This campaign is to release a small selection of 28mm foot Knights in 16th century plate armour.
By the 16th century plate armour development had reached its zenith with many famous armour guilds in Europe producing not only highest quality armour but also very extravagant and theatrical looking suits.
These could be used in many periods such as Tudor Knights Italian wars Knights and fantasy Knights or tournaments to name some. Although other manufacture cover these periods almost no companies offer them as foot Knights.
The armour the miniatures are wearing are all historically accurate, the figures are wielding great swords which had become popular in The 16th century with many schools specialising in different ways of using them.
The selection contains 5 sets of two miniatures.
The figures in the initial campaign have all been sculpted and are ready to go to the casters if the campaign succeeds. They will be single piece white metal castings of the highest quality, I use griffin moulds and they are among the very best in the business their castings can often be painted with no preparation at all.
I specialise in sculpting ornate figures and put a lot of time and research into each figure. Also as a very small business I need to ensure I cover all my costs overheads and pay myself to sculpt these figures, being from niche periods I do not expect to sell huge amounts of them either. They are quite bespoke and this is reflected in the price.
On to the Knights!
A knight in Maximilian armour which is recognisable for its fluted surface which strengthened the armour. This style started in Germany, the figure is holding the Sword with a low guard.
The second figure is wearing a more Italian style armour more well known for its smooth surfaces.
The first figure wearing a Maximilian armour of about 1510-1520 with a schembart visor or grotesque face, this style seem fairly popular based on the amount of surviving examples. The kind of helmets gave a very menacing look to the wearer, in fact Henry VIII had one similar that was decorated with spectacles and horns! The figure also wears a skirt that was fashionable and often made of rich fabric.
The second figure is wearing a expensive Maximilian harness again of about 1510-1520 with a set of large ostrich feather plumes, the stance is the left back guard.
The first figure is wearing an early 16th century armour in a German style, with a late kind of sallet, based on a surviving example that was painted with a grotesque face, he is using a serrated zweihander thought by some to improve cutting ability, he is holding the sword with an authentic stance that would allow thrusting and cutting.
This second knight is wearing a more Spanish armour and could also have been seen anywhere in west Europe in the late 15th and early 16th century, the helmet is separate from the bevor or face protector.
Set 4 the first figure is wearing a fluted Maximilian harness with large plumes. the second figure shown is wearing a very decorative armour in the style of Landsknecht dress. He is in a very relaxed confident pose, his helmet is an early form of Burgonet and he has a serrated Zweihander.
Set 5 is two very noble looking static Knights one in a smooth harnesses pointing, and perhaps in discussion with the second figure, who is wearing a tunic over his armour and carrying a closed burgonet.
If you back for three sets of Knights or more you will receive this bonus late 15th to early 16th century standard bearer free!
More figures are in the works to unlock after the initial funding is reached.
If you want more figures than the pledge options allow add £10 per set to your pledge.
Risks and challenges
There are not really risks for this campaign, the figures are sculpted, ready for casting, and the casters always do a good job.
there may be minor delays from the casters depending on whether they meet their time estimate, but I'm allowing three months for this so you will probably receive your miniatures sooner.
I have already successfully ran and delivered two kickstarter campaigns.
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