These men are marching under the banner of the Scaligeri or della Scala family. The Scaligeri were the new kids on the block, so to speak, the ladder emblematising both their name (Italian for "ladder") and their 'social scaling': For by political acumen one of their premier members, Mastino della Scala, had come to power in Verona. He became head of state in 1260, succeeding his patron Ezzelino, one of emperor Frederick's II sons-in-law. As such Mastino also gained a leading position among the Ghibellines, that is the pro-Imperial or pro-Hohenstaufen faction in Northern Italy. Eventually, he was a natural supporter of Konradin's cause and quickly assembled like-minded backers from all over Italy, welcoming the juvenile 'redeemer'. However, plans began to falter, when in 1267 pope Clement IV excommunicated Konradin, his entourage and everybody even vaguely linked to him.
Following that, quite a few followers feared uprisings at home, and so they started to drop out of the venture. Though Mastino stayed with Konradin, relying on his family to suppress any turmoil that might arise. (Actually, one of Mastino's brothers got killed in such a riot – but there you go.) It is likely that Mastino even joined the army as it went on south the following year. After all, he was a battle-hardened condottiere himself. The Scaligeri are likely to have provided material and ideational support, even more considerable, after most of Konradin's German 'investors' had backed out.
Hence, this unit, on the one hand, represents the Scaligeri's fair share of 'borrowed' troops in Konradin's army. On the other hand it stands in for all the other Italian financiers contributing to his campaign. So, by the majority the men are equipped with round shields, a distinct Italian fashion of the time. They bear devised designs, though some might resemble actual blazons of North Italian cities (which, for the most part, weren't in use yet). Again referring to the Codex Manesse, mercenaries or servants are usually shown there in striped clothes, so I adopted that here for a prominent figure. Others are just wearing muted colours, with a few gaudy clothes thrown in, perhaps provided by their employers.
As I said earlier, the Legio Heroica figures are a bit limited in poses. Unfortunately(?), the musician's trumpet snapped, thus I was left with one playing a flute or something. That inspired me, however, to this little scene with the captain addressing an assembly, accompanied by a cheerful tune. Hopefully they will remember in the heat of battle…
I'm still undecided what's next, so you may choose: some more knights or other fancy stuff? Tell me what you like to see and read here!
Miniatures by Legio Heroica.