Monday, 29 February 2016

AdamC- 5 Musketeers for En Guarde! (25 Points)

 My second entry some 17th Century French Musketeers with matchlock muskets.  I once again used the Regiment Saintonge as my model.  The troops are in various stages of loading and firing the musket this seemed right for a skirmish type game like En Guarde!
 This fellow who is blowing on his match as he readies the musket to fire.
 Priming with his powder flask as the 12 apostles (as the cartridges were called ) carry only the charge not the priming powder.
 Firing, show from the back so you can get a look at the fine detail of buttons on the tails of the coat.
 Ramming, this face came out really well in the picture, all of these faces came out really well but this one shows best on film.
Last of all we have at the ready... waiting for orders or a target.  In addition to his musket each man also has a plug bayonet that doubles as a dagger  and the "epee soldate" a sword that with minor changes would be carried by French line troops through the Seven Years War.  These guys are all Front Rank 25mm scale figures so another 25 points.  I need some officers but I want them to by in dynamic fencing or shooting pistol type poses not just pointing or exhorting the troops so if you have some suggestion I would love to hear them.

I like these fine musketeers Adam!  In fact I think these are the best figures you entered to the Challenge this year.  Your technique of painting faces really suits these Front Rank figures and your got clean crisp lines on the uniforms which seems to fit the period.  I've been eyeing a late 17th century skirmish force for En grade and you are inching me closer to that end.

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  1. My best of the year? Thank you. I might not entierly agree but the simple clean lines of the 17th and 18th century do help and Front Rank makes excellent figures.. I started off painting 18th century figures in college so I have lots of exerence and that helsp. I Just wish I could find some dynamic officers to go with them.

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    1. Ok then favourites of mine. I have a soft spot for the period.

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    2. I do to the Age of Reason is my favorite for gaming

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  2. Great looking minis Adam. I have some Ebob figures from the same period that might mix with these. Hmmm.

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  3. Excellent figures, I agree the the faces are great but I do think some of your Frostgrave stuff is better

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  4. Front Rank stuff is gorgeous and their style really suits the period. You've done a lovely job on them Adam!

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  5. Yeo the faces have come out really well

    Ian

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    1. I am quite pleased with them tank you

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  6. If I had seen these last week I would be looking to buy some at the show I attended on Sunday. They are really nice. I do have the "En Garde" rules and am itching for a game now. Milady de Winter and all! But I do need some more cardinals guards and those musketeers would be stop on.

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    1. They would work nicely, they make some Guard Fances figures also, same thing but more lace you might want to check out. The issue is officers, who look great for a rank and file game but not for a street brawl skimish game like En Garde.

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  7. Athos, Porthos, Aramis... and Bathos and Pathos, perhaps?
    ; )
    These chaps look ready for anything, cardinals, guards, or scheming courtiers! Nice one, Adam!

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    1. I have't names them yet and I think I am going for more a French Altrieste then for three musketters and I think Pathos is a non-starter regardless :)

      And thank you

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  8. Very nice work on the lot, Adam! I like these figures quite a bit, and the firelocks look really good too! ;)

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