Following on from the 1540s Landsknechts I posted up at the start of the year work has continued on the Mid-16th Collection, the most recently completed figures for which are a couple of artillery pieces and crew. The guns and crew are by The Assault Group, one crew is from their Tudor range and the other from their Valois range. The Fleur De Lys badges have been removed from the French figures. As with a lot of the collection I was keen for both guns to have fairly generic crewmen so that they can be used for a variety of armies.
While I really like the TAG figures I did reposition these a little as the artillery crew all come open handed, ready to hold the various artillery swabs, powder scoops or ramrods which TAG also provide. While a few figures look great holding these I'm never keen on the whole team doing so. Both crews have a figure with a linstock. These are easy to make by simply gluing cotton around a piece of wire so it looks like the match wrapped around the linstock. One crew is in the process of repositioning the gun after it has recoiled, as gamers and modellers I think we often forget the fact guns would fly backwards when shooting. One crewman reaches for the bucket to swab the gun before the next charge is loaded. The other crew are in the process of ramming the shot home, having loaded the powder charge.
I think the crew work well in fairly drab outfits and complement the other TAG figures for this era. A pike block with marching shot in front has been included in the photos to add a bit more flavour. Period wise I would use them for the 1530s through to the early 1560s at a push. I have also finished another 16 shot for this collection and am currently working on some later Gendarmes. After these will hopefully follow a couple of Mid-16th Century command bases. This 1540s side project has moved slowly along in the background and it would be good to add some more bits and pieces to the collection so I can start using it for some later Renaissance Rampant games. Hopefully the "Camisade of Boulogne" is not too far off!
|Mid-16th Century heavy guns and artillery crew by The Assault Group. The Watermill in the background is also a new purchase.|
|The artillery open fire as the Pike and Shot begin to move forward.|
|One team are in the process of rolling the gun forward after it has been fired while the other team are pushing the shot home as part of the reloading process.|
|The Assault Group guns and crew from behind.|
Great guns, Oli!ReplyDelete
painted with great gusto Jonathan!Delete
Lovely work Oli! Big buggers ain’t they?ReplyDelete
Thanks Peter. They are pretty heavy pieces of kit I agree.Delete
Impressive on a battlefield...and beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thank you Phil.Delete
Two really fine looking pieces. Well done with the bronzing effect.ReplyDelete
Cheers Robbie, I ummed and ahhed for a bit about the colour for the guns but am pretty pleased with the result.Delete
Lovely looking artillery pieces and nice crew,drab makes sense, it's dirty work!ReplyDelete
Thanks Iain, yes I didnt want them dressed in too much finery!Delete
Good job,The Assault Group are excellent in general, but their guns are superb. Out of interest what were the side bars used for, was it for manovering purposes or something else?ReplyDelete
Thanks TC, I have wondered about those before myself. I would guess that for manouvering they were probably not robust enough. The "dolphins" or sculpted things about half way down the actual barrel were often for movement purposes as a rope could be put through them to lift the actual gun off the carriage. At a guess I would say perhaps they were to strengthen the carriage when it recoiled but I am happy to be corrected on this. It would be interesting to know.ReplyDelete
What is also interesting is that in sieges for a lot of the guns it seems they didnt bother with carriages at all, and not just in the case of enormous bombards, have a look at some of the images in this earlier post: http://camisado1500s.blogspot.com/2016/09/a-bombard.html
Nice addition - to a very impressive collection!ReplyDelete
Cheers Simon, I am working on the Steel Fist Gendarmes at the moment - I've deliberately chosen the later helmet styles to make them suitable up to the 1550s.Delete