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Guest Post: The work of Gareth Lane Dutch troops 1690s

I have the privilege of receiving photos of the work of many talented gamers add collectors interested in our period.Recently I was sent some wonderful pictures of units from the collection of Gareth Lane. I was very taken with the style of the units and the painting.Gareth has used wonderful castings from North Star's 1672 range and has depicted some fine units from the forces of the Dutch Republic. Gareth has portrayed these in the period of the Glorious Revolution and campaigns in Flanders during the 1690s.I am sure you'll like them as much as I do.Thanks Gareth for sharing and hopefully we'll see more of your work in the near future.

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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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From Russia with Liv.. Guard

I am delighted to share the work of Yuriy Hotchkin with Blog followers. Yuriy and his wargaming group are located across both Sankt Peterburg and Moscow and have interest in a variety of periods and scales. Yuriy sent me some wonderful pictures of his Great Northern War Swedes from Warfare Miniatures.These are some of the finest painted examples of our miniatures that I have yet seen.The fact that such wonderful examples of Swedish troops have been so lovingly painted by a Russian  gamer speaks volumes!The regiment is of course the Livgard till Hast (Mounted Life Guard) with their distinctive sky blue uniforms.Yuriy has used models from our Swedish cavalry codes SC01, SC02, SC03,SC04 and SC05 to complete the unit.The painting style is gentle, bright and warm which has produced a striking finish.I particularly like the way he has finished the horses and saddle cloths too which is a lovely detail touch.Here is a link to Yuriy's fantastic work Yuriy's Field of Battle painted minis . Plenty mo

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International GNW painting!

One great thing about the internet is is brings people who would never even know the existence of each other, together. Over the last couple of weeks I have received some wonderful examples of painting from enthusiasts and friends of the blog...Firstly some GNW Russians from Italy. Dino Todaro whose work was so admired the last time we had it on the blog has sent these pictures of Great Northern War Russians - Regiment Ingermanlandski completed using Warfare Miniatures.Again this is wonderful work from Dino with beautiful and thoughtfully created basing too. Nice photography Dino, grazie mille!I also was sent some excellent photos of Great Northern War Swedes from Russia! Here are miniatures from the collection of Alexey Kovshikov and painted I believe by his friend Mikhail MiroshnikA lovely combination of Warfare Miniatures and Ebor Miniatures in the form of the Swedish Livgardet till Fot.Here is a link to Alexey's blog ;Alexey Korshikov's BlogAgain, excellent photography and a great opportunity to connect w

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Guest post: Battle of Malatitze 1708 - Dannie Fogleman

Friend of the blog and GNW enthusiast Dannie Fogleman undertook some evangelical work on behalf of Beneath the Lily Banners at South Bend, Indiana recently. Here is the tale of his adventures with some BLB novices.....The Battle of Malatitze 1708 - Ready to rol in South Bend, IN @SYWAWe did a BLB3 GNW game at the Seven Years War Association in South Bend, Indiana recently.  It was based on the actual battle of Malatitze in 1708. This was a dawn attack by about 9,000 Russian infantry and three regiments of dragoons against a rather isolated camp of eight Swedish battalions and the Östgöta cavalry regiment.  We thought this would be a good game to teach novices the mechanics because there is no artillery and no terrain issues.We used eight Swedish battalions and a regiment of four squadrons of cavalry.  Amazingly, most of the regiments I had to use were actually at the battle.  The Russians had 16 battalions of infantry in four brigades, including a brigade of Guards, and three four squ

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Taking the offensive.. well said Pete Brown

The offending pieceI am not even allowed to use the word snowflake in the house without a censorious eyebrow being raised by my daughter. I know I am not alone in my complete bemusement regarding what people will take offence about next. At work, what my team are now OK to say or not say in terms of illustrating business life lessons is like walking through a minefield (oops, probably not allowed to say that now either).Whether it be proscribed offensive nicknames, unacceptable descriptors or the proper use of inclusive terms, two parallel universes are experiencing equal and opposite reactions. In one, the number of things that are permissible is diminishing at a rate of knots equaled only by the exponential growth of the lexicon containing tortured PC descriptors in the other.This magazine could be considered as offensiveSo, on opening Wargames Illustrated #378 April 2019 and thumbing through it over a lunchtime coffee, I came upon the Fighting Talk contribution of Pete Brown entitled Taking the offensive.&

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William III's Italian Allies during the LoA War Book offer

Another generous offer from the Helion Company for members of the League of Augsburg Blog...William III's Italian Ally: Piedmont and the War of the League of Augsburg 1683-1697 by CIRO PAOLETTI, illustrations by Bruno Mugnaihttps://www.helion.co.uk/war-and-soldiers-in-the-early-reig…from now till the end of March £25 post free within the UK, at cost shipping for the rest of the world.To order the book please send me an email to charlesjsingleton@yahoo.co.uk with WLLIAM III's ITALIAN ALLY in the header bar.In the main text section please add your address and add the email you use for PayPal transactions, this speeds up thing. Note- you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay by PayPal. If you don't like the shipping costs, simply cancel the invoice.I'll be reviewing the book on the blog soon

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The Army of the United Provinces 1660-1687 Book Offer

For members of the League of Augsburg blog here in another attractive offer from Helion:WARS AND SOLDIERS IN THE EARLY REIGN OF LOUIS XIV. VOLUME 1 - THE ARMY OF THE UNITED PROVINCES OF THE NETHERLANDS, 1660-1687 by Bruno Mugnaihttps://www.helion.co.uk/war-and-soldiers-in-the-early-reig…from now till the end of March £25 post free within the UK, at cost shipping for the rest of the world.To order the book please send me an email to charlesjsingleton@yahoo.co.uk with THE ARMY OF THE UNITED PROVINCES SPECIAL OFFER in the header bar.In the main text section please add your address and add the email you use for PayPal transactions, this speeds up thing. Note- you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay by PayPal. If you don't like the shipping costs, simply cancel the invoice.I'll be reviewing the book on the blog soon

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Rawdon Raises an Army, Part Three

Thomas Grove - I've finally finished all my horse for Rawdon's army! Here they are arrayed for battle. No doubt just fleeing Dromore. LOLHugh Magill anchors the flank with his veteran troopers. While Rawdon leads is huge dragoon regiment of 3 squadrons personally.The man himself Arthur Rawdon the Gardner of Ireland! I gave him a fancy uniform laced with gold, and went for a smart Bone colored jacket with brown cuffs. Then touched it off with ocher belt and feathers. Got the idea from one of the Warfare Miniatures Uniforms Guides. If you don't have any yet you are missing out! Well worth the money for the uniform plates alone...not to mention all the extra info.  Rawdon's 2nd Squadron already taking casualties... And 1st Squadron seems to be having the same amount of luck. My daughter is very distressed by the bleeding horses. She had the same reaction when she saw some of Barry's wounded horses in a Wargames Illustrated advert. Look at that fancy banner with the Crowing Cock! Now onto the foot

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What a F*****g day!

We had such a great show.. what could go wrong?I do not usually resort to expletives in my blog contributions but today is an exception. Having completed a very successful and enjoyable CRISIS 2018 in Antwerp, Toggy and I had planned an early start on Sunday - breakfast at 0830, on the road for 0900 - Ramillies by 1015, Neerwinden by 1400.Having checked out at 0900 I reached the car and fumbled in my pocket..... no keys. Eh?We are supposed to be here!  Where are the f*****g keys!!!!!This cannot be. I have OCD. Where are my keys? Both bags emptied in an underground car park, pockets emptied, coat emptied, no keys. We walked round two floors of a large underground car park for fifteen minutes... nothing on the ground. Back to reception, the bar, the lounge... nothing. Re activate the room key - search the vacated bedroom - nothing. We have to be in Ijmuiden at 1500 tomorrow! Today we have to be in Leuven as a hotel is booked. Back to last night's restaurant - no keys.We are trapped.... in AntwerpOK - phone

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The work of Dino Todaro

Swedish Regiment Vasterbotten - the basing really sets off the unit superblyWargaming takes some unusual turns. When we visited Tuscany on holiday I arranged to meet an Italian gamer, collector and painter with whom I had corresponded for a couple of years. When we met in his beautiful home town of Lucca we really hit it off.Detail of the three stands of Vasterbotten RegimentSince then we have met again and shared stories of gaming and painting as well as me learning much about gaming in Italy and the history of Tuscany.Dino does beautiful work and this post shares some excellent examples of his Russian and Swedish GNW regiments. His cabinet is full of lovely units and I was really pleased when he sent these pictures.Russian Regiment NarvskiI am sure he will not mind me sharing them.When last we were together he also gifted me an astonishingly detailed Italian publication on the Battle of Marsaglia which I have shown below.Detail of the three stands of NarvskiThe detail is amazing and there is an abundance of

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Come on, more? Really? Warfare Minis Guest Gallery 5

I've managed to get to a fifth in the series of Warfare painted miniatures from the brushes of excellent painters whilst maintaining the quality!Here we have some super, stylish Saxons from the very prolific brush of Roger Castle. Roger can be found evangelising about the GNW on several fora at the moment. His work output is high and he has done a wonderful job on his Warfare minis.Friend and fellow enthusiast Mark Shearwood is also highly productive and creative in his output. His interests are broad within the period and he has substantial quantities of NYW and GNW models.A popular subject - King James's Foot GuardsThese are Jacobites I believe but could be many different troopsMark Shearwood's dragoonsRichard Hampson Smith is producing some great work right now such as:dragoons for Ireland I believeThe very popular Jacobite Foot GuardsTyrconnel's HorseAn array of WilliamitesTruls Fjell is a talented and prolific painter and collector from Norway and has completed these excellent GNW era units:Swedish Life

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Lazing on a Sunday afternoon!

12 x 6 custom built and scaled central section of Waterloo I made a few years backAfter so many years of doing it, we are getting tired of lugging around car fulls of terrain boards. Storage and transport thereof is a pain. I have admired the teddy-bear massacres of the last few years and recall being impressed by the Waterloo terrain of the Loughton? Strike Force at Salute a few years back and also some masterful set ups I'd seen up close at Historicon.Now, what the heck am I supposed to do with this on a Sunday morning?I fancied doing a bit myself, bought the materials and tools but conflicting priorities prevented me from actually starting the job - Net result - more clutter sitting there gathering dust. As the weather in Scotland has returned to seasonal norms and as I was unusually at home over a holiday weekend, I decided whilst drifting into consciousness to the sound of the Archers Omnibus, to get up and at it. The target was to have a 6 x 5 table ready for CRISIS 2018 on November 3 in Antwerp. I was

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