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
The first unit of Dutch Marines - uniform colours from colonial naval infantry of the same period.Having co written Donnybrook and produced an as yet unpublished extension for Beneath the Lily Banners dealing with small unit actions it was always the plan to deal with some of the 1667 Medway fighting in 28mm.Other units will have different flagsThere appears to be no concensus regarding the long sleeve/elbow length cuff debate nor, the apostles/bullet bag debate. As an example consult the following works covering the period 1660 - 1691 and you will see long sleeves and bullet bags as early as 1667 with short sleeves and almost elbow length cuffs as late as 1691! - Wars and soldiers in the early reign of Louis XIV (Mugnai - Helion), Charles XI's War (van Essen: Helion), Battle of Aughrim 1691(McNally:Helion).A mob of sturdy English Yeomanry - probably called peasants anywhere else!By way of explaining my choice to use Warfare's earlier period ie 1680+ Military Civilians for the combatants this goes part
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.
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
These fine chaps have been available for almost a year but I never got round to putting them in the shop! My fault completely. I had it in my mind to paint them first but that deadline slipped away again and again.Anyway, we have sold a few dozen packs on request over the time period but I apologize for keeping them from you for so long.The Danes retained grenadier companies of significant size with regiments even after the formation of the two battalion Grenadierkorpset at the beginning of the 18th Century. These are painted for Regiment Prind Georg and Regiment Sjaellandske.I also finished painting the firing line and loading infantry codes for the Danes too. Painted as Regiment Jyske, these are equally fine chaps. Danish battalion packs are available on request and a nice Danish starter army deal with Horse and Artillery will be available to coincide with the release of With Talon & Claw which is finally finished!More news on the book release and pre ordering very soon.
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
The second part of my piece on Lord John Cutts of Gowran.An appraisal of England’s fire eating generalEnglish hero - for sure, Subject of Swiftian satire - definitely!What he did bestHis speciality was leading assaults into the breach. Many of his wounds were received in such situations. He seemed to gravitate towards peers and superiors with a similar disposition to his own. One such, Thomas Tollemache, a rival of John Churchill and another fire-eater, died after being hit in the groin by a cannonball during the disastrous Camaret Bay amphibious landing. Cutts himself performed insanely reckless feats there yet, lived to tell the tale.Man on the make - Cutts at 24 leading Transylvanian locals against the hated TurksBeing point-man or any man for that matter, during the storming of a breach was generally recognized as a suicide mission. It was a task normally assigned to an army’s biggest, baddest head-bangers – the grenadiers. Tooled up with flintlock muskets, bags of hand grenades, hatchets, occasionally be
This article appeared in issue #379 May 2019 or Wargames Illustrated. I am publishing it on the blog in three parts as it is fairly long.An appraisal of England’s fire eating general John Cutts painted by Wissing around 1687, aged about 24Who?Like many notable men of his era, John Cutts is difficult to define in terms of good or bad, wrong or right. If considered only by his military deeds it is easy to be seduced and never get beyond the evocative sobriquet of Salamander - the man who can be found where the action is hottest and the danger most parlous. For wargamers, this may be enough. A Hector on the field of battle with more tales to tell in a single life than many others combined. Job done.Read about his political career and the portrait loses some of its lustre. Driven by chronic financial problems, the story of a wheeler-dealer, schemer, and petitioner involved in countless intrigues emerges to cast shadow across a previously sunlit vista. A hero who became the subject of Swiftian s
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
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
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