Sunday 23 December 2012

Battle of Ceresole 1544Massimo

Massimo has just informed me that this book is now available  to buy ; if it's anything like his book on the battle of Anghiari it'll be well worth the money. It's available in Italian and French but with google translate that's no real problem  the book can be purchased here


For more info and more pics please take a look at Massimo's website cheers Pete 

Sunday 2 December 2012

Perry Swiss

Oswald von Thierstein Swiss captain at the Battle of Nancy. Perry plastic with a metal head ; I painted this figure as a break from painting my War of 1812  Canadians and he's destined for ebay so I can buy some more of them. cheers Pete

Ebay link now added cheers :

Friday 23 November 2012

petesflags web shop

Hi, I've had a couple off days of work and took my first tentative steps in opening a web store. It's early days and there's not much in it other than the 28mm  fabric condottieri flags at the moment. However I plan to place the Italian Wars and the 15mm flags on there in the next couple of weeks. If the shop proves successful I'll have a go at designing a decent logo and a more individual website rather than a free template from the internet. At the moment the shop only accepts payment via papal. Here's the link:

Thursday 22 November 2012

Several years ago I decided to paint a Venetian army using Front Rank figures however I wanted to make the pike  look more Italian  so I had a go at sculpting my own. I'd forgotten all about these until James Roach placed pictures of a unit that I'd given him at the time up on his blog . Looking at the pictures below  I think he's made a really good job of my sculpting efforts; here's the link to James' excellent blog:

I've got to admit I didn't find my experience of sculpting very rewarding and my hat goes off to anyone who has the skills and the patience to produce wargames figures; I'm just too cack handed. Above a picture of  my own sculpts (the one's with the Mick Jagger lips) and Front rank command figures; below two pictures of the figures painted by  James Roach, cheers Pete 

Tuesday 20 November 2012

More Neapolitan, Aragonese Flags; the first one is the flag of  Sicilly and the other two are  taken from a picture depicting Neapolitan troops besieging  Piombino  in 1448; the painting was probably completed in the 1480's. I've no idea who the central flag represents however it looks the part, cheers ~Pete 

Saturday 17 November 2012

Hi , this is my first Neapolitan flag ; the flag is printed onto cloth and the figure is  Perry miniatures.

Sunday 4 November 2012

Milanese Standard bearers

Milanese standards 15th to early 16th century

Milanese standards from the battle of Anghiari

Sunday 28 October 2012

I've had a change in direction with what I'm going to do with my late Medieval Italian Wars armies as a result this unit is now redundant and now up on ebay.  The figures are Perry plastic with metal heads and some metal games workshop arms and crossbows.  Here's the ebay link:

Sunday 21 October 2012

Hi,  I've placed six sets of condottieri cloth flags on ebay as the website's likely to take longer than expected, here's the link:

cheers Pete

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Revised Borgia flag no 5, still not the best picture but I'm happy with this flag in the flesh; there's also a cavalry version of this flag, cheers Pete 

Monday 15 October 2012

Borgia flag number 5, this is a pretty crappy picture so will try and put  a better one up in a day or so. I've now completed 7 Borgia flags in total so will get back to completing the Milanese flags for the battle of Anghiari, cheers Pete  

Sunday 14 October 2012

3rd and 4th Borgia flags; the infantry flag represents Cesare's coat of  arms following his marriage to Charlotte d'Albret. The cavalry flag  represents the flag of le seigneur Jean de Sante Colombe one of Cesare's lieutenants  the horseman and and their banners wore the colours red and yellow in honour of Louis XII and on the chests of the riders was wrote CESAR and CAESAR. Thanks to Massimo Predonzani for  his support in completing this flag, cheers Pete 

Saturday 13 October 2012

2nd Borgia Flag, this flag is based on a coat of arms in a book I bought in 
Rome on holiday about 10 years ago. The flag depicts Cesare as Duke Valentinois the same coat of arms are depicted on a convent in Imola and somewhere else that I can't remember at the minute. I toyed with the idea of having the field of the flag red however the original arms shows red cords so went with an off white.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

The first of the Borgia flags. Figure by TAG and the flag printed on cloth.

As above; i'll truy and get some better pics over the weekend when I've a bit more time.

Sunday 23 September 2012

The command base for Sigismondo Malatesta  is almost finished ; will hopefully get the base finished of during the week and take some some decent pictures.  Figures are Perry metal and plastic with a Mirliton horse for Sigismondo. The flag's printed on cloth. Inspiratiopn to finish this base came from Massimo Predonzani's website; here's the link: cheers Pete 

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Standard of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta around 1460 

Malatesta standard from the Hesperis manuscript depicting the seige of Piombino. Thanks once again to Massimo Predonzani and Carl de Roo for their help in producing these flags.
15mm version of the flag of Sigismondo Malatesta, the picture  leaves alot to be desired  however the light was poor when I took the pic. Fogure is Mirliton and the flags is 18mm in the hoist. 

Sunday 9 September 2012

Flag of Pier Giovanpaulo Orsini da Manupello captain General of the Florentine Army in 1440.Many thanks  to Massimo and Carlfor helping me  with this flag

Here's a pic of the original flag ; I quite like the golden armour on the men at arms and will probably use this for the finished Impetus base

Sunday 2 September 2012

Here's my representation of Michelotto da Cotignola at the Battle of San Romano, figures are Mirliton 

Here's a close up of the flag

This book by Massimo Predonzani is an excellent source of information on 15th century Italian  armies including flags, heraldry etc. Unfortunately I can't read Italian however I've been very lucky to have been helped by Mr. Carl de Roo and Massimo himself . With the help they have given me I should have a flag sheet for the leaguest commanders completed in the next couple of weeks followed by the Milanese forces. Massimo also has an excellent website which is a must for anyone interested in Italian warfare; here's the link:   I've also added it to my links section.

cheers Pete 

Sunday 19 August 2012

Standard bearer of Bartolomeo Colleoni; I've two of these painted and enough evidence to complete 4 flags in total  however I'm going to crack on with more Sforza  and a few Milanese flags next. Flag printed on paper and the figure is Wargames Foundry.  Cheers Pete 

2nd Colleoni Flag

Saturday 11 August 2012

Not the Italian Wars but close enough, here's my representation of  Sir Thomas Neville of Thornton Bridge; Front Rank WOR figures . These figures have been painted and lying in the draw for a couple 4 years so I thought I'd base them, add the flag  and put them on ebay to help fund my Italian Wars armies. The flag is hand painted and it's the first time in ages that I've painted a flag that small in along time and i'm quite chuffed with it.

Monday 6 August 2012

Malatesta standard bearer, Venexia figure with Perry Plastic head

Italian Lanze Spezzate, Venexia figure with Perry lance, lance arm and helmet with a Mirliton helmet crest

Tuesday 31 July 2012

Figures with Gothic style pointy shoes from the Triumph of Maximillian . The first printed version of this was produced in 1526 however as far as I can make out the plates were produced sometime between 1512 to 1519 however someone might be able to shed more light on this.