Friday, November 27, 2015

Landsknecht Artillery

Rolling off the painting desk is one Landsknecht gun and crew.  Such puffy costumes would certainly be a constant hazard during gun drill.
When I purchased Phil's Great Italian Wars collection in FEB 2015, a handful of artillery crew were painted but without accompanying guns.  By painting and fielding this gun, four of the unemployed artilleryman can be mustered out for the project.  The figures are Old Glory and well animated.
Unlike the two based guns and crew present in the collection at purchase, I gave this stand a treatment of Minwax.  I think the stain looks good on the figures and gun and provides a bit more depth even though Phil's excellent highlighting adds much depth already.
L-R: Minwax, No Minwax, No Minwax

Hopefully Phil will approve!

22 comments:

  1. Artillery never looked so flashy! Mine are equally over the topp, and the OG Landsknecht gun crews are favorites of mine).

    I'm neutral on the minwax for the crews, but it does help the guns. I think you may want to paint the muzzle opening of the new gun black like the others... the close up pictures always seem to point up my own oversights!

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    1. Good observation regarding the gun muzzle. Maybe I should drill out the muzzle end while I am at it.

      Appreciate the critique. I often find stuff in the photos that I did not see with my eyes.

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  2. Great work Jon. It is such a pretty period, but all the different colours to paint can make it quite intimidating. You haven't gone overboard with the variations, which is good for the sanity!

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    1. It is a colorful period and a bit daunting with all of the various color schemes. The results are well worth the intimidation.

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  3. Outstanding pieces and they look fantastic in person. We definitely need to find an opportunity to get our combined collections on the table.

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    1. Thanks, Jake! Perhaps over the Christmas break we can get our two Great Italian Wars collections on the table for game? That would be great!

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  4. So many details and so many beautiful colors...excellent job!

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    1. The artillery crew are the "Other" Phil's handiwork and marvelous it is!

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  5. Great looking guns, I might pinch the colour scheme for at least some of my guns , all three together look fab. I like the old glory artillery crew, I'm just finishing some and about to paint the guns so this post is timely
    thanks Iain

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    1. Iain, I look forward to seeing your gunwork!

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  6. These look really good, particularly formidable when set up as a battery. I had the Old Glory gun crew as well but when I rebased everything most of them found themselves in the pike blocks or leading skirmishers - if you replace the artillery swabs and ramrods with halberds they make equally nice command figures - its the one hand raised in the air that does it!

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    1. Thank you, Oli! Good tip about repurposing Old Glory artillery crew.

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  7. finally online here at Sacramento CA, visiting family - anyway -
    great artillery/crews Jon, well done Sir!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Phil!
      The crew are all your handiwork with a touch of stain.

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  8. Lovely colour exhibition Jonathan! I'm sure they well be pleased if no barrels explode!

    Christopher

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  9. Lovely additions to your collection Jonathan, did they actually wear these fancy outfits? Wow!

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    1. In the words of comedian Steve Martin, Landsknechts dressed like "wild and crazy guys!"

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  10. Fantastic looking battery. You're right, it's hard to imagine working those guns in those costumes. The shirtless fellows are probably the smart ones, or they lost their shirts when then got too close to the muzzle.
    I like the muted colours, it makes them look like working soldiers.

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    1. The pastel colors on the crew were the handiwork of your Raab adversary, Phil. He is truly an artist.

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