Friday, 9 March 2018

From PeterD: 28mm SYW Swiss in French Service 82 points

Alternative Titles:
Badger Baiting (PeterD and TamsinP)
Who ate all the posts? (TamsinP)
What have you done Ray? Ray? (Dr Venkman)
If Ray deletes my post this time I'll cut his bloody balls off! (PeterD)


Ok this will be my second take on this post.  I had a post all ready to go on Tuesday the 6th, but it disappeared into the ether while under final edit from my Minion (ed. That would be Ray!).  Murphy's law of backups applied.  I typically copy the draft post over to my own blog before it goes live, but schedule it to appear 2 days later than my Challenge day.  But, oh course this week I figured that I could catch that up in the evening after Ray made it go live.....





 So I've got the remaining 16 members of the Diesbach Regiment from the Seven Years War, one of several Swiss regiments in the French army.  I didn't split out the new figures from the 8 I did earlier, so I've got the full battalion of 24.  Figures are mostly Crusader with some Front Rank thrown in.

The sergeant pointing is Front Rank figure.  His unpinned coat is more WAS than SYW, but he was too nice not to include.

The officer is another Front Rank figure, the rest Crusader.  One of the standard bearers was an NCO with half pike  but I trimmed off the pike and added a standard pole.  Flags were downloaded from the web and printed at home.  There was contradictory info on drummers, but I liked this livery and tried to add an impression of the Diesbach family crest on the drum barrel.

The grenadiers and their officer are Front Rank.  More contradictory info on the bags for the grenadier caps, which blue in a contemporary image and descriptions of red.  I tried both but liked the red better, not that you can see in this shot.


From the left flank.  I've added unit labels on the back of the bases complete with an image of a flag.  Once again the flags are a major attraction of this army.

Now you can see the red bags on the Grenadier caps.

I really like the Front Rank officer with his hat off.  He looks like he'd invite Messrs. les Anglais to tirez le premier.


Like the UK, Regina had a major dump of snow this week - 35-40cms from Sunday to Tuesday.  I took advantage of the heavy snow to ski to work on Tuesday.  I only get to do this rarely since it requires a heavy snow fall without the deep freeze. Most importantly I need to get out before people shovel the selves out as I skiing on the streets and sidewalks.


Finally, I thought I would share this rare footage of Ray following a hard days work at the Minion keyboard and totalling up terrain scores.



To make it easy on Ray's brain I'll do the heavy lifting for him.  That's 16 newly painted 28mm figures for a total of 80 points.  And I've made a copy Ray - you can do no harm that cannot be reversed!

From Minion Tamsin:
As your post got eaten by Ray (maybe he thought it was a Toblerone, what with them being Swiss?) on Wednesday, it's only fair to get it posted this week as it was submitted in good time.
Another splendid unit Peter. The sixteen figures are worth 80 points and there are two flags so I'll add another two points for those.

20 comments:

  1. Very nice Peter! That blue and red is a very natty combination. And looks like you enjoyed your journey to work!

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    1. Thanks very much Jamie. Truth be told I was very rusty and actually got passed by a pedestrian at one point in deep snow, but I got there and back.

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  2. Nice figures and lovely flags! Glad we got to see them this week!
    Best Iain

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  3. Great to see more of these splendid figs, Peter!

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  4. Thanks very much for getting this post up Tamsin, it good to see the minionship under the hand of a steady helmswoman. YOur Toblerone suggestion may be close to the mark!

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  5. Not sure what happened to the original post. One second it was there, I was typing out my comment when I noticed i'd spelt the word excellent wrong, I pressed the delete back button and all of a sudden the whole post was gone and replaced with Adam's previous post???? WTF?
    I tasted nice though!

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  6. Great work, Peter. They look really smart. I love the colour combination of the red and blue uniform (the Swiss have always been one of my favorites in a French army) and the basing looks splendid. Really lovely additions to your forces!

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    1. Thanks Sidney. The colours do work well.

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  7. Excellent work Peter - love the grenadier head gear in particular, always such nice miniatures!

    I sure laughed (together with Curt) at the original title you had for this post in the draft section of the blog...well done!

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    1. Thanks Greg. The grenadiers do add period flavour. I figured that draft title might get edited out before going live, but Tamsin included in the post itself.

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  8. Too bad you had to write this post a second time. But the figures are clearly worth it. Well done Peter!

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    1. Thanks very much, I am pleased with the result for the figures. If having to retype a blog post is the worst that happens this week that's a win. Plus I got to needle Ray about it!

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  9. Dude, skying to work? Man am I jealous! Anyway your troops like spiffing Peter, those red jackets are spanking and you've done those figures proud.

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    1. Thanks Sander.

      The skiing is a rare event as it needs the perfect timing, but I was glad I got the day in.

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  10. Very nice! Glad the post was salvaged!

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