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Offline Captain Blood

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Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:47:16 PM »
Here are my Condottieri di Milano, fresh from a narrow victory (finally!) in Steve Dean's latest painting competition…  ::)





They’re all from 28mm Perry components – mainly the Mercenaries / Wars of the Roses boxes - but I also used the free ACW Zoauve command sprue which came with Miniature Wargames a few months back… (Waste not, want not  ;))

Il Capitano and Il Piccolino.



The Captain is made from standard components in the Mercs box - but using the ACW officer’s head, with the kepi peak shaved off and a bit of melted sprue stuck on top then shaped to create a kind of Phrygian cap - a plausibly Italianate medieval look?



Il Piccolini - the dwarf - is the result of sticking a leftover pair of legs onto a leftover torso following an earlier conversion… I thought the leftovers were too short to be of any use, but then I thought: dwarf! Why not?
His glaive is a conversion using one of the extra polearm heads in the Mercs box.



Standard bearer and trumpeter. The trumpeter uses another of the Zouave heads, slightly doctored. Happily the fashion for turbanned headgear doesn’t seem to have changed much between Medieval times and the ACW. Apart from that, and a slight adjustment to his free hand, he’s made from the standard WOTR components.



The standard bearer uses two of the arms from the Zouave command sprue… Just right for that flashy, one-handed, Italian flag-waving routine. The flag is hand-painted on tomato puree-tube foil. I’m afraid the livery is entirely invented. I have no idea what Milanese mercenaries were wearing in the late C15th. Button-counters, you may now tut.



Handgunners. These three are all from standard components from the Mercenaries box. In fact, I’ve only just now noticed that I’ve used the same pair of arms on two of these – which goes to show what a slight difference in alignment / attitude can make…





Crossbows and ‘The Killer’. Again built from standard parts, although with one or two minor modifications - like the sword strapped across the crossbowman’s back, and a slight slice off ‘L’Assassino’s’ left hand to take his buckler…





Anyway, all in all, a lot of fun to make - especially cannibalising the free Zouave command parts.

I continue to be impressed by the versatility of these plastic figure kits if you come to them with an open mind and a sharp knife   :)

I’ve been eyeing the new Perry Ansar box, and wondering about hybridising a few Marsh Arab heads onto medieval bodies to make some Balkan mercenaries...

But on the whole, I think I might just finish what I’ve got in train and wait for the WOTR mounted Men-At-Arms box, which will open up a whole range of glorious new possibilities   :D

Offline Mr.J

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 08:55:16 PM »
You continue to amaze me, your modelling and painting is superb! Bravo.

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 08:59:17 PM »
Congratulations, Richard. Knew you could do it, well done and well deserved.

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 09:09:37 PM »

Great work Richard 8)
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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 09:28:04 PM »
 :-*
The moment I heard that the Perrys were bringing out some plastics, I instantly knew that we were going to see some outstanding stuff from your hands!

Excellent choice of colour, perfectly executed and brilliant basing.
Kudos.


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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2011, 09:32:14 PM »
Well done Richard, a certainly deserved win  8) :-*

Any paticular reason why the dwarf has the biggest weapon  lol

cheers

James

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2011, 09:43:15 PM »
 :o :o :o :-* :-* :-* :o :o :o

Absolutely amazing brushwork.
So smooth.

Choice of colours is astounding.
Only a true genius could pull that colour scheme off without looking like Zippo's Circus had come to town!

Excellent subtle conversion work too.

The bases are just so well done as well, complimenting your fantastic paintjobs.

Wow, Wow, and bloody WOW!

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2011, 10:12:51 PM »
About time too! Superb brushwork Richard.

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2011, 11:04:37 PM »
Fantasitc figures and an awesome paint job - love the details re the conversiosn you make it all sound so easy (if only for us mere mortals)

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2011, 11:13:46 PM »
Very, very impressive.
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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2011, 11:31:11 PM »
Capt, you are far far too talented for your own good!  :-* :-* :-*Great looking figs and ones I was happy to vote for on the SD Forum.

Offline bulldogger2000

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2011, 02:29:28 AM »
Not my time period, but those are amazing!  Very nicely done!

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2011, 03:13:01 AM »
I love the expression on the captain's face! Excellent coversions.  :)

Offline magokiron

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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2011, 04:30:58 AM »
Just SPLENDID!  :o  :-*

Those Perry plastics are going to see A LOT of uses with WHFB Empire and Brettonia gamers, moreover if some of them see your WONDERFUL conversions and pain jobs.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Condottieri di Milano - Perry plastic conversions
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2011, 05:03:41 AM »
Magnificent job on the miniatures. Il Capitano looks a bit like you...Was that intended ?
Great idea with the Dwarf. The way the Killer is assembled makes him look very cool and the way he moves expresses "Look out danger is coming "
Anyway...good luck for the competition and a salute from Germany !
Björn
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