Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Skirmishing Arquebusiers - Mid 16th Century


Following on from my last post of the mid 16th Century Pikemen by the Assault Group here are the first of the Arquebusiers to accompany them. They are based in Skirmish order and accompanied by some officers, a targeteer and halberdier to ward off other skirmishers they encounter. I suppose with the inclusion of these other figures they could also be suitable for the "Forlorn Hope" or "Les Enfants Perdus", sallying out in front of the pike or leading an assault on fortifications.

There is no real conversion work here, they are beautiful figures and don't need much changing. The only thing I have done is to remove the Fleur De Lis that all of the Arquebusiers have embroidered on their doublets or sewn to their leather jerkins. This would have shown their alleigance to Valois France in the Mid 16th Century. I like the fact that they have been sculpted onto the figures but as I wish them to be more generic rather than specifically French I have removed them. As you can see in the photos these figures are skirmishing out in front of Habsburg Pikemen so the Fleur De Lis would not have been appropriate here.

I am currently working on some shot in closer order who will form the "sleeves" that accompany the Pike Block. I think after that it may be time to return to the earlier part of the 16th century again.

Skirmishing Arquebusiers c.1535-1560

Skirmishing Arquebusiers by The Assault Group

The line advances in front of the Pike

Skirmishing Shot with Pike behind

Skirmishing Arquebusiers and Officer

10 comments:

  1. Top notch figures, and photos!

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  2. Oh, these handgunners are nice! I have two stands of skirmishing arquesbusiers on my painting desk too.

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  3. Lovely looking figures and a nice paint job, look really good with the pike block.
    Best Iain

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  4. Great handgunners Oli, and the scenery sets them of nicely!

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  5. Excellent job Oli, I wish I could have anything close to your output!

    First time I've seen these sculpts painted up and you've done a nice job, they have an Italian feel about them, I wonder if they might mix well with the Tudor range for more variety.

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  6. lovely figures/painting!

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  7. Those look great, both the arquebusiers and the backdrop too. I wish 15mm was as well provided with early to mid-16th C figures.

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  8. Terrific work. I really like your inclusion of the odd melee man here and there within the unit.

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