Along with the three pike stands, one four-figure stand of doppelsoldners passed across the painting desk in tandem. To complete the pike block, four arquebusier are at work on the painting desk outfitted in the same red/black costume.
I decided to give this pike block a black and red motif similar to illustrations found describing the Black Bande. With pikes held at a low attitude, these pikemen might pose a bit unwieldy on the gaming table. A forty-five or sixty degree pike angle is better suited for the tabletop but the mass of pikes protruding from the block's front produces a good visual.
Figures are all from Artizan and represent the first Artizan figures to enter into Italian Wars project. Excellent sculpting, the style of which fits well with the other major represented manufacturers to the project. Thus far, the project fields mostly Old Glory, Wargames Foundry, and TAG figures.
With 46 figures in this release, I am glad to have these figures finished and marked off the To Do List! Completion of this pike block brings the total number of such blocks that can be fielded to five. That is probably sufficient for now, don't you think?
While enough figures remain in The Lead Pile to complete a few more units including a few more cavalry, one stand of 'T' arquebusiers, and maybe enough for one or two more pike blocks, the project is large enough to hold its own in a large engagement.