Sunday, August 6, 2017

Italian Wars Swiss Pike from Bern, Appenzell and Solothurn


Yooray! Another unit added to my Italian Wars collection. This time out we have a mob of Swiss pikemen from the cantons of Bern, Appenzell and Solothurn. 

The majority of figures from this unit were commissioned from the very talented John over at Jacksarge Brushes & Battles. 

Usually I prefer to paint my own figures, but I wanted to get this collection to a playable state sooner rather than later, so I've enlisted some help from a few pals from around the globe to assist me in getting them done.  I've already blogged about Brendon's Spanish jinete light cavalry and Chris' Lucerne pike; well, later this year you will see some work from two other paint condottiere whom I'm very happy to have as friends. I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag until they're all done and based-up - so more on that later.


As I enjoy doing the composition, banners and basework, I had John focus on painting the figures and I'd take care of the rest.


I actually received these figures around a year ago, but the Painting Challenge and other projects sidelined me from getting them properly based-up until this summer.

As you can clearly see John does beautiful work. I'm very, very pleased with them. 


These figures are Perry Dave Andrews sculpts from Wargames Foundry. While they are a little long-in-the-tooth I find that they are really lovely castings; nicely proportioned and conveying a wonderful sense of movement. 


To be honest after my Landsknecht pike I wasn't really keen on doing another formation in a charging pose as they are complete swine to base and take up about twice the space as a regular unit, but I couldn't help myself when I came across these models while browsing the WF catalogue. Oh well, I reason that these levelled-pike units can be used to denote veteran or particularly large-sized units so I'm okay with having a few in the collection. 



I painted up a few more models to help round-out the unit. There's a standard bearer buried in there that's mine, the horn player, the mounted hauptmann overseeing the lads and the poor landsknecht out in front, having a little lay-down.




The banners are from Pete's Flags


In this last shot you see the pikeblock being screened by a unit of Bernese halberdiers and led-in by their mascot, 'Daisy'.



Next Up: A couple of Big Guns for the Mechanicus.


56 comments:

  1. A wonderful, collaborative effort! Well done.

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  2. stunning. fought an Italian wars battle today https://28mmheroes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/old-guard-refights-waterloo.html

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    1. I'm totally nicking that idea. Brilliant.

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  3. Wonderful basing, flags & composition Curt. It was great being able to collaborate on this project with you :-)

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    1. Thank you John! The pleasure was all mine - thanks so much for the sterling brushwork.

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    1. Thanks! It was a great collaborative experience.

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  5. Fabulous job on these, Curt!

    I've never been a fan of the "at charge" pose for wargames figures. I've come to tolerate them in my skirmish forces (which are individually-based and can be moved around a bit when coming into contact), but I'd never use them for multi-based figures myself. As you say - they take up way too much space that way!

    I do like the way you've made the base for the unit extend out to the end of the pokey end of the pikes.

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    1. Thanks Tim! It's funny, as I couldn't imagine using these for skirmishing being as they are so tippy and pokey. To me, they seem best suited in a formation where you know exactly where you're at with them. Horses for courses, eh? :)

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  6. Very nice looking unit worthy of a display it looks stunning all laid out like that.

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  7. That style of basing is so good. I really like the pikes laying flat but the real estate that it take up requires nice big tables. Keep them coming Curt they are a joy to behold regardless of who paints them.

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    1. Oh I had not realised that the Lucerne pike have been based too. Now please an image or two of the whole force!!!!!

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    2. Thanks Chris! I'm glad like your lads set in their ranks and files. Thanks for the great work.

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  8. They are absolutely stunning, I can not wait to see your whole collection arrayed for battle.

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    1. Cheers John. I definitely have to remember to get a few pics the next time they're all arrayed on the tabletop.

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  9. Couldn't agree more with the others - stunning!

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    1. Cheers Peter - more Swiss for the mill.

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  11. Wonderful looking regiment Curt!! I totally understand about needing help sometimes. As my hair gets grayer I've also realized if I don't get help with some periods they will never see the gaming table which has lead me to get some assistance.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher. Yes, I'm at a point where I know that if I don't get a helpful nudge here and there, I'll never get some of my collections to the tabletop.

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  12. So very, very good Curt, masterfully done Sir.

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  13. Great job all around guys - congrats on getting another unit into the line!

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  14. These are fantastic - I love the dense basing it looks superb!

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    1. Thank you Oli. They are a bit fiddly to compose into a unit, but I like the final product once it's all said and done.

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  15. Draw droppingly amazing Curt. Congratulations!

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  16. Lovely looking pike block, I like the levelled pike blocks, I know it takes up a lot of space but it looks so much more menacing looking down the business end of those sharp points! Looking forward to a shot of your renaissance collection soon, it'll be great!
    Best Iain

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Iain. I can't imagine facing a formation of these at the charge. 'Bad War' indeed...

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  17. Absolutely wonderful mate. Beautifully painted and you've done them proud with the basing too.

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    1. Thanks Millsy! I very much look forward to working with your lads in the future. I know they will be smashing.

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  18. My golly gosh! Fantastic. I love the density of the basing, and you've really run with my irregular edge idea!

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    1. Thank you Simon. Yes, I'm a big fan of this style of basing - thanks for giving me the impetus to try the idea out.

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  19. Gorgeous work! The Bernese flags really make the unit pop!

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    1. Cheers Jonathan - One can never have too many bears, I say. :)

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  20. Absolutely fantastic composition there Curt, you've really created a sense of dynamic movement to the point that the unit is a mini diorama. Really inspiring stuff.

    Stuart

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    1. Thanks very much Stuart. The figures really lend themselves to being composed in a compressed vignette - it then becomes a matter of sorting them into place that seems natural.

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  21. I somehow missed this at the weekend. Lovely figures and excellent basing Curt - a great addition to your collection :)

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  22. I love the dramatic look of this unit - and am very attracted to the idea of the basing you've used (with the plastic tray). Its giving me lots of food for thought when I come to basing my Swiss.
    (PS - these figures from Foundry are actually Dave Andrews sculpts).
    Great army there - all the best, Simon.

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    1. Thank you Simon, I'm delighted you like them and thank you for pointing out my slip on the figures' provenance (facepalm). I've edited my post accordingly. Thanks again.

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  23. Curt, that unit is a true work of art. Hat's off to you, man!

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    1. Thanks very much Matthew! I enjoy these collaborative efforts.

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  24. Superb! Looks awesome! Another fantastic collaboration! Cheers

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  25. Stunning looking unit Curt. While a bear to store and move around, it is definitely a showcase piece.

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    1. Thanks Sean! Yes, I must admit these units do take a little more thought and caution to use and store. Tall transport boxes and pricked fingers!

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