During the recent series of Italian Wars To the Strongest! games and after I put the collection out on parade, I noticed that another stand of zweihanders could be recruited for the collection. In the process of fielding the last pike block, I did not have the necessary figures to add the block's complement of zweihanders. One or two Old Glory leftover swordsmen were painted but not enough swordsmen to field a four-figure skirmish stand. Or so I thought.Digging through The Lead Pile, I came upon a handful of zweihanders picked up in a figure exchange with Jake. Not sure what I gave up in the figure swap but I received a handful of Casting Room Miniatures' (CRM) figures from the Renaissance range. Three of these CRM figures made it onto the painting desk and joined one Old Glory figure (second from the right) on the stand. The sculpting is good but the anatomy is suspect on certain figures but painting is straightfoward. Overall, when painted and based, the figures make a pleasing sight. The great swords are fabulous! Look at the size of those things.
While not much on the gaming front of late, the painting desk has seen action. A handful of units are finished and awaiting their turn at the photo booth. A good mix of projects are crossing the workbench including Italians Wars (28mm), 1859 Franco-Austrian War (15mm), Ancients (28mm), and WSS (10mm). The San Martino battle has been reset. I am looking for some time to return to the table to give the scenario another try.
Despite cooler temperatures and a couple of days of rain, weather has been good on the Palouse and cycling enjoyable. With the arrival of summer, the rapeseed is in bloom with its bright yellow flowers and wheat is tall enough to wave in the breeze. Early summer is a fine time to be out on the bike. A few photos from Friday's post-work, afternoon ride follow. With the camera mounted on the handlebars, it is difficult to provide a more expansive view that is available at eye level but the near, ground-level perspective provides some of the color contrast.
|Amber waves of grain|
|Rapeseed in bloom|