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A fascinating detour part 1 – New Characters for the campaign

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Dutch Parliament building – Den HaagAs we are now regulars on the Newcastle-Ijmuiden run we like to visit new places on the way to/from Antwerp and Hamburg, the homes of Crisis and Tactica respectively.Willem I Prince of Orange outside the Royal Palace…

A novel new offer – Mounted Officer and Cornet packs

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Cornet from WLOA40 with a new right arm! (As Adam Murray)

Over the years I have done many special deals for customers which have involved splitting packs to get various figures out. I have accumulated dozens of perfectly good cavalry models which cannot be sold in packs of three because one or more figures are missing.

Officer from WLOA36 as a brigadier of Horse

I have featured many of my officer/personality conversions on the blog over the years and these always seem to go down well. As I was packing stock for Crisis I came across boxes of excellent cavalry officers and cornets all jumbled up.

Officer from WLOA40 as a Brigadier of Horse

An idea! I can put together random mixed packs of mounted officers and cornets. The selection comes from packs WLOA 19, 21, 33, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56 and 57.

Unreleased officer now available in these packs

 There are a total of  seventeen officers and thirteen cornets. I am going to offer these in four randomly mixed codes:

representative selection

WLOA 65:  Mounted Officers on standing horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses

representative selertion

WLOA 66:  Mounted Officers on galloping horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses
WLOA 67:  Mounted Standard bearers on standing horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses
WLOA 68:  Mounted Standard bearers on galloping horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses

Scabbards and arms/weapons will be included.

The good news is that although these figures are all perfectly good castings in every way they will retail at £7.50 per pack of 3 cavalry and not the usual £8.50 making each model only £2.50.

Officer from WLOA48 with floppy hat as Lord Montcashel

The variety is so wide that with the arm variants available and the horse variants there are literally scores of options available. Some of my own efforts can be seen accompanying the post.

Officer from WLOA50 as cavalry general

Cornet from WLOA57 as Swede 

Cornet from WLOA42 as Swedish Cornet circa 1685

Cornet from WLOA50 as Swede

For both Brigadiers of Foot ad Horse this offers  tremendous choice to bolster your officer corps.

A novel new offer – Mounted Officer and Cornet packs

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Cornet from WLOA40 with a new right arm! (As Adam Murray)

Over the years I have done many special deals for customers which have involved splitting packs to get various figures out. I have accumulated dozens of perfectly good cavalry models which cannot be sold in packs of three because one or more figures are missing.

Officer from WLOA36 as a brigadier of Horse

I have featured many of my officer/personality conversions on the blog over the years and these always seem to go down well. As I was packing stock for Crisis I came across boxes of excellent cavalry officers and cornets all jumbled up.

Officer from WLOA40 as a Brigadier of Horse

An idea! I can put together random mixed packs of mounted officers and cornets. The selection comes from packs WLOA 19, 21, 33, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56 and 57.

Unreleased officer now available in these packs

 There are a total of  seventeen officers and thirteen cornets. I am going to offer these in four randomly mixed codes:

representative selection

WLOA 65:  Mounted Officers on standing horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses

representative selertion

WLOA 66:  Mounted Officers on galloping horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses
WLOA 67:  Mounted Standard bearers on standing horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses
WLOA 68:  Mounted Standard bearers on galloping horses : random mix or 3 men and 3 horses

Scabbards and arms/weapons will be included.

The good news is that although these figures are all perfectly good castings in every way they will retail at £7.50 per pack of 3 cavalry and not the usual £8.50 making each model only £2.50.

Officer from WLOA48 with floppy hat as Lord Montcashel

The variety is so wide that with the arm variants available and the horse variants there are literally scores of options available. Some of my own efforts can be seen accompanying the post.

Officer from WLOA50 as cavalry general

Cornet from WLOA57 as Swede 

Cornet from WLOA42 as Swedish Cornet circa 1685

Cornet from WLOA50 as Swede

For both Brigadiers of Foot ad Horse this offers  tremendous choice to bolster your officer corps.

Feature- Russian Commanders

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Shermetev, Menshikov, RepninFrom existing paintings it is difficult to definitively decide exactly how a particular historical figure looked. Statuesque and heroic or pox faced and pot bellied? Hardly the latter considering the sitter usually commissio…

Feature- Russian Commanders

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Shermetev, Menshikov, RepninFrom existing paintings it is difficult to definitively decide exactly how a particular historical figure looked. Statuesque and heroic or pox faced and pot bellied? Hardly the latter considering the sitter usually commissio…

Warfare Christmas Cracker 2017

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Oh, Oh! (or is that Ho Ho?) It’s that dodgy bloke from the mall again..

So what do we have in store (literally) for Christmas.

Well there is the   £100.00 GNW Brigade

It contains: 4 x 20 model battalions + 1 mounted Commander + 1 light gun with crew.

Each battalion contains 10 musketeers + 5 pikemen + 5 Command models

Gun crews will be a random choice from the 3 different sets SA1, SA2 and SA3
One of these Swedish Commander figures will be included

Swedish 100 pounder: 2 x Marching & 2 x Standing battalions (one each tricorne and karpus) + one of our new Swedish general models plus a light gun with three crew.

Each battalion contains 10 musketeers + 5 pikemen + 5 Command models

Gun crews will be a random choice from the 3 different sets RA1, RA2 and RA3
one of these Russian Commander figures will be included

Russian 100 pounder: 2 x Firing & 2 x Standing battalions (one each tricorne and kartuz) + One of our new Russian general models plus a light gun with three crew.

The retail value of this offer is £153.50 making the total saving ex postage 35% which takes some beating!

Postage in the UK for the brigade deal is £7.50 and for overseas it is £12 – just click on the Christmas £100 Brigade deal option UK or Overseas to apply the correct postage.

We are now also offering Cavalry regimental deals on dragoons. For the Standard price of £45 (ex postage) you can get get your hands on 18 mounted dragoons in hats or 18 mounted dragoons in French caps. Each set includes 12 dragoon troopers and 6 Command models. This is a permanent deal which extends beyond the Christmas offer. These are not in the shop yet so if you want one email us at [email protected] and let us know the packs you want (6 packs for £45 ex postage) – we’ll paypal you the price.

Gardes Francaises

Finally, as part of the Christmas offer a battalion of Maison du Roi Infantry (Gardes Francaises or Gardes Suisses is available for £25.00 ex postage.

The Christmas offer will run till January 31 2018.

Warfare Christmas Cracker 2017

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Oh, Oh! (or is that Ho Ho?) It’s that dodgy bloke from the mall again..

So what do we have in store (literally) for Christmas.

Well there is the   £100.00 GNW Brigade

It contains: 4 x 20 model battalions + 1 mounted Commander + 1 light gun with crew.

Each battalion contains 10 musketeers + 5 pikemen + 5 Command models

Gun crews will be a random choice from the 3 different sets SA1, SA2 and SA3
One of these Swedish Commander figures will be included

Swedish 100 pounder: 2 x Marching & 2 x Standing battalions (one each tricorne and karpus) + one of our new Swedish general models plus a light gun with three crew.

Each battalion contains 10 musketeers + 5 pikemen + 5 Command models

Gun crews will be a random choice from the 3 different sets RA1, RA2 and RA3
one of these Russian Commander figures will be included

Russian 100 pounder: 2 x Firing & 2 x Standing battalions (one each tricorne and kartuz) + One of our new Russian general models plus a light gun with three crew.

The retail value of this offer is £153.50 making the total saving ex postage 35% which takes some beating!

Postage in the UK for the brigade deal is £7.50 and for overseas it is £12 – just click on the Christmas £100 Brigade deal option UK or Overseas to apply the correct postage.

We are now also offering Cavalry regimental deals on dragoons. For the Standard price of £45 (ex postage) you can get get your hands on 18 mounted dragoons in hats or 18 mounted dragoons in French caps. Each set includes 12 dragoon troopers and 6 Command models. This is a permanent deal which extends beyond the Christmas offer. These are not in the shop yet so if you want one email us at [email protected] and let us know the packs you want (6 packs for £45 ex postage) – we’ll paypal you the price.

Gardes Francaises

Finally, as part of the Christmas offer a battalion of Maison du Roi Infantry (Gardes Francaises or Gardes Suisses is available for £25.00 ex postage.

The Christmas offer will run till January 31 2018.

Lots of Dragoons

Posted on November 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Painted as Hanoverian Dragoons – WLOA58 and WLOA60I have been slow off the mark painting and basing my dragoons but the new codes have sold very well so far despite having no oxygen of publicity.Painted as Enniskillen Dragoons 1689-1692 WLOA58 & WL…

Lots of Dragoons

Posted on November 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Painted as Hanoverian Dragoons – WLOA58 and WLOA60I have been slow off the mark painting and basing my dragoons but the new codes have sold very well so far despite having no oxygen of publicity.Painted as Enniskillen Dragoons 1689-1692 WLOA58 & WL…

Poltava part 2 – the wargame

Posted on November 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A late ‘battle shot’ with the Swedes through the redoubt lineJon is very experienced at running large games as he owned and managed a wargaming centre on Crete for several years.The Swedes columns lined up to storm the redoubt line before the battle co…

Poltava part 2 – the wargame

Posted on November 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A late ‘battle shot’ with the Swedes through the redoubt lineJon is very experienced at running large games as he owned and managed a wargaming centre on Crete for several years.The Swedes columns lined up to storm the redoubt line before the battle co…

League of Augsburg game Crisis 2017

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

We had decided well in advance that our Crisis game for 2017 would be modest in size but pretty. There was no need to try and take a massive game by car to Antwerp as we already knew that Jon Sutherland would be running his monster Poltava game adjacen…

League of Augsburg game Crisis 2017

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

We had decided well in advance that our Crisis game for 2017 would be modest in size but pretty. There was no need to try and take a massive game by car to Antwerp as we already knew that Jon Sutherland would be running his monster Poltava game adjacen…

Poltava Part 1 – taster of an epic

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This game was a year in the making and is the result of the hard work of Jon and Diane Sutherland who created it as a commission for a private collector.I have been intimately involved with the development as all of the figures used are Warfare Miniatu…

Poltava Part 1 – taster of an epic

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This game was a year in the making and is the result of the hard work of Jon and Diane Sutherland who created it as a commission for a private collector.I have been intimately involved with the development as all of the figures used are Warfare Miniatu…

Some artillery vignettes

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I have been working on some artillery vignettes recently and have only just gotten round to photographing them for the blog.Although we do not have specifically French gunners yet I shaved off the single shoulder strap from our RA1 AND RA3 GNW Russian …

Some artillery vignettes

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I have been working on some artillery vignettes recently and have only just gotten round to photographing them for the blog.Although we do not have specifically French gunners yet I shaved off the single shoulder strap from our RA1 AND RA3 GNW Russian …

At last – painted Russian mounted Dragoons

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

These are masters. I had none of the new horses to hand but this shows how well they sit on the existing horse types.I have painted six troopers which come in two different packs of three. They are painted as the Moskovski Dragoons who wore a white uni…

At last – painted Russian mounted Dragoons

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

These are masters. I had none of the new horses to hand but this shows how well they sit on the existing horse types.I have painted ix troopers which com in two different packs of three. They are painted as the Moskovski Dragoons who wore a white unifo…

Les Français arrivent! French troops at Crisis 2018!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

French Dragoons both mounted and dismounted supported by a mortarI had to make a choice – Blog or paint. I decided in the interest of having things to blog about, I should paint!Crisis is approaching fast and soon Captain Haddock, Cookie Gwen and mysel…

Les Français arrivent! French troops at Crisis 2017!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

French Dragoons both mounted and dismounted supported by a mortarI had to make a choice – Blog or paint. I decided in the interest of having things to blog about, I should paint!Crisis is approaching fast and soon Captain Haddock, Cookie Gwen and mysel…

Guest post: GNW Swedes by Don Crane

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Brigade in all its gloryThe Blog has featured the work of several painters over the years and I always enjoy seeing how painters and gamers create and interpret figures and unit construction.I recently had the privilege of seeing some truly wonderf…

Guest post: GNW Swedes by Don Crane

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Brigade in all its gloryThe Blog has featured the work of several painters over the years and I always enjoy seeing how painters and gamers create and interpret figures and unit construction.I recently had the privilege of seeing some truly wonderf…

Fly Paper – The attack at la rivière du miel, November 1693

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The valley of the Honey River, San Dominique

Our campaign continues to expand in the Caribees. A plot hatched in the rum taverns of the Antilles and Jamaica culminated in a diversionary raid on the French held island of San Dominique in November 1693. This was one of the ‘tune up’ scenarios before the main event.



The forces of Governor du Casse, Louis XIV’s man on San Dominique

The mixed and rather bizarre force of De Ruvigny and Saqmal


An unholy alliance of de Ruvigny’s Huguenots, The Freeman Cutlers (an itinerant Pirate brotherhood) and Haitian voodoo practitioners planned a raid on King Louis’s sugar plantations and a rum factory in the isolated valley through which runs the rivière du miel (Honey River) so called because of frequent spillages of sugar syrup into its waters. 



The Rum Factory- a target of the raid and in the background la rivière du miel 

On November 5th a force of around six hundred men put ashore under cover of night to find, loot and then burn two plantations and the rum factory. The spirit was destined to fortify the matelots of the King’s fleets sailing out of La Rochelle, Brest and Toulon.



Creoles in the service of de Ruvigny but in the pay of Kirke! (its complicated)

The French had no pre-warning of the raid however Governor du Casse, a reformed buccaneer and former Huguenot, had companies of Franche de la Marine in the general vicinity and these rushed, together with some native allies and mobs of local planters to the site of the commotion in the hope of apprehending the miscreants.


Tam’s (Du Casse’s) miracle! he threw 3 x 12s on d12s for a first fire for his Veterans!!!!


Of course, nothing is ever simple in our campaign world and leading the Freeman Cutlers was their leader Loup de Mer (or Lou Deemer as he is known to most of the Brethren). He had inside information regarding the location of buried Spanish gold in the river valley. Although present to support de Ruvigny’s raid the buccaneer chief had a mission of his own.



Here comes the King’s men! – Attack these Haitian heretics!

An extract from the scenario brief of Saqmal (chief of the Haitians and ally of Ruvigny and Lou Deemer) read thus:

The Freemen Cutlers are aware of a site in the the riviere du miel valley where a considerable horde of Spanish gold is said to have been stashed away in 1665 by a long dead buccaneer- Rodrigo de Silva. The Brethren have expressed a strong desire to locate and appropriate this horde under cover of the landing. If this is achieved, one quarter is pledged to Saqmal. This information is to be withheld from the Huguenot de Ruvigny whose reward will come from the satisfaction of burning the King’s 
rum factories and plantations. 



Huguenot officers issue orders to their Creole mercenaries



Wheels within wheels it would seem. The attack began well with the raiders quickly setting each location ablaze (accumulation of score of 15 on 1 x d6 per turn for each). When the French arrived they set about the defence with gusto.


Frenchman fights Frenchman Ruvigny’s men exchange with Planteurs



Curiously the Huguenot had English officered Creoles under his command. This may not seem unusual until it is understood that said officers served King James! It appears the hand of Kirke was at work in a bit of bet hedging.


The Tainu Indian allies caused considerable problems for the raiders


The French native allies and the Haitian death cult cut swathes through the ranks of the raiders and de Ruvigny himself was in danger of being cut off inland. Deemer’s crew recovered de Silva’s hordes (whilst they should have been rescuing de Ruvigny). The Major commanding the Franche de la Marine was captured and cut to pieces by the Freeman Cutlers and during an explosion of gunpowder and molasses at one of the plantation dozens of fighting men from both sides were killed.


The Freemen Cutler’s and Deemer defend the boats for a getaway



The French managed to recover many of the abandoned stolen rum wagons when the Cutlers fled but the raiders destroyed all three installations, successfully brought off a considerable amount of rum and loot and killed or wounded over 200 French. 


Some of this rum was recovered by the Tainu who returned it to the French



The raid was a success. It stirred up a hornet’s nest but was of course only a distraction from the real objective.. the seizure of Tortuga!




Fly Paper – The attack at la rivière du miel, November 1693

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The valley of the Honey River, San Dominique

Our campaign continues to expand in the Caribees. A plot hatched in the rum taverns of the Antilles and Jamaica culminated in a diversionary raid on the French held island of San Dominique in November 1693. This was one of the ‘tune up’ scenarios before the main event.



The forces of Governor du Casse, Louis XIV’s man on San Dominique

The mixed and rather bizarre force of De Ruvigny and Saqmal


An unholy alliance of de Ruvigny’s Huguenots, The Freeman Cutlers (an itinerant Pirate brotherhood) and Haitian voodoo practitioners planned a raid on King Louis’s sugar plantations and a rum factory in the isolated valley through which runs the rivière du miel (Honey River) so called because of frequent spillages of sugar syrup into its waters. 



The Rum Factory- a target of the raid and in the background la rivière du miel 

On November 5th a force of around six hundred men put ashore under cover of night to find, loot and then burn two plantations and the rum factory. The spirit was destined to fortify the matelots of the King’s fleets sailing out of La Rochelle, Brest and Toulon.



Creoles in the service of de Ruvigny but in the pay of Kirke! (its complicated)

The French had no pre-warning of the raid however Governor du Casse, a reformed buccaneer and former Huguenot, had companies of Franche de la Marine in the general vicinity and these rushed, together with some native allies and mobs of local planters to the site of the commotion in the hope of apprehending the miscreants.


Tam’s (Du Casse’s) miracle! he threw 3 x 12s on d12s for a first fire for his Veterans!!!!


Of course, nothing is ever simple in our campaign world and leading the Freeman Cutlers was their leader Loup de Mer (or Lou Deemer as he is known to most of the Brethren). He had inside information regarding the location of buried Spanish gold in the river valley. Although present to support de Ruvigny’s raid the buccaneer chief had a mission of his own.



Here comes the King’s men! – Attack these Haitian heretics!

An extract from the scenario brief of Saqmal (chief of the Haitians and ally of Ruvigny and Lou Deemer) read thus:

The Freemen Cutlers are aware of a site in the the riviere du miel valley where a considerable horde of Spanish gold is said to have been stashed away in 1665 by a long dead buccaneer- Rodrigo de Silva. The Brethren have expressed a strong desire to locate and appropriate this horde under cover of the landing. If this is achieved, one quarter is pledged to Saqmal. This information is to be withheld from the Huguenot de Ruvigny whose reward will come from the satisfaction of burning the King’s 
rum factories and plantations. 



Huguenot officers issue orders to their Creole mercenaries



Wheels within wheels it would seem. The attack began well with the raiders quickly setting each location ablaze (accumulation of score of 15 on 1 x d6 per turn for each). When the French arrived they set about the defence with gusto.


Frenchman fights Frenchman Ruvigny’s men exchange with Planteurs



Curiously the Huguenot had English officered Creoles under his command. This may not seem unusual until it is understood that said officers served King James! It appears the hand of Kirke was at work in a bit of bet hedging.


The Tainu Indian allies caused considerable problems for the raiders


The French native allies and the Haitian death cult cut swathes through the ranks of the raiders and de Ruvigny himself was in danger of being cut off inland. Deemer’s crew recovered de Silva’s hordes (whilst they should have been rescuing de Ruvigny). The Major commanding the Franche de la Marine was captured and cut to pieces by the Freeman Cutlers and during an explosion of gunpowder and molasses at one of the plantation dozens of fighting men from both sides were killed.


The Freemen Cutler’s and Deemer defend the boats for a getaway



The French managed to recover many of the abandoned stolen rum wagons when the Cutlers fled but the raiders destroyed all three installations, successfully brought off a considerable amount of rum and loot and killed or wounded over 200 French. 


Some of this rum was recovered by the Tainu who returned it to the French



The raid was a success. It stirred up a hornet’s nest but was of course only a distraction from the real objective.. the seizure of Tortuga!