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By smacdowall, Feb 18 2018 07:39PM

There are a few more units I want to paint up for the second part of our Battle of Oudenarde game in May. Mostly I need to flush out my French army and I have painted up a few more battalions which I may post pics of later. Taking a break from the French I have turned my attention to some missing Allied units.

Foremost amongst these is Van Goor’s Dutch battalion. This unit was part of the contingent sent to the upper Rhine valley to reinforce the Imperialists in 1703 and went on to fight at the Schellenberg and Blenheim. I have been slowly building Baden-Baden’s Imperialist army for campaigns on the Rhine led by Johan Winjand van Goor was sent to reinforce the Imperial Army of the Markgraf Ludwig von Baden-Baden. A previous semi-historical scenario involving them can be found here.

Van Goor was killed leadin the assault up the Schellenberg
Van Goor was killed leadin the assault up the Schellenberg

Van Goor died leading the first assault on the Schellenberg in 1704 after which command passed to Frederik Thomas van Hangest-Genlis d’ Yvoy. At Oudenarde the unit (regiment of foot number 14) was known as Regiment d’Yvoy following the usual practice of the time when units were known by their Colonel’s name.

Dutch 14th Regiment of Foot - Van Goor/d'Yvoy
Dutch 14th Regiment of Foot - Van Goor/d'Yvoy

The regiment’s uniform of light grey coats with red cuffs, waistcoat and breaches if fairly well attested to. It took me some time to find a source for a possible flag. I found it in the excellent CD of the uniforms and flags of the Dutch army available from Baccus (in German but with plenty of illustrations and regimental lists which need no translation).

d'Yvoy's regimental flag
d'Yvoy's regimental flag

The flag illustrated is for d’Yvoy which would be correct for Oudenarde but possibly not for earlier under Van Goor’s command in 1703/4. The phoenix rising from the fire and the motto “Ex Cinere Revivo” (more or less rising from the ashes) may refer to the regiment being re-recruited back up to strength after the heavy casualties of the 1704 campaign. I decided that if I took off the ‘Y’ monograms, which presumably were personal to d’Yvon, then it could also pass for van Goor even if the motto and image seem to suggest otherwise.

My painted version of the flag
My painted version of the flag

I find painted flags look so much better than printed ones. I copied the image from the Baccus guide and painted it with acrylics on paper, simplifying it a little to make it easier. The motto was the hardest part and you can just about make out the writing. I was very happy with the result once the two sides were glued together around the flag pole (using white glue).

Van Goor's Dutch and Sturler's Swiss
Van Goor's Dutch and Sturler's Swiss

The miniatures are all Minifigs 15mm with the exception of the officer on the left of the line who is Dixon. Supporting them in a rear line is Sturler’s regiment of Swiss in Dutch service. These two regiments fought together in the same brigade at Schellenberg, Blenheim. Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.

Grenadiers on the right
Grenadiers on the right

Minifigs do not make a marching Dutch grenadier. In order to keep the ranks consistent I chopped the tricorn head off a Bavarian in march-attack and replaced it with a Dutch grenadier’s head from another miniature.

By smacdowall, Oct 29 2016 05:40PM

Back in mid September Gary Kitching hosted a magnificent re-fight of this first major engagement of the English Civil War. A number of things got in the way of me writing it up but suffice it to say it was a clear morale victory for those of us supporting the King's righteous cause. `it was a day filled with glorious cavalry charges which swept the rebels away. Even if some of their foot remained on the field, the Earl of Eseex and other notable rebel leaders were captured. No doubt after a nice discussion with the King's inquisitors they will begin the error of their ways and come to once again support the King's divine right to rule.

The Parliamentary commanders look on glumly as they see the fine array and noble bearing of the King's trooops.

The King himself took an active part in the day, encouraging his loyal subjects to great deeds.

On the Royalist right, our cavaly made a fine sight as they cut their way through rank after rank of rebels.

It was to beexpected that good men of gentle birth with many years service (Minifigs from the 1970s) cut through the fanks of heretical ploughmen mounted on old nags and put them to flight.

Our brave cavaliers chased the rebels into Kineton which soon became fillled with panic stricken refugees.

Knowing that God favours the righteous the Royalist commanders had every reason for luck to be with them.

Indeed, with Rupert and his dog Boye leading the men on the right, good luck indeed came to favour the brave. The supersticious puritains were heard to cry 'witchcraft' as they fled the battle. A cowardly parliamentarian shot poor Boye and at that moment the King's army's luck began to turn.

On our left, Lord Wilmot's men encountered great difficuly as the came to close with the rebel horse while being raked with musketry. Our foot too had a hard time of due to the plentiful supply of shot and powder which had been commandeered by the rebel artillery train.

In the end, with the Earl of Essex's capture and utter collapse of the rebel left, there could be no doubt that it had been a glorious day. That a few peasant farmers remained on the ridge was surely a matter of little consequence.

By smacdowall, Jan 17 2016 04:56PM

Next month I will be staging a re-fight of the Battle of Ramilles -- perhaps Marlborough's greatest victory. We will be using a 20 x 6 foot table with every battalion and squadron represented in 15 mil.

Having just gone through the orders of battle and matching them up with the available figures I can draft in from 5 players, I realised that we had a rather gapping hole.

None of us had any Gardes Suisse and there were three battalions of them on the French side. While a few substitutions will be unavoidable I could not imagine having no Swiss guards at all so I hurriedly sent off an order to Caliver Books for some 15mm Minifigs.


Yes Minifigs. I have some Dixon and Blue Moon units but I still think Minifigs look the best when painted up and deployed on the table. Furthermore they have a huge range of figures including a Gardes Française model with lace on his coat and ribbons on his shoulders. This was just what I needed for a suitably impressive looking Garde Suisse.

After years of painting only 28 mil the miniatures looked incredibly small and I wondered if my ageing eyes would be up to painting them.

In order to pick out the detail to aid painting I first gave them a very thin wash of raw umber over the white undercoat. This was a trick I learned when painting 6mil figures and I find it also helps greatly with all smaller scales. I usually don’t bother to do this with 28 mil figure
In order to pick out the detail to aid painting I first gave them a very thin wash of raw umber over the white undercoat. This was a trick I learned when painting 6mil figures and I find it also helps greatly with all smaller scales. I usually don’t bother to do this with 28 mil figure

After my first sitting I now have the base coats and buff belts done.

I have also painted the white lace on their coats which was made much easier by the fact that the models have the lace marked out on the coat.

Next step will be to do the blue linings, breeches, waistcoat and shoulder ribbons. But that can wait for another day.

By smacdowall, Jan 11 2015 03:20PM

I have added a second Spanish Tercio and a couple of guns to my 17th C collection. Once again the vast majority of figures are old Minifigs that had been languishing in a box for the last 40 years or so. Once or two new Perry's have been added and all of the figures have been spruced up.

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