There aren't really enough Landsknechts in this block to constitute a real Fähnlein, certainly not a full strength one, but I could not resist posting up some photos of the massed Landsknechts now they have been rebased. The previous giant block, http://camisado1500s.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/forest-of-pikes.html, was 256 figures. The new block totals a terrifying 292 figures (terrifying when I think how long each figure took me to paint, I could probably have done a PhD in the time it took to paint this lot!). Despite there being more figures I think it takes up less space than the other block as they are based much closer together now. There are 14 ranks of 21 figures each, 49 bases of 6 figures per base. A couple of the command bases have 5 instead of 6 figures so there are 292 miniatures in total.
Lest the Landsknechts take all the glory I also had a chance to form up my Reisläufer block for the first time since I have rebased them. It's 118 figures in all, 10 ranks of 12, but again the command bases only have 5 figures. Although the Artizan Reisläufer figures have simply been painted up, the Old Glory and Foundry figures have had a lot of conversions done to really give this block a different feel from their professional competitors the Landsknechts.
If the Landsknecht block will get any larger remains to be seen. I suppose it depends if anyone makes any more 28mm Landsknechts and I am still hoping that one day a manufacturer will make some suitable for around 1495-1505 that will fit well with my really early Italian Wars stuff. You can never have enough of these colourful chaps in a 16th century army!
|The front of the Landsknecht Pike Block|
|Arquebusiers skirmish in front of the pike|
|Skirmish screen of Landskencht arquebusiers|
|The pike block from the side|
|The back of the block|
|Swiss pike block|