see it now? Ever since accidentally buying  Germans from a hundred years after the landsknechts I had the urge to right an embarrassing wrong. It only took 20 years and twice that many books before I was sure I knew where I was going – but the wrong is righted and i’m a very happy man. I was never happy with the 30YW, but I was never going to be using Newbury rules.

    I sold those MM armies of little dwarves years ago at a show, Northern Mil’ I think. I wonder what they’re doing now. Quite fancy another crack at that period one day, with removable flags (see link below) so I can use them for the ECW aswell. I’ll do them in 28mm next time.

    http://olicanalad.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/top-tip-flags.html

    Still love landsknechts, I don’t even mind painting them.

    Landsknechts

    Some OG landsknechts doing bloody murder.

     

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    #3259
    Henry Hyde
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    I love landsknechts too. When I was a reenactor, that’s what I played. Big choppers and puff and slash, marvellous.

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    #3260
    Henry Hyde
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    P.S. the flag tip is GENIUS!

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    #3463
    Mick Sayce
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    P.S. the flag tip is GENIUS!

     

    I don’t game in 25mm but I’ve passed that tip onto a few people myself.

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    #4097
    john holly
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    Simply brilliant!

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