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forwardmarchstudios09 Jul 2017 6:10 p.m. PST


This is my first foray into Renaissance figures. This pike block used some structures I created for my Napoleonic lancers, and it came out pretty well, I think. There are 500 pikes on this model,and 2300 total figures. Each block of arqubusiers has 300 figures, and there 600 additional arqubisuers surrounding the pike block proper.

Technologically, the pike block was my greatest fear going into the Renaissance. But, it seems to not be a problem. All 500 pikes printed up perfectly, without a single break, and they're tough. It's also easy to slide the flags into place between the pike tips and secure them with some Tacky Glue. I hope to have a range of these out in a few weeks, which will include pikes in various sizes so that you can model all the different varieties, as well as create ECW style-pike-and-shot units as well. I've already perfected the models for all the other Renaissance, ECW troop-types, so now I should be able to roll out the pike-and-shote era stuff in quick order.

The unit to the side is my new universal cavalry, that here is posing as Renaissance cavalry: buff jackets with steel helmets.

Extra points if you can ID those flags : )
They are a bit anachronistic, but I was impatient to get the units flagged.


coopman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2017 7:33 p.m. PST

Looks very impressive. However, this pike block would be way too large for a typical ECW foot regiment, which might have 500-600 men in the entire regiment with only about 1/3 of them being pikemen. Are you planning on making some smaller pike blocks too? I'm sure that other ECW gamers will offer their input shortly.

forwardmarchstudios09 Jul 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Hi Coopman- I'll be offering a range of different sizes, similar to how my Horse and Musket troops are sold. This will be the basic standard pike model though, so the ECW will be very similar but smaller. Same model, different size. The shotte will be a bit different, and the figs you see here are some older versions of the infantry. I may open them up by doubling up the spave between the files to allow the gap men would cycle through to reload. My goal is to let people make armies from this period that look precicely like the wood cuts. I'm going to make them modular as well, since tercios, from what I gather, weren't just solid blocks, but could rearrange themselves as needed. I started with this model because its the iconic formation of the period (at least to my mind).

Interestingly, this entire 500 man block is only 33m in width. 12 files deep.

I'll be on here asking for feedback and advice often. And, if you have any ideas or requests feel free to let me know on here, or through my blog. I gladly take requests!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

The flags strike me as Russian Napoleonic.

forwardmarchstudios10 Jul 2017 10:41 p.m. PST

79thPA is the winner!
Those are indeed Russian Napoleonic flags. Next time I'll make sure I have some historical ones on hand.

Elenderil10 Aug 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

What I'm looking for is Scots Covenanting Lancers in three ranks of 16 plus a couple of officers out front to total 50 horse in total. Plus Pike blocks of approx 100 men in 6 ranks (actually 96 plus a couple of sergeants etc at the side/rear of the block) and musket in 6 ranks with a total of 50 or 100 men again with sergeants officers out side the block. I also would like some less well formed units to represent clubmen, again in units of 50 and 100. Longer term I want to move onto TYW buts a whole different wish list.

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