Beneath the Lily Banners


Swedish regiments... can't leave those Blues out!

To balance things out having shared pictures of the Russian forces massing for Crisis 2019 I thought it only right to get the Boys in Blue in front of the camera too. Vastmanland RegimentSkaraborg RegimentTremanning RegimentNarke Varmland RegimentLiv Dragoon Regiment

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Media work

Been busy talking to some media moguls in the hobby over the last couple of weeks. I did a podcast interview for Henry Hyde's Battlechat Live 32 which seemed to fly by but actually lasted two hours. Well, Henry and I are never short of a word or dozen and the experience was candid and interesting. He has a nice interviewing style which opens the interviewee up before they know it. Henry is a stalwart of the hobby and always innovating.Battlechat 32 Interview with BarryMr Hyde - Battle Chatter supremeThe podcast format is very nice to participate in and I was pleasantly surprised to actually get some emails to say that listeners had found it a good investment of time. I thought I was just rambling on actually!We discussed doing it again and next time focusing on a shorter more subject specific topic. Let's see if that transpires. I think the broadcast goes out to subscribers first and then on general release this week or perhaps next.  Thanks Henry for the opportunity to witter on and for allowing the kin

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Lots of lovely Russian regimental packs

I set up quite a lot of re-shoots for some of the items in the shop whilst photographing some new products. I am working my way through Russian unit deals so here are some of those which are now available in the Warfare Miniatures shop combined with some existing products revisited:Russian two-gun battery with field guns and wagon @ £40The popular RB1 Russian infantry in tricorne firing and loading @ £31RB4 The dramatic Russian infantry in tricorne defending @ £31RB5 A new battalion deal - Russian infantry in tricorne marching @£31Another new battalion pack RB6 Russian infantry in kartuz firing and loading @ £31Found in the Cossack section of the shop COSB1 - Cossacks advancing @£31 could fight for or against the Czar!Finally for now Russian Dragoon regiment in tricorne (12 models shown but 18 in the unit) @ £50Other combinations for battalions which are not quite ready for photography but can easily be put together to buy @£31:RB2 Russians in tricorne all firingRB4 Russians in tricorne readyRB7 Russians in k

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The dust is settling.. With Talon and Claw reflections and a QRS!

The book reached its first customer on August 16th and now seems to have arrived in most corners of the globe. It was a massive relief to finish this project which had been all consuming for over eighteen months.The final decision to print is always a bit like betting £50,000 on red. You know there is a risk that something will not be right but having checked and checked, you can't find it. It was just a relief in the end actually to say, it's done, let's print!Now that the dust has settled and the reactions are coming in, I am delighted to say that the words of approval and appreciation have been by far in the majority. I know book releases, particularly those involving rules, go through phases. Phase one is the visual acceptance, phase two is the feedback on things that can't be found, are unclear, or occasionally highlighting mistakes. Phase three is when players start to play and the questions or disagreements on concept or interpretation appear. Phase four is rejection or acceptance for gaming. In other

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June 1694: Part 5

Orders of Battle The full English order of battle is as follows:1 battalion of converged grenadiers (all musket), 2 battalions of Marines (all musket), 1 battalion of Guards, 11 battalions of Foot (pike and musket with the possibility that 3-4 could be all musket armed).Here are the battalions which participated in the expedition:1st Foot GuardsJohn Cutts’ RegimentRichard Coote’s RegimentSamuel Venner’s RegimentMarquis de Rada’s RegimentSir David Colyear’s RegimentThomas Erle’s Regiment (one of two)Henry Rowe’s RegimentFerdinando Hasting’s RegimentWilliam Stueart’s RegimentThe French order of battle around Camaret Bay could look as follows:1 battalion of Marines (all musket), 4 battalions of infantry (pike and musket), 3 regiments of Horse, 1 regiment of Dragoons, 1 battalion of Militia. 3-5 field guns in various positions. At least half of the infantry could be in hard cover or entrenchments.Skirmish gaming possibilitiesCamaret offers magnificent scope for skirmish gaming high adventure. I of cours

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Guest Post: Alexey Kovshikov - GNW Swedish artillery

Some excellent photos of Swedish artillery from the collection of Russian enthusuast Alexey Kovshikov.Alexey wanted me to point out that this outstanding work was done by painter Mikhail Mirosnik.It shows both Warfare Miniatures and Ebob Miniatures sculpts together.These blend very well and Mikhail has done an outstanding job in making each piece work.Thanks for sharing Alexey.Link to  Alexey's blog

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694: Part 4

A map drawn up to wargame the actionWargaming Camaret BayIt does sound unmistakably like D-Day. It took place around 200 miles from and almost exactly 250 years to the day before Operation Overlord as, although the date is now noted at June 18th the old style calendar marks it as June 6th or 7th in most sources. The action can be fought in various ways; as a large scale battle, as a skirmish or even as a naval action with the troops playing no real part.All England wall of firepowerLarger scale gameAlthough Tollemache had as many as 10,000 men in fifteen battalions, his spearhead was apparently a battalion of converged grenadiers supported by 900 pike and shot armed infantry behind. This landing force can be contained in four to six large boat models each representing a cluster of well-boats. In each, half a battalion of infantry could be transported. Reinforcements can be fed in using the same principle from the fleet sitting at the table edge or off table. The Allied attack will continue as long as some uni

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay June 18th, 1694. Part 3

Possibly Lord Carmarthen running the GulletConsequence of perfidyWhen the Allied fleet arrived in Camaret Bay it immediately came under fire from the forts around Camaret village and those at Bertheaume Bay on the northern shore opposite. The plan was for men o’ war to run the narrow channel called the ‘Gullet’ between the two headlands and sail into the anchorage at Brest. This gap was exactly one mile wide meaning that any ship attempting to force passage would be subject to a hail of fire from multiple compass points. A private yacht captained by the thrill seeker Lord Carmarthen ran the gauntlet to prove the point and came out to report the defences were far more formidable than expected. This daredevil failed to spot all of Vauban’s numerous positions and the thousands of troops massed behind both Brest and Camaret Bay awaiting any landing should the batteries fail to halt the fleet. Bombardment by at least eight large ships of the line from the English and Dutch fleets made little impression.It was agre

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 2

The Mission – Destroy Brest!D-Day 300 years before it happened. Camaret Bay was an exptremely ambitious planThe raid was a large scale affair for an action of its type. It was months in the planning with the objective of wreaking havoc on a key strategic anchorage for the French fleet at the port of Brest in western Brittany. Naval bombardments of French ports had been undertaken before, one such being that prosecuted against St Malo shortly before the Camaret expedition. The difference with Brest was that the English planned to put around 8,000 infantry ashore and gain a foothold in order to do some real damage. Tollemache would lead the army attack which was to be transported by Admiral Charles, Lord Berkeley. The fleet was substantial, comprising 38 English and 21 Dutch vessels including fire and hospital ships. Troops began assembling in Plymouth from mid-May 1694.Former enemies sailed together to support the English landing. 69 English and Dutch ships were involved.Transportation was delayed through adve

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Taking Baby out for its first stroll

Partizan was the debut of With Talon and Claw and I am pleased to say it was a sunny day for the new born. Several customers took delivery of their pre ordered books and a brisk trade was had by North Star who were selling the book on the day.The launch weekend has been a success and we've shifted enough copies already to ensure the book will have a healthy life.The game I chose as the launch pad was a bit of a fudge - ensemble cast on the Allied side - Russians, Prussians, Saxons, Danes, Tatars and Cossacks all lining up as the Blue Legions performed a sort of Last Hurrah! against this spectrum of wartime foes.It was a chance to get lots of tricornes on the table and some artillery too.I was next door to Mark Shearwood and the Derby Gang who were refighting a battle from 1689 at the Moyry Pass in Ireland which looked wonderful. Two BLB games on side by side, that was nice.I got a brief  run round the show and caught sight of some nice games including Imrie and Glanville's Medieval bash, The Iron Brigade

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 1

This piece was first run in Wargames Illustrated in 2016. I thought it a solid multi-parter to run on the blog whilst I am holidaying.Contemporaneous notorietyThe disastrous attack at Camaret Bay on June 18th1694 was a very English tragedy. From a distance of 322 years it is easy to understand that a relatively minor operation which went badly wrong and resulted in the death of a largely forgotten general is of little if any significance. Although few may have been aware of the Battle of Camaret Bay or Thomas Tollemache before reading this piece it is likely that most if not all readers have heard of John Churchill and more than a few of King James II and Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Seignur de Vauban, Marshal of France. Each is linked directly or indirectly to a disastrous military adventure which in its own way will have shaped subsequent momentous historical events.Tollemache by Sir Godfrey Kneller.If we hopped into the DeLorean and set the dial to April 1694 the names of our protagonists would be as ub

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Huzzah for Lithuania!

All the way from Vilnius, bang on time (I always like to under promise and over deliver) and in very good nick.....With Talon and Claw has arrived in Scotland!This means..Pre orders will go out tomorrow and Saturday which is six days ahead of schedule and..If you are going to Partizan you can pay in advance and pick up your copy on the day without a postage charge if you haven't pre-ordered already. Obviously anyone who preordered for pick up at the show will get their books on the day.Quality wise, I cannot fault the production which looks amazing in every way. The printers have done a bang up job and Asun's layout and design have tranferred to hard copy superbly.Companion volumsOn to the next project!

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Nice day

In truth, I wasn't really looking forward to Claymore this year. Not because I don't like the show, I have been a loyal participant for more than 25 years but circumstances were conspiring against me somewhat. Too much day job work, too much travel, getting the new book out, other projects - a 0600 start, knowing I was again flying solo at the show... bed was the most attractive prospect on Saturday morning. Humping the gear in and out across the car park was not an inducement to attend either.Nevertheless, it was a braw day, the sun was shining and I was set up for 0900. The day went lightning fast, I bought all the little items needed for projects and spent the entire day talking, laughing and reconnecting with friends and acquaintances.The game represented Moldova in 1711 as Czar Peter I struggled to get the menacing Ottomans under control. It had lots of interest and I actually played solo, threw some dice, talked about not killing teddy bears to make terrain and sounded off like the old fart I am.Around

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Partizan pre orders

Warfare Miniatures will not be trading at Partizan on August 18th 2019 but I will have a League of Augusburg game on at the show. Not surprisingly, Great Northern War themed.As the show coincides with the weekend I am expecting delivery of With Talon and Claw I do hope to hand over some pre ordered books that day.Any figure/flag/book/counters order pre paid and for collection on the day will receive a 10% discount. Just do the usual - mail me with what you want and I'll generate a paypal invoice for it please.If you want With Talon and Claw  to pick up on the day - delivery permitting, please paypal £26 to me (the discounted price) and send a little note by mail to wordtwister@hotmail.co.uk to say that is what you have done. The paypal address is also wordtwister@hotmail.co.uk.See you at the show!

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Pre ordering with Talon and Claw

It has taken a while to complete and it is considerably larger than I had first intended however, the Great Northern War and Eastern Wars supplement to Beneath the Lily Banners is finally off to the printers.With Talon and Claw is scheduled for shipment of pre-orders on August 22nd 2019 with general release on September 2nd.The RRP for With Talon and Claw is £30 ex postage Pre orders will be shipped at the discounted price of £26 ex postage. For the customers who have already paid for the book but not shipping, we will send a paypal invoice for the difference after the discount has been netted.The book is 184 pages long, hard backed and full colour.It contains:An extensive Period Primer.Detailed explanation of troop types and tactics used by the main protagonists.Full rule amendments and updates covering The Great Northern War and Eastern Wars for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition.A points system to build armies for small and large games.Army Builder guides for Danish, Imperialist,

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