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    The first unit of what will be the army of Gonzalo de Cordoba for my Italian Wars project. I aim to do both sides for the Battle of Cerignola 1503, in my opinion one of the most pivotal battles during the series of conflicts we call The Italian Wars. After his defeat at the hands of the French and Swiss at the Battle of Seminara 1503 Gonzalo put into place plans to employ his smaller force more efficiently in a defensive manner. He significantly lengthened the pike, equipped his men with more arquebus' and enlarged his artillery train and set his army firmly on the defensive. The addition of mercenary Landsknechts to further bolster his forces. It was in this way that Gonzalo was to send the forces of Louis de Armagnac, Duc de Nemour's overwhelming numbers of a mix of French and Swiss reeling and into eventual retreat. If not annihilation in the case of the Swiss.


    More pictures from a lower angle on my blog here:
    https://justaddwater-bedford.blogspo...uebusiers.html



    The miniatures are being based up for as many rules systems as I can possibly fit in as I am done with rebasing. I'm in my early 50's now and the days spent plying miniatures off one base then going through the process again are over!


    As an aside, I have been watching on Twitter excitement tantalising glimpses of an Italian Wars playtest set of rules but the Too Fat Lardies. A medium sized game, along the lines of Infamy, Infamy! and Sharpe Practice. This will be a great set of rules to slowly bring together both sides for Cerignola without painting up thousands of miniatures and will allow me to actually get some games in!


















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    Well done mate! Beautiful job all around. The banners are very well done! What was the technique?

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    [QUOTE=mousekiller;899747]Well done mate! Beautiful job all around. The banners are very well done!

    Thanks, appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by mousekiller View Post
    What was the technique?
    For the banners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mousekiller View Post
    Yes sir, the banners.
    That's easy, they're from Pete's Flags.

    I don't mind hand painting banners, but with six armies on the go all with several hundreds of miniatures belonging to each, I have to pick my battles.

    Belisarius banner taken from the "Justinian Mosaics" at the Church of San Vitale, Ravenna:
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    These look awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Amazing job! How much time did you spend on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miapll View Post
    Amazing job! How much time did you spend on this?
    Thanks, appreciated

    To be honest, I didn't really take stock of the time as they are the first unit in an army of hundreds. Unusual for me as I normally do have a rough idea of how many sessions. If I had to guesstimate I would say a few hours each session and and just over a week to complete the unit(???). I paint every day so I'm reasonably quick if I put my mind to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell Hindley View Post
    Thanks, appreciated

    To be honest, I didn't really take stock of the time as they are the first unit in an army of hundreds. Unusual for me as I normally do have a rough idea of how many sessions. If I had to guesstimate I would say a few hours each session and and just over a week to complete the unit(???). I paint every day so I'm reasonably quick if I put my mind to it.
    Thank you for the detailed answer
    I wish you inspiration and creative success!

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    No probs Miapll

    Spanish Arquebusiers Close Ups of Single Bases - 05/08/2021

    A new post whilst my brush is out of action of the beautifully sculpted and cast Spanish Trastamara range of Arquebusiers from The Assault Group.


    The level of detail on these sculpts is tremendous. The casting excellent with very little flash to be removed. Virtually no chunks of mould missing that can sometimes provide a painter with some nasty chunks of metal in need of removal which sometimes presents with other manufacturers, which of course can be a bit dangerous to remove at times.


    I really loved painting up this unit. The first unit for of Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba's army for Cerignola (1503) project. I've currently got a unit of pike, cleaned up, undercoated and primed which, being out of action for a wee while, is a little frustrating; I am very eager to get to painting them up! I have a unit of mounted Goths ready and some work to do for a slightly different project as well- I may be able to drop a hint or two about that later but will have to check.


    So, without further ado/more excessive waffle from me, here are the single bases:


    For a more all 'round view of the bases, more images from various angles can be seen on my Just Add WAter Blog here:
    https://justaddwater-bedford.blogspo...se-ups-of.html





















    Cheers

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