EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

They're Back! Doug Miller 40mm Landsknechts are back!

Bless the internet, and, I suspect, the blogosphere.

About 15 years ago, I bought three Doug Miller Landsknecht figures (yes the author of the old Osprey Landsknect book),  through the Michigan Toy Soldier Company if memory serves. I then found Doug's old website on line but by the time I had spare funds, it was gone. This spring I was surprised to receive an email from Doug saying that he had heard that I was looking for more of his figures. I didn't ask him how he knew but a BIG thank you to whoever tipped him off and gave him my email.

1525 (Doug Miller ) and Elastolin recruits.

Anyway, when I got home from visiting family yesterday, the package was waiting on the kitchen table (Of course).  I still don't have ample funds and don't realllly need  more 16thC figures but do have a box full of Elastolin kits that I got cheap, BUT they are mostly duplicates of a few very active poses rather than the nice, useful, standing or advancing figures. The 1525 range fits very nicely with Elastolin, as was Doug's intent, and apart from the pleasure of building custom figures and painting them, even a few will help me move forward with building an Imperial army that can stand up to the French without relying on English allies. It'll also help grow my collection of civilians, supply trains and character figures.

Doug was quite flexible about mixing etc so I bought a few more of the armoured horses so that I will finally be able to add a small but much needed reinforcement for my gensdarmes.

His illustrated catalogue can be viewed at https://1525miniatures.net and orders placed through the contact page. The dioramas in the gallery are well worth viewing even if 40mm 16thC isn't your thing.

Doug Miller 1525 range commander and arquebusier figures with Elastolin trumpeter, horses and arquebusiers.
Note: I suspect that I may not have been clear above, this is a small reinforcement for one of these 3 armies: 


15 comments:

  1. I wish you the best of luck and the greatest success with this new venture. Painting a period - and getting it right - are, for me, at the core of what I do in the hobby. Funny thing - I've never painted Landsnechts with all the thousands and thousands of figures I've painted over the years.

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    1. Thanks Jerry but its not quite a new venture, its almost 20 years old.

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  2. It's a gorgeous period for colour and flags. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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    1. It is a gorgeous period but what I like is that has a bit of everything if you keep going knights in armour, artillery, longbowmen, 1/2 naked highland charges, effective small arms, entrenchments, sieges, ambushes, colonial warfare, amphibious ops and on and on

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    2. But I'm not thinking of anything drastically different from what I've been doing with it for most of the century.

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  3. Nice! Very cool to find some old figures you had wanted some time ago are still available. They look good, too.

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  4. I didn’t know the figures were available again. I have a number to match my boyhood landesknechts. Too tempting.
    I look forward to seeing your project continue to develop.

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  5. I find it hard to believe that 40mm 16th century might not be somebody’s thing. :D

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  6. Colourful period , watching with interest .

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  7. As one of those people not familiar with the period, that last picture in particular presents quite a good argument in favor of getting into it.

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