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Thursday, 28 March 2013

THADDEUS PERUQUE, WIGGER TO THE COURTS OF EUROPE

Following a post from The Duke of Tradgardland which showed a picture of the latest fashions at court, I thought I would post this little vignette I made a few years ago for my 15mm Marlburian armies who were fighting the War of the Electors Wig, Thaddeus Peruque, the greatest wigmaker in Europe is being pursued by all the Margraves, Kings, Electors and other various gentry to be seized and held to make them the most towering and impressive head pieces that can be imagined. The whole plot was inspired by the costumes in The Draughtsman's Contract, a wonderful if rather strange film.
M. Peruque welcomes 2 prospective clients to his battlefield emporium


The Travelling showroom

Thaddeus inspects his wares

A satisfied customer, helped by Peruque's loyal assistant MaCrackin. Note the TP monogram on the flag,The sign of Excellence in Wigmaking.

A page from the latest catalogue.

I have a feeling we may be meeting Thaddeus again in a different scale. I am being sorely tempted to buy some 28mm 18c figures. Mainly civilians at first, and making some landscape gardens to put them in. Oh no, another project to start.





12 comments:

  1. What a cracking little piece! Very imaginative, sir. I'm not a great fan of Classical gardens (although I do like the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris), but they would look fine in miniature. Oh, the Mr Finchley reference on the right looks very interesting - I will investigate!

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    1. You will enjoy the Mr Finchley trilogy I am sure. MF Discovers his England, MF in Paris and MF takes the Road. Gentle and bucolic. To me an arcadian landscape garden is the epitome of England, the genius of melding the garden with the outlying natural and rural landscape, often (but not always) with allegory, sometimes classical , sometimes Germanic or even biblical. Too many parterres at le Jardin de Luxembourg for me, but they would be fun to make in miniature (pipecleaners could be used).

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  2. A great post, and a very nice vignette!
    Phil.

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  3. Glorious and so needing to be done in 28mm &54mm!
    I tried making a periwig conversion in 20mm (picture later perhaps) and will see what happens when he is painted up...
    I have hummed & hawed re doing a 28mm topiary garden - we shall see!

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  4. great little vignette - definite possibilities for 28mm

    -- Allan

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  5. Ha, ha. yes - The Draughtsman's Contract. Took my wife to see it years ago: I actually liked it, she didn't but was a good sport about it.

    And a fine vignette here, sir.

    Regards,
    Stve

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  6. I love the idea and the execution. You do know about the 28mm Eureka 18th Century Chamber orchestra set, right? I'll have to get that some day (my wife's original major was Performance Violin, and I played in the band up through college).

    Peter

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