Thursday 19 August 2010

Dutch Guards

Veterans of the Boyne and Flanders, the Dutch Guards were regarded as excellent troops. At Ramillies in 1706, four battalions of them on the extreme allied left captured the key villages of Franquenay and Taviers and held them against determined French counter-attacks. their actions were to have a major impact on the outcome of the battle. These troops are given the highest (Guard) rating in the rules. The figures are mainly Foundry, with one of the officers and the three pikemen coming from the small but excellent Dixon range. The colonel's dog is, I believe from Irregular Miniatures. Much as I like Barry's hand painted flags (on linen, no less), it is a very time consuming business and like most people, I compromise with printed paper flags. GMB are without doubt the best on the market in my view, but their range for this period is restricted to the French at the moment. However Maverick Models do a very nice range for many of the other armies of the period and whilst not quite as subtle in their colouring or shading are more than acceptable, as can be seen from the photo.

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