|The army arrayed: DBA IV/61: Italian Condotta. Mirliton Figures.|
|Condotta Knight general and four other knights.|
JM and I decided the halberdiers provided by Mirliton weren't appropriate for the Bd/Ax, so we bought sword-and-buckler men by Essex. However, they arrived after most of the rest of my figures were painted, so I haven't started them yet.
I've painted this army for the Two Davids campaign event at Cold Wars 2012: Condotta Chaos. I'll be playing Verona in a series of battles stretching across Italy and beyond. The red flag with white cross is Verona's (among others), and the rest are Condotta banners.
|Light Horse: mounted crossbows and light cavalry.|
These are very nice figures, but they did require a bit more cleaning than I'm used to doing. Some of the crossbowmen and hand gunners ended up with unsightly blemishes on their faces, but I'll just blame the rats.
Before the campaign was announced, I knew nothing about the Condotta, and wasn't very interested in the period. The first thing that triggered my interest was an opportunity to play with the new Pavisier rules the Davids came up with. In DBA 2.2, these are treated identically to other bows, so it never seemed worth painting 6-8 figures when 3-4 would do. But with different rules, I'd have to paint the larger element to try the rules, so why not now?
|Condotta Artillery, manned by Curly, Larry, and Moe.|
In playtesting play by e-mail games, I have enjoyed Pavisiers. Their combat factors and combat results make them very different than other bows. They're more resilient in close combat, and actively want to close the ground when in a shoot out with ordinary bows. They are also quite large and a bit cumbersome: they advance slowly if they've been forced to recoil in a previous combat.
|Crossbowmen and gunners.|
Armies are expensive to hire and require a lot of food to maintain. They also have a tendency to bother the local population. All of the economic and social incentives at the time pushed Lords to keep their armies on campaign in enemy territory, so they ate the enemy's food and fathered the enemy's children. This made for a long period of fighting between the Italian city states.
|Psiloi: gunners and archers.|
I'm glad I've finished with this army. It was fun to paint, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a project definitely helps start the next one. At this point, all the rest of my armies look small and easy, so I'm hoping to tackle Post-Mongol Samurai without butchering them too badly.
|Italian Militia Pikes|
|Italian Militia Spears|
|Condotta Dismounted Knights (Blades)|