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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, 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?










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