Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My Tribute to Peter - 'Max' the Reislaufer - Standard Bearer for the Canton of Uri


This Tribute figure is for my good friend Peter, who was our very entertaining and hard working Monday Minion.

Peter is a die-hard regular in our local gaming group. He's an Easterner, a stats prof and a bit of a loon, but I quite like him.  Both of us share a keen interest in the pike and shotte periodwith our most recent diversion being the Italian Wars. To help fuel the furnace of industry, Peter and I had a spirited 'Renaissance Men' duel over this past Challenge where we managed to get a load of units completed for future tabletop mayhem. So in light of all this, I've decided to present as my tribute to Peter this figure representing a Swiss standard bearer from the canton of Uri. 



This is a 28mm model from Wargames Foundry's venerable Renaissance Swiss range. The model was originally armed with a partizan, but I extended the staff, and added a cantonal banner and a fancy finial to top it off


Much of the literature of the Uri Swiss have their ensigns wearing these whacky yellow-and-black bull getups. The uniform makes me laugh as it reminds me of the pajamas 'Max' wears in Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are'.  :)


'Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!!'



Whoops! ...and here's Max with the iconic Swiss white cross on his chest (noticed that I missed it after the first batch of photos...)  


Thank you very much for all your help during the Challenge Peter. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that you and your Monday mob always started of our work-weeks with a smile. I hope this chap finds a good home amongst the ranks of your troops

Thanks again.

Curt

12 comments:

  1. The "Renaissance Men' duel was certainly a highlight for me the year a what a lovely tribute to a splendid chap.

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    1. Thanks Michael, it was a great sparring with Peter and it allowed us to get a lot of work done.

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  2. Nicely done model.

    Speaking of the Renaissance, I am backing a small Kickstarter (I know, Greg, I know) of late period armoured knights. On the expensive side, but the cool Maximilian and other styles of armour are rendered beautifully: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/536771983/armoured-knights

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    1. Thanks for that Dave, I'll definitely take a look at that Kickstarter.

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  3. That's a crackin' bit of work Curt!

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  4. Thanks again Curt. I am right chuffed about Max!

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    1. I'm delighted you like him. I look forward to seeing him in amoungst the rest of his (upcoming) unit. :)

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  5. A wonderful figure and a well deserved tribute!
    Well done!

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  6. Peter is a good chap. You're right, that figure does make me think of Sendak.
    Excellent conversion and lovely tribute.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Now it makes me want to dig up my copy of the book...

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