Montag, 12. November 2018

New Pikemen late 15th Century from Frank

Beside the Ming Chinese we have another endless range:-)

Frank sent the photos of his latest figures for his Burgundian war range.

Here the official text from him:


New Pikemen/Halberdiers for the Duke

I expand my range of the 1:72 Burgundian Army by new liveried pikemen/billmen in halt, in a relaxed posture. These pikemen / halberdiers are only lightly armored, comparable to my last archers. They have no vambraces only gloves, a few have put on a bevor. And they wear simple livery clothes. As weapons they carry a long knife and a dagger.They wear sallets and warhats.
The pikemen had the lowest status in the military hierarchy, with the shooters, although they were tactically not insignificant and bore the brunt of the battles.
The one group is also equipped with puffed sleeves, an accessory, which emphasizes their higher status with the proximity to the ducal court. In Schilling's chronicles, these shoulder pads are often depicted as a characteristic of the Burgundian troops. Although the wearing of these shoulder pads was regulated in dress code. But we can assume, that in military clothing / equipment at the end of the period of Charles the Bold, puffed sleeves had a certain spread not only with guards troops.

So let us see these soldiers not only as lightly armed infantry in the battlefield. With a lavish, elaborately decorated livery and with a glaive, poleaxe, or a Lucerne hammer, you are able to represent with these figures soldiers in guard duty for the household of a nobleman.
 
 
The German version:
 

Die Pikeniere/Hellebardiere des Herzogs

Die Range der 72er Burgundischen Armee wird nun durch weitere Figuren erweitert. Sie sind analog zu den bisherigen Fußknechten in entspannter Haltung mit abgesetzter Wehr gestaltet. Diese Pikeniere/Hellebardiere sind nur leicht gepanzert, vergleichbar mit meinen letzten Bogenschützen, tragen kein Armzeug nur Handschuhe, ein paar haben ein Bevor angelegt. Und sie tragen einfach geschnittene Livrée Überwürfe. Sie haben Schallerhelme und Eisenhüte; als Waffen führen sie ein langes Messer und einen Dolch.

Die einfachen Spießträger/Hellebardiere hatten in der militärischen Hirarchie mit den Schützen den geringsten Status, wenngleich sie taktisch nicht unbedeutend gewesen sein dürften und die Hauptlast der Kämpfe trugen.

Die eine Gruppe ist auch noch mit Puffärmeln versehen, ein Accessoir, was ihren gehobeneren Status mit der Nähe zum herzöglichen Hof hervorhebt. In den Bildchroniken Schillings sind diese Schulterpolster oftmals wie ein Charakteristikum der burgundischen Truppen dargestellt. Das Tragen dieser aufgepufften Schulterpolster war in Kleiderordnungen zwar reglementiert, dürfte aber zum Ende der Zeit Karls des Kühnen hin, bei der militärischen Kleidung/Ausrüstung nicht nur bei Gardetruppen eine gewisse Verbreitung gehabt haben.

 

So könnte man diese Knechte nicht nur als leicht gerüstete Infanterie im Feld sehen. Mit einem üppig gestalteten Livre und einer Glaive (polearm), Fußstreitaxt, oder Luzerner Hammer könnte man mit diesen Figuren Wachen, Leibwachen im Gefolge oder im protokollarischen Dienst darstellen.
 
 


 

Samstag, 10. November 2018

Austrian army 1809

Our hobbyfriend Manfred who asked for Tirolean insurgents which we already have in the shop, also asked for Vienna City regiments in 1809.

He has some very nice units of the Austrian army in 1809 and I asked him for some photos which I know got from him.

I put the bigger files on the blog so that you can zoom for details. My favorites are the conversions to Serresaner Border troops. But also the Bohemian legion, sculpted by Uwe Ehmke and which I also used for our Aspern diorama nearly 10 years ago are an eyecatcher.







Donnerstag, 8. November 2018

Radetzky's Dragoons

Another set into our new range of the 1848 Risorgimento. This time we have Austrian Dragoons.





















This will be a bigger range of which Massimo is sculpting the cavalry parts and Ingo the infantry units.  The next sets will be Austrian Artillery and Grenzers as well as Austrian Dragoons.

I thought about enemies. Beside the Hungarians the Italian war gives a lot of opportunities. My favorites are the Papal units who fought the Austrians at Lake Garda.

Montag, 5. November 2018

Franco Prussian war diorama

George from the USA has the same "favorite war" from the 19th century as I do.

So he sent photos from his diorama over. All the figures are BB Miniaturen when I see it right.
I like their cavalry, but find the infantry figures too clumbsy.

But I must say they have a huge range for this war with a lot of nice sets. And of course I have all these figures in my own collection too:-)

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did when I saw them.



















Freitag, 2. November 2018

British Artillery American war of Independence

Maybe you have seen on the blog the first post I made for British artillery in the AWI.
Frank sculpted for us this set.

The good thing with Frank is, that if he likes a subjects, he starts expanding it. So tonight I got these photos from him.







Perfect drill poses. I wish we would have had them when we worked on the Cuddalore diorama.
BTW, with a standing collar we could use them for the French Revolution...

Montag, 29. Oktober 2018

Radetzky's army

The next set for our project "1848-1878" is the third set of Radetzy's army in Italy 1848.

The plan is to cover the complete Austrian army of 1848 which we can use against Italians and Hungarians in 1849.

Here we now have a set of 12 Austrian Jäger. The next will be Austrian artillery and afterwards Austrian Grenzer/Hungarian Infantry.

The infantry sets will be made by Ingo while Massimo will cover the cavalry units.

Here now the masters:




Sadly the second rank is difficult to see, but I will put photos of the castings on the blog ASAP.