Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro Vignette III (Final Chapter).

Here it is, finally, the vignette I've been working on of Francesco II Gonzaga leading the Italian Men at Arms in a charge at the Battle of Fornovo crossing the River Taro during Charles VIII's ill fated invasion of Italy to capture the Kingdom of Naples.


Many military historians have postulated battles that mark the end of Medieval warfare; in Britain we usually refer to the Battle of Bosworth or the Battle of Stoke Field but in fact history is very much in a state of flux and it is really impossible to pin down when one period finished and another begins. However, if I personally was to choose one campaign and one battle I would have to say that Charles VIII's invasion of Italy in 1495 and the Battle of Fornovo, if anything are about as close as we are going to get in the Western world to a Medieval ways of war moving closer to what we would define as Renaissance warfare.

Charles VIII artillery train is but one aspect that exemplifies my point, his use of Swiss mercenaries armed with their pikes is another.

Anyway, without too much waffling from me, here are the pics:






















A note on the livery that I have chosen for Gonzaga's retinue. The yellow and black are taken from the centre of his banner. Information regarding heraldry in English is particularly hard to come by when it comes to The Italian Wars so it was a necessity to take an educated guess as to what his livery might have been. Lack of information will be a common theme to many Late Medieval wargamers but it is particularly difficult to get information for The Italian Wars say, compared to the Wars of the Roses which are relatively well documented.

One last thing I should mention is that the heraldic banners are printed onto a fine cloth by Pete from Pete's Flags which are available from his blog HERE. They really are charming painterly renditions of banners, standards and flag and I would highly recommend them to all.

Cheers,
Darrell.

21 comments:

  1. Absolutly beautiful, love this wonderful vignette!

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  2. Amazing! Truly a masterpiece.

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  3. Love the foam! This is really an eye-pleaser! Well done.

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  4. Lovely work Darrell. Great feel to the piece, lot's of character. Nice!

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  5. Great stuff, I can't wait to see how the armies for this project develop

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  6. Top notch work Darrell.
    By the way did you get my reply on TMP re the Salute figure you want.
    Thanks Robbie.

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  7. Bellissimo! What a remarkable piece of work! Have to try that Vallejo water putty myself, looks perfect!

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    1. It's really good stuff. It's actually incredibly easy to manipulate too.

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  8. Marvelous!

    Great painting with excellent colors, simply a Great work of Art!

    cheers,

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  9. Incredible painting - a brilliant vignette, water is amazing!

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  10. Realy realy impressive work Darrell, love the movement through the wather you have made truly stunning !

    best regards Michael

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  11. Thanks to everyone for their positive comments, it has really given me the moral boost to get on with the rest of the Itailians and French.

    Once again cheers to all!

    Darrell.

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  12. That really is a stunningly executed model, beautifully realised.

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  13. Can't decide what is most impressive: your amazing painting or the truly fantastic work on the water effects. What a magnificent display piece.

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    1. Thanks BP. It did take a long time to figure out how to do the splashes..... hummed and harred for weeks until I was tidying my studio and discovered the tub of GW Snow! LOL :>)

      Darrell.

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  14. Just stunning, wonderful vignette!

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