I added another few elements to my Venetian army for DBR using 25mm Ral Partha sculpts by Tom Meier. These are fantastic old school miniatures from back in the 1980's, but also really show Mr. Meier at the top of his game!
Here is a link to another Post with the rest of the army, though I have apparently failed to ever photograph my Romaniole pikemen, resplendent in the red and white outfits typical of the landsknechte.
A much needed additional element of heavy knights for the Venetians.
I added a few VVV decals to the horse barding to give it a little extra umph.
As far as I know Ral Partha only ever produced two variations of heavy knights for the Renaissance period. I have incorporated a modest variety by varying the horses they are mounted on.
I Believe this heavy horse barding was designed to represent a metal exterior, but I have also seen period paintings of this type of armor with a close fitting tabard, so I think I could also paint this horse as if the barding were almost tapestry-like.
Crossbows were still in use, though getting rapidly replaced by hand gunners.
The simple and muted color combination of this unit I found surprisingly appealing.
The Venetians loved their eastern mercenaries, and here we have a unit of Dellis, stolen from the Ottoman line, also sculpted by Tom Meier. Apparently they really did like to tack bird wings to their shields.
I'm looking forward to my next game with Terry, so that I will have a better chance of teaching his vile Milanese their place in the Italian states pecking order.