Wednesday 15 February 2017

Burgundian ducal command - completed.

Here is my command vignette for Charles, duke of Burgundy.

I completed these last week. I've been awaiting some shaped mdf bases with pre-cut slots, so individually based figures can then be arranged in different combinations (including other figures I may will add in the future) from Warbases.

So we have duke Charles, wearing gilded 'german' style armour with a velvet covered brigandine, leading his army in either practising manoeuvres or on the battlefield, and sporting his golden hat of pearls which was captured by the Swiss at Grandson in 1476. It was sold by the city of Basle in 1504 for 47,000 'gulden' and illustrated as part of the booty from the wars (see below). It was then broken up for the sale of the individual jewels later in the 16th century. There's a wonderful reconstruction of it I saw displayed in Grandson castle several years ago. Around his neck is a collar for the Burgundian Order of the Golden Fleece.

He's accompanied by a senior commander on barded horse, attired in a harness which has extravagant paldrons, which are based on contemporary images (notably a reliquary sculpture of St George with Charles the Bold) of the later fifteenth century - no pieces like this survive today.

The third figure carries the arms of Burgundy; I had a dalliance with adding a chamfron from putty. The duke is accompanied by two guards, wearing paletots bearing the entwined letters of C and M, denoting Charles and Mary, as seen on a tapestry. These figures are Perry plastics.

The base and individual figures

Same base - different figure arrangement
The conversion and sculpting of these figures is on a previous blog posting.

This vignette is the last planned addition to my Burgundians for the foreseeable future - but you never know... like most of us, I can get easily distracted!


  1. I'm lost for superlatives, the time, thought and effort are a credit to your obsession and attention to detail. This blog is practically a secondary source for detail and explanation. I'm going to open a book on how long it takes before some more Burgundias are added.....😀

  2. Truly amazing. I've been following this blog for years and it's been a real inspiration, but this is so good it's almost discouraging. ;) Great work!

  3. Awesome work as usual. Really nice. cheers

  4. this is one of the best posts since years ,by far

    the bodyguard is saying: ey you,get that camera out!

    the duc back in the good ol days was a true VIP :p

  5. Once again I am running out of superlatives to describe your figures. A wonderful grouping from a wonderful looking army.

  6. Outstanding Vignette, a masterful paint job all round, love your painting of the two body guards livery jackets, those C and Ms are terrific!

  7. Wonderful painting on the figures. Very clever work on the basing to make it multi-purpose.

  8. Superb Simon, the attention to detail is just amazing! Charles himself in the legendary hat and his fellow senior commander in the armour based on the reliquary are brilliant one off miniatures.

  9. I can't really add to what the gents above have said, but what an end note to the project as it stands!

    I have to say that this project, Stuart's Tudors excepted, this has been pretty much the exemplar to me of how to create a collection. I confess I'm quite envious in all respects, well done!

    I do hope it's not the last.

  10. Fantastic looking vignette, lovely conversions and brilliant painting.
    Best Iain