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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 May 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

He knows he wants something 'renaissance.' What do you recommend?

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut25 May 2017 5:27 p.m. PST

ECW Irish (not Montrose.) Easy to paint, and after playing them you can only go up.

Mr Medici25 May 2017 5:29 p.m. PST

A Spanish army would have lots of uses for different periods/conflicts – Holy Roman Empire vs France or Turks or German protestants; or versus Aztecs or Incas

Pictors Studio25 May 2017 5:40 p.m. PST

17th Century Cossacks. Once you've made an army of them you can start an army of anything else you like from the same period and location and use the Cossacks as allies.

Winston Smith25 May 2017 5:57 p.m. PST

I loved my Polish army. Magnificent!
Alas, nobody around here wanted to play Renaissance, so I sold them to a good home, where they are well taken care of and taken out frequently for a rousing battle.

Sobieski25 May 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

I second the Italian wars. Variety, colour, and it really IS the renaissance.

Sysiphus25 May 2017 6:23 p.m. PST


wrgmr125 May 2017 6:54 p.m. PST

Burgundians, colourful loveable losers. I have them!

Extrabio194725 May 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

The old Courier magazine suggested Early French as a good Renaissance army for newbies. A very forgiving army and lots of interesting troop types.

KSmyth26 May 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

Poles. Winged hussars, cossacks, tartars, are you kidding? Gotta be Poles. Or maybe Turks. Or Poles AND Turks.

Timmo uk26 May 2017 9:48 a.m. PST

Whatever he wants to paint the most.

jefritrout26 May 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

I would say Poles, because they are so versatile. And the set of rules By Fire and Sword encompasses Eastern European Warfare in a fun and unique way.

Granted, I have ..
Eastern European : Poles, Cossacks, Tatars, Swedes,and Muscovites
For the Americas : Colonial Spanish, Colonial Portuguese, Tupi, Chinantec, Inca, and Mapuche
For Late 15th Century: Spanish, Burgundians and Swiss

Then TYW : Swedes, ECW Royalists, about 1/2 Catholic German force.

piper90926 May 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

I'd start with the Swiss myself, personal preference and lots of battle possibilities. Simple tactics. Ferocious fighters and pointy sticks!

I'd also like the Scots, but there's nobody to fight except the English.

bruntonboy26 May 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

"I'd also like the Scots, but there's nobody to fight except the English."

Other Scots.

Hafen von Schlockenberg26 May 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

Newbie Renaissance gamer? Or newbie wargamer?

If the latter, I'd hesitate about having him start with trying to paint all those Swiss and Landsknechts!

Unless you're planning to do that part yourself. . .

corona6626 May 2017 6:50 p.m. PST

Buccaneers make a simple army to paint and offer lots of enemies.

Khusrau27 May 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

French, loads of variety, decent troops, and they fought everyone.

Durando11 Sep 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

Siamese or Burmese

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