Monday, May 30, 2016

Italian Pike Block -GIW

Anticipating an upcoming opportunity to get the Great Italian Wars project onto the gaming table this summer, stepping off the painting desk is a block of Italian pike.
On three stands, these 39 figures represent an Italian pike block in Impetvs.  Large and unwieldy with 37 chances of literally getting "stuck in."  With a footprint of 120mm x 180mm, the block has trouble squeezing into the photo booth.
Figures are all from The Assault Group (TAG) and are nicely detailed with little flash.  TAG offers figures in a variety of poses with varying armor and clothing presentations.  Having not seen may TAG figures, my impression based on this limited sample is that TAG are more svelte than either Old Glory or Wargames Foundry.  Without question, the figures will look compatible on the battlefield with these other manufacturers' figures in nearby formations.  Truly excellent sculpting!
To support this fine block of pikemen, on the painting desk are two stands of TAG arquebusiers.  The handgunners will be presented as skirmishers to lend firepower to the pike.  Also in the The Lead Pile can be found a few Italian archers and crossbowmen.  These will make it into the painting queue over time.  With luck, the collection will see action in June.  If not June then summer for sure.  Well, that is my hope...    

36 comments:

  1. Now, that is a pike unit. Well done!

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  2. Really nice, although subdued compared to their Landsknecht co-weaponists! TAG uis one manufacturer I don't have in mt collection - their figures came out long after my own Renaissance forces were painted.

    Are these sold as being specifically "Italian"? I suspect so, as many wear what looks like a later form of the "barbuta" helmet that was especially characteristic of the Italians.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbute

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Yes, these are specifically classified as "Italian." See link for more of the range:
      http://www.theassaultgroup-shop.co.uk/italian

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  3. "The Assault Group" figures look great after your painting Jon - well done Sir!

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    1. Thank you, Phil! Slowly churning through that Renaissance pile of lead.

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  4. These pikes look superb...and are very impressive, great job!

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  5. Oh, lovely, lovely work Jonathan!!! They are exquisitely painted, love it!! Cheers!

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  6. Jonathan - these are beautiful - seriously gorgeous troops. Humbling.

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    1. Most appreciative to have you stopping by and giving encouragement, Tony!

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  7. They look like they've stepped out of an Italian old master. Lovely stuff. How do you store them? I thought fitting some flags in boxes was difficult!

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    1. Conrad, you are very kind! I store the pike-armed infantry and lancer wielding cavalry in deep plastic boxes. I will snap a photo so you can see the method.

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  8. Very impressive and very well done!

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    1. Much appreciated, Rod! Very encouraged to see you added as a Follower. Excellent and welcome!

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  9. beatiful Jonathan! wonderfull unit!!

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  10. Superb stuff Jonathan great detail and basing as always my friend

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    1. Stephen! Thank you very much! Now, if I could only produce maps as cool as yours or construct exquisite buildings.

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  11. Great work on the Pike, looking forward to seeing the shot!

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    1. Thanks! Handgunners on the way but another unit is ahead of them in queue.

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  12. Great looking pike Jonathan!

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  13. They look fantastic. Nothing like a large pike block to emphasise a mass of soldiers.

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    1. A big pike block does look menacing, does it not?
      Thanks for your kind comment!

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  14. Fantastic looking pike nice sculpts and lovely painting and you got through them at top speed!
    Best Iain

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    1. Much appreciated, Iain! Even though there were 39 of them, it went faster than expected.

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  15. Well that looks intimidating! Very nicely done Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  16. These look awesome Jonathan - always good to have troops in an Italian Wars army that aren't Landsknecht or Reislaufer - the ones that normally get all the attention!

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    1. Oli, you are very kind! Glad you like the Italians.

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  17. Great looking addition, we really need to get these guys on the table this summer. I just need to figure our a reliable travel system for my own pikemen.

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    1. The collections deserve to see action soon! Perhaps we can find time this summer? Mine are boxed and travel ready.

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