Saturday, September 24, 2011

False Starts--1/72 scale Landsknecht

One of my personal problems with the hobby of miniature wargaming is that I've hardly ever met a toy soldier I didn't like.  Nevertheless, long years of discipline have left me able to walk through the dealers' area at major conventions without new projects--most of the time.  However, I've always had a soft spot for 1/72 scale plastics, as a result of having been raised on Airfix in the early 1970s.  As a result, I have a tendency to buy 'sample' boxes of new releases.

When Orion released the first box of Landsknechts (doppelsoldners and arquebusiers) some years ago, I was already working on the 40mm Renaissance project shown here previously.  My 40s were already mounted on group bases for larger scale battles, so I thought that it might be fun to paint up a few individuals for a skirmish game.
I got as far as assembling the figures and priming them, but then foundered on the realization that my speed at scenery building meant that I would never get this game on the table.  I only ever finished this one figure, just to show that I could.


  1. a tendency to buy 'sample' boxes of new releases. :-D I know that one ;-D
    A good attempt..he looks fine. I wouldn´t have treid this range of figs..but you should go further with the project

  2. 40mm massed battles and 1/72nd skirmish. I wonder if we got that backwards? The Zvezda 17thC Cossacks, Poles and Turks are soooo tempting. But then there are skirmish opportunities there too.
    Certainly easy to carry somewhere and the RCW log cabins can do double duty. hmmm

  3. Well, seeing as plastic has little or no resale value and it's only one box of figures, I don't suppose it will be going anywhere soon, so changing my mind and continuing won't be an issue.

    Yes, larger scale figures for skirmish and smaller for mass battle would make some sense, though I do like my skirmish game figures to have pose variety; with homecast figures, there are a limited number of poses and 'standard' conversions I'm willing to do.