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News / Re: new flat
« Last post by Hannibal on Today at 02:30:36 AM »
Good !! the second after Brian's painting isn't it?
News / Re: new flat
« Last post by marko on April 21, 2018, 05:05:11 PM »
Welcome back and all sorted.  Stay well...

mark  8)
News / Re: new flat
« Last post by Chris Seeley on April 21, 2018, 04:29:23 PM »
Hi Marc can you sort this out for me cant get it the right way up.  Thanks
News / new flat
« Last post by Chris Seeley on April 21, 2018, 04:25:05 PM »
hi all just to let you know i am back painting and in tbe land of the living. After a long illness. The flat is of a bust of the 95th Rifle.
Gallery / Re: Richelieu´s musketeers
« Last post by willie on April 21, 2018, 10:49:01 AM »
Ok you might like to take a look at the le costume et les armes des soldats de tous les temps by the Funckens. This is there first books which I bought over 50 years ago :o Volume 1 pages 130-138 has information on uniforms of the time frame. The first two volumes where kids books ??? I have the Histoire & Collections book on the battle of  Rocroi 1643 . So that might help some ::) Willie
Gallery / Re: Richelieu´s musketeers
« Last post by Christoph on April 21, 2018, 06:05:04 AM »
Hello Sandor,
also happy Weekend to you and very one else around here. I´m just back from the garden and it´s a nice sunny day, wonderful after the Long cold winter.
It´s a nice article by Mr. Böckchen but I´m not sure if I like to try it. I was never good at soldering when I had to do it at school years ago.

You are right, the real musketeers were that of Louis XIII. So I´m looking forward to see some more figures painted by you.

Gallery / Re: Richelieu´s musketeers
« Last post by snagy on April 21, 2018, 05:42:58 AM »

Hi Cristoph, happy weekend!!! ;D
IMHO the "real" French musketeers - at least for me they are the Dumas-charachterised ones - should have lived in the years of 1610-1630, since Richelieu died in 1643 and Luis XIII died one year later (if I recall the dates correctly...).
However the figures of Glorious Empire (Musketeers Escorte of Luis XIV) are also nice ones - as I can  assess it on the pictures - I think the major difference of the musketeers of "our times" is the form of their hat.
So having changed the heads for heads with wide rimmed hat with plum, I think they can be used excellently also in the times 1620-1630.
Maybe I make a try, having just read the fine article of our comrade böckchen:
There are a lot of nice candidates for the head among the Droste TYW series.
I have never done such operation so far - if I really accomplish it I shall report myself with the pictures on our Forum.
By the way I am also just waiting for the delivery of the Osprey booklet about the topic.
Best regards-
Hello Gents, here is the reply received today from Vittorio Gironi; I will order the 10 pages, to come in Belgium for August:

"Hello Michel,

A large part of my drawings about Azincourt, as well as the items by MB Zinnfiguren, are inspired to the works of my good friend Mario Venturi. "World Master” for Italy his model soldiers are in many european and american collections. About Azincourt he wrote two books and together with Peter Greenville he wrote the book “Create Miniature Knights”, in this book there are two Mario’s masterpiece: the diorama of Crécy (gold at Folkestone 1997) and the diorama of Poitiers (gold at Boston 2005). Here below you can find the link to Mario Venturi website:
Here enclosed I’m sending you a picture of the work he realized for me two years ago.

Best regards


Therefore I believe BFFS should pursue the production of Agincourt flats with the English team, along with MB zinnfiguren ..... and perhaps some other ones ...

This will also complete the Knights developed by Western Miniatures and a bit lost . I am working on the serie for 2019-2020 (I needed to become a better painter first ...).
Gallery / Re: Richelieu´s musketeers
« Last post by Christoph on April 21, 2018, 03:59:41 AM »
Glad you like them, thanks very much.

Yes Sandor, you are right. Sadly there are only an officer, a drummer and one tropper.

By the way, Mr. Vullings edited a troop of musketeers but I think it´s more for the period of Louis XIV, see here:

I based my painting on a painting of an unknown artist showing Louis XIII and Richelieu at the surrender of Moutanban in 1629, escorted by the cardinal´s guard. So the period for this figures is around that. It the time of the last Hugenotte uprising and the siege of La Rochelle, shortly before France joined the thirty years war. See here:

I think I should get the Osprey book quickly, sounds interesting what marko has written.


Gallery / Re: Richelieu´s musketeers
« Last post by snagy on April 21, 2018, 12:55:19 AM »
I think I have found them: M137, M138 and M139 in the Fechner Zinnfiguren catalog.
Best regards-
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