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.