Thursday, April 21, 2016

Leonardo and his Tank

"You up for a little reconnaissance?"
"You mean where we all sculpt and paint and stuff?" 
"No, that was the Renaissance."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer


I normally don't bother to just post stuff I bought these days but I have to share this one.  15mm.co.uk recently released miniatures of Leonardo da Vinci and his famous concept "tank", one of many inventions of his that was so far ahead of its time that it was, as far as we know, never built.  Leonardo was a military engineer for the Duke of Milan, producing other more practical deadly mechanisms and fortifications, as well as overseeing the Duke and Duchess' opulent wedding.


They're really nice models: well-sculpted crisp casts with lots of detail.  The tank is two resin halves with sixteen (!) metal cannon barrels, and you get two versions of Leo: mounted, and unmounted holding blueprints and a tiny model of the tank!  Too cool.  I can't wait to paint these up.

It's pretty big too.  With other figures for scale.

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  1. Thank you so much for showing this, it looks a little small for 15mm but would suit 10mm very well indeed.

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    1. That'd work, since there are no external scale indicators. It's a snug ride for 15mm but not *too* snug, IMO.

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  2. Nice! I look forward to what you are going to do paint wise with this model from 15mm.co.uk. The design was based on the actual drawings and scaled to 15mm scale. Its down to wargamer how they use it but its unique in the history of the world..wooden tank! GBS

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    1. I like Steve Dean's vivid version posted on your blog, it'll hopefully be something along those lines, but featuring the actual heraldry of Duke Ludovico Sforza.

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