Friday 17 February 2023

ALL the units for the Siege of Girona 1684: so far and future!

 Hi guys!

While I am finishing a unit for my 30 Years War French army, I wanted to show to you the units I have made (and the ones I have thought) for my campaign in and around Gerona/Girona in 1684. 

Apart from generic armies for late XVII c. for both sides, I wanted to paint specifically produced units or leaders for the campaign

So here is the preliminary list :


-Hero: Alexander Bournonville, Viceroy of Catalonia and chief of all the Spanish forces.

no miniature selected... yet.

-Hero: Carlos de Sucre, Governor of Gerona

-Hero: General de Artilleria Juan Domingo Pignatelli, commander of the garrison of the city.

-Unit: Tercio de Gerona 

Work in progress...

-Unit: Militia and gun

-Unit: "Paisanos" or civilian mob


-Unit: Migueletes

-Unit: night fighters:


-Unit: company of priests:


-Powder cart... if hit, Kaboom!


-Hero: Field Marshall Bellefonds, commander of the army of Rousillon

-Hero: Captain Jacques Sauvage (fictional), leader of enfants perdús

-Hero: French commander of siege artillery

-Unit: Petard Assault team

-Unit: Enfants Perdús, armored and grenadiers

-Unit: Regiment Konigsmarck (ex Furstemberg, elite German infantry in French service)


-Unit: converged grenadiers

-Ammunition storage: 

Work in progress

-Several other foot and horse regiments I already have painted in the past.


-Siege workers


-siege position

-Terrain (generic)

Wednesday 1 February 2023

Tercio Creativo miniatures showcase and review : French "30 Years War" fantasy miniatures.

 Hello guys,

A quick update on my XVII c. warbands.  This time I painted a couple of excellent "Tercio Creativo" sculpts, from his "Gallic usurpers" faction, aka French, with a slight fantasy look, but historical enough for me. My only complain is their scale, 32mm heroic scale, so a little bit bigger than my other miniatures from other manufacturers like Anno Domini 1666 (28mm small), Bloody Miniatures (28mm standard) or Bicorne (28mm mid to big).

The first one is a cuirassier with a curious helmet but historical as I could see in military museum of Paris, Les Invalides, some examples of these kind of helmets are in my previous post.

This cuirassier is over armoured, by mid XVII no cuirassier would be dressed with that amount of metal plates, but the miniature is nice, and his weapon is quite interesting, an Axe-pistol:

The painting was quite simple, just a dark metal colour, washed, drybrushed and with some simple edge highlight, it was fast, I did not want to spend hours with that dark armour, and I matt varnished it. The cloak is foundry blue, I am quite happy with its result as it looks smoothly painted and clean.

The other miniature is a conversion of a Tercio Creativo guard with French halberd. I cut his head, which was also a cuirassier head with a sunrise expression , and glued a metal head with a XVII c. cabasset in French or Dutch style , nicely done by Reiver Castings miniatures (Thanks to Rob Anderson who kindly donated a bunch of these).

I like the  Fleur de Lis on his chest cuirass that identify him as French. I painted his trousers in the same blue tone of the dismounted cuirassier's cloak, in order to give some cohesion to the warband.

With these two miniatures, I have a total of 3 Tercio Creativo French, and I plan to build a modified Mordheim warband or just play Donnybrook or Encamisada.

The third mini was painted a year ago or so, and is the leader of my French enfant perdús, from my Siege of Girona 1684.

I will add more miniatures from this brand, like a flag bearer, a sniper, a duelist... And from other brands maybe some common troops  maybe from Bloody Miniatures and Anno Domini 1666. The only problem with Anno Domini 1666 is that its miniatures are more realistically proportioned, and are more slim and less bulky, but otherwise fantastic sculpts like its King's Musketeers and Cardinal's Guard! 

Here you can see some unpainted examples

from left to right: Tercio Creativo, Bloody Miniaturd, Bloody Miniatures and Anno Domini 1666.

All these are Tercio Creativo miniatures, some of them very useful for XVIIc games.

conversion on the right