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Hafen von Schlockenberg26 Dec 2015 11:32 a.m. PST

Any sources on their appearance? Did they dress similarly to later Landsknechts,e.g. pluderhosen? Or more uniformed than previously? I can't seem to find much.

Hafen von Schlockenberg01 Jan 2016 11:25 a.m. PST

Sooo,nobody uses them? They feature in DBX and elsewhere,I believe. I'd have thought they'd be a necessary component in the Catholic,and then the royal,armies on the table,though I'm no expert,I hasten to add.
I'm tempted by the big OG foot figs,though I see people saying the horse(which I have not seen) are too small.

Have to keep digging, I guess.

And try something else to get a rise.

Druzhina08 Jan 2016 10:09 p.m. PST
Hafen von Schlockenberg09 Jan 2016 10:48 a.m. PST

Finally! Hey thanks,Druzhina, thought I was a voice crying in the wilderness.

I have the Gush book compiled from his Airfix articles;gathered some obscure information in its time,showing it's age now,though. That one cities Saxtorph and Kannik! Pioneers in those distant days,now long superceded in so many areas. Except Renaissance…which is,I'd guess,about where WSS was 20-30 years ago,research-wise,or like Napoleonics in the 60s.Some info out there,hard to find,lots of gaps.

Now to dig into that second link!
BTW,do you do this period? Please share!

Thanks again!

Camcleod10 Jan 2016 11:36 a.m. PST

The NYPL Vinkhuijzen Collection has a number of plates depicting Swiss of that period.
France, 1575-1650. Henry III, Henry IV, Louis XIII page – 4th , 46th & 49th plates.
I believe these are by Marbot, done during the mid 1800s.
They are close to what Gush shows.


Druzhina11 Jan 2016 12:25 a.m. PST

Finally! Hey thanks,Druzhina, thought I was a voice crying in the wilderness.

I only occasionally look at the Renaissance Painting Guides Message Board. It is the wilderness, better to cry on the discussion board.

Racinet (19th century) has:

1.4 A member of the Swiss Guards, who traditionally marched in front of the king, protecting him with their halberds. In time of war they wore hallecrets, but in peacetime they sported a black and white livery, shown here, that was instituted by Henri II. The Guard's doublet and breeches are lined with silver taffeta, decorated with quarters of silver-coloured material and black velvet, and covered with slashes.

Racinet does use earlier sources, as I have found some he used for Spanish.

I have a 28mm army of Francis I, so a bit earlier.

16th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

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