Thursday, September 10, 2015

Italian Wars Gendarmes

Gendarmes 1
Following on the hoof steps of a command stand for the fledgling Great Italian Wars project, are two, five figure stands of mounted gendarmes for Impetvs mustering out from the painting desk.  Having five of these heavy "heavies" makes for a solid and weighty stand of figures.  When it is plunked down on the gaming table, you know it.  My little force is approaching a gameable size and could easily slip in as a self-contained faction in the next game.  
Gendarmes 2
Gendarmes 2
Gendarmes 1
Figures are Wargames Foundry. 

34 comments:

  1. Great looking units, not seen these before though

    Ian

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  2. Impressive and beautiful...love them!

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  3. Excellent work Jonathan, I really like how this project is progressing.

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    1. Thanks! With each unit fielded, I am more eager to get them on the table to face off against you.

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  4. lovely painted looking "perfumed plumed Gendarmes"! :o)

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    1. They do have tall plumes! Glad you like them.

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    1. Thank you, Dean. I had visions of your selfies as I painted these armor-clad warriors.

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  6. Great work Jonathan. I love this period.

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    1. Thanks! I have become quite enamored with it, myself!

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  7. Jonathan they are lovely examples of the queens of the battlefield. Love the patterns on the yellow skirt. But come on - squeeze another one on those bases - they are heavies after all ;)
    Richard

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    1. You are quite funny!

      I probably could squeeze a sixth gendarmes onto the stand but I plead project precedence on this one. Our Impetvs began using the large 28s of Renegade (Punic Wars) and BTD (Reconquista). Fitting six would have been impossible using Renegade and a tight fit for BTD.

      Based on those figure sizes, we came to the (rational?) conclusion that five cavalry figures would represent CP, four cavalry figures for CM, and three figures for CL.

      Since Jake stuck with the five horse CP stand for his ITW project, I followed suit.

      Really, I'm not responsible...

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  8. Lovely figures, really nicely painted , can't wait to see the whole army
    Iain

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    1. Thank you, Iain! I have some more work to do and then I will take a group photo.

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  9. Your ITW collection is growing at impressive speed here Jon - let them loose on the gaming table and give us an AAR with that nice collection sometime soon.

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    1. Soren, I would enjoy letting them loose onto the gaming table. We just need to coordinate schedules. Our plan had been to get a game in this summer but that did not materialize.

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  10. They look quite impressive, Jonathan. Lovely, hefty figures, impressive bases. I always admire a soldier who can cram that much plumage on his helmet and not feel at all self-conscious about it. Perhaps you could do the next base as a Carmen Miranda stand - instead of giant plumes, perhaps baskets of pineapples and bananas? :)

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    1. Thanks, Michael. As I painted these horsemen, I wondered much the same. How did they fight with three feet of plumage stuck to their heads? Adding an additional three feet to one's silhouette does make one look more impressive especially when mounted on a horse. Pineapples and bananas? That would be fun to see on the Renaissance battlefield!

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  11. Splendid Armoured Fellows,Very well liked.Yes Indeed by, Beano Boy.

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  12. The Perry Gendarmes are quite flamboyant in the plumage carried, but magnificent none the less, and you've doen a fine job on them. Reminds me I have some lovely Eureka Gendarmes that I really should paint up.

    5 of these Gens d' Armes on a base would be weight indeed!

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    1. I would enjoy seeing you tackle your Gendarmes, Peter.
      Five of these heavies on a stand is heavy, indeed.

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  13. I really like how the more muted colors work in your renaissance project. The paint schemes remind me of oil paintings.

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    1. Fantastic, Jake! Very pleased you like them.

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