Advertisements are not my cup of tea - normally. But this post is just to advise you on a new miniatures range that REALLY caught my interest.
For sure, there are already quite a few figures available for the later 16th century, mainly from ranges covering the so called Border Reivers wars. But if one takes the effort of producing dedicated miniatures of a more 'Continental' background, I'm definitely sold for them.
Therefore I'd like to call your attention to Arsenal Miniatures, an all new enterprise undertaken by an Italian gentleman and fellow enthusiast by the name of Andrea Magnani.
He's put up some examples of a range to be - hopefully - released next month. It focusses on the great conflict between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire around the 1560s. They were sculpted by jack-of-all-trades Paul Hicks, and some of them have been painted by the very talented Tom Weiss. Here's a looted picture as an appetizer:
Fortunately, these European soldiers could be easily converted into participants of almost all wars that occured in the latter half of the 16th century in Europe. Thus among (28mm-)wargamers wrongfully neglected conflicts like the Netherlanders' struggle for independence, the French Wars of Religion or even the early campaigns of the Thirty Years' War are within reach.
My humble wish is that as many people as possible interested in this range shall support Andrea's effort by purchasing his miniatures. It's really a labour of love for him, but it also offers great possibilities for us wargamers to venture into a widely overseen period.
Okay, now back to regular service. ;-)