Wednesday 1 January 2014

The Venetian Army

The Venetian Army

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know I am keen on setting up the various armies that can be made out of the collection. I have had a go at the Venetians before,  but have added loads more figures to the collection since. I have also added some of the excellent flags from Pete for the Venetians at Agnadello in 1509.
So to start the new year here is the Venetian army of 1509. The army that, as Machiavelli put it, lost in one day what it had taken Venice eight hundred years to conquer. I hope it has the right Italian feel to it with a mix of Perry Italians and Stradiots, TAG Italians and a few Spanish as well as some old Wargames Foundry and Citadel figures. All of the flags are by Pete from his Agnadello and Venetians flagsheets, The two Orsini Cousins that led the army are represented, Bartolomeo D'Alviano and Niccolo di Pitigliano. I also included a couple of banners for the Malatesta as Pandolfo IV Malatesta fought as a Condottieri for the Venetians at Agnadello. I wanted this army to represent the transition from Medieval to Renaissance and think this is captured fairly well.
Now I need to decide where 2014 will take the collecting, I am becoming more and more tempted to have a go at some Elizabethans but have a few more things for the early 1500s to complete first.
Happy New Year!

Stradiots riding out in front

Venetian Cavalry

Stradiots in front of  the Cavalry under Bartolomeo D'Alviano

Venetian Infantry

Venetian horse under Niccolo Di Pitigliano

Mounted Arquebusiers with the baggage behind

Another picture of the baggage train

Venetian Crossbowmen and Archers

Balkan Archers

The Venetian Archers and Artillery

Venetian Infantry

Venetian Army, the 2 flags in the foreground are for the Malatesta


Venetian Infantry

Venetian Infantry with Stradiots skirmishing in front


  1. A beautiful sight, I think you got it spot on ,and the TAG, Perry and foundry figures have mixed well.
    Happy new year to you!

  2. Wonderful job at creating such a dynamic collection.

  3. Very, very impressive !!!

    Happy New Year !!!

    Best regards Michael

  4. Wow, this army is awesome !
    Happy New Year.

  5. Glorious!

    Back in 2009, my (sadly now deceased) fellow Renaissance enthusiast Peter Hes ran Agnadello at Historicon five times, each with a different rules set. IIRC, Venice lost in all five games!

  6. Lovely. Certainly excellent eye candy for the New Year.

  7. Excellent looking army and beautiful pictures!

  8. Wow! Great layout and outstanding figures!

  9. I was looking for inspiration and I found it, thank you, regards Wolt

    1. Cheers Wo

      If you want to see the above army in action on the table top these two posts cover this: