Thursday, 4 September 2014

RP No 161 NYW French Zurlauben Infantry regt


About time I posted again??

These blue coated chaps were painted back in March for the Challenge but once again failed to make it because they were unbased. To date Zurlauben's are the last thing I've painted to a finish this year!!!! 

The regt were present at the following battles and sieges of the Nine Years War, The Boyne, Siege of Limerick, Siege of Mons, Siege of Namur, Steenkirke, Neerwinden/Landon and the Siege of Charleroi.
They were raised in 1684 and were massacred in 1704 at the Battle of Blenheim, so much so they were disbanded and never re-raised.

From the Journal of John Stevens, a captain in James’s Grand Prior’s regiment, quoted in Kinross, “The Boyne and Aughrim”, Windrush Press, 1997

“Only the French can be said to have rallied for only they made head against the enemy and a most honourable retreat . . . Nor ought any of this glory to be attributed to the Count de Lauzun or La Hoguette, who at first left their men, but only to the valour and conduct of M. Zurlauben, Colonel of the Blue Regiment, who with unparalleled bravery headed and brought off his men.”


The plan is to paint up another two of the French infantry units who were sent to fight for King James in Ireland. I'm not too sure what the other two regts will be at the moment, but I hope to have them painted up this year..............fingers crossed!!
The flags are from Flags of War...I think???




66 comments:

  1. Nice job on the figures, Ray.
    That's the last thing you've painted since March? I think you're due for some serious paint time...

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  2. Could you stop doing such great work on such small miniatures? That would be great....

    Hehe good work Ray!!

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  3. Great work as always. Question, the "Count de Lauzun" from your quote, is that the same Lauzun that fought in the American Revolution with Lauzon's Legion? Or someone different.

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    1. Afraid not, my Lauzun, Antoine Nompar de Caumont, died in 1723!!

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  4. Brilliant stuff as usual Ray. The flags really match well with the troops uniforms.

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    1. Good, because I did try and match the blue of the flag. ;0)

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  5. Howdy Ray. Nice to see you again. Seems like forever.

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  6. Nice work Ray good to seeing you getting some posts done again.

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    1. Cheers Mr Q, I'm struggling to find the time to post let alone paint!!!!

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  7. I am sure you will return to regular production soon. Very interesting project. I await a BatRep or two from this conflict.

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    1. I do hope so Jonathan!!! As for a battle............???????

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  8. Cracking job dude! They are way too small for me.

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    1. Give them a go Bob, they're so easy to paint!!

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  9. Very nice, Ray! You should have quite an army put together now.

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  10. Great painting paired with great flags! If I ever find a time machine, don't set it for the the 161 NYW French at the Battle of Blenheim.

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    1. No I wouldn't, its far too dangerous!!

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  11. Very nicely done, Ray! You've exceeded my output for the year. I've been too busy with military and work, but I've been stockpiling primered minis all summer. I think I might attempt a go at the painting challenge this year.

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    1. Yeh, why not, give it a go. It does really give you a massive incentive to get things painted!!

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  12. They look great, Ray. Their unit history includes a lot of sieges - and a terrible demise too.

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  13. The quote is a great touch you should try this posting thing more often.

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    1. They're very hard to find, those quotes.

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  14. Very cool regiment. Love the standards. Were these German-speaking Swiss troops? Interesting, if that's the case.

    -Cincinnatus

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    1. If differs on what book you read, some say they were Swiss, some German and some Walloon?? I know Zurlauben himself was Swiss though??

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  15. Very sharp looking unit Ray (and cracking banners as well). Great job!

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  16. Very nice Ray. I look forward to a game with these.

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  17. You've taken a long time showing these off - nd very good they are too, with a great back-history.

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  18. Very nice looking regiment Ray :)

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  19. Great work on these guys Ray!

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  20. "Joli travail Monsieur Ray!"
    Best,
    Phil.

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  21. Welcome back Ray, great painting once again.

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  22. Cracker mate. A fine bunch of French villains!

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  23. Looks like you're almost without red paint! And now you opened a bottle of blue! :-D
    Really nice looking unit Ray!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Only a small bottle of blue Peter and there's still a lot of paint left in the red bottle too!!

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  24. Hey, nice figures Ray! Glad to see you back – even if it's just posting. Hopefully you'll get that old painting mojo back soon!

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    1. Cheers Jonas, I can feel the mojo on its way back!!

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  25. love the shade of blue on those gents

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  26. That's a fine looking unit! Your bases are fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Cory, glad you like the basing.

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  27. Congratulations Ray!
    Beautiful miniatures and excellent painting.
    They are 15 mm, but they are painted like 28!
    The period of Louis XIV is very charming.
    Greetings
    Simmy

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  28. More great 15mm work coming from your corner Ray!

    Christopher

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  29. Nice work. I always wonder where you find all that material about this period. The fance Uniforms,Flags and Names...
    I wonder if there is one "The Marquis de Ray`s mounted footguards from Tip upon Toe"...can you help??
    Show more please maybe you`ll lure me into painting models for this period.

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    1. I'm sure I read something about that unit as well Markus. a red coat with yellow cuffs and saddlecloth if I'm not mistaken??

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