Monday, June 5, 2017

Fernando d'Avalos - Pavia, 1525



Here is another commander for my slowly expanding Italian Wars collection. This time we have a fierce Spaniard, Fernando d'Avalos, the victorious Imperial commander who defeated the French and captured Francis I at the Battle of Pavia, 1525.

The mounted figure is from Warlord Games, and while the casting itself is listed as being from their 'Wars of Religion' range, I thought he serves quite nicely as a early 16th century Spanish commander (I quite like his elegant soft cap, with its jaunty feather).

The dismounted knight at D'Avalos' side is from Steel Fist Miniatures. He is in full harness (probably shedding more than a few pounds, trying to keep up), wearing the distinctive conical 'kettle' helm frequently favoured by Spanish noblemen at the time.



The standard bearer is a venerable Wargames Foundy casting, holding a banner from Pete's Flags.



The two Alaunt pups dashing past D'Avalos's steed (and last seen listening at Francis' command post) were sourced from a private commission, sculpted by the very talented Steve May.

Now, I just need some more Spanish troops for Fernando to command. Yes, yes, I'm on it!  :)

In the meantime: Something Lovecraftian

22 comments:

  1. Superb vignette, basing and painting are top notch...

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  2. Very nice indeed! Not so nice as the Barsoomians mind you but still pretty damn good at that!

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    1. I know, very little stands up against the Red Martian lasses. :)

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  3. Oh he'll do! I think he works rather well transposed to an earlier era, he certainly looks like what a Spanish commander should look, at least to my mind, nice dogs too. Now on to the troops!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain! My thinking as well. To me he looks like he could have just come from the court of Charles V. I've started some Spanish pike - what a slog!

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  4. What a wonderful stand Curt, tremendous work Sir.

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    1. Cheers Simon! Looking forward to trying these out (as a variant) with your new 'For King and Parliament' rules.

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    2. I have a half-written expansion for the Italian Wars for TtS!, you are welcome to that if useful. I do plan to produce a renaissance version (one day!).

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    3. Ooh, that would be brilliant. Please send it along if you can.

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  6. He's absolutely terrible, as is the rest of your Italian Wars collection. You should post them to me IMMEDIATELY, that I may shut them away from the world and protect all and sundry from the hideousness of their countenances.

    AIGF, of course. :)

    Your Italian Wars stuff is really quite splendid, and the black backgrounds in your photographs show them off very well.

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    1. I had them all packaged up for you, but then thought that their vileness would put a strain on our relationship and so I've decided that I alone should shoulder the burden of owning such a collective millstone. ;)

      Thanks very much Robert, that one made me laugh.

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  7. Great work again dude, the base looks amazing, and I expect he will add some impetus to you as you add some Spanish troops to your collection. Having the commander staring at you from the display case can do that...

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    1. I have a couple of Spanish units already but he's already tapping his foot for a beefy unit of pike (or two) to command.

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  8. Outstanding brush work my friend! You're really rocking the place with your wonderful stuff lately. Those dogs are a wonderful touch too.

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    1. Why thank you Nick, very kind of you.

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  9. Wonderful stuff dude, puts my work to shame. We need to do a GIW game.
    Peter

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    1. Not at all Pete! You're absolutely right about one thing though, we need to get our stuff on the table soon.

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  10. Outstanding brush work my friend! You're really rocking the place with your wonderful stuff lately. Those dogs are a wonderful touch too.

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