The Great Northern War


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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News I thought you might be interested in.. GNW cavalry

Swedes in karpus ready 1Swedes in karpus ready 2We have some nice news for all you Swedish and Russian collectors out there...Cavalry in karpus and kartuz. Initially I thought, a pack of each but we've got a bit wild.Swedes in karpus charging 1Swedes in karpus charging 2Four packs of Swedes - two charging and two ready plus drummers to add to the Command packs.For the Russians - two packs plus the drummerDragoon drummers in kartuz/karpus. Russian left + two SwedesAnd as a wee bonus ball - A pack of Horse Grenadiers in the tall mitre so beloved of some collectors!Russians in kartuz ready 1Russians in kartuz ready 2Just got the greens today. Will be sending them off to be mastered on Monday so they are likely to be available commercially at the end of October.Russian Grenadiers in tall mitreGood news on the Ottoman cavalry too - it will be out about then also.Aah! - Next!

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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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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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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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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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Marlborough's Danes

Yes, I know. How could Warfare have produced such an important component of the armies of the period without me getting my act together and at least letting everyone see what they look like in battalions?An unforgivable omission but as always I will trot out my 'one man team' excuse. Well, that and Ottomans, Wagonburgs, wee ships, Cossacks and the like.Anyway at last I have some units of Danes to show as I imagined them when first commissioned as sculpts. Smart uniforms, martial air, nice colour combinations - the Danes are one of those wargaming contingents which ticks every box - ubiquitous over an extended period, manageable in size, all arms present, nice uniforms and flags, a considerable amount of glory, some controversy and as I have said before.. the ain't nothing like a Dane!My main interest in the Danish contingent started with their involvement in Ireland. A reputation for professionalism and experience saw them used in the front line and frequently. Off the top of my head The Boyne, Limerick, rapp

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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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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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New in the shop from Warfare Miniatures

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.

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Various WiP shots

two bases from a three base Cossack infantry unitI have too many projects going at the same time. Purely a function of bringing out new figures for Warfare Miniatures. Painting samples for the website means that lots of things get started but very often wait for a long time to get finished.Command and three models to be added to this Russian unit in kartuzEvery base on this post is part of a unit which has not yet been completed but is getting some serious attention right now.Danish battalion Prinds Jorgen - not quite finished yetAll will be available as battalion deals when I finally get them done. This should be in time for the release of With Talon and Claw  the Great Northern War supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition - which is now finished.Part of Danish battalion JyskeMany of the units will be equally at home in the armies of the Maritime Powers fighting Louis XIV between 1701 and 1714. The Prussians in particular.Prussian Guard battalion baseSeveral codes can be fielded in the Turkis

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