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Warfare Miniatures July Offer – Swedish Battalions @ £25.00

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Battalion SB01 

Swedish Battalion SB03

Well, to celebrate the summer, my birthday month and the continuing march of the GNW project, Warfare have a July 2017 special offer.

S1 x 2 in battalion SB1

S3 x 1 in battalion SB1

S5 x 1 in battalion SB1

Battalion codes:

SB01 Swedes in Tricorne Standing ready
SB02 Swedes in Karpus Standing ready
SB03 Swedes in Tricorne Marching
SB04 Swedes in Karpus Marching

Will all be available for £25.00 ex postage.

S4 x 1 in battalion SB02

Each pack contains 20 models – 10 musketeers, 5 pikemen and 5 Command. As battalion packs are already reduced by 20% this additional saving equates to a 26% discount on normal pack price making each model £1.25.

S7 x 2 in battalion SB03

S1 x 1 in battalion SB03

S5 x1 in battalion SB03

The prices for these battalions will be adjusted in the shop from June 30th.

Dispatch will be within two weeks of order as I am of on my travels to tropical climes once more.

S4 x 2 in battalion SB04

S6 x 1 in battalion SB04

Here is a chance to swell the ranks of your Carolinians! Gå på!


Battalions SB03 (front) and SB01 (rear)


Warfare Miniatures July Offer – Swedish Battalions @ £25.00

Posted on June 25th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Battalion SB01 

Swedish Battalion SB03

Well, to celebrate the summer, my birthday month and the continuing march of the GNW project, Warfare have a July 2017 special offer.

S1 x 2 in battalion SB1

S3 x 1 in battalion SB1

S5 x 1 in battalion SB1

Battalion codes:

SB01 Swedes in Tricorne Standing ready
SB02 Swedes in Karpus Standing ready
SB03 Swedes in Tricorne Marching
SB04 Swedes in Karpus Marching

Will all be available for £25.00 ex postage.

S4 x 1 in battalion SB02

Each pack contains 20 models – 10 musketeers, 5 pikemen and 5 Command. As battalion packs are already reduced by 20% this additional saving equates to a 26% discount on normal pack price making each model £1.25.

S7 x 2 in battalion SB03

S1 x 1 in battalion SB03

S5 x1 in battalion SB03

The prices for these battalions will be adjusted in the shop from June 30th.

Dispatch will be within two weeks of order as I am of on my travels to tropical climes once more.

S4 x 2 in battalion SB04

S6 x 1 in battalion SB04

Here is a chance to swell the ranks of your Carolinians! Gå på!


Battalions SB03 (front) and SB01 (rear)


Warfare GNW R16 Russian Grenadiers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Lots of hares have been running for many years on the topic of Russian Grenadier dress. The perpetuated image has been that of a tall mitre capped chap in a plain uniform very much in the fashion of the paintings of the English Foot Guard grenadiers or…

Warfare GNW R16 Russian Grenadiers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Lots of hares have been running for many years on the topic of Russian Grenadier dress. The perpetuated image has been that of a tall mitre capped chap in a plain uniform very much in the fashion of the paintings of the English Foot Guard grenadiers or…

Warfare Miniatures French troops of Louis XIV

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Gardes FrancaisesIt is true, we have somewhat neglected both the European theatre and the French army on the blog. There are a variety of reasons for that but these are mostly a positive focus on other theatres rather than an anti Flanders bias.Gardes …

Warfare Miniatures French troops of Louis XIV

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Gardes FrancaisesIt is true, we have somewhat neglected both the European theatre and the French army on the blog. There are a variety of reasons for that but these are mostly a positive focus on other theatres rather than an anti Flanders bias.Gardes …

Battle for Britain 1693.. campaigning opening shots

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The 1693 campaign season opened with three contrasting scenarios reflecting the differing challenges facing each of the commanders depending on where they found themselves at the close of 1692.Kilbryde 1693 – site of the conventicle (assembling around …

Battle for Britain 1693.. campaigning opening shots

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The 1693 campaign season opened with three contrasting scenarios reflecting the differing challenges facing each of the commanders depending on where they found themselves at the close of 1692.Kilbryde 1693 – site of the conventicle (assembling around …

Warfare ECW/TYW releases

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

Line of of three of the 10 Harquebusiers

This is a departure from our core period but an exciting one nonetheless. We have an initial release of nine sculpts of cavalry for the English Civil War / Thirty Years War period.

Montero and buff clothing

The dress of these ‘Harquebusiers’ is a mixture of armoured and unarmoured with lobster helmets, soft hats and montero caps. We have charging and resting poses both with swords and pistols.

Front view of the same figure

The saddles are integral to the riders. The definition on the models is very crisp with characterful faces and painting them was extremely easy and pleasurable.

This is one of the small horses in the standing pose

This first article shows three of the models which I have managed to squeeze into my painting schedule between lots of GNW and WSS pieces. I have tried to show different colours -tawny, crimson and blue sashes and different shades on the buff coats.

A more TYW colour scheme – hatted man on small galloping horse

I am an enthusiast about the period 1618-1648 and in fact my Pike & Shot passion began with the campaigns of Montrose, moving to the late 17th century about six or seven years after spending a lot of time collecting ECW and TYW models.

The ‘Swedish’ chap again

Where might Warfare Miniatures go with this diversion? Well, we are financially robust and a significant expansion is possible but that will somewhat depend on the response to these first 10 models.

I avoided as much as possible black and white when painting these models

The horse variants available to us now are significant. These models sit equally well on small, medium or large mounts and as can be seen, on standing or moving mounts.

A large trotting horse with a Royalist or Imperialist Harquebusier

I particularly enjoyed painting the armoured model which has a back and breast plus helmet configuration. Four (perhaps five, I just can’t remember right now) of the models in the range have lobster helmets.

Same chap – three other helmeted models will make up an exciting unit

Tw models have montero caps and the remainder have soft hats. All have buff coats. The models are all master moulded and we can go to production pretty quickly.

A final view of one of the first three sculpts

I am in no great hurry to release these models and I will be interested in the market response and potential demand for them. Pricing will be in line with normal Warfare Miniatures cavalry packs with 3 models and horses in a pack with a price of £8.50.

The trio having swapped mounts

I don’t normally actively solicit comment on models and leave that to the discretion of Blog followers but I would be particularly interested in the appetite for a dalliance in this period from Warfare.

Warfare ECW/TYW releases

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

Line of of three of the 10 Harquebusiers

This is a departure from our core period but an exciting one nonetheless. We have an initial release of nine sculpts of cavalry for the English Civil War / Thirty Years War period.

Montero and buff clothing

The dress of these ‘Harquebusiers’ is a mixture of armoured and unarmoured with lobster helmets, soft hats and montero caps. We have charging and resting poses both with swords and pistols.

Front view of the same figure

The saddles are integral to the riders. The definition on the models is very crisp with characterful faces and painting them was extremely easy and pleasurable.

This is one of the small horses in the standing pose

This first article shows three of the models which I have managed to squeeze into my painting schedule between lots of GNW and WSS pieces. I have tried to show different colours -tawny, crimson and blue sashes and different shades on the buff coats.

A more TYW colour scheme – hatted man on small galloping horse

I am an enthusiast about the period 1618-1648 and in fact my Pike & Shot passion began with the campaigns of Montrose, moving to the late 17th century about six or seven years after spending a lot of time collecting ECW and TYW models.

The ‘Swedish’ chap again

Where might Warfare Miniatures go with this diversion? Well, we are financially robust and a significant expansion is possible but that will somewhat depend on the response to these first 10 models.

I avoided as much as possible black and white when painting these models

The horse variants available to us now are significant. These models sit equally well on small, medium or large mounts and as can be seen, on standing or moving mounts.

A large trotting horse with a Royalist or Imperialist Harquebusier

I particularly enjoyed painting the armoured model which has a back and breast plus helmet configuration. Four (perhaps five, I just can’t remember right now) of the models in the range have lobster helmets.

Same chap – three other helmeted models will make up an exciting unit

Tw models have montero caps and the remainder have soft hats. All have buff coats. The models are all master moulded and we can go to production pretty quickly.

A final view of one of the first three sculpts

I am in no great hurry to release these models and I will be interested in the market response and potential demand for them. Pricing will be in line with normal Warfare Miniatures cavalry packs with 3 models and horses in a pack with a price of £8.50.

The trio having swapped mounts

I don’t normally actively solicit comment on models and leave that to the discretion of Blog followers but I would be particularly interested in the appetite for a dalliance in this period from Warfare.

WLOA61 & WLOA63 French Dragoons

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

WLOA61 & WLOA63 as a squadronI have taken too long to paint these lovely French mounted dragoons. These models were a real pleasure to paint and the squadron looks pretty impressive. They are the start of the League of Augsburg game which will feat…

WLOA61 & WLOA63 French Dragoons

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

WLOA61 & WLOA63 as a squadronI have taken too long to paint these lovely French mounted dragoons. These models were a real pleasure to paint and the squadron looks pretty impressive. They are the start of the League of Augsburg game which will feat…

A touch of real class! GNW generals and heroes

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Russian Grandees



They have been in the pipe for a while but at last we can show a a glimpse of some truly outstanding little masterpieces from Warfare Miniatures. 



The Swedish Heroes



We have chosen the iconic figures of Magnus Gustafsson Stenbock, Adam Ludvig Leijonhufvud and Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld for the Swedes. Celebrated generals all and key players in the campaigns of the Carolinian Army during the Great Northern War. 



Stenbok is modelled on the romantic painting by Gustav Cederström



As a counterpoint, the Russians are represented by Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Boris Petrovich Sheremetev and Anikita Ivanovich Repnin. These men played their part in full during the final defeat and humbling of the mighty Swedes.


Leijonhufvud in utilitarian uniform on the left – Rehnskiöld’s uniform is grander



The horses offer a new option for senior officers and equally could be used for the new cavalry officers both Russian and Swedish cavalry which will begin to appear sometime over the summer.




The Russians are somewhat more flamboyant in their dress



It did not escape our notice that the Russian generals would pass muster as ‘any senior general’ in a Western European army of the WSS period and I am sure several will find their way west in time.



Excellent rear view of the Russians



The detail on these models is outstanding. Clib has captured the spirit of the age and the personalities within some imaginative and animated poses.




I am looking forward to getting them mastered, painted and of course, released.

A touch of real class! GNW generals and heroes

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Russian Grandees



They have been in the pipe for a while but at last we can show a a glimpse of some truly outstanding little masterpieces from Warfare Miniatures. 



The Swedish Heroes



We have chosen the iconic figures of Magnus Gustafsson Stenbock, Adam Ludvig Leijonhufvud and Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld for the Swedes. Celebrated generals all and key players in the campaigns of the Carolinian Army during the Great Northern War. 



Stenbok is modelled on the romantic painting by Gustav Cederström



As a counterpoint, the Russians are represented by Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Boris Petrovich Sheremetev and Anikita Ivanovich Repnin. These men played their part in full during the final defeat and humbling of the mighty Swedes.


Leijonhufvud in utilitarian uniform on the left – Rehnskiöld’s uniform is grander



The horses offer a new option for senior officers and equally could be used for the new cavalry officers both Russian and Swedish cavalry which will begin to appear sometime over the summer.




The Russians are somewhat more flamboyant in their dress



It did not escape our notice that the Russian generals would pass muster as ‘any senior general’ in a Western European army of the WSS period and I am sure several will find their way west in time.



Excellent rear view of the Russians



The detail on these models is outstanding. Clib has captured the spirit of the age and the personalities within some imaginative and animated poses.




I am looking forward to getting them mastered, painted and of course, released.

Warfare GNW Russian pikemen in kartuz

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

These chaps were a little bit behind in the production queue but as can be seen from these pictures were well worth the wait.I am not whether it was the colour combination or the figures themselves but I really enjoyed painting this batch which are now…

Warfare GNW Russian pikemen in kartuz

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

These chaps were a little bit behind in the production queue but as can be seen from these pictures were well worth the wait.I am not whether it was the colour combination or the figures themselves but I really enjoyed painting this batch which are now…

Guest post: The Williamite Wars in Ireland – Part 2 – The River

Posted on May 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Friend of the blog Peter A –  wanderings in ancient Ireland – part two

It is along road from Kinsale to Limerick. But much harder on foot or on horseback than by car. The first tough haul is the twisty, tortuous undulating road up to Cork – that caused Marlborough’s men so much trouble in bringing his heavy artillery down to take part in the siege of Charles Fort, Kinsale.

Once beyond Cork, we head North up the motorway towards Fermoy and Mitchelstown. On the right on the horizon are the Galty mountains. To the left is the Ballyhoura chain. Then across country you see miles of the marshy, boggy landscape that is so common in Ireland. Wild and hard to cultivate – how to scratch a living here? On we go, past signs for Tipperary, Hospital, Ballyneety and finally into Limerick.

Across Baals bridge over the Abbey river that divides Irish town and English town and on to King John’s island, the historical heart of the city.

King John’s Castle
     King John’s castle is massive. Those walls and round towers were built to intimidate and repel. A first
v view of the River Shannon at the end of the street – how wide, fast-flowing and majestic it is… what an
   obstacle to cross…!

River Shannon
   
Then the view of the modern Thomond Bridge – layer upon layer of history all around – tread softly…

Thomond Bridge

 The castle museum is superbly done. A multi-media experience – as is the fashion these days – with sounds and lights and characters from Limerick’s history who talk to you on the press of a button. ..
A journey through time from the Vikings, the original ‘English Lords’, the medieval clashes, the Plantations, the Civil War and then to our period, the sieges and great dispute between the Williamites and the Jacobites which was concluded (for a time) here.

In the museum is a wonderful huge model of Limerick as it would have been around 1690. This bird’s eye view shows the city walls, the Castle of King John, St Mary’s cathedral, the Thomond bridge and the river Shannon.

The Limerick model – Castle and St Mary’s and the English Town


There is also a striking diorama in approx. 1/72ndscale that features the disastrous fight on the Thomond bridge. The Allies having marched round through the night into County Clare launched an attack on the defensive ramparts that guarded the entrance to the bridge. From his position of safety back on the castle walls, the French commander panicked; ordered the drawbridge on the small gateway built onto the bridge to be raised. This act condemned 100’s of Jacobite soldiers to a deadly fate – despite desperate waving of white kerchiefs, the Jacobite colour, to signal their allegiance back to the castle. They were ignored – and died either at the hands of the similarly red-coated Williamites, or drowned in the surging waters of the Shannon.

This awful incident is well-captured in the model shown

The fight on the Thomond Bridge

Inspired by this scene, I attempted to replicate it back on my painting desk, using 15mm figures, buildings and river bases that were to hand

Images 11, 12 ,13 – views of Thomond, Limerick and the Shannon in 15mm




Here is that same bridge today – with the white water racing through the arches, illustrating the speed and relentless nature of the river – literally it took no prisoners…

Looking West towards County Clare directly across the river

        Two views looking north to the surrounding ring of hills with their patchwork woods in various shades of green and the church of St Munchin – grey slate and grey tombstones – a bricked up/ blocked up sad place – awaiting reclamation as an arts or cultural centre

2 modernized illustrations from Thomas Phillips drawings made in 1685. Very useful wargaming material. These show the city in prospect as it may have appeared to the Williamite army from their trenches – as the bombarding of the 24 pounders and mortars rained down fire upon the houses…

A view of St Marys cathedral interior – one of the oldest churches in Ireland – it suffered much damage during the Williamite siege


Inscription on the treaty stone 

Treaty stone itself

 it all ended here – and then the new ventures began…

Guest post: The Williamite Wars in Ireland – Part 2 – The River

Posted on May 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Friend of the blog Peter A –  wanderings in ancient Ireland – part two

It is along road from Kinsale to Limerick. But much harder on foot or on horseback than by car. The first tough haul is the twisty, tortuous undulating road up to Cork – that caused Marlborough’s men so much trouble in bringing his heavy artillery down to take part in the siege of Charles Fort, Kinsale.

Once beyond Cork, we head North up the motorway towards Fermoy and Mitchelstown. On the right on the horizon are the Galty mountains. To the left is the Ballyhoura chain. Then across country you see miles of the marshy, boggy landscape that is so common in Ireland. Wild and hard to cultivate – how to scratch a living here? On we go, past signs for Tipperary, Hospital, Ballyneety and finally into Limerick.

Across Baals bridge over the Abbey river that divides Irish town and English town and on to King John’s island, the historical heart of the city.

King John’s Castle
     King John’s castle is massive. Those walls and round towers were built to intimidate and repel. A first
v view of the River Shannon at the end of the street – how wide, fast-flowing and majestic it is… what an
   obstacle to cross…!

River Shannon
   
Then the view of the modern Thomond Bridge – layer upon layer of history all around – tread softly…

Thomond Bridge

 The castle museum is superbly done. A multi-media experience – as is the fashion these days – with sounds and lights and characters from Limerick’s history who talk to you on the press of a button. ..
A journey through time from the Vikings, the original ‘English Lords’, the medieval clashes, the Plantations, the Civil War and then to our period, the sieges and great dispute between the Williamites and the Jacobites which was concluded (for a time) here.

In the museum is a wonderful huge model of Limerick as it would have been around 1690. This bird’s eye view shows the city walls, the Castle of King John, St Mary’s cathedral, the Thomond bridge and the river Shannon.

The Limerick model – Castle and St Mary’s and the English Town


There is also a striking diorama in approx. 1/72ndscale that features the disastrous fight on the Thomond bridge. The Allies having marched round through the night into County Clare launched an attack on the defensive ramparts that guarded the entrance to the bridge. From his position of safety back on the castle walls, the French commander panicked; ordered the drawbridge on the small gateway built onto the bridge to be raised. This act condemned 100’s of Jacobite soldiers to a deadly fate – despite desperate waving of white kerchiefs, the Jacobite colour, to signal their allegiance back to the castle. They were ignored – and died either at the hands of the similarly red-coated Williamites, or drowned in the surging waters of the Shannon.

This awful incident is well-captured in the model shown

The fight on the Thomond Bridge

Inspired by this scene, I attempted to replicate it back on my painting desk, using 15mm figures, buildings and river bases that were to hand

Images 11, 12 ,13 – views of Thomond, Limerick and the Shannon in 15mm




Here is that same bridge today – with the white water racing through the arches, illustrating the speed and relentless nature of the river – literally it took no prisoners…

Looking West towards County Clare directly across the river

        Two views looking north to the surrounding ring of hills with their patchwork woods in various shades of green and the church of St Munchin – grey slate and grey tombstones – a bricked up/ blocked up sad place – awaiting reclamation as an arts or cultural centre

2 modernized illustrations from Thomas Phillips drawings made in 1685. Very useful wargaming material. These show the city in prospect as it may have appeared to the Williamite army from their trenches – as the bombarding of the 24 pounders and mortars rained down fire upon the houses…

A view of St Marys cathedral interior – one of the oldest churches in Ireland – it suffered much damage during the Williamite siege


Inscription on the treaty stone 

Treaty stone itself

 it all ended here – and then the new ventures began…

Warfare GNW R14 Sexy Russian Command

Posted on May 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This pack is figure porn. I love the poses, the definition and the ease with which they paint up.The Sergeant is pointing with purpose. He looks like a Vet. I gave him a very plain uniform in the paint job but that just adds to his no nonsense air.Russ…

Warfare GNW R14 Sexy Russian Command

Posted on May 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This pack is figure porn. I love the poses, the definition and the ease with which they paint up.The Sergeant is pointing with purpose. He looks like a Vet. I gave him a very plain uniform in the paint job but that just adds to his no nonsense air.Russ…

Returning to the scene…. LoA at Partizan 2017

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Toggenhvud points out to Hiltonbock where the enemy are…..Regrettably, The League of Augsburg has been absent from the Partizan show(s) for a couple of years. This was due to lack of bodies and the over-facing effort of single-handedly lugging a demo…

Returning to the scene…. LoA at Partizan 2017

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Toggenhvud points out to Hiltonbock where the enemy are…..Regrettably, The League of Augsburg has been absent from the Partizan show(s) for a couple of years. This was due to lack of bodies and the over-facing effort of single-handedly lugging a demo…

GNW Swedish Brigadier vignettes

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I was very keen to experiment with some test masters of the new Swedish cavalry command. I tried them on the new horses (of which there are 5 variants) and on two of the existing horses.They were easy and fun to paint. The poses are dramatic and the lo…

GNW Swedish Brigadier vignettes

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I was very keen to experiment with some test masters of the new Swedish cavalry command. I tried them on the new horses (of which there are 5 variants) and on two of the existing horses.They were easy and fun to paint. The poses are dramatic and the lo…

Warfare GNW Russian releases for May 2017

Posted on May 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Delighted to say that we have now officially released four new codes for the ever expanding GNW Russian range.We have R12 – the long awaited musketeers marching which come with shouldered musket – bayonet fixed or bayonet sheathed.R13 The pikemen to ma…