The Wyrley Retinue had planned to cover Verdun in some form for next year's game, with next year being the 100th anniversary and all. But Nephew Nick was lukewarm, not being a fan of anything post-musket, so alternatives were sought. As he had built several Perry plastic late 15th Century figures, and I already had a number of Swiss and Burgundian units, that is what we altered our plans to.
Now comes the unfortunate bit...
1) Nephew Nick has painted none of the Perry figures. He was going to do an Italian contingent for the Burgundians.
2) I checked out the games line-up for Partizan 2 on 6th September only to discover Dave Andrews (of Games Workshop fame) and his pals were doing........the Burgundian Wars!
"So what!" you cry.
These guys are serious players. Anyone who has seen any of their work either in the flesh or in various magazine features cannot help but be amazed by the quality of what they do.
Trepidation? Demoralisation? Inspiration?
All three, and more "-ations" besides no doubt!!!
I may trot along to Partizan for a look but I am certain we would have a lot to live up to with our game, so I am not sure if seeing it their work in the flesh is a good idea! To continue or not to continue, that is the question.
Anyway, here are a few work in progress shots of some of the stuff I have done over the Summer. There is a lot more which I will show in due course. I will even finish these!
|The second of three large (32 figure) pike blocks I have painted this Summer, this one hailing from Berne. Mainly Perry plastics, but with Old Glory standard bearers and officer in blue hat (third rank centre) and an Essex drummer.|
|The Perry European Mercenaries box contains 40 figures including 4 command in full armour - the outer two figures here, with different weapon options.|
|Some of the basic infantry figures, with parts from each of the different boxed sets inter-changeable.|
|Front Rank halberdiers I have had lying around for a while. These will be married up with some of the original halberdier figures I painted years ago.|
|And some opposition made from the Perry Wars of the Roses infantry set. I needed eight archers to give me three units to "Pike & Shotte" rule requirements.|
|Something I found a little odd was the lack of quivers for their arrows. They come with little bundles of arrows and parts to show arrows thrust into the ground.|