Thursday, 16 June 2011

My 28mm Painted Portuguese Jesuits for Japan.








The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ, or SI) is a religious order of men called Jesuits, who follow the teachings of the . Jesuit and brothers—also sometimes known colloquially as "God's Marines" and as "The Company", this terminology because of founder Ignatius of Loyola's military background—are engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents reflecting the Formula of the Institute(principle) of the Society. They are known in the fields of education (schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, theological faculties), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits in addition to missionary work, giving retreats, hospital and parish ministry, promoting social justice and ecumenical dialogue.

The Society was founded by St. Ignatius who, after being wounded in battle, experienced a religious conversion and composed the Spiritual Exercises in order to help others to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ more closely. In 1534, Ignatius gathered six young men, including St. Francis Xavier and Bl. Pierre Favre, and together they professed vows of poverty and chastity, and then later, obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope. Rule 13 of Ignatius' Rules for Thinking with the Church said: "That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity, if [the Church] shall have defined anything to be black who to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black."Ignatius' plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by the bull containing the Formula of the Institute. The opening lines of this founding document would declare that the Society of Jesus was founded to "strive especially for the propagation and defence of the faith and progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine. The Society participated in the Counter-Reformation and later in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church.

The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General currently Adolfo Nicolás. The headquarters of the Society, its General Curia, is in Rome. The historic curia of St Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church.

63 comments:

  1. Great miniatures with a very fine paint job to boot!

    Christopher

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  2. Good stuff and I didn't know the detail behind these chaps.

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  3. Very informitive and great painting.

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  4. The Nanban make their appearance.

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  5. You do your homework Fran! :-)
    Nice panting - what colour did you use for the robe?
    T.

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  6. Very interesting info, those two guys are a little bit scary, btw.

    You can visit my blog here.

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  7. Just popped in to say good morning and a howdy hello and wish you an oogie boogie day.

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  8. @Thanos: I'm trying to remember, bear with me but it could be a while as I'm getting forgetful in my old age and I painted them a while ago.

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  9. Always good to see unusual miniatures. I'm a fan of the unexpected, and you and Paul's Bods both deliver.

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  10. They look like their ready to drop relics on the battlefield! Great details!

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  11. Nice job, funnily enough I painted the one on the right not so long ago!

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  12. Really nice figs. I love the colloquial nickname "God's marines" -- that cracks me up.

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  13. I never knew all of that about jesuits. Thanks for the history lesson this morning!

    Nice painting too

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  14. Thanks for sharing. Interesting post!

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  15. Well done! Interesting post, and I wish I could paint miniatures that well D:

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  16. these are nicely painted Lurker, I really like them mate, the colour pallet you chose is nice.

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  17. Good job on some lovely models.

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  18. Imma hit you over the head with this cross! says the one on the right.

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  19. the movement and the pose of the one on the right with the hood over his head looks very natural and suggestive and very realistic.

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  20. They've also been disbanded twice!

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  21. Excellent paint job and post.

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  22. Cracking...why don´t they do these in 1772nd!?
    Cheers
    paul

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  23. lmfao those threes look like they are made out of weed.

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  24. "God's Marines" ?
    Sounds brutal^^

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  25. The detail on those units really is nice, keep it up

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  26. how much did it take to make them?

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  27. nothing like jesuits in japan

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  28. great work! very nice painting there

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  29. With a little modification that cross could make a bad ass weapon.

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  30. @ Bonjour Tristesse
    haha true

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  31. through the body of Christ--I compel you!

    I can't imagine a life of chastity....do that include--you know. maybe that have to wear chastity mittens when they go to bed

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  32. Deus beatus vos meus gingiber saeta filius. Vos feteo of a meretricis fragor.

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  33. Wow, great paint job on those! :D

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  34. GReat minis. But, tell me please, wil they suffer an horrible death in the hands of the Japanese non -Christian troops? Please, please, please...

    Erm, too much seculiar teaching lessons, sorry

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  35. Ready-made chaplains for Imperial armies of the TYW.

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  36. Very nice - understated too, which is cool.

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  37. nice, i like your post. Do you did this?

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  38. the guy on the right looks like he's an exorcist!

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  39. I still can't get over the details of these figures.

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  40. My Vikings would LOVE chasing these guys - and its hard to run in those robes too :-)

    Lovely as ever mate!

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  41. The bloody Jesuits would probably chase the Vikings! Cor, they caused no end of trouble over the years. Now the Franciscans . . .

    ;O)

    Nicely painted though.

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  42. Great paint job Fran. The guy on the right does look full of religious zeal!

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  43. Cool miniatures, they're kind of creepy looking.

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  44. Great work Fran, always an interesting read

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  45. interesting history, didnt know. and nice figures

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  46. I always admired the Jesuits for their unshakable faith and how they reconciled the peaceful teachings of Jesus with the nature of conflict in a preindustrial world.

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  47. Good stuff. Just found your blog looking at 20mm based mini's. Very interested.

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  48. Amazing paintwork man, your collection is getting awesome ;D

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  49. Now those are freakin' cool piece set ups. You explained a lot about the Jesuits that I didn't know and made the history about them very interesting. I didn't know how the society was founded and how it led to what it became.

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  50. You might like this link: http://resobscura.blogspot.com/2010/06/europeans-as-other.html

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  51. Love the way you do shadows!

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