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,
Some new stuff which can be found in the shop:A Cossack unit equivalent to an infantry battalion. It contains three packs of Cossacks advancing (COS01) with musket and one Command pack (COS02). Price is £31 ex postage. The flag is not included nor or are the bases.The unit pictured has 18 models but there are 20 models in the battalion pack.Second up, I have a limited number of the excellent Janissary Cauldron Bearer set. This is available at the normal infantry pack price of £8.50 ex postage.
We are delighted to announce that two new codes of dismounted Cossacks are now available to order.Price £8.50 per pack excluding postage.They can be found in the online shop here:https://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/shop/products-subcat-58.htmlSuitable for a wide period between around 1600 and 1750 or even beyond.
The finished War wagon in profileThe original wagon from which the war wagon is constructed. All that was used was the flat bed and wheels.I had this idea in my head to build a centre piece for the Ottoman wagonburg. I wanted a something practical but distinctive and I gained a lot of valuable experience arsing around with the twelve defensive pieces built for the wagonburg circumference.The finished wagon. Not from a written plan but from a process of evolving ideas.The centre piece was going to be a one off and I decided to pimp it up a bit with bits and bobs. The first thing was to raise the deck above the level of the back wheels. I did this by placing balsa rods along the flatbed with a height of circa 20mm which allowed me to build the deck out again but over the top level of the large back wheels.Some of the additional pimping visible in this shot. The hay is dry brushed static grass added to the hay net metal partStraight sides were the most practical option as it allowed models to stand directly agai
Here are some pictures of future releases for our Ottoman Turkish range.The first piece is a lovely vignette of a Janissary Cauldron party. For those unfamiliar with this tradition the 'cooking pot' was more precious to Janissary units than any flag. Many of their senior officers had titles relating to posts from the kitchen such as the Soup Maker, the Scullion, the Chef and the Baker. The hearth was seen as at the centre of the Janissary Corps hence this being a centre piece for Janissary units.The second is a previously previewed set of officers for various units in dress less formal than that worn by Janissaries. These would fit well in many units over a wide period from the 1600s to the mid 1700s.
This was a big job and involved the sculpting of brand new horses in addition to creating all of the various combinations of weapons used by Ottoman cavalry in the 17th and 18th centuries. Clib has done outstanding work on these and set an amazing benchmark for any future cavalry we release.We have a Command set - two officers and a standard bearer. One officer has a helmet with turban wrapped around. By the 17th century sipahis were not as heavily armoured as those of the 15th and mid 16th century.We have bowmen - these are split waist figures and can be used as Sipahis of the Porte, Timariot Sipahis or irregular cavalry. The poses are dramatic and in combination with the mounts create a very strong sense of movement. These are just tacked together temporarily for photography purposes and the two halves fit together very well.We have riders with open hands for carrying lances or javelins these also could be used for almost any role within the Turkish mounted contingents.Of course, no Ottoman army would be co
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
Janissary Vets face European cavalryAn Ottoman Wagonburg bristling with menace - Come and get us!Ray Roussell blames me for his Donnybrook addiction. I know the term lead pusher could have a totally different meaning in the context of selling minis as opposed to playing with them. I am however probably answerable to both descriptions.Four ELITE Janissaries with flintlocks and an Officer characterAt Salute, Ray told me I needed to get the finger out and produce a Donnybrook force for gaming with Ottomans. I'll do that I casually responded. Ray is much bigger than me and its best to agree with him.Twelve RECRUIT Anatolian Irregulars with muskets and a Musician characterI thought about the request and them thought about a couple of variants of such a force might look like.I finally came up with three frames of force. I also seem to remember at I am typing this that I sent a full Ottoman Donnybrook Faction piece to Clarence for consideration a few months back, now where the heck did I put that?Nine RECRUIT Crimea
Code OT07 Tufeckci firingI know, several months late. C minus on report card and detention for me. Nevertheless, painting these thirty models in five days was not as onerous a chore as it may at first sound.They were really fun to do. The sculpting is wonderful and the poses interesting and natural.Code OT12 Bosniaks/Irregulars loadingI used the following speedy method:1. Hand brushed white undercoat2. Paint flesh and wash with a watered skin tone3. Paint flat colours on all other areas4. Wash with water based soft tone Army Painter (except skin areas).5. Hand brushed matt varnish - solvent basedCode OT010 Segban loadingI avoided certain colours such as - red (except for a couple of hats) and used a very controlled and muted palette selection around stone, browns, buff, sand, off white etc with an occasional shot of pink, black, green and light blue.I wanted these troops to look poorer, less military and more paramilitary - volunteers, conscripts, booty soldiers, borderers and similar.Code OT08 Tufeckci
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
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
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
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 &
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
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