Here’s my guide to 15mm wargaming figures for the Italian Wars. When I started this project in the 1990s only Essex Miniatures and Gladiator Games (now Black Hat Miniatures) had reasonable Italian Wars ranges in 15 mm. These ranges were fine at the time but more recent ranges, such as Venexia Miniatures: Range 4, are much better.
Late medieval and renaissance Italy was divided into a gaggle of competing states. For 66 years during the period 1494–1559 the great European powers – notably France and Habsburg Spain – were in almost continuous conflict to control these small Italian states. The wars signified the passing of chivalry, largely due to the extensive use of gunpowder weapons by relatively untrained infantry, the arrival of artillery as a field weapon, and the rise of the famous Spanish Tercios. They were also characterised by the extensive use of mercenaries (Swiss, German and Italian) with the problems that entailed. On the whole the Hapsburgs were the winners, with Spain being left in control of Milan and Naples and France with nothing more than the Alpine marquisate of Saluzzo.
No-Mans Land Mini-Campaign
This is a skirmish level mini-campaign set in no-mans land on a fairly static front. It is applicable to any period (see the possible settings). Each player is a junior commander whose job is the patrol and control the area between the opposing forces. Over three game days and nights each player must plan and execute 6 missions from a predetermined list. The interest lies in the fact that each player is picking from a different list to that of his opponent. The key problem being addressed is “How does a commander react when faced with events not covered by his orders?”
Timeline of the Italian Wars
Timeline of the Italian Wars.
Sources for the Italian Wars
Annotated bibliography for the Italian Wars.
Renaissance Battlefield Tactics
I’m not happy with the various renaissance wargaming rules I’ve seen so I thought I’d type up some thoughts about how battlefield tactics. Applies to Italian Wars, Eighty Years War / Dutch Revolt, and Thirty Years War. I’m not sure where it will lead but we’ll see …
Personalities of the Italian Wars
Personalities of the Italian Wars. A work in progress …
What Wargaming Rules to use for the Italian Wars?
Wargaming rules for the Italian Wars. There are a few choices out there. The ones I’ve poked a stick at are:
Painting Guide for the Italian Wars 1494–1559 and Conquistadores from 1492
Painting guide for the Great Italian Wars (1494–1559) and Spanish Conquistadores in the New World. It covers:
Orders of Battle during the Italian Wars
Orders of Battle for the Italian Wars.
Battle of Pavia 24 Feb 1525
The Battle of Pavia (24 Feb 1525) in the Italian Wars.
Setting: Pavia, Italy; 24 Feb 1525
Battle of Ravenna 11 Apr 1512
On Easter Day 1512 (11 April) a French force stormed the fortified camp of the Holy League – Spanish and Papal – outside the city of Ravenna. In a hard fought battle lasting six hours the French drove the Spanish and Papal forces from the field.
Battle of Fornovo 6 July 1495 – Benedetti Order of Battle
The Battle of Fornovo (6 July 1495) of the Italian Wars. The orders of battle are based on Benedetti (1967).
Machiavelli for Miniatures: A Campaign based on the Machiavelli Board Game
Some campaign ideas taken from Chris Hassler’s Primer for Diplomacy Players on the Avalon Hill game “Machiavelli”. Obviously for the Italian Wars.
Low Maintenance Italian Wars Campaign
This is a low maintenance system for running a multi-player Italian Wars wargames campaign between a Spanish team and a French team. It requires an umpire.
Review of Maximilian Fast Play Rules
Maximilian is a set of fast play rules designed specifically for the Great Italian Wars.