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28mm Italian Wars Gendarme 'Archers' from Eureka Miniatures


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valleyboy writes:

These are lovely figures with plenty of variations possible
I have a dozen that I painted a few weeks ago
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JSadler Sponsoring Member of TMP of Eureka Miniatures writes:

Following on from the release of our acclaimed Italian Wars (1494-1559) Gendarme cavalry, we can now offer their light cavalry brethren - the so-called "Archers," designed by Alan Marsh. In the mid-15th Century, French monarchs began establishing professional standing armies in order to reduce their reliance on inadequate, old feudal levies and unreliable mercenary bands. For the heavy 'shock' cavalry, royal ordinances were issued to recruit men of suitable social rank under formal contracts of employment. They were organized into "lances" of six mounted men: a noble heavy armoured cavalryman (Gendarme), supported by a more lightly armoured companion (coutillier), a page, and three mounted archers (who were originally expected to dismount and fight as infantry).

28mm Italian Wars Gendarme 'Archers'

By the Italian Wars (1494-1559), the French Gendarmes had established a ferocious reputation as the most formidable heavy cavalry force in Europe, while their accompanying archer, mounted infantry had been converted to a purely cavalry role, fighting as a more lightly equipped version of the Gendarmes, but still referred to as "Archers" as a nod to tradition. In theory, the Archers continued to form the second supporting rank behind the Gendarmes, but in practice, they often fought as their own independent unit. Although they lacked the full flamboyant finery and ornate heavy equipment of the Gendarmes, the Archers were similarly armored and identically armed with long lances and a variety of side arms. There was little to distinguish between the two cavalry types from a distance, other than the general absence of armor (barding) on the Archers' horses, and their helmets lacked the ostentatious helmet plumes and feathers favored by the Gendarmes.

As with our 28mm Gendarme figures, collectors can order their Archers with either their helmet visors open or visors closed. All Archer figures are supplied with a separate lance-carrying arm, or an open-handed arm which will accommodate one of several alternative hand weapons (swords, maces, battleaxes and horseman's picks - supplied randomly with each figure). Both lance-arms and hand-weapon arms can be attached to the figure torso at a variety of angles to make all your Archers different in appearance. Riders and horses are interchangeable, allowing for further variety.

We are considering producing other miniatures for this colorful period of European warfare (c.1450-1530), if there is enough customer interest and support for them. The proposed figures are:

100CLUBAM21 - 1450-1530 Italian crossbowmen
100CLUBAM22 - 1450-1530 Italian hand gunners
100CLUBAM23 - 1450-1530 Italian pikemen
100CLUBAM24 - 1450-1530 Italian sword and buckler man
100CLUBAM25 - 1430-1530 Swiss pikemen

...and you can place pre-orders for these figures by going to the 100 Club on our website (where you will also find an explanation of how the 100 Club operates).

28mm Italian Wars Gendarme 'Archers'

Here are the catalogue details for the new miniatures in the current release:

NEW 28mm Italian Wars Gendarme 'Archers'

Sculpted by Alan Marsh

100RIW03 - Italian Wars 'Archer', open visor (6)
100RIW04 - Italian Wars 'Archer', closed visor (4)
100RIW05 - Italian Wars 'Archer', sallet, open visor (1)
100RIW06 - Italian Wars 'Archer', sallet, closed visor (1)

Figures are sold individually unless a set is indicated. The number in parentheses denotes the number of available variants for that product code. Variants are supplied randomly, but Eureka Miniatures will always endeavor to supply a representative sample.

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL OFFERS

THE "Forget about the bow - just pass me that battle axe" DEAL

A complete set of all the Gendarme Archer figures in this release - twelve mounted figures, each with a lance and a choice of assorted hand weapons, for the special price of $60.00 AUD* (normally $72.00 AUD).

* Excluding postage and 'Goods and Services Tax' payable by Australian customers only

Customers in the U.S.A. or the U.K. can choose to order our figures from our representatives Eureka Miniatures U.S.A. or Fighting 15s respectively, as well as directly from us.

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