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.