Clibinarium - Some preview pictures of two packs of Gardes Françaises that should be released in a few weeks time. These figures have been based on the images found in Giffart's "L'Art Militaire François" of 1696, an illustrated drill book for French infantry, which shows the uniforms of the Gardes Françaises, in detail unusual for the time. Presumably the Gardes were taken as the model for all French infantry regiments. To what extent this drill was implemented throughout the army is difficult to say. At this time dress and drill were variable as the King and his ministers strove to impose universal systems and colonels tried to put their own spin on their regiments (which they usually owned). If only we had more such pictorial evidence for the period. A beautiful book, it can be viewed almost in its entirety here.
For the pikemen I did not copy a drill position directly, though they are quite close to Pique en terre . I tend to imagine the pikemen standing around a bit bored most of the time, especially as these are not "in action" poses.
The Giffart plates show many of the Gardes in a rough tricorn, usually associated in wargamer's shorthand as signifying the post 1700 period. Guérard's engravings of cavalry also show similar large tricorn shapes in 1695. Of course the transition was gradual and seems to have begun relatively early in the 1690's. I think tricorned figures are fine to use in the 1690's and the unpinned hat is probably fine in the 1700's as hats would go out of shape in the rain. I have given a number of these figures the rough tricorn shape to suggest the growing trend, some in the almost back-to-front position from some of the plates.
We are currently awaiting the casting of a new set of blank dollies which are designed to help give a consistent height and heft to all Warfare Miniatures infantry. It is something of an experiment, but hopefully it will be worth the effort. The first figures to be done with the new dollies will be the Gardes Françaises officers to go with these figures.