Friday, 1 June 2012

Mirliton 15mm Swiss - Matt Standen

This is a real treat and a prize winner to boot.  

Matt’s army was judged the “Best Painted Army” during the recent Field of Glory: A&M tournament at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham (UK).

As it turned out their looks exceeded their performance in the tournament where they faced Hunnic Indian, Incas and Republican Romans.  Isn’t it always the way?

All of the pike units are made by Mirliton, most of which are from the Swiss Range, but there are two units that use miniatures from the Italian Commune Range.  As always click on the images for larger versions.

The army represents the Old Swiss Confederacy during the Burgundian wars, which at the time comprised of eight Cantons Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Glarus, Lucerne, Zug, Berne & Zurich.

As a bit of a challenge Matt painted all eight of the flags for these Cantons on the command bases.  He then repeated the designs on more flags & pavises throughout the army.  The preponderance of flags was inspired by Diebold Schilling's contemporary illustration of Grandson 1476.

The army is a 650 point army for Field of Glory: Ancients & Medieval:

6 x HF Swiss Pike
3 x LF Crossbow
2 x LF Handgunners
1 x LH Mounted Handgunners
4 x Command Bases

The mounted crossbowmen are a mix of Mirliton & Venexia miniatures. The crossbow men, hand gunners, command bases & camp are mostly Mirliton, although there are some Swiss from Donnington Miniatures.

Finally, here’s Matt’s camp depicting a piece of Swiss folk lore:

Can you tell what it is yet?

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