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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, Jun 15 2020 08:50PM

This is my favourite Oscar Wilde quote. It is also the most applicable to me.

I made a solemn vow to myself to use the opportunity of the lockdown to chip away at the lead mountain and not buy any new miniatures. I have really enjoyed painting my many medieval figures over the last couple of months and so far my resolve has been holding.

I have completed my Wars of the Roses collection.

Now that the Black Prince’s contingent is nearly complete...

... all I need is a few more French knights and I can refight Crécy and other engagements of the early Hundred Years War.

Then along comes temptation!

For some months I have been admiring the pics of !898 miniatures Spanish Tercios.

They look like just what I need to build up my Spanish to fight Rocroi and the Franco/Spanish engagements of the 1640’s.

With the arrival of Corvid19 in March when Spain was particularly badly hit, I thought I should order a Tercio immediately — just incase. So I did.

In an uncharacteristic demonstration of self-discipline I left the package unopened for three months, knowing that if I did I would likely be tempted away from my Wars of the Roses and Crécy projects.

Until today!

I have opened the box and peered at the contents — they seem to be beautifully proportioned characterful figures.. Although I dearly want to start painting them, I am doing my best to resist the temptation by not opening the sachets.

I must finish one project before moving to the next.

Or is Oscar Wilde correct?

By smacdowall, Nov 8 2018 12:55PM

Following hard on the heals of the foot come a fine body of Spanish horse.

Whilst I could not find any evidence of Spanish foot at Malplaquet, there were several cavalry regiments serving with the French army in 1709. Most of them supplying only one or two squadrons each. This means that painting my new Spanish squadrons has not diverted my from the Malplaquet project

According to French Archives the following Regiments of horse were part of the Maréchal de Villars army: Ermont, Cano, Fresin, Acosta, Druhot, Gaetano, Lacatoire, Coralles and Flandre. Rios, Cecille, Flavacourt were serving with the Comte d'Artagnan. There were also seven squadrons of Dragoons from the regiments Acquaviva, Pignatelli, Melun and Pasteur.

I could find very little reliable information about uniforms. A fair number of Spanish horse wore grey-white coats with blue cuffs. I decided this would contrast nicely with the predominantly grey-white coats and red cuffs of the French Chevau-légers.

There is even less information available about flags. I made one up based on a fairly typical design from a few decades earlier. This has the Burgundian cross on one side and the virgin Mary surrounded by a sun burst on the other.

Once again the miniatures are all Minifigs 15mm from their Marlburian range.

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