The recent post about my rule-writing adventure wouldn't be complete without more information about the miniatures that go along with the project. As I mentioned, the project started a few years back and petered out. At the time, we were painting armies for fictional countries, which were based on real ones. I chose Piedmont-Savoy because it was different (and because France, The Netherlands, and England had already been claimed). My uniform information was spotty and I relied on the information found in Charles Grant's From Pike to Shot: 1685 to 1720, which is for uniforms circa 1700, not 25 years earlier.
I've always been a bit of a Francophile when it comes to des choses militaries. I also have a certain appreciation for Le Roi Soleil. He was a nasty bastard, of course, but he did it with such Gallic pomp and pomposity that you just have to admire his style. So, when I resumed the project, I bought a batch of French infantry and some cavalry as my first units.
I'm starting with Regiment Vivarais, for which I have a nice uniform source, although it's dated 1689, which is a bit later than my period:
|I'm painting the uniform on the right|
I have a nice GMB Designs flag to use for it. The nice thing about French infantry colors is that they remained the same from the Thirty Years War until the French Revolution. I'm not sure what I'll do when I branch into painting units for other armies. So far, a lot of the available flags I've seen are for later periods.
My next infantry unit, I think, will be a generic Swiss regiment (another GMB flag), but first I'll finish the cavalry I have primed for painting. I just got the command pack for them today, so once they're primed, I'll start the lot. After that, I think one of les Vieux Corps, like Regiment Normandie.
The North Star 1672 range is beautiful. Painting them gives me even more appreciation of how well they're sculpted. The first batch was done by Mark Copplestone before he went barbarian. (Mark, btw, also sculpted the now 30-year old Grand Alliance range from Dixon.) The rest of the line is being sculpted by Steve Saleh. From what I've seen of the one pack that's been released of Saleh's work, the styles match very well. The most notable exception is in the fineness of Saleh's work versus the exaggeration that Copplestone uses. For example, Copplestone's buttons are about the size of golf-balls in scale, but it works to bring out the detail better.
I'm plugging away at Pike & Periwig a little bit every night as I am watched (or haunted) by my faithful cat Grendel who likes to sit on my printer next to me to glower and kibitz.
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