Thursday, 22 August 2019

A Quick Note on Painting Horses

Four horses that were finished about four years ago where the Battle of Fornovo project left off. They are from the Perry Miniatures Stradiot Command pack and lack their undercoated but unpainted human companions. Basically they are speed painted as there is going to be a lot of cavalry in both armies and it just is not practical for me to meticulously paint every horse or I would have no chance of getting the game ready for Partizan in April. I'm looking at a ratio of about 75% of the horses to be speed painted with the remaining 25% painted up to a high standard. The higher end stuff will be reserved for character models, vignettes and the most eye catching units on the tabletop. 

As an aside, I'm going to be layering the foot and horse riders as normal but with the premise that I will not add more then three layers as I'm prone to painting in a very subtle manner with up to seven or eight layers which I will again be reserving for character models, vignettes ans special units.

Apologies for the lighting in the pictures, I haven't got my photographic space set up yet.

Close ups:
I should have dusted them down first!

More Mounts on the Way:
There will be another three in this unit so I have just three more horses to clean up and undercoat in this unit. I plan on doing at least two units of traditional Stradiots and one, maybe two units of Westernised Stradiots. That's anything from 40- 46 horses! Thus the speed painting!!

Westernised Stradiot Horseflesh:
I still have to complete the harness on the mounts below. These plastic Late Medieval Perry mounts were painted very recently; I had actually forgotten that I had originally planned to speed paint most of the mounts!! As soon as the harness is painted I'm going to do four speed painted examples at some point and compare them next to one another to see how the Perry plastic horses hold up when speed painting. I'll explain all of this at another point as i plan on doing a Speed Painting Mounts article that some of you may find to be of use.

Barded Horses!

I should begin by saying that I love the barding and champrons on the plastic Late Medieval Perry Miniatures horses but I am certainly in need of variation in my units. I'm planning on using a number of Venexia Barded steeds and Crusader Miniatures Wars of the Roses range after some major surgery to the saddles as most of the miniatures i plan on using have the saddles sculpted onto the mini's and I think consistency to be quite important in terms of presentation.


Crusader, Wars of the Roses:

Kind Regards

Fornovo Essential Reading Part Two


Back again!

Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 1
(Ian Heath)

The first book on the list is the ubiquitous Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 1, Ian Heath. This famous book amongst wargamers, (possibly of a certain age? Lol) is chock full of line drawing illustrations, brief descriptions of battles and the arms and armours of the men who fought in them. It ought to be an indispensable part of anyone's book collection who is into Medieval Warfare, whether a wargamer or not. I think I have owned my copy for 25 years!  Unfortunately, Heath does not include a description of Fornovo in this book but it's worth it for all the other information appropriate to the 'period'

The Great Italian Wars 1594-1544
(Ray Lucas, Battery Press)

This book was written specifically with the wargamer in mind and contains OOB's for most of the major battles of The Great Italian Wars including Fornovo, Cerignola, Garigliano, Ravenna, Novara, Marignano, Bicocca, Pavia and Ceresole. It has quite succinct descriptions of how all the rivalry, strife etc went during the battles. It also contains some great line drawing maps that makes for the planning the terrain for any particular battle a lot easier. Again, like Ian Heath's book above, this should be ubiquitous if you're interested in this era of warfare.

The Art of War in Italy 1494 - 1529 
(F L Taylor)

This famous essential tome is simply a must. Taylor goes into some depth looking at strategy, how the infantry was utilised contrasting their use to that of the different cavalry types, both light such as Stradioti, Francs Archers and Mounted Crossbows, Firearms. There is also an comprehensive look at Artillery and it's battlefield use as well a a great chapter on all round tactics with all associate components of the armies. He looks at siegecraft and there is even a section dedicated to examining the military writers of the era. The book is mainly dedicated to The Battle of Ravenna but Taylor does explore the earlier conflicts as well in order to compare and contrast.

Kind Regards.