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As I posted the other day, I have been inspired to put in some work on my 40mm Renaissance project, for the first time in six years or so.

 

After doing the visual inventory, I concluded that what I most immediately needed was more pikemen.  So, digging through my bags of raw castings, I pulled out a dozen pikemen base figures and a few other near term wishes.  

 

I haven't done the metal work on these figures in a while, so I warmed up with a second need, putting together three figures to form a command stand for lighter infantry, and then went on to do four of the easier pike conversions.  The basic body is a halberdier, but it's very difficult to get the halter to cast properly, and, since I don't need it anyway, I realized a few years ago that I could insert a heavy wire into the mold in the hollow intended to become the halberd shaft, and pull it out (usually ::P:) once the casting was cool.  

 

That basically gives you two ring hands into which to insert a brass wire pike.  I have a small stash of 1/16" brass "curling wire" in 12" lengths, so it made sense to use 4" pikes and get three from a wire.

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I had a brief opportunity to work on two of the pikemen at lunch one day this week, and more or less finished one:

 

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I used a deliberately toy-like style when I painted the bulk of the figures twenty years ago, and I am not sure that I can match it.  Nevertheless, I am going with a similar look this time, with some deliberately heavy black-lining.  As one can see from the inventory picture, in actual play the figures end up giving an impressionistic effect, so there's not a lot of point in worrying too much about any single figure.  

 

 

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I have been having a couple of rough and hectic weeks at work, so I hadn't picked up a brush in a couple of weeks.  I finally got an hour or so earlier this week to get back to the next group of these Renaissance guys.  These three will be a command stand for my swordsmen in our home-rules game.  I started with the officer, who is supposed to be wearing a buff coat (leather) in yellow-brown.  It's still a little more yellow than I like, probably due to the fact that I was painting with my travel kit and mixing things from just a few colors. My historical fashion sense suggests that he's really sculpted to be from around 1580, give or take, so I put stripes on the pants to pass him up a bit among the earlier (1520-ish) landsknechts.  (Did I mention this is a "toy" project, so we make do with what we can get...?)

 

Cuffs and collar will eventually be layered up in white, so that there is more of a contrast with the coat, and the sash will eventually be red.  

 

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After a hiatus of several weeks during which I haven’t picked up a brush, I decided to relax last night and knock out a “nice toy” paint job on another one of the Renaissance reinforcements. That’s two down and one to go on the command stand, and only a little more than a month. :unsure: This should have been a job of a few hours, but some weeks anything is better than nothing...

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