Owing to the obscurity of this project I generally find myself turning over quite a few stones to get even a glimpse at whatever particular thing I want to look for and I don't think I'd be able to have a convincing output without doing that - i owe it to history to give as convincing a result as i can and to try and convey a feel for the period and this campaign.
I couldn't have done this to the degree I have without the contribution of you and also the breadth of information and ideas that is shared on blogs and forums; I've made good friends via these and I'm sure there will be many more.
Since starting the French I've had to leave my comfort zone a little and approach complete strangers via forums who are either French gamers or appear to be knowledgeable on the subject and overwhelmingly the support has been fantastic - I now have an expanding circle of 'French' contributors whom i regularly pester and indeed who just send me pieces of information or links to things that may be of use. I'm flattered by it and it really gives me the impetus to keep going.
So thanks, all of you !
One particular demonstration of the above was from Carl de Roo from Belgium who very kindly made me aware of the siege of Dijon, also in 1513 and for which there is a tapestry depicting the siege. In it we have depicted the above French crossbowman.
You can view a PDF of a booklet which was put together about the tapestry and its restoration here. There is also a book due to be published on the subject which might be worth a look.
It's strange how just one image can propel you to get creating but using the above as a starting point I got the green stuff out and started sculpting additions, headswaps, adding bits of kit and so on in an effort to modernise the existing Perry figures;
On these four plastics I have sculpted built up sleeves and slashings, using the tapestry image as a lead, as well as adding some long hair to a couple of them.
These two figures have some simple slashed additions to their legs as well as a foil strap for their shouldered pavises.
These are the first figures hot from the painting desk; both have had a simple headswap and the figure in red has had sculpted slashing on his right leg. Both figures are conversions of metal Italian crossbowmen.
I think these have the same French feel that I managed with the pike, perhaps even more so - what do you think?
More of the same to come soon.