Beneath the Lily Banners


Battle of the Skull Mound - Part 3: Reflections

I promised a look back at the performance of both the Ottoman based infantry force and the Cossack Force which was used in the Skull Mound game.Let's deal with the Ottomans first. We beefed up the quality of the this force in order to achieve a points match with the enemy. This resulted in two Guard quality units - something that rarely if ever happens in the Western theatre but these ratings are relative to their opponents in this battle and not absolute. So, comparing one eight and one twelve model Janissary formation to their opponents, the quality differential between the Raw Ukrainians and the grizzled Turks justified the Guard rating. The other Janissary units received the Veteran rating which was also generous but for the same reason. The irregular infantry were Drilled making the overall quality of the Ottoman Foot vastly superior. This was compounded by providing all Janissaries with flintlocks and providing three field guns.The Cossacks on paper appeared to be a pushover - six units of matchlock arm

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The War of Three Kings Goes Digital!

Take the field and win the crown of England for your chosen liege Lord! Fight for King James and aided by your French allies, lead the Irish Army to victory against the usurper and his foreign horde. Support King William’s claim to the throne and captain an international army of English, Irish, Dutch, Danish and French Huguenot soldiers to wrest the crown from the hands of the tyrant!The War of Three Kings offers the opportunity for games set between 1660-1721 to be played with simple yet elegant mechanisms which deliver a smooth playing experience, authentic period flavour and loads of fun.The system covers pike and shot warfare in all western and central European theatres. This third edition of Beneath the Lily Banners (first released in 2009) has refined the game play allowing users to focus on enjoying the spectacle created by miniature gaming one of history’s most colourful periods!Available at the League of Augsburg Shop for £12.99Or at Warfare Miniatures USA for $17US.QRS available

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The War of Three Kings Goes Digital!

Take the field and win the crown of England for your chosen liege Lord! Fight for King James and aided by your French allies, lead the Irish Army to victory against the usurper and his foreign horde. Support King William’s claim to the throne and captain an international army of English, Irish, Dutch, Danish and French Huguenot soldiers to wrest the crown from the hands of the tyrant!The War of Three Kings offers the opportunity for games set between 1660-1721 to be played with simple yet elegant mechanisms which deliver a smooth playing experience, authentic period flavour and loads of fun.The system covers pike and shot warfare in all western and central European theatres. This third edition of Beneath the Lily Banners (first released in 2009) has refined the game play allowing users to focus on enjoying the spectacle created by miniature gaming one of history’s most colourful periods!Order your hi-res PDF at Warfare Miniatures USA for $17US.QRS available free here...A video walkthrough

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Hmmm? Oh.. yes, I'm still here..

It has been a very long time since I've posted. In fact I haven't really painted anything since.. err.. last November! I don't ever remember sitting out of the hobby for that long. There have been other things going on in my life and it seems like when I've had free time, the painting desk just wasn't calling to me.I've been working on artwork for Talon & Claw, the Great Northern War supplement for The War of Three Kings and the book is almost ready to send to the printer. There is something about this stage of a project that seems to linger and it always takes longer to wade through the final edits, but the end is definitely in sight!I'm ready to turn my full attention to Donnybrook Dark, a kind of Gothic horror setting for our popular skirmish rules...The Mourne Vale lies between the kingdoms of Scandavia and Rusland. This fell region is a land of brooding forests, lonely hills, and haunted ruins, but amid it's desolation lies treasures of a forgotten empire. The king of Scandavia is wedded to a F

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A wee taster.. With Talon and Claw.. news

Neil Roberts outstanding cover with some of Clarence's internal illosThe new Great Northern War supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition is calledWith Talon and ClawThe reason? Eagles and lions with their talons and claws appear in almost all of the arms of the combatant nations of the Great Northern and Eastern Wars - Swedes, Danes, Saxons, Prussians, Poles, Imperialists and Russians.... they were all tearing at each other for years. Some sample pages printed at half sizeIt may seem that I have been at this book for years but we are almost there. As a little bit of hard evidence I wanted to let anyone interested (and it seems that there are a fair few of you) have a shufti at some of the material going into the book. In fact, although the is no official release date I already have pre orders! Some of you were so keen that you got your shout in early. Thanks for that.The force builder section has more than 10 pages of full colour and brand new uniform and flag plates from ClarenceThe book is e

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Let's make a wagon fort

Well, it was a thought that had been floating around my head for a while. I had some vague ideas about how I might scratch build a defend-able 'wagon barrier' but had never gone practical with it.No time like the present - about a month or so till Partizan so nothing like a little pressure to focus the mind.How many? (it was a question to self).. four? six?... how about twelve? OK. That's settled, oh, and some portable defences to cover the gaps between too, yeah, fine.I didn't have a plan but I figured if I left one side off the Warfare Miniatures open wagon WLOA905 and built a wooden wall on the other side that the flat bed would provide a good firing step for singly based models without the wagons appearing too enormous and down scaling the battlefield.My materials were simple: stirring sticks from the coffee shop, super glue and the wagon kits from Warfare.. I have access to a few of those.The design was a suck it and see but actually has turned out to be both relatively easy and practical from a gaming p

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Battle of Skull Mound Part 2 - Battle report photos

The Ottoman attack on Skull Mound builds cautiously but steadily.With very little cavalry available the Ottomans were relying on firepower in this battle. We upgraded the Janissary units to Veteran with two small units rated with the rare Guard level and all ortas with flintlock muskets. The three field guns forming a baseline would hopefully provide plenty of support fire. 152 infantry, 18 cavalry and 3 guns for the Turks.Support fire uphill against the little makeshift fort.By contrast, the Cossacks would hope their numerous lance armed light cavalry could run the slow moving enemy ragged, look for gaps and run riot in the rearward areas. Their infantry was all Raw and equipped with matchlocks. 72 infantry, 66 lance armed Tribal cavalry including two Veteran squadrons of Hetman's bodyguard, two light guns, a sniper and two fortified positions.Waves of Cossacks nudging into the Ottoman right wing and forcing a static battle line to form.In real terms, the Ottomans were actually outpointed but not by much.As

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Battle of the Skull Mound 1677: The Scenario

1677.....The Ottoman Empire, allied with Crimean Tatars is pushing north on the west bank of the great Dnieper river into the Ukranian territories. The first line of defence is offered by Cossacks on both sides of the river.A strong Turkish force composed mainly of infantry has been given the objective of capturing a small Cossack settlement near an ancient Patzinak burial site known locally as Skull Mound. The Cossacks have fortified the village and built temporary defensive works atop the skull hill. A large combined force of infantry and cavalry is rushing to block the advance of the Turks and their Tatar allies........The Ottoman force prepares to attack Skull Mound Ottoman ForceCommander: Skilful. 2 squadrons of Timariot Sipahis. Drilled with lance.1 squadron of Tatars. Raw with bow3 field guns - 1 with Master gunner.1 unit of 12 Archers - Drilled3 units of Sekban infantry. Drilled with matchlock muskets.4 units of Janissaries. Veteran with flintlock muskets.2 units of Guard Janissaries (8 &

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Nos te salutant!

The bare essentials 1500 Friday afternoon - it's all ahead of usIt's all over for another year.. the feeding frenzy that is SALUTE.  Despite the doom laden warnings of imminent economic armageddon and our isolation from the rest of the humanity, the Great British Wargaming Public did what we do best..  Carried on, regardless!Yes, well, it IS SALUTE and this certainly beats the Hitler Jugend.The hangar was the usual hot and hectic. I cannot really comment on the show having managed a mere 15 minutes away from the Warfare trade stand between 0815 and 1700. In that brief period I took in three games which ticked the boxes for me... Nantwich's Aughrim, Jed Cronin's Tonkin and I think, Loughton's? Lutzen. All were fine indeed and Dave Marshall's terrain for the Gringo's game was particularly excellent as all of Dave's work tends to be.Crewe & Nantwich do Aughrim. They were prepared for the 'incoming' about tricornes et al. Nice set up though.The international dimension of SALUTE is always evident. I

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Breaking the surface.. news on the GNW supplement

Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690sI have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.The shot pool now stands at 307 pictures considered and about a further 200+ rejected for various reasons.The defence of Vlasivka 1709 - from the Battle report in the bookOf the 190 shots which appear in the book, 183 are finalized and in place. I have 7 little troublemakers to complete three of which should be done by the time this post appears. Taking wargaming pictures is great fun but very intensive. I remember watching Duncan Macfarlane do it about twenty years ago without the benefit of a digital camera and Photoshop. You really had to get it right then.Janissary columnNow at least, my process involves:1.Set up.2.Test shot

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Swedish Force from the new BLB3 GNW supplement

Onwards to Vlasivka 1709Trailing the Building your Force section of the new GNW Supplement to Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd Edition, here is the Swedish Force which fights in the example game Vlasivka 1709. The battle is a dramatic walk through the rule amendments for the Swedish army and the game was an extremely close run affair. Shots from the action are included in this post.The Swedes are expensive using the points system and this is the force which arrives in dribs and drabs on the table to overcome a Russian force almost twice its size on the road to Poltava.25 points of Swedish table top powerSwedish Force circa 17091 Veteran-Elite ‘Pike & Shot ’battalion with flintlock muskets, Swedish @ 3.5 points   3.5 points2 Drilled ‘Pike & Shot’ battalions with flintlock muskets, Swedish each @ 2 points       2 points3 Veteran squadrons of ‘Blade’ Horse, Swedish, each @ 3 points               &nbs

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A most remarkable army.. Kuruc 1703-1711

An Osprey style compilation of Kuruc forces on the march mixing phases of its existenceThe by ways of the late 17th century and early 18th provide magnificently juicy brain food for wargamers. Although I had in passing, read about the Kuruc Rebellion in Hungary during the first decade of the 18th century I had gone no further than a quick skim of what it was all about.During the compilation of material for the new GNW Supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners, I did a little more digging and was delighted with the gaming possibilities. This post focuses on the Kuruc forces and how gamers may be tempted as a side project, to construct a Kuruc table top army.This compilation shot shows Tatars, Poles, Bulgarians, Ottomans, French and Swedes on the Kuruc march...Rákóczi Ferenc was a Hungarian noble who fought to free his country from Habsburg rule during the first decade of the 18th century. France, at war with the Grand Alliance in the War of the Spanish Succession, recognized the weakness of the Austrian position

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Salute 2019 Pre-order discount

No, I can't believe it either. SALUTE 2019 is in about four weeks. Somewhere in my head I could hear a voice saying, you'd better start planning for SALUTE which is in a couple of months.Anyway, enough of this already. Here is a special offer for any products pre-ordered for SALUTE.Pre-order any quantity of  the following products from our range ; Figures, Books, Flags and get them at a 10% discount. Add that to the zero shipping charges and it adds up to a nice little offer.How to orderSend a mail to wordtwister@hotmail.co.uk and let me know what you want. Let me know whether you want to pay by paypal or on the day in cash. I will either send the paypal invoice or we settle up at the show as you prefer.This is the time to think about Ottomans, Prussians, Danes or all those things you meant to get last time you were browsing on the site.See you there! you will find Warfare Miniatures at STAND TN07

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Stuff gets in the way sometimes....

Danish troops take position to defend a town against the Swedes.Where have I been? Good question. The last fifteen days see me two thirds through a three-weeker from Los Angeles via Chicago and New York to find myself in the more sedate and old world ambience of Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge (not MA,USA rather...shire, England) by Sunday. Almost all work and no play but I managed to squeeze a couple of interesting diversions in on the way, satisfying my interest in Maritime History and Prohibition gangsters in the process.We used to be the Kings and Queens of the Oceans..... what happened?Waking up in Long Beach to see a piece of Glaswegian history right outside my window on Day 1 was a nice surprise particularly since my Father sailed on that very famous vessel in 1940 - Egypt bound and via the Cape of Good Hope. I took that as an astonishingly good omen as I never had the privilege to see her on the Clyde.Swedish gunners and labourers sweat to repair a field gun.Time to blog has not been abundant although,

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As it should be. Swedish GNW Cavalry

Charge! The Swedish Liv Dragoon Regiment thunders down upon its quaking enemiesIt's a legitimate question. Why has it taken you so long to produce a unit of your own cavalry, based in your own 'chevron' style?Time and conflicting priorities is the answer. I don't have enough of the former and an abundance of the latter.Squadron 1 full charge in chevronI did paint about eighteen riders but only three or four horses. That enabled me to get the web shop stocked but a long way off a 'game ready' unit.Squadron 1 - the chevron is more obvious from this angleSince these chaps emerge about a year ago we've released about another 140 models many of which required painting. We done several show, travelled hundreds of gaming miles and I have been working on several publications and articles. Not excuses, just facts.Squadron 1 rear viewNevertheless, the rapid progress on the new GNW supplement inspired me to get some of these chaps table ready and photographed. I painted around seventeen horses and an additional three ri

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