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A defiant Spanish Tercio

By smacdowall, Dec 13 2020 05:03PM

Ever since I first saw it, I have been inspired by this atmospheric painting by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau showing the last defiant stand of a Spanish Tercio at Rocroi (1643).




Fortunately for me the talented people at 1898 Miniaturas seem to have had the same inspiration. Their extensive range of 30 Years War Spanish infantry provides enough figures to field a large Tercio with no two figures the same. They also have included some of the characterful poses with some men in torn clothing and wearing bandages along with Spanish field signs (red arm bands and Burgundian crosses). And also the dog!


I have taken my time with this unit, trying to do justice to both the original painting and the miniatures.


My TYW infantry bases are usually 4cm square but I made the front pike base double width to allow for a more characterful arrangement. I also made it slightly deeper to make room for the officers, dog and wounded in front.


The miniatures are almost all from 1898 Miniaturas with a few additions (one each) from Tercio Miniatures, Bohemian Miniatures, Warlord Games and Avanpost.


The flag that which was carried by the Tercio de Albuquerque which at Rocroi.



The shot include 2 bases of musketeers and 1 base of arqubusiers on each flank of the pike block. I arraged the arquebusiers with 2 figures on ½ depth bases to allow them to also be deployed as skirmishers either with the Tercio or detatched elsewhere.




3 comments
Dec 16 2020 02:34AM by Ross Macfarlane

Well done indeed. They look as doughty as the original.

Dec 22 2020 07:48AM by smacdowall

Thank you so much.

Jan 3 2021 05:46AM by Tim O' connor

Happy New Year Simon they look tough, professional and defiant just like the original
best wishes
Tim

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