Saturday, 10 January 2009

Early Swiss Project: 3 Elements done

Two blade elements finished with camp followers (musicians). There's still a long way to go. I intend to paint an element for each of the eight confederate cantons of the 14th and 15th century plus the general (9x6Bd). That is: Uri (black + gold); Schwyz (red + white); Unterwalden (red+white); Luzern (white + blue); Zurich (white + blue); Zug (white + blue; Glarus (white + red); Bern (black + red).


Webmaster of said...

menic, as allways: Great work! especially the left one on the first base looks absolutely great!

Menic said...

merci Bingo!

painterman said...

Hi, just found your blog - really like your painting style on the 28mm Swiss - just starting some Bernese figures myself. Looking forward to seeing more.

Anonymous said...

Can you help I am painting a swiss army using Foundry Figures. One of my books shows a Bern Medieval costume of yellow with a Bear in black. Which is correct for the Burgundian wars period Yellow or Red/Black. Regards John

Menic said...

Dear Anonymous,, sorry for late reply (!) Just discovered your post (!)
The official colors, the "standesfarben" of Bern are Red and Black. I'd say exponents with communal duties would wear red and black liveries for official happenings (messengers, townguards). But there is no written or pictorial evidence for bernese troops having uniform colors in the 15th and beginning 16th century, not even as mercenaries in France.
I suppose some would dress as they are, some would have simple linen everyday dress, others - especially the professionals (mercenaries) would adorn their cotume. Keep in mind, the townguilds had troops too, and every guild had it's symbols and colors.
So I'd say your yellow bernese guy with the black bear is totally o.k.

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