Thursday, 21 June 2018
Spanish army showcase (League of Augsburg War)
As you may know, I am very interested in the armies of the League of Augsburg war, following an advertisement that I saw in a magazine, then I discovered the forum and decided to start a project in this period.
Being Spanish, I wanted to investigate a little about the participation of my country in the war, the sources are scarce, and in Spain, few people have armies of this period, since it is less glorious for us than other moments of the 16th and 17th centuries.
My main project are the Spanish Tercios in the Catalonian front when France invaded it in 1689. Of the three armies that Spain deployed during the war (in Flanders, Milan and the Iberian Peninsula, the army of Catalonia is the most colorful and mixes good quality units, with militia and the famous “migueletes”. Their uniforms also show unique features and characteristics different to other European armies like the front lapels of the justacorps or the “Chambergo” hat.
My initial army is not very big; I have painted so far 4 Infantry tercios, 1 militia unit, 1 Migueletes skirmishers, 2 artillery guns, 1 cavalry unit and a tercio of dragoons.
My intention is adding two more cavalry regiments, and 2 or 3 more infantry.
here you can see the section of Milan cavalry regiment, and infantry the Tercio of Seville “the old purple”, Tercio of Madrid “old Reds”, Tercio of Córdoba “old greens”, Tercio of Toledo or “old blues”, besides dragoons (tercio viejo de dragones) and skirmishers migueletes and a regiment of local militia.
Some of these units already have a post for their own, and some will have it later on.
A couple of officers
Tercio de Córdoba and Tercio de Madrid in the background
Tercio de Sevilla and Tercio de Toledo in the background
Tercio viejo de dragones
Militia and Miquelets
Trozo de Milán
Tercio de Toledo
I have painted more units but for Flanders, like Dragones de Valanzart or some converged grenadiers, and another gun (plastic, Wargames Factory , now Warlord Games). I will so those in future posts.