Swiss Pike Block
How to make a Renaissance Swiss Pike Block for Wargaming
25mm Old Glory Miniatures Late Medieval & Early Renaissance Italian Wars Swiss Pikemen available from oldglory25s.com.
1. Swish miniatures around in a bowl of diluted dishwashing soap to remove release agent and let dry overnight. Remove flash and other extra metal with an X-Acto knife and needle files. Smooth rough areas with sanding boards. Drill out hands with a Dremel.
3. Glue pikemen to 20mm square bases. Insert wires through hands and fix with super glue.
4. Use Testors Model Master Red Putty to remove excess putty and blend and fill in base tops. Let putty dry - it dries fast - and sand putty on base edges with sanding board or sand paper to blend with base sides. Testors Model Master Red Putty does not stink, does not shrink, and is slightly coarse.
7. Paint flesh on faces and hands. I kept it simple, as you can see in the close-up at the top of the page. I used Reaper Master Series Paint (MSP) Rosy Shadow washed with MSP Brown Ink and then MSP Rosy Skin to highlight. I will not mention paint choices again as any combinations will work just fine.
8. Paint the hose and shoes.
11. Paint pikes.