Thursday, 15 March 2018

Neapolitan Spanish WIP

The latest addition are a unit of picas extraordinarias:
Figures from Red Box.

As I'm messing about with my ancient armies, thought I may as well mess about with the Renaissance ones as well.

One of four armies for the War of The League of Cambrai 1508 – 1516. The principal protagonists were:
  • Neapolitan Spanish
  • Valois French
  • Swiss Confederation
  • Republic of Venice
The whole thing became a shifting morass of alliances, one year’s allies could change sides the following year and so on.

1/72 plastics from Revell, Caesar and Red Box.  Conquistadors not quite right for early century but had to do as there was no other choice in plastics at the time of starting.  Things have changed on the Renaissance front since Red Box released all their new sets.  Which is what drove this exercise.

Instead of an overall expansion of all four armies, the messing about will consist of corrections and minor additions. The main tasks will be adding a Landsknecht force and a generic Italian force, acting as mercenaries or allies.

I've ordered these as a Colunela or Column, consisting of five banderas or squadrons which had about 200-300 men each, more or less evenly divided between pikes, arquebuses and swordsmen. There may have been more of these in the Colunela. A theoretical Coronelía or Squadron (Escuadrón) of Gonzalo de Córdoba was over twice this size with incorporated cavalry (a bit like a Roman legion).

Banderas 1 and 2 (Caesar and Revell with some mild conversions);
Banderas 3 and 4 (Caesar and Revell again with some mild conversions and Red Box);
Bandera 5 (Red Box);
The Colunella deployed for combat; pike at the front to fend off horse and other pikes. Sword-and-buckler men behind the pikemen to push through if the pikes stall and to break into enemy pike. Arquebusiers to the sides to blow holes in enemy horse or foot, I was unable to ascertain whether the arquebuses deployed in line or column, I've deployed in column/countermarch here;
Interesting from a gaming point of view as rules don't generally allow movement through for these types of troops, additionally if the Spanish pikes are in base contact they would have to be moved back to allow deployment for base contact with the swordsmen.  Special rule needed?

Got figures left over so a supporting unit of pikes and some skirmishing infantry are still to come before I put the whole force back together.

Friday, 9 March 2018


Things which may or may not get done this month.

1/72 Spanish pikemen for the continuing expansion of the Neapolitan Spanish army.  Would like to do some more infantry but undecided on how many elements.
15mm SYW Saxons; a couple items missed when the army was first put together, Rochow Fusiliers and command element for Noailles cavalry regiment. Still leaves another cavalry regiment and some grenadiers.

If by some freak of chance these get finished, I'll likely start prepping more ancients in the form of Republican Indian.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Early War Luftwaffe

Both from Zvezda.

1/200 Junkers Ju-88 and 1/144 Junkers Ju-87 Stuka:
 The camo is green on green, camera didn't like it.