Mirliton CC 1, CC 3, CC 4 Italian Condotta

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By David Kuijt

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15mm Miniatures by Mirliton

Online catalog: Mirliton's website is here.

General Comments: These are, quite simply, superb figures. Weapons are separate, riders are also separately cast from the horses. Pikes and spears are not supplied; pins provide a better spear or pike than cast white metal (more durable and thinner).

Mirliton makes two 15mm ranges. One covers the Italian Condotta range around 1450 AD. The figures are tremendously faithful and accurate, based very closely upon the three-painting series "The Rout of San Romano" by Paolo Ucello, around 1454. The three paintings involved are in Paris, Florence, and London, if you want the proper painting guide!

The second range covers the Communal Italian wars of the 13th century. These figures are also perfect for Teutonic Order armies of the same period, and likely for most 13th century armies in Western Europe.

Part # Type and Pose Variety Weapons and Armour Grade Description
C 1 4 varies (heavy armour, crossbow, helmet) A+ Italian Crossbowmen (assorted). Excellent figures. Separate crossbows. A detailed image is here, a view from the back is here.
C 2 4 + officer white harness A+ Italian first rank Pikemen (asst.) including one officer. These figures are in poses with their pikes presented at about 45-50 degrees. In the image shown the front four figures are code C2; the rear four figures are code C3. Note: spears and pikes are not included; the figures are empty-handed. Pins with the head cut off are suggested (and work much better than soft cast metal). Another image is here. A closeup image of a different officer and one (rear-rank) pikeman is here
C 3 4 + officer white harness A+ Italian second rank Pikemen (asst.) including one officer. These are holding their weapons vertically. Note: spears and pikes are not included; the figures are empty-handed. Pins with the head cut off are suggested (and work much better than soft cast metal). Other images are here and here; only the rear four figures shown are code C3 (the four front figures are C2). A closeup image of a different officer and one (rear-rank) pikeman is here
C 4 5 + officer n/a A+ Italian spear and shield (asst.) including one officer. Note: spears and pikes are not included; the figures are empty-handed. Pins with the head cut off are suggested (and work much better than soft cast metal). Another image is here.
C 5 ? n/a A+ Italian light halberdiers (asst.) including one officer. A large variety of different polearms are supplied, all excellently detailed.
C 6 ? n/a A+ Italian heavy halberdiers (asst.) including one officer. A large variety of different polearms are supplied, all excellently detailed.
C 7 ? n/a A+ Longbowmen (asst.).
C 8 3 none A+ Artillery crew and bombard. Stunning. Another view is shown here. Three artillerymen, one bombard, and a pile of stones are included.
C 9 3 cuirass, helmet, and handgun A+ Handgunners. Excellent. Another view is shown here.
CC 1 1 white harness A+ Elmeti (Italian man-at-arms) with armet and lance. Three different horse poses. Another image is here. A back view is here.
CC 2 1 white harness A+ Elmeti (Italian man-at-arms) with armet and lance. Three different horse poses (the same as CC 1). These guys have crests on their helmets; there are at least three different crest types. A back view is here.
CC 3 1 barbute, partial plate, lance A+ Light Cavalryman. Still in very heavy armour -- mail shoulders rather than plate pauldrons, and open-faced barbute rather than armet, but otherwise plate. Three different horse poses (same as CC 1). Another view is here.
CC 4 1 white harness A+ Elmeti (Italian man-at-arms) with armet and lance charging (lowered lance). One active horse pose. Another view is here.
CC 5 2 bow, sabre A+ Hungarian horse archer, walking. The horses are the unbarded ones used in CC 1-4, the riders are the same as CC 6.
CC 6 2 bow, sabre A+ Hungarian horse archer, charging. One horse pose (a different one from CC 5), but the same riders as CC 5. The horse in the foreground of the image here is the CC 6 horse; the one in the background is swapped from CC 4. These figures mix very well with Essex Later Hungarian (EMED range). Another image is here.
CC 7 4 varies A+ Command Stand: "Niccolo da Tolentino", 1350-1435. Includes the commander (based upon the 1456 fresco inside the Duomo in Florence), trumpeter, equerry, and standard bearer. Superb. The large padded-roll (hat) wouldn't be in style before 1400, and the full white harness likewise is 15th century, so I take minor issue with the "1350-1435" date given. More like 1400-1455. Three mounted support figures are included: a trumpeter with trumpet, tabard, and banner from the trumpet; an equerry holding the great man's barbute helmet; and a lancer (pose from CC 1).
CC 8 4 varies A+ Command Stand: "Gattamelata", 1370-1435. Includes the commander, trumpeter, equerry, and standard bearer. Superb. The three support figures are the same as CC 7, but the commander is unique (and a real personality figure).
CC 9 4 varies A+ Command Stand: "Federico II da Montefeltro", 1422-1482. Includes the commander, trumpeter, equerry, and standard bearer. Superb. The three support figures are the same as CC 7, but the commander is clearly the Duke of Urbino with his distinctive profile (the result of a wound suffered in a tournament in 1450, where he lost his right eye and part of his nose).
CC 10 4 varies A+ Command Stand: "Micheletto Attendolo", 1390-1448. Includes the commander, trumpeter, equerry, and standard bearer. Superb. As above, the three support figures are the same as CC 7, and the commander is a unique personality figure.


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April 9, 2001. Added images for C1, CC6.

March 27, 2001. Page created.

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