Recently I have decided to abandon my Swedish/Protestant project for 30 years war, and convert it into French. Why ? Because I have already a Spanish Army, and although the Swedes are great army to paint and play with, they did not fight the Spaniards that much... Nordlingen 1634 and some other minor engagements ( As far as I know), so I thought it would be better to have a Dutch or French army, finally opting for the latter.
The reasons for the French are:
-Dutch war of independence is great for sieges, but not for field battles, after Spanish victory at Kallo, 1638, field battles were rare.
-Building a TYW French army is great for me, because I can depict engagementes from 1628 to 1659.
- I can use English, German or Catalan regiment as allies or mercenaries depending on the front.
- Infantry regiments are well known, and the flags are easy to identify, unfortunately, the cavalry flags are almost unknown.
-interesting "unique" features like more ribbons in late war.
-Lots of conversion and kitbashing posibilities!
The beginning and basis of my army will be the following:
- 3 native French regiments of Pike & Shot, (Picardie, Turenne, French Guards)
- English regiment for the Dunes or Catalan Tercio for the War in Catalonia & Rousillon. luckly, both used the St George Cross ! so a generic white flag with red cross will do the job ;)
-German regiment (Weimarian or similar)
-a couple of guns, light and medium.
-at least 3 horse squadrons, 1 cuirassier and 2 horse reiters or similar.
For the previous units, I already have painted several ex Swedish pikemen, a light gun, officers etc, now dispersed in the different regiments. Also some ECW horsemen, and a command base that will loose its nice Swedish flag (and their sashes will be repainted in white).
Here you can see my "Work in Progress" pike blocks, I have used several manufacturers like Warlord Games, Northstar, Steve Barber, The Assault Group, Bicorne...:
And now, some colour plates for inspiration about 30 years war French Army:
First, some modern interpretations of the French army, taken from Several books and the internet, some of them are from Spanish book series "Guerreros y Batallas", editorial Almena. Is our particular "Osprey" like books.