Sunday 27 August 2017

Berne pike block (I)

Now that my foray into the mid-fourteenth century has finished (for now), I've returned to progress the Berne pike block. This will be a big contingent, so there's plenty to do.

This was started some time ago with the rear ranks - worringly much longer ago than I'd remembered!  However I can now start to paint the front ranks, using a combination of Perry figures and the figures in full harness which Oliver at Steel Fist Miniatures designed for me.

The bases will be my usual 60mm frontage, with the front bases extended in length to reduce the potential damage to levelled pikes (always a thorny issue when wargaming pike blocks, from the Macedonians onwards, do you display all vertical pikes or not?). As the Swiss used pikes as an attacking body in these wars and the ensuing decades, my preference is to have the contingent range from levelled at the front to vertical at the back.

Here's the first one done, including a captain leading from the front (Perry metal standard bearer with one of my Swiss heads swopped and pinned on). The potential placement of the next two are also shown. I'll then work on the supporting ranks for these, where they'll be a slight reduction in the amount of plate armour. As with the rear rankers, I'm trying to run a colour scheme of predominantly red and black through, to reflect Berne's predominance in this block.

With these figures, I've also added some variations with Green Stuff, including a bend, half mail sleeves, gloves and tassets. I'll finalise poses and do the groundwork when I have a few more bases done.

Next ones are in progress...


  1. Splendid, they will look terrifying when completed!

  2. Very effective steel work. What's your technique?

    1. Hi. Its just Army Painter Shining Silver, washed with their Dark Tone and then washed with Light Tone. When dry just pick out edges and highlights again with the Silver.

  3. Looks great and impressive so far!

  4. They look great as always, I have to agree that the first line with levelled pikes looks best so worth doing, for what it's worth it's what I do too!
    Best Iain

  5. Wonderful stuff. I look forward to seeing the final product, in all its pointy, prickly splendour.