To match my Landsknechts I have started my block of Reisläufer. The figures are by Artizan. At the moment they only represent Uri but I intend to build on the block either as more figures become available or I may convert a few figures to add. I think I would date most of my collection to about 1510 - 1530 although some of my Italians and Spanish could be used for earlier. At this date the Reisläufer would look very similar to Landsknechts.
Despite this I still wanted to make them look distinctive from my Landsknechts. These two types of mercenary were bitterly opposed to each other, and although the differences in appearance may at times have been subtle they were recognisable at the time. The differences I have gone for from Landsknechts are no Katzbaglers, less colour combinations, not quite as flamboyant colours, the use of white crosses on some of the figures, the wearing of turbans and all of the hat feathers are white. I am pleased with the way they turned out and still have the front rank of the pikes and the arquebusiers to add.
|Drummer and Standard in Uri Cantonal Colours|
To further differentiate from the Landsknechts I have painted the drummer and standard bearer (I think my favourite figure of the lot) in the Uri Cantonal Colours. I recall reading that although most of the troops dressed as they pleased, the troops in these positions did sometimes wear the colours of the Canton.
Very impressive!!! I love the look of a pike block..whatever period of history but these look exceptionally nice..ReplyDelete
Very nice! I usually paint all my Swiss in cantonal colors. may not be completely historical, but, combined with the Cantonal flags, there's no mistaking them for Landsknechts! Even with just 2 solid colors you have at least six different configurations you can use, so they still won't look all *that* uniform!ReplyDelete
Great looking additions to your collection well done!ReplyDelete
Very nice once again. Great looking unit. I would maybe give a bit of movement to the standard if you can but that's just a minor gripe. Tasty all round.ReplyDelete