Freitag, 16. August 2013

Siege of Neuss

Nurgle break - and finally an excuse to paint some Burgundians! In 1474 - under the pretext of helping the archbishop of cologne who had trouble with the city of cologne as well as the surrounding towns - Charles the Bold entered the Rhineland with a mighty army of at least 13000 (according to others 18000) men. Among them Flemish, English and Italian mercenaries. He decided to lay siege to the city of Neuss, a stronghold of opponents of the archbishop. Neuss, a heavily fortified town, was defended by the Landgrave of Hesse who had been appointed episcopal administrator by opponents of the archbishop. The town was held by a force of 60 Hessian knights along with 1200 Hessian levies,some 500 mercenaries from Cologne and Bonn and of course by the citizens of Neuss.

Burgundian Pikemen


Neuss Pikemen


Kommentare:

  1. Lovely looking figures and some nice head swops too.
    Are you going to do full armies for the Neuss siege then?
    Simon.

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    1. Thanks! There are several units (infantry, cavalry and artillery) standing by and waiting to be painted. Considering my painting speed and my other unfinished projects its just a matter of years till they are all finished ;-). Anyway, the story of the siege its quite an interesting read. There are several books about it (though in German), including the chronicle by the town clerk and witness Christian Wierstraet.

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  2. Hi, I'm wondering about the third miniature with leveled pike. Was that originally an unarmored figure with a head swap and added chainmail? It's driving me insane because I can't find it in the perry catalog.

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    1. Hi Isaias,
      its a figure from the Perry Italian heavy infantry set EA 32. (http://www.perry-miniatures.com/product_info.php?cPath=23_64&products_id=2836)
      I replaced the polearm with a pike!
      Best regards
      Stefan

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  3. Excellent topic !
    It caught me as well a couple of months ago when the Perrys published their new foot knights. I would appreciate to chat with you about sources. Could you drop me a short email to montys[dot]caravan[at]googlemail[dot]com?
    By the way German would be fine since I conclude that you are from Germany as I am.

    All the best
    Stefan

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