Thursday, January 31, 2013

From TamsinP: 15mm Swiss Crossbowmen & Revolting Peasants 'Enfants Perdu' (64 points)

From Tamsin:
I was originally going to submit these separately, but ended up finishing them off at the same time, so they're submitted together. These are the first of my 15mm Swiss in the Challenge - sixteen crossbowmen and sixteen armed peasants. The crossbowmen have been painted with tunics in the colours of the 8 cantons of the Old Confederation, with one pair per canton. 

When I complete my Swiss army for FoG:AM, there will be another 12 bases (24 figures) and my plan is to have every canton's colours represented across all the troop types, roughly in proportion to the canton's contribution to the Swiss force at Morat.
The armed peasants are based as light foot to represent "enfants perdu" (lost children) who are recorded as participating at Laupen (1339), throwing stones down onto Austrian troops. I can't find much else about them in the medieval period, but similar units appeared as light troops alongside mercenary Swiss pike contingents during the early Renaissance period. 

I figured they were most likely camp followers and servants, so would be carrying whatever they could lay their hands on that might be usable as a weapon. In FoG:AM they are classed as Poor, Undrilled, Unprotected, Light Foot with Javelins. In other words not much use, but a reasonable use of 16 spare points if you're already maxed out on handgunners.
Expect some more Swiss in a couple of days, then some more a few days after that!
Niice! I love this period and have always had a soft spot for revolting peasants - they're just so... so... so charmingly ardent (and as doomed as doomed can be).

These two units of Swiss will give Tamsin 64 points, allowing her to leapfrog Fran, John and Andrew to place her in the Top 10. Well done! 

Bring on the pikes!


  1. Curt - if you look closely at their faces, they are definitely, errmm, charming. Yes, that's it - charming!

    Given that I'm over 80% of my target and we're not even halfway through the Challenge, I think I ought to raise my sights a bit - can you up my target to 1600 please? That will probably be a bit of a stretch, but could be achievable still.

  2. great work great to see you have put Fran in you rear view mirror
    Peace James

  3. Looks like your on a roll, really like the base work adds to already nice looking figures.


  4. Very nice figures, and the bases are fantastic!

  5. I have to admit Tamsin that your painting skills are improving ;)

  6. Cheers guys!

    @ James B - yup, he's in the rear-view but so close that there's not much else visible!

    @ Seb - improving? My word, I do hope not. That would mean I might have to go back and repaint my previous Swiss to bring them up to the same standard! ;)

  7. Nice medievals Tamsin. Your peasants aren't revolting at all. (Hey, someone had to say it.)

  8. Lovely stuff Tamsim... I have been following your blog since some time in 2011 and I have to say that I really love the way your style always keeps getting better (not trying to imply that it was shabby to start with)

  9. Really nice bunch of figures here Tamisin.


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