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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.

By smacdowall, Nov 29 2020 05:10PM

The 77 year old veteran Paul-Bernard the Count of de Fontaine, commanded the Spanish Tercios against the French at Rocroi (1643). Due to his age and infirmities he had to be carried in a sedan chair but this did not prevent him from conducting a valiant defence which cost him his life.

Fresh off the painting table is my representation of the Count of Fontaine. The man himself and the sedan bearers are Warlord Games’ models of the Swedish general Lennart Torstensson who led Swedish armies in the 1640s while crippled by gout.

The bugler is from Wargames Foundry and the halberdier from 1898 Miniaturas.

By smacdowall, Nov 22 2020 01:20PM

Eschewing the feathers, frills and fripperies of the French Musketeers, I have painted these German arquebusiers in plain sensible clothing, suitable (I hope) for veterans serving in the Spanish army at Rocroi.

Most of the figures are Avanpost — a new Russian manufacturer that makes incredibly detailed and beautifully proportioned resin miniatures. The multi-part rider has separate arms and weapons. His left hand actually clips into the reins on the horse so he actually holds the reins without any gap.

The horses are cast with indentations where the rider’s legs go making a perfect fit of rider and horse — again with no gaps.

Man, horse and bits come in a zip-lock bag.

Man, horse and bits come in a zip-lock bag. The bits (horse’s tail, weapons and arms in this case) are, Russian doll-like, in a smaller bag inside the larger one. So easy to keep track of things and avoid losing or mixing up components. All the pieces fit together well, glued with super glue.

They mix well with other true 28 mil that are relatively finely proportioned. Here they are with Warlord plastics and a Perry figure (on TAG horses). I used the TAG horses because I needed static poses to go with the Avanpost and the Warlord horses are all in fairly active poses.

The super fine detail, crisp casting and perfect proportions make Avanpost some of the best 28 mil figures I have ever seen. The only downside is that the poses are (with one or two notable exceptions) quite static.

By smacdowall, Oct 18 2020 04:30PM

My mounted Muketeers for Louis XIV's army are now complete. Their dress is appropriate for the early years of his reign after he re-formed the unit in 1657 (just in time for the Dunes campaign). I agonised over whether to paint their boots and horse harness in black (as they would have been in the 1670s) or natural leather as they would have been in the 1640s before they were temporaily disbanded. Since I will use them for Rocroi (1643) I decided on the latter, even though their dress is not quite accurate for the 1640s.

I decided to mount them all on grey horses as les mousquetaires gris. In 1664 the Musketeers were reorgaanised into two companies, the first on grey horses, the second on black. As I will be fielding them in earlier campaigns I thought the grey horses best, also I like the combination of colours.

I am rather pleased with the flag which I painted based on an example in Standards and Uniforms of the French Cavalry under Louis XIV by Robert Hall, Giancarlo Boeri and Yves Roumegoux.

The miniatures are all from Northstar 1672 range. The designs on the cassocks are cast-on which makes painting them so much easier.

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