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Orlock23 Sep 2018 11:20 a.m. PST

Hi All,

I am currently putting together a 28mm French army around Edward iv invasion of France in 1475. Whilst I have been able to identify the French command I wanted to have some standards for the Captains.

Do any of you know where I might find the names or heraldry of some of these individuals?

Many thanks in advance!

MajorB23 Sep 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

Edward IV's invasion of France in 1475 is characterised by a significant lack of fighting. Seems rather a strange campaign to depict?

Orlock23 Sep 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

I am well aware that there was no major fighting, however war gaming what if scenarios is one of the great things about the hobby. As the post says though do you have any ideas as to assisting my enquiry?

GurKhan24 Sep 2018 12:20 a.m. PST

Here's one – link

Orlock24 Sep 2018 4:42 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the link. He's already on the list, I have researched this ancestor of mine even nipping over to Graville in Normandy. I am looking forward to painting the fellow in 28mm!

GurKhan24 Sep 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

OK, umm, Ditcham "The Employment of Foreign Mercenary Troops in French Royal Armies 1415-1470" mentions Joachim Cunningham, Seigneur de la Roche, who replaced his relative Robert in command of a largely Scottish company during 1475 – this is an "ordonnance" company of 200 Scots lances and associated archers, not the Scottish guard archers, I think.

And "Louis certainly took a keen interest in hiring foreign specialists; in 1475 one finds a payment to a Martin de Salzedo, captain of a troop of a hundred genneters or Spanish-style cavalry" – though whether you want that particular captain probably depends on whether you want to model Spanish jinetes in your French army!

Orlock24 Sep 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

Good stuff Gurkhan! Really helpful material.

Griefbringer25 Sep 2018 4:27 a.m. PST

I think that the 1475 campaign makes for a pretty interesting what-if, especially since also the Bretons and Burgundians were supposed to be joining in the action.

Unfortunately I do not have any insight regarding the French commanders available.

Orlock25 Sep 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Thanks Griefbringer, that's why I thought it would be a good 'What if' campaign to consider. It also gives me a range of different regions to focus on for painting up.

Griefbringer26 Sep 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

There is a plenty of material about the Burgundians – it is a pity that there is so little published about the French ordonnance forces of the late 15th century.

Orlock26 Sep 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

I agree, looking for lower rank captains is proving tricky. Without a visit to France it's going to take some time I think.

French Wargame Holidays28 Sep 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

I have a list I can dig out for you a couple

Mayenne, France

Orlock29 Sep 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

@Herce Salon de Guerre

Matt, that would be most helpful!

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