In 2010 there were quite a few 'anomalies' on this blog already: I bothered you with my New Year's resolution and, lately, a shameless advertisement. So I hope you don't mind, if I follow this trend by presenting a WIP-shot of a unit I'm working on.
What follows are the first miniatures painted for my "Impetus Army Project". As you might remember, it was one of the things I intended to start in 2010. And here's the first bunch:
These fellows represent a unit of dismounted knights, in terms of the rules it's just Heavy Infantry. Since they are all Perry sculpts, they are meant to be Western European men-at-arms of the early 15th century. However, I wanted them to resemble the knights in Habsburg service who fought - and were eventually defeated by - the Swiss Confederates in the famous battle of Sempach in 1386. Therefore I tried to stick with 'old-fashioned' armour and clothing styles. Fortunately, there's also an extensive list of knights who were killed during the battle, and their coat-of-arms are depicted in a chapel near the battlefield site. Thus I've added distinct heraldry to some of these knights, e.g. the 'command group' in the back are (left to right) an Ochsensteiner, one Herr von Bollweiler and a knight of Grünenberg.
I tried to provide a certain feel of movement to the unit, however, I'm not yet sure if I succeeded. For sure, proper basing will even out some of the optical issues, but still...
The miniatures aren't glued to their places, so I'd like to hear your opinions, suggestions and - if you must - criticism. Please let me know what you think!
Painted February to March 2010. Models by Perry Miniatures.