Friday 27 January 2012

Italian Wars Update 001 - Garde Ecossaise WIP

Garde Ecossiase WIP 002
The Difficult Six
I've been working on the Garde Ecossaise foot unit recently and have now just about finished doing the modelling with green stuff on the last of the unit.

I have learnt a lot with using green stuff, and realised I've still a way to go to get to reasonable standard, but that will come with practice. The one thing I have learnt is that patience is the greatest skill for using the medium.

Garde Ecossaise WIP 003
The Easy Six
There are still a few details to be modelled on a few of the figures, sword belts and a couple of hats but these will get finished off soon and I can get into getting the unit painted.

I have decided to paint up the unit in the white livery of Charles VIII and Francis I. This is mainly because it will be a bit more striking on the table top but also a lot easier to paint than the red/white/green Charles VII livery that most may be familiar with as depicted in the 'Adoration of the Magi' painting.
Adoration of the Magi
Although the white livery can only be strictly confirmed as the livery of the 'Garde de la Manche' or Garde du Corps of the King (described on their entry into Rome, - "The Scottish Garde de la Manche are immediately next the king, and ride with white hoquetons over their mail, in token of their unspotted fidelity." - this is the only confirmed livery of the time of the Italian Wars where the Garde served throughout.

The Garde served on campaign with Charles VIII, Louis XII, and Francis I and being particularly mentioned at Fornovo, Agnadello, Marignano, Naples, Pavia and Seminara among others.

Robert Stewart d'Aubigny and the Garde Ecossaise
entry into Paris (by Graham Turner)
Once the foot unit is complete and I get a few other bits under way for the project, I intend to do a mounted version of the Garde Ecossaise which should be interesting to do, and having done a fair bit of research on the subject, maybe another couple of 'regiments' from the household like the Cent Suisse or l'Garde du Roi Ordinaire. More on the Garde and the Italian Wars soon.


  1. I think they look great, the white livery is the way to go as Charles VII would be too early anyway. Are you going to do any with Longbows as I think this was one of their traditional weapons?

    I am looking forward to seeing this army progress

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  3. Reasonable standard? They look great to me.

  4. Oli, not thinking of doing any longbow, they seem to have stopped being armed with the longbow sometime during Charles VII's reign and were crossbow armed certainly by the time of the Battle of Fornovo 1495.

  5. Really great conversion work. Would love to see how you paint them up. You seem to be quite skilled with the green stuff.

    1. Thanks for the comments. They're in progress painting wise at the mo and looking forward to get them done and see how they turn out. I'm still learning GS wise, I don't think the Perrys' have got anything to worry about just yet. :-)


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