Today I have taken some photos of the first infantry I have painted this year. They are the excellent Venetian Archer figures by The Assault Group. I love the distinctive look of the figures. They are clearly based on the St Ursula Cycle by Vittorio Carpaccio, a series of wall paintings done in 1493. These pictures feature in the Osprey Fornovo Campaign book. I have included a couple of them below so you can see the similiarity to some of the figures. I particulary like the way some have doublets with lace up sleaves and the shirts below showing, others have laced on sleaves and the shirts hanging out below the doublets. I really think it gives them a particurlarly Italian feel for this period. I would love to see some pikemen in this style.
I think the Venetian Archers did see service on mainland Italy, especially during the start of the dangerous War of The League of Cambrai when pretty much every other power was allied against them. As they date from the very late 15th century I suppose they are most suitable for Venices war against the Ottomans from 1499-1503. Combined with some Stradiots they would be perfect for the garrison of a fortress in the Venetian Maritime Empire. Infact I am tempted to have another go at my Ottoman Army to face them but I think this will have to wait. I reckon these figures would also be good for the militia forces aiding the Knights on St John in 1522 at the Siege of Rhodes.
Very nice looking archers!ReplyDelete
Great looking models - nice to see the contemporary reference illustrations too.ReplyDelete
they are too nice not to use anyway, regardless of actual wars they were in!!