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???