The Great Northern War


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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Jumping the queue!

Cossack infantry advancingInvigorated by the excellent progress being made on the GNW Supplement for BLB, I treated myself to some painting which was not actually on the very backlogged schedule.In addition to the painting I did some more reading on Cossacks and found that over the years I had fallen into swallowing a few cliches about them. Perhaps it was too much exposure to the Battleground hex based Napoleon in Russia  computer game or, believing all the Taras Bulba hype.Cossack infantry Command - The Hetman is particularly fine as is the hat waving Ivan!For some reason, I had missed the fact that much perhaps the majority, of a Cossack army was composed of infantry which preferred to fight from the protection of defences.All together now!  You can just hear them singing 'Stenka Razin!' I learned that at Primary school!The Sword & Flame army guide appears to suggest that the mounted component of a force was a relatively small minority compared with the musket armed or levy element. Wagons al

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Probably the best army in the world?

Danish infantry brigade takes position 1693-1700Forgive the paraphrasing of Carlsberg's strap-line of the last decades but....Danish infantry attack the FrenchIf you know any Danes you'll also know they are quite distinct from other Scandinavians. I always find the Danish approach engaging. Direct, curious, straight and no nonsense. They usually like to have some fun too. You know where you are in the company of Dane!The sample force for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition - see key belowDanish Force 17002 Veteran ‘All musket’ battalions with flintlock muskets                                             5 points3 Drilled ‘All musket’ battalions with flintlock muskets each @ 1.5 points                4.5 points3 Drilled-Elite squadrons of ‘Bullet’ Horse, armour each @ 1.5 points                   &

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A little more?...

Didn't make it into the book but, a nice shot anyway - Saxons defend part of a village.The book project is now in full swing and I am getting updated layout drafts sent to me every few days which give a very encouraging progress check simply because the suggested additions and changes are visible when it comes back!From a Kliszow re fight about five years ago. Will the remnant of the Livgardet breakthrough?Currently it looks like it will run to roughly the same size as The War of Three Kings although there is less content focused on rule mechanics as the core system applies and is detailed in WTK.The additional content is based around forming forces, background information for gaming the period and collateral to orientate gamers in the wide scope of central, eastern and southern European conflicts from 1670-1720.From a Fraustadt re-fight we did  four or five years ago.In this post I am featuring some 'overs'  - shots unlikely to be used in the finished book but with a focus on the Saxon army. The cr

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Deep in it.... some of the collateral

Russian Force #1 details below in the textWhere have I been then? Up to my armpits in getting the GNW/Eastern Wars supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition moved forward.Russian field gun in a log redoubtThe book is being laid out right now and the early views are very encouraging. Despite a pretty extensive archive of shots, I knew I didn't have enough of the right kind. I have thus forsaken the paint brush since January 1 and focused on focusing the lens on the toys.Russian Moscow Dragoons move up to the front.As I have mentioned in previous posts. You need to take a lot of pictures to get the shots you want. So far, the new book has spaces for over 150 shots so that means hundreds of clicks in order to produce this required (and growing) number. The book is already at circa 140 pages and rising (largely due to the lay out format we have been using).RUSSIAN FORCE #1 (Photo at top of post)Drilled battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 1.5 point x 4 = 6 pointsRaw battalion REGULATION with flintlock

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GNW Russian Horse Grenadier squadron

These chaps have been languishing on my painting table for some time. Finished but un-photographed. They are the first completed squadron of a large Horse Grenadier Regiment for a Petrine Russian Army.The Horse Grenadiers were grenadier companies drawn from dragoon regiments and consolidated into discrete regiments. New Grenadier companies were recruited as back fill in the existing dragoon regiments.It is thought that Peter the Great created three or perhaps four such regiments. These may not have carried distinctive colours but my intention is to use a little licence and provide a flag as focus for the unit.How should they be treated in a wargame? My view is to have them fight in the same way as other Russian dragoons but to provide them with the Elite suffix allowed under Beneath the Lily Banners.This means the squadron would fight as dragoons, have the mounted fire capability permissible in the new GNW supplement and have slightly improved morale when checking.I enjoyed painting these and the colour combi

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Six new Ottoman codes - Non Janissary infantry

We are delighted to announce that the next six codes of Ottoman Turks are now available in the online shop: Hooray!OT007OT007 Tufeckci musketeers firingOT008OT008 Tufeckci musketeers loadingOT009OT009 Sekban musketeers firingOT010OT010 Sekban musketeers loadingOTO11OT011 Bosniak/Irregular musketeers firingOTO12OT012 Bosniak/Irregular musketeers loading

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WSS/GNW Prussian, Danish & Norwegian flags

Clarence has been very busy completing a commission for a customer which we are now in a position to put on general release.The compliment our existing Prussian and Danish flags for the WSS/GNW period. The Prussian designs are from 1710 onward. Some flags are conjectural but most have drawn on existing sources for detail.We now have five sheets of Prussian infantry flags, two of cuirassiers and two of dragoons.The Danes have four sheets of infantry, two of cavalry and one of dragoons.The Norwegians have two sets of infantry flags.Like all of our flags these can be printed in sizes to fit any collection and for any scale of models.

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Oh, I should tell you about Crisis..

Saxon skirmishers engage the JanissariesThe key drama temporarily overshadowed a very successful and enjoyable CRISIS 2018. The show was great on several fronts. Trade was the best for about three years, the Ottomans were very well received and sold to expectation, there were some nice games, I bought something big and we were busy chatting to friends and visitors all day.Danes advance to capture back the Holy treasures from the TurksWe were situated next to Jon Sutherland's massive Rugen Island 1715 game. Jon has painted more Warfare Miniatures than I have and his customer now owns more Warfare Miniatures than I do! After last year's equally massive Poltava game it was hard to imagine how it could be topped but Jon managed it this year. On the table was an enlarged Swedish army fighting Prussian, Danish and Saxon forces.Danes at Rugen - Jon SutherlandWe chose to put on a babooshka display. A Donnybrook game contained within a WTK game. In the end we never got to move a single figure because I was trading all

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40mm Cossacks versus Ottomans

This game caught my eye at Claymore.On inquiry, it was explained as a mid-17th century Ottoman incursion into the Ukraine.The figures are from Irregular Miniatures. I was taken by the striking nature of the set up and although very Old School in form, the subject matter and unusual visuals created an appealing show spectacle.Banners are interesting too!I thought Blog visitors would also be taken with the set up and it might stimulate some scenarios and painting.I am not sure who the 'captain' of the Durham ship was but I did see Matt and Dave J at the table.Thanks chaps, both captivating and novel.

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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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GNW play test at Partizan

Playing length ways on an 8 x 6 table offers the Swedes space to get moving and depth to the defending RussiansToggy and I cobbled together our Partizan game literally at the last minute for a variety of reasons. Needless to say, it looked fine and served and important purpose - that being; to showcase some of mechanisms written for inclusion in our War of Three Kings GNW/Eastern wars supplement which we hope to release this year.The Swedish infantry jump off - Narke Varmlands, Vastmanland and Ostgota Tremanning regimentsThe supplement requires the core rule book but provides the 'theatre' and combatant specific mechanisms necessary to make games feel right.Another view of the SwedesThe Ostgota Tremanning battalion took casualties of 70% from artillery and mortar fire over several turnsThe scenario pitted four Swedish battalions, twelve squadrons and four light guns against a defending Russian force of twelve battalions, eight squadrons, three battering guns and a mortar.This scratch built fortification doesn

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