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Offline Dargonsploof

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Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« on: October 06, 2022, 08:50:26 AM »
I'm looking for some resources on the italian wars, its combatants and the regions it was fought in. I am currently collecting landsknechts miniatures and am thinking of making a force of the italian black bands as well but some understanding of how these would have been equipped, dressed and fought would help as well as some recommendations fpr miniatures that would suit the italian black bands would greatly help.

Offline SJWi

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2022, 10:33:04 AM »
Helion produce a 4-volume series on the Italian Wars and Osprey a Men-at-Arms book about Italian "Renaissance" armies plus books on Landsknechts.

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2022, 11:26:50 AM »
Thanks I'll take a look at those.

Offline AdmiralAndy

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2022, 12:58:48 PM »
Written at the later part of the wars published 1519ish

The Art of War (Machiavelli book)

Wargames Soldiers and Strategy issue 81 was themed around Italian Wars, so articles with overview as many armies were made up of Mercenaries the Condottiere.

Also Wargames Illustrated 330 had some articles as mercenaries which could also be of use.

Condottiere set of wargame rules OOP lovely Hardback book with nice minis from Wargames Foundry pictured. Both minis and book OOP.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2022, 01:03:17 PM by AdmiralAndy »

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2022, 01:27:01 PM »
I'll see if I can track down these thanks.

Offline SJWi

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2022, 02:36:24 PM »
For figures you could look at Artizan ( Swiss and Landsknechts), Steel Fist Miniatures and The Assault Hroup. The latter two both produce specific Italian Wars'ranges, but aren't cheap at nearly 2 per figure. If cost is an issue Perry plastics plus their metals can give a nice army. I would also track down "Pete's Flags" for your standards.

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2022, 02:49:46 PM »
Thanks again I'll have a good look through those.

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2022, 04:23:09 PM »
Oman: Art of war in the 16th century. Old, but still good and very comprehensive. Available fairly cheap second hand

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2022, 04:51:06 PM »
I'll take a look at that one as well thanks.

Offline RichBliss

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2022, 08:31:39 PM »
Mallet and Shaw. the Italians Wars.

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2022, 10:06:18 AM »
I take a look at that book thanks

Offline Metternich

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2022, 08:45:51 PM »
I heartily second Oman.

Offline valleyboy

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2022, 07:43:26 AM »
Mercenaries and their Masters -Mallett
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. - Winston Churchill

Offline bigredbat

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2022, 06:45:55 PM »
The Helions are very good. I really enjoy Oman, but it's quite a venerable text and it is good to look at modern material where it exists.

Offline Dargonsploof

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Re: Does anyone have book recommendations on the Italian Wars?
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2022, 07:15:51 PM »
Thanks for some more suggestions. The landsknecht osprey was quite good though the renaissance italy armies one didn't seem to help me unfortunately I'll hopefully have some of these other books soon.

 

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