This is probably the last post of the year, a command vignette, well, mini vignette, with Domingo Pignatelli, the commander of the Spanish forces at Gerona in 1684, with a grenadier bodyguard.
The miniatures are both Dixon miniatures, one of the is converted into a grenadier using a plastic head of the ex Wargames Factory WSS range, now boxed by Warlord Games. Also shoulder ribbons were added.
Juan Domingo Pignatelli was appart from the commander of the garrison, an Artillery General (general de artillería), so I used a siege engineer for depicting him, in armor, with his red sash and a painted paper map.
He was Marquis de San Vicente (Amendolara,Italy , 7.III.1640 – La Coruña, 25.VIII.1703). He was member of one of the Catalan branches of the Pignatelli lineage, one of the oldest and most relevant of the Kingdom of Naples, he was the son of Jaime Pignatelli, lord of Casalnovo, Duke of Bellosguard. He lived in Barcelona since 1660, there he married in 1675 with Ana de Aymerich, a native of Barcelona, like his parents Bernardo de Aymerich Cruilles, lord of the places of Rajadel, Ayguafreda and others, and María Argensola.
Domingo, started his military career in Milan, and also was a veteran of the Wars against Portugal and Franco Dutch War. he was appointed governor of Gerona, where he distinguished himself during the French siege of 1684. In 1686, Domenico became capitán general of the cavalry of the army of Catalonia, and successively was appointed maestre de campo general and viceroy of Navarre. He continued his career, holding the same office in Galicia
The grenadier is a Dixon miniatures musketeer from League of Augsburg War, with flintlock musket, converted after Bruno Mugnai's illustration featured in the book by Helion featuring the Spanish Army. So a head swap was done with a plastic head from Wargames Factory.