Monday, 28 May 2018
There were a small number of Landsknecht figures in the Renaissance Range:
R1s Landsknecht Pikeman Advancing
R2s Landsknecht Halberdier Advancing
R3s Landsknecht Musketeer Firing
R4s Landsknecht Two Handed Swordsman
R5s Armoured Landsknecht Pikeman Advancing
R12s Armoured Landsknecht Officer
which gave you all the infantry types you needed.
I'd had odds and ends for a while then I acquired a larger batch at the beginning of this year so I spent a month or so getting them painted up to a similar standard. There were no artillery so rather than trying to convert some of the figures I had to gunners I took advantage of the rather nice Imperial-Modellbau figures available from the Hagen Miniatures on line shop to provide artillery and a command group.
Landsknechts qualify as "complicated" for painting as far as I am concerned, along with tratan, hussars etc so I go for an impressionistic approach to provide a just about acceptable result from a distance.
I have accidentally ended up then with a useful sized and very flexible force which can serve as part of any number of armies of the period. And then there is that very staisfying feeling of having "finished" a project.
There is an officer figure in the front rank of the second unit of pikemen (four pictures above) which I haven't been able to track down on a list: I do have this old catalogue photo of R12s (armoured officer) but I haven't got or seen this figure in the metal.