Sunday, April 10, 2016

28mm Foundry Landsknecht Arquebusiers - Work in Progress


I'm currently working on a Landsknecht arquebus unit for my Italian Wars project. The going is rather slow, but I'm plodding along at a fairly steady pace.  Nonetheless, I thought I'd post a few work-in-progress pics of the first four gunners of the group. 


I'm having fun with their riotous clothing, but I must say after doing a few figures my mind starts to turn to mush trying to think of interesting colour combinations. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest for providing a bewildering assortment of Landsknechts images  - I think I'd run out of ideas without some outside inspiration.


I have no idea if the trippy painted woodstocks are historically accurate, but I've seen them on other sites so I'm running with it.

There will probably be around 16 figures in the unit, all on a single base similar to my other units. I'll post the next set when they're done.

Have a great week everyone!



19 comments:

  1. Looking very nice Curt! :)

    Given how they approached their attire, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they had indeed painted the woodstocks of their arquebuses ;)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if these Fashion Plates pimped their equipment to go with their clothing. If you're going to live hard and die young you might as well leave a colourful corpse.

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  2. Beautiful stuff dude - it does seem like these fellows are a recipe for insanity, but they are looking fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Greg. Working on these guys makes me a little mental but I hope the final product will pay off.

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  3. Dudes must have been on Acid even before it was invented. Forward thinking to 60's psychedelia?
    It must have made a real statement when these guys marched across the land though. Lock up ya loot and daughters, the landsknecht are on the road!
    Cheers

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    1. Yes, I definitely think they liked to cultivate the idea that they were THE bad lads of the Renaissance. :)

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  4. You do like to make life interesting for yourself! Sixteen individually characterful hand gunners in a unit is going to be a sight to behold. Best of luck Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I find there are really no shortcuts with these fellows - thankfully the models themselves are excellent and a joy to paint.

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  5. I talked to a military illustrator in the 80's, he said think of the landsknechts as soccer hooligans, but a little more disciplined and accepting of other club supporters. The few times i've drawn them I've used colors from college football teams. Maybe not to accurate historically, but gives me something to achieve with each trooper.
    They do look very nice and I like the wood grain! I look forward to seeing the completed unit! You could attempt to see how many hockey franchises you could shoehorn in ! ;)

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    1. You had me right up to the part where you mentioned hockey... ;)

      Maybe Tour de France teams...

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  6. They look really nice with those brilliant colours, really professional, they.

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  7. Great looking landsknechts, thsee foundry figs are still really nice and your doing a grand job on them, looking forward to the completed unit.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks very much Iain! Yes, I think the Foundry castings, while a bit long in the tooth, are still some of the best in the market in this scale (and quite a good value as well).

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    2. These are looking great. Can't wait to see them based. Perhaps a movement tray too? Thanks for posting such beautiful work!

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    3. Thanks Cincinnatus! These fellows will be massed en mass on a single base like my Bolognese Crossbowmen. down the road I may do up a few based in singles and pairs for skirmishing.

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  8. Excellent looking figures! Love the colors of the guns! Never seen this before!

    Greetings
    Peter

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