OK, so inspired by (re)reading the 3 Musketeers, particularly the account of the seige of La Rochelle, I plan on building a 17th century french army using TYW Imperial models as a base. The Imperial Infantry set is specifically designed to be used as french infantry (and even comes with the appropriate banners), and even my meagre sculpting skills should be up to converting Count Tilly to serve as His Eminence the Cardinal de Paris, Duc Armand de Richelieu. But I have a few questions:
Does anyone know of a good historical account of the French campaigns - particularly the Huguenot Wars - and their uniforms? Osprey don't cover it AFAIK.
Any suggestions as to unit scale? The army at La Rochelle consisted of 15000 infantry, divided into approximately 20 Bataillons, but only 3 Esquadrons of cavalry (totalling 600 men) and 6 cannon. On the basis of infantry units of 800 and cavalry of 200, I would expect to build the army at 1:20 (which fits in nicely with the Warlord box sets, since it gives an infantry bataillon of 40 models and a cavalry esquadron of 10). Would that work? Assuming I don't go mad and try to paint up all 20 bataillons of infantry, that is...
Any suggestions of units or models to buy beyond the basic infantry boxes? Would the french army of this period have included cuirassiers, or should I stick to harquebusiers and regular pistol cavalry? Would the swordsmen be appropriate to a french army (possibly with hat/helmet swaps)?
Or should I just give up on the idea and collect scots