And now for something completely new

Father’s Day 2021 was imminent and at the ceaseless nagging gentle prompting of Fraulien von Peter herself some sort of gift was required. The time had come to yield to one of those never ending urges that corrosively simmer away at the back of one’s brain waiting for its chance to see the light of reality. And FYI a decent “never ending urge” requires an interest in a period and a decent figure range with which to facilitate said urge if it is to see that light of reality. So the Thirty Years War it was to be using 1898 Miniatures figures as supplied all the way from Spain.

1898 Miniatures Spanish Tercios 1618-1648

1898 Miniatures are in the early stages of their Thirty Years War Spanish range with the cavalry and artillery yet to put in an appearance. Hopefully they will then move on to another army and there is a chance that perhaps that army will be the French. That would suit von Peter himself quite nicely thank you very much.

1898 Miniatures TYW Spanish cav greens

Above: Thirty Years War Spanish cavalry under recruitment at 1898 Miniatures

An order was conceived. The order was placed. The order duly arrived nicely packaged and in first flush they seem to be well cast though there is a little assembly required for all/most(?) of the figures. Most of the figures need their separately cast sword & scabbards attached – presumably this arrangement was for casting reasons. Others require arms or heads or whatever attached because there are optional options(!) available.

So what was got?

The Spanish Tercios Premium Collection – a whole bunch of figures pikes included plus the Maestre de camp exclusive miniature (out front in the black armour in the picture) …

TYW Spanish 1898 Miniatures Spanish Tercios Premium Collection

The Dead and Wounded – surely a compulsory purchase…

TYW Spanish 1898 Miniatures Dead and Wounded

The Scenery pack – how could one not? …

TWY Spanish 1898 Miniatures Scenery pack

Spanish general and cornet. Both figures can be built in differing ways …

TWY Spanish 1898 Miniatures Spanish general and cornet 1

TWY Spanish 1898 Miniatures Spanish general and cornet 2

TWY Spanish 1898 Miniatures Spanish general and cornet 3

A few flags were got as well. So another donation for the unpigmented figure pile. But at least one never ending urge has been scratched!  😃

TYW Spanish Battle of Rocroi - the last tercio by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Above: Rocroi, the last tercio by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau. Fought on the 19th May 1643 between the French and the Spanish during the Thirty years War. The Spanish stand proud and defiant in defeat. Spain’s military ascendancy in Europe is at an end. Click for a larger and clearer view.

Miniature figure images care of 1898 Miniatures … and they tend to be clickable.


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

8 thoughts on “And now for something completely new

  1. These are on my “to acquire” list. The TYW has long been an interest of mine.

    Over the last few years I’ve been steadily converting Bicorne and old Renegade ECW miniatures to better suit a TYW army from the Spanish Netherlands. So of course, the Hobby Gods saw to it a manufacturer would put out dedicated figures for the period, which would have saved me the effort!

    I’m not complaining though; the more, the merrier.

    • Welcome Robert. Nice to see you.

      Yes, agreed. I’ve rolled my eyes and muttered a little when cunningly worked activities have been overtaken by the release of a new product. But as you say it’s all for the better.

      And I just may have contacted Father Christmas regarding that Thirty Years War cavalry. He can be quite obliging if you ask politely you know! 😃

      von Peter himself

  2. They look great (though I do hate metal figures that require assembly). I’ve just started reading an article in an old ‘The Wargamers’ Annual” about starting a TYW project. The TYW has always been on my (distant) horizon. With my heritage, a Dutch army would be the perfect choice! Cheers, Roly

    • Hello Roly. Well met.

      Though it’s a pain … when assembling larger chunks of metal, eg. arms, I get best results with pinning. Best = most robust in this case. I can’t even contemplate the thought of an arm falling off a figure during a game or once it is all painted and based! But pinning is a labour of love. 🤬

      It may be sacrilegious but I find the Thirty Years War to be much more interesting than the English Civil War.

      von Peter himself

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