Sunday, 1 February 2015

RP No 164 NYW French - Gardes Francaises



Only my second entry into Curt's Analogue Painting Challenge V, which is quite a sorry state of affairs, I'm sure you'll agree???
These fine looking fellows earned me the massive sum of 42 points which pushed me up to my highest position in the Challenge so far, a lowly No 42, but as I type I'm already back down to 45th!


I thought it was about time the French had some guard infantry, so it just had to be the Gardes Francaises. The figures are as per usual from Essex minis. For some reason they don't sell command figures for their Guard Infantry they sell, so a quick rummage threw my unloved bag and I came out with some WSS English Grenadiers, I lopped their heads off and replaced them with other spare figure heads and Volare! French command!


The Gardes Francaises were raised in 1563 by Charles XI of France, In times of war the Gardes Françaises had the privilege of choosing their own battle positions (usually in the centre of the first line of infantry). Other privileges included being that of leading the assault when a wall was breached during a siege, the first choice of barracks, and special rights of trail. When on parade, the Gardes Francaises took precedence over all other regiments in the Royal Army.
The Gardes were present at the following battles Walcourt 1689, Fleurus 1690, Mons 1691, Steenkirke 1692, Neerwinden 1993 and  Charleroi in 1693.




52 comments:

  1. Bumped down a few points just as you wrote this blog. Still though, congrats on the hard work and have a groovy night. Or day. Or morning.

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  2. Night actually, its 22:50 here in the UK, nearly my bedtime,but the Matrix is on, just have to watch it all.....again!

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  3. Very nice looking regiment Ray :)

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  4. Hi Ray,

    well done ! your paint job is great , the extra work you done on the command base is impressive , did you reinforce the separated body and the head with a small brass wire?

    all the best.

    Gilles

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    1. I just used lots of Superglue, hopefully the heads will stay on!!

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  5. Nice! Good to see more NYW action on your painting table.

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    1. Cheers Jonathan, I do plan on a few more units, and fingers crossed some 28's as well.

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  6. Lovely work and a fine looking unit on the table
    Cheers

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  7. I've always liked the uniforms of the Gardes Françaises, and you've done a great job on them!

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  8. Lovely looking Gardes - red stockings and big laces!

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  9. Nice job, Ray. You know what they say, "En garde!"

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  10. Great looking unit, one of my favourites.

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  11. Great looking unit Ray! Very nice work!

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    1. Lets hope they perform on the battlefield???

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  12. Very colourful! Nicely done Ray.

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  13. Nice one Ray they look sweet, the flags are a good touch.

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    1. The flags a rather nice aren't they?

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  14. A great unit as always Ray!

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  15. Nice looking unit, Ray.
    For a moment, based on the name, thought it might have something to do with Fran.

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  16. Νice looking fellows Ray! :)

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  17. "Haut les couleurs, Gardes Françaises, le Roy vous regarde!"...beautiful job Ray!

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  18. Great looking unit Ray! Love those flags and the conversions look like they belong.

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  19. good work ! always a pleasure to see your figures and flags !
    congrats for your progress in the challenge !
    and "Vive la France" !

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    1. There's not a lot of progress in the challenge Pascal, but I'm trying!

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  20. More finely dressed troops. And I really like the three flag bearer's whose flags have blown off their poles.

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    1. Ha ha! They're pikemen Jay, you bad boy!

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  21. It's a lovely unit, Ray, and nice to see you playing to your strengths. You know, if I had my choice of where to be on the battlefield, I would choose a pub well in the read. Mind you, with that attitude, I'm sure I'd get bounced from the Gardes, especially ones as sharp looking as yours!

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    1. I'm sure they were just as bad in real life Mike, if not worse!

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  22. Very nicely done unit Ray! Your not the only one with few posting in the challenge so far.

    Christopher

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    1. I'm really struggling to get anything done!!!

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  23. Totally inspiring, I love how well the colors pop, especially at that scale.
    Cheers
    Thomas

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