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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2nd Wave Finally Released!

Hello all together,

for all of you you have pre-ordered these sets - you should have received them in the last two weeks. But now they are officially released and even in colour! All blisters are priced 8€ an can be found in our catalogue: Link!

The first of our new set is a character set including no one else then Götz von Berlichingen, Kaiser Maximilian I and Frundsberg.


Götz von Berlichingen became famous in the Swabian-Pesant-War (1525) where he led the peasants to (not so) glourious deeds and became a prisoner after the war was fought. His judgment became his doom and he had to stay at his castle in southern Germany.

Kaiser Maximilian I, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation described his self as the supporter of the Landsknechts. Actually, I doubt that he fought within the pike-blocks but I can really imagining a Kaiser in his best armour watching his soldiers fighting. This miniature represents the emperor in his mid-years - more variations will follow.

Georg von Frundsberg is the most famous maneuverer and a knight of the early 16th century. He became popular in the Italian wars especially in the battle of Pavia (1525). He got the nickname of "father of Landsknechts" by his soldiers and historicans.

The second blister is a hunting party. Hunting was practiced by noblemen or knights in their sparetime. Mostly arranged in big groups with many dogs, the nobles walked out and had their fun on their own ways.

One of the minaiture is loading his crossbow, while one nobleman tries to keep his dog on a leash. The last hunter has a falcon on his hand and a hunting-boar-spear in his right.


There are two new peasant packs. The first one represents a young farmer family. 

The dad walks out to the fields and harvest home. He is dressed in a typical peasant-dress which was normally tinted with earthy-pastel colours. His wife carries a heavy yoke, on its ends probably water buckets. The other rigorous old lady is probably his mother which will help where ever she can. Work like keeping the herd together or flailing was commonly done by elder or children. 
And while we are talking about children, the blister also includes a small and young girl who preffered to collect the flowers in her apron instead of the mushrooms. 


The second peasant pack could also be used in a city or in a castle. It represents a dancing party of musician with bagpipes and a woman with a dapper plus a useful dancing-bear (which seems rather bigger than it is in real size...).


The last pack (and a real Landsknecht release) represents three soldiers, gambling away their pay. Scenes like this are often illustrated in old books or on pictures and where part of the daily Landskencht life. 

All the best,

Stephan

7 comments:

  1. Awesome-which I could paint like that!

    Marc

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  2. An incredible painting work for these wonderful miniatures.
    Very nice, and a very interesting new release.

    I have read something about Peasant Revolt...

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  3. Very nice and useful figures. Looking to get some of these soon.

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  4. Thank you guys for the nice comments - the painter Andrew Taylor did a wonderful job on these. :)

    Stephan

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  5. Amazing stuff Stephan. It's like all the vignette style mini's you could wish for the period all in one!! It's a bit of a dream come true!

    I love Andrew's brushwork too.

    Darrell.

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  6. I just read book "Cruelty in the Middle Ages", there was little bit about wolfs and professional wolf hunters. So how about pack with wolf, victim and wolf hunters?

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  7. Got mine, and cast and sculpt are as usual flawless. Great stuff, to get Frundsberg at last (and Maximilan & Berlichingen on top). Good choice of characters. Perhaps Luther or Dr. Faustus next?

    The only grape I have with this set are the shoulder-joints of he dancing bear, these simply look wrong for an animal walking on four legs - but in honest it was not the bear I was after anyway...

    I hope there will be a third wave (and more to come).

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