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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

Hello everyone. I'm finishing up some Cossacks and Poles then the Italian Wars in 28mm will probably be my next project. I have seen Steel Fist and they look great but what others are there and what figures go with each other.

Rich Bliss15 Sep 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

The majority of mine are Old Glory for cost purposes. I also have Foundry, TAG and a few Eureka. All go together fairly well in a mass type of game.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2019 3:55 p.m. PST

What Rich said, plus the Perry miniatures.

The Eureka mounted Gendarmes are superb!

Wish someone would make some of those figs on foot, with cut down lances for storming castle breaches. I suspect you can adapt some Perry, foot "knights" to foot gendarmes, and use them for that.

From the bit I've read, gunnes were quite effective at reducing castle walls to rubble during this period, making sieges a bit more effective and shorter than during the previous century, where they could turn into very long affairs.

altfritz15 Sep 2019 5:12 p.m. PST

I really like the Steel Fist knights. And The Assault Group range has been expanding steadily.

re. Terrain. You know that the Ian Weekley Renaissance Walls are still in production? Apparently, at least. I stumbled on them a week or so ago.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2019 6:23 p.m. PST

I like the Steel Fist minis, but just can't afford them.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Sep 2019 10:34 p.m. PST

Depends on the time you are interested in. "Italian wars" is usually the 1494 to 1530 era, some include the later conflict, especially Ceresole 1544. The core phase is usually Ravenna 1512 to Pavia 1525. So my recommendations go for these:

Foundry (get as many as you can – alas just one armoured horse)
Warlord Games METAL Landsknechts (former ProGloria)
Steel Fist (splendid minis all, but the pose of the Landsknechts is unsuited for rank & file)
Eureka Gensdarmes (a bit on the small side, but awesome)
Artizan (a bit on the large side, but they do have the only Swiss for that era – works good with Redoubt)
TAG (see below)
Perry Italians (not all, but many are usefull)
OLD GW Empire infantry (on the large side with large weapons, but some gems are available)
Old Glory Landsknechte (scrap the cylinder-hats, though. These only came up around 1550 – and all of their pikes are at the usefull but ahistorical 45)

TAG has a really good line of Spaniards, Italians and Landsknechts, but most of these work better for the early phase, 1494 to 1512. They also have a 1544 range for French and Tudor.

And then there is, of course the Warlord Games plastic
They do have some potential, but need some work to make them historical. Not enough Landsknecht heads, some ahistorical armour (eg. wedged armour), short pikes with the wrong heads, crossbows! (do not use these anywhere except for some light cavalry or militia), slightly large weaponry. Use them when you want massed in cheap or have time on your hands. They do mix well with the Perry infantry and can make good conversions. For later Italian, French or Spanish infantry these may be your best option.

If you tell us which exact era (early, mid, late) and which army (Spanish, Italian(s), French, Swiss, German, Imperial) you want, I could be more specific.

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2019 12:25 p.m. PST

What Puster said.

My Italian Wars collection includes Mirliton, old Grenadier, Old Glory, Foundry, Perry, Warlord Games, TAG, Artizan, Eureka, a bit of Steel fist, old GW.

I am painting some Perry WotR MAA and Courers at the moment, basing some Artizan lansknechts, and will be starting on some old GW conversions next.

That makes me sound productive. I am not. This has been going on for 40 years……………

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

If I had to pick a section in time for this period it might be 1520's on ward.

fantasque17 Sep 2019 12:07 a.m. PST

Have a look at the Skull & Crown range and the Kickstarter they are running right now for an alternative take on this subject.There is a post up elsewhere on this site but look quickly, it may not survive the new advertising rules for long.
TMP link

fantasque17 Sep 2019 12:07 a.m. PST

Here is the KS link
TMP link

Personal logo Condottiere Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2019 9:30 a.m. PST


Steelfist has a FB post with comparisons:


Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2019 10:25 a.m. PST

Thanks John.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 2:27 p.m. PST

I like this Light Cavalry in 28mm….




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