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grenadier corporal11 Nov 2020 6:28 a.m. PST

The War of the Spanish Succession by Peter Dennis in the Paperboys on Campaign Series has two "Runners for Marlborough" – rather harlequin-like looking foot figures in white and blue with a red waist sash and a kind of jockey-cap in black, holding a brown cane.
I could not find any information on them in my books or on the Internet.
Therefore I'd like to ask here: who knows more?
Thank you for any clues.

4DJones11 Nov 2020 6:43 a.m. PST

It might be a joke of the totopolistic kind.

Son of MOOG11 Nov 2020 7:22 a.m. PST

I seem to recall that they are depicted in the Osprey book "Marlborough's Army" and they were his personal servants.

Texaswalker11 Nov 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

They are protrayed on the Marlborough tapestries at Blenheim Palace, which are frequently depicted in books. I'm guessing this might be the basis.

John Armatys11 Nov 2020 8:48 a.m. PST

They are "running footmen" – see link

BillyNM11 Nov 2020 10:35 a.m. PST

Front Rank do a figure – see link:


I think others may do as well…?

AussieAndy11 Nov 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

As I recall, Marlborough used them to keep him informed about what was happening across his battlefields. Presumably, they were not mounted so that they were less obvious targets for the enemy (although that doesn't sit well with the uniforms) or it may have just been that Marlborough was too cheap to pay for horses.

grenadier corporal12 Nov 2020 12:14 a.m. PST

Thank you all, especially John Armatys and BillyNM!

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