We are about up to date with our Mail Order, currently there are about a dozen orders, all except one from the last 10 days, and as we have material and personnel we’ll complete on these in the next day or so, definitely before the weekend.
So, if you want to order, and get a fairly swift response by our standards, then now would be a good time to do so.
Back later in the week with New Releases!
We are though all the casting and packing for all the orders in the Back-log, about 30 of them, most of you should have already had your shipping emails, and your minis are on the way. (Yay!)
If you haven’t had an email, mostly likely you ordered Renaissance miniatures, please be patient, your orders will be sent this week, so you will get your confirmation tomorrow or Friday.
I’ll be back before the end of the week with a full ‘All Clear’ Update, and can I thank you all once again for making June 2017 a bumper month, and for you patience whilst we worked on dispatch.
Added to the Workbench this week, and into the mould and cast for the sculptor to start work on, are these Landsknechts in Pluderhosen, which have reached the doll stage of thier production.
These miniatures are the first of our range that will be useful for the wars of Dutch Rebellion, where they formed the bulk of the infantry used by the Dutch, as well as being employed in large numbers by the Spanish, in the early stage of the war.
Landsknechts of this period were differently dressed to those of the earlier Italian Wars period, with huge Pluderhosen (harem trousers), giving them an almost eastern appearance. We’ll make 30 or 40 models of these classic mercenaries, enough for four deep pike formation with our usual ‘bristly hedgehog’ of pike angle choices, and arquebusiers, in three or four poses, to provide shot cover.
Please also notice that these minis with have katzbalger swords which were a development of the 1520’s, and had become something of a badge of honour among Landsknechts, with virtually every man pictured as having one by this late period (1560’s – 80’s).
We will make this sword available as part of our Renaissance Weapons & Equipment section as soon as possible, for those that like to convert other models.
It is our intention to get these dolls made up into full miniatures very swiftly, hopefully before Christmas.
More dolls for the Dutch and Spanish forces in the next few weeks, so keep it tuned to this channel for more information.
Yet another interesting week here at TAG Shedquarters, culmination this morning in me getting a couple of hour to sit down and open the new mould for the Swiss infantry we had on our Workbench Feature a week or so ago.
Shown in the picture are the Master Moulds before they get cooked in the Vulcanising press, the organic rubber compounds is soft and is cut to ensure that all the delicate parts of the models are protected from the forces in the process.
Now i have the cooked moulds open they can be cut, cast and we are a few steps closer to releasing these miniatures at the end of this month.
Back with a Blog next week about our Fantasy Plans, the State of the Mail Order, and this weekend trip to see the sculptor Nick Collier, so until then…
New from the Front!
Thanks to everyone’s hard work here at ShedQuarter in the last couple of weeks, the Mail Order dpt is now looking ship shape and fit for purpose…
We sent out about 80 orders in the last couple of weeks, but there is still a large (ish) backlog, especially on large orders placed at the turn of the month, so once again your patience is appreciated.
Smaller, and more recent orders are now going through smoothly, and our general stock level is quite high, so if you do place an order this week, normal service can be expected.
New for all those that ordered Jintsi, both of you, I haven’t forgotten you, but there has been a slight delay because of an issue with the Master Castings I took to make the production moulds from. This has been rectified and you orders are number one priority next week.
Shown below are the TAG Swiss miniatures for the middle of the 16th Century, roughly the period from 1530’s -1570’s. Throughout this period, the Swiss were employed exclusively by the French Crown as Elite Mercenaries, and fought for them in the Italian Wars.
First on show are our Command groups, 8 excellently sculpted 28mm sized minis; Officers, Musicians and Ensigns, to form the core of these elite fighting blocks.
Swiss, in the late 16thC and into the century beyond, were know to be incredibly well armoured, but our new pikemen are only starting to show this trend, with long Tassets down to the knee, pauldrons and burgonet helmets on a majority of the pike armed minis.
Sixteen new Pikemen (4 packs) in four differing pike angle poses, will give the realistic bristling hedgehog of pikes, that we like.
Throughout the 16th Century the Swiss were known for their ferocious Pike Kiel, but like all infantry formations in the period, they too are in a process of evolution, with a larger proportions of shot troops; with arquebus or caliver, being deployed as ‘sleeves’ alongside the pike formations.
We have three packs (12 different minis) to represent these shot, in three different poses, advancing, firing and loading.
These minis will also be suitable for the early period of the French Wars of Religion, with my guess being that by the spilt in Swiss forces between Royalist and Catholics in the late 1580’s, our miniatures are going to start to look out of period, but up until that point they are about right.
As a matter of interest, these minis are about as close to the ‘Landsknechts’ of popular imagination as TAG will be sculpting. Everybody else in the Wargames Hobby making Landsknechts, makes them suitable for the middle of their style development (approximately 1520 -1550), and these Swiss, traditionally the sworn enemy of the Landsknechts, are superficially similar, with only the cloth slashing, “+’s” instead of “X’s”, and heavier armour, marking them out.
All these brilliant minis were of course sculpted by the very fine Mr Nick Collier.
Minis will go on general sale, though the TAG shopping cart, in late Summer 2017.
Quite frankly its a hell mess…
Massive sales in late June coupled with a strong start to July including some HUGE Renaissance and Fantasy orders mean that we are about three week behind in sending out bigger packages.
Luckily, we are right on top of our stock castings at present, so those orders that are currently delayed, will be worked on in the next ten days or so.
Once again sorry about this, we’ve added increased casting capacity in the last 6 months, and this is gradually working through into our re-stock speed.
Over the summer (when traditionally the wargames trade is quiet) we will be able to bring all the stock levels up to a point that allows instant dispatch, on all but the largest of Orders.
Thank you for your patience, if you have a problem, please take a Ticket or comment below, I’ll get to you as soon as possible.
This blog continues from last weeks rabble about the TAG work in progress on the Dutch Rebellion, and the Long War that resulted from it.
In the previous piece I wrote about Dutch and Spanish forces, and out lined our plan to fill out what is necessary to reproduce the period satisfactorily.
But, it is impossible to look at this period of warfare without giving thought to the ultimate mercenary troops of the period, the Landsknechts, whom both sides employed in large numbers though-out the early Rebellion.
Landsknechts of this period looked considerably different to those of the the mid century, and are a world away in appearance from our early Italian Wars miniatures for us to have to consider making another four packs with pike, a couple of command groups and maybe three packs of arquebusiers, to make ‘sleeves’ of shot along the sides of the pike blocks… (9)
But of course Landsknechts are only half the story of German mercenaries in the 16th Century, also used in equally large numbers were the rapacious Reiter.
Reiter, pistol armed horse men, appear at first as a kind of charging melee cavalry in the middle of the 16th Century; initially armed with boar spears and swords, they soon developed in to deep formations firing by rotation, and charging only when an enemy was weakened. We have to make the boar spear miniatures to cover our Tudors for 1544, who were one of the first to hire this new type of cavalry men, but we will also need at least two other packs with pistols, to represent the later formations, and a command. (4)
Other than this, I would like to say something about the armies of the French Wars of religion, which was running almost concurrently with the Rebellion and the start of the Long War, is intertwined with it. Other than we are fine with our Valois representing both Catholic and Huguenot French forces of the early Civil War period, and our forthcoming Swiss models being good for the French Royal Swiss troops up until about 1589, but we will not be making any specifically ‘French’ troops for the FoW.
All the troop types covered in the French armies are also considered in the Dutch and Spanish ranges, and we would be struggling to interesting characteristics to differentiate between Protestant ‘Dutch*’ in Antwerp, and French Protestants fighting at La Rochelle… Equally our high renaissance styled Spanish should be good for what every remained of the French Royal Catholic armies after 1588…
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If the previous Blog was about the ‘gaps’ in the current Renaissance ranges, and how they are likely to be filled, this post is more about where we are at present with our planned expansion work.
Nick is currently engaged in working on our range of Dutch & Spanish ‘Long War’ miniatures. The war, running from 1568 until 1648, is a confusing mess of a conflict, with a nominal national and regional interests, cut with a undercurrent of religious tensions. A lifetime of reading and study, might not do the period full justice…
Fortunately for Nick & I planning the range, there’s a large ‘half time’ break in 1610 for a 12 year (!!!) truce, and after 1622 TAG’s existing range of TYW minis are ideal, with my preference of these Low Germans for the Dutch forces, and the Spanish helpfully recruiting large numbers of this type of more Catholic looking High Germans… and so we have a good proportion of that late period already accounted for…
Great, so we have some stuff covered, but in the period before 1610, there are 3 Dutch armies to consider, as well as the Spanish forces for a 50 year span… quite a task…
Happily the Spanish pretty much keep the same army and dress style for the whole period we are interested in, so we’d only need to make one ‘look’ of army, and although there are some advancements in troop types though-out the time frame, it not an army that goes though great change, so this is where Nick will start work, iI think.
Spanish 1560’s – 1600
General, Parma or… (1).
Gente d’armes. Mounted knights, which the Spanish keep right in the 1620’s, a pack and a Command should do, the Command doubling up as a Sub-General if required (2).
Caballos Ligeros, Spanish demi-lancers, mainstay of the cavalry though out the period of the list, possibly two lance packs and a command (3).
Herguletiers, mounted arqubusiers, used in a small proportion to the other cav (2).
Herreruelos, Charging, pistoleers on the early Reiter model, and two packs of troopers and a Command group pack (3).
Tercio Infantry, comprising the normal pike and shot, with the only slight variant being that the shot/pike proportion changes slight over the period, from really deep formations to not quiet so deep formations, and that there is also a steady drift from arquebus armed shot troops, to ones armed with musket. Normally we make two packs of Command for infantry. So we’ll probably make four packs of pikes, to give those lovely bristly units we love, four of shot, two arquebus and two muskets, and the Commands… (10).
Artillery Crew/Labourers, because you can have an army without them (1).
The Dutch 1568 – 1600* are a bit more complex…
The Earliest army consist of almost entirely of local foot troops with arquebus, and hired German Reiter (see below).
Dutch Levy, with couple of packs of arquebusiers, and maybe a pack of swords and a command group we would fill these quiet nicely, but I would like to add two or three packs of Sea Beggars (ship born infantry) if i can convince Nick to do them… (6)
The they hire a load of Landsknechts (see below)of the late variety, with the plunder hose and the pepper-pot hats and the mail coifs… tasty.
Then, in the 1570’s Maurice of Nassau reorganises the lot, and creates a model army.
Dutch Regimental foot, again with a mixture of pike and shot, with the shot made up of a 50/50 mix of musketeers and arquebusiers. Pikemen were in slightly shallower formation, so maybe we get away with only doing two pike poses, but we will need a couple of Command groups, and four packs of shot with a mixture of both weapon types (8).
Dutch cavalry also go though a revolution in the 1570’s, from only a few…
Carabinier, lightly armoured mounted arquebusiers (2).
with the reorganisation in 1577, bringing…
Demi-lancers, like every one else in Europe, although the Dutch ones are often shown in cassocks, so we’d have to follow suit (3).
and then towards the end of the period…
Cuirassiers, fully armoured pistoleers, who were going to become the standard elite cavalry of the proceeding generation. again the Dutch ones are sometime shown in cassocks, so that would make them different to our current Germans Cuirassiers, which are fine for the period after 1622 (3).
Of course we’d need
General, Maurice. (1).
Labourers & Artillery crews, it’s a war of many sieges, and these are essentials (2).
Ok I think that this is enough to digest atm…
I’ll be back next time, with those lovely German Landsknechts and a passing mention of France.
*though-out this piece, and every-time I use the word ‘Dutch’, or for that matter; Holland, The Netherlands, The Low Countries, United Provinces, or The States General, please be assured that I’m using term, either inappropriately, or just plain wrongly…if you know better than me (Edwin, Peter) please forgive me, I’m English.