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Botch B13 Jul 2022 4:54 a.m. PST

Has any gamer painted the characters from the trilogy, The Cardina's Blades in English, or been tempted to even?

They came out a while back and Pevel is very popular novelist in France. The take the setting of the Dumas' Three Musketeers, switched so the Cardinal' Guards are the good guys, and woven in some fantasy elements too, adding majik, dragons, dracs and half-bloods in to the mix – I was not keen at first but came around to the idea – it is great fun!

I have the Chintoy 54mm (actually 60mm) Musketeers and Guard sets and have painted them 'as is' and am now working on the other characters and the main players in mufti, ie without tabards, as this is how the Blades operated mainly – and because I love converting! I will post some photos.

Has anyone else had a go, in any scale? I am creating profiles for the main characters from the novels (and the Dumas books too of course) and would welcome input from others who have read them.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2022 5:56 a.m. PST

The Cardinal's men the "good guys"! Blasphemy I say! This man must pay!!!
Sit down Porthos…. no need to challenge the man to a duel. 🙂

You say they are in English? Might be an interesting read. I loved Dumas book.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2022 8:56 a.m. PST

I haven't read the book but have enjoyed the 3 seasons of the BBCs Musketeers very much. Blue Moon (Old Glory ) has some wonderful pieces/sets in 18 and 25mm. I love their coaches. They even have one being robbed by bandits! Yes, I sprung for the entire 18mm Musketeer range long ago. (I blame the BBC for making such a great series!) (Think "Sharp" set in the mid 1600's.)

I will have to read the Dumas book as I have come to despise the Cardinal's Guard!

SpuriousMilius13 Jul 2022 4:19 p.m. PST

Thanks for this thread: I've read the Dumas series & have run several tavern brawls between the Musketeers & the Guards using the Eureka (I think) 40mm figures which are faithful replicas of the characters in Lester's movies. The excellent Impudent Mortal Tudor Inn is the setting & Two Hour Wargame's "By Savvy & Steel" are my choice for rules.

Botch B16 Jul 2022 5:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for the posts. I really do recommend the Pevel books as fun swashbuckling tales of derring-do. There was a new set, written by someone else whose name escapes me, but they do not seem to have ever appeared in English – unless someone can say they have found them?

I use our own skirmish rules 'Tales of Derring'Do!' which are 1:1 and work well for 54mm, though any scale figures can be used. Will look at By Savvy etc anyway though to see if there are any wheezes worth stealing.

I have mounted the figures on transparent discs to try to provide for internal and outside settings. Anyone any tips on this approach? Tried attaching with superglue and also with a hot glue gun. Bothe seem to have worked OK – only mucked up one so far!

I am trying to remember how to post some photos of WIP

Botch B16 Jul 2022 5:37 a.m. PST

Two Hour Wargame's "By Savvy & Steel" seem to be OOP? I have contacted the company about a PDF as I can't find a copy listed secondhand.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2022 6:26 p.m. PST

Rebelminis now has By Savvy & Steel. It's in the historical section

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