The Great Northern War


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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Dismounted Cossacks now available to order

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.

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The War Wagon

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

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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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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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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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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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