Off the painting desk today is the eighth pike block to march over into the completed column in the 28mm Great Italian Wars project. Pike block #8 maybe the last too. We will see. How many pike blocks does one really need? With 39 figures mustered in each block, that is a lot of Renaissance figures to paint and field for one unit. Eight such blocks is most likely plenty to field for one army and even having two armies with four pike block each may be good enough for many battles.This block consists of a real hodgepodge of figures from many manufacturers. Being the last full grouping of pikemen remaining in The Lead Pile, many different figures were called to the colors. I count figures form Artizan, The Assault Group, Wargames Foundry, Old Glory, Casting Room Miniatures, and several handfuls from a Kickstarter Jake participated in a few years ago whose name I forget. Jake gifted the unknown Kickstarter pikemen at Christmas 2018. Some of the Artizan pikemen were another gift from gaming buddy, Scott. About time I finally got them into the painting queue and out for a parade.
Having finished off this block, unpainted inventory for this project is minimal. Perhaps a gun or two remain and enough Gendarmes to field two more BMUs. Not much after that. Well, I do have four, unopened bags of Old Glory arquebusiers and crossbowmen remaining in waiting but I have sufficient numbers of those class of troops painted already. Perhaps, I will sell, trade, or even paint these figures some day?
Included with the 39 pikemen is one stand of four dopplesoldners. These two-handed swordsmen sure look like Old Glory figures to me.
Next time, artillery for the 30mm ECW project should be coming out from the painting desk. Of course, the next unit may be anything, really.