Wednesday, 19 October 2016

GNW / WSS Saxon army

After what feels like a lifetime I finally have finished my Saxon army. I started collecting these over 20 years ago and just kept adding a couple of units over the years. This year the idea of re-fighting Klissow spurned me on to add a whole load of extra cavalry that I'd need.

The majority of the figures are from the excellent Dixon range. There are also a few extras from Warrior,  Bluemoon, Essex and Blackhat.

The whole army
View from the left flank
View from the right flank
Right flank cavalry, including the Garde zu Pferd regiments
Right center infantry including the Guards and Grenadiers
Left center infantry
Left wing cavalry
I now have a decision to make on the Artillery.  I currently have 12 batteries, but all need repainting. The majority of these are atleast 20 years old and rather fragile for removing from their bases. I may just remove the crew and purchase some new Artillery from Warrior.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

GNW test game 3

So on Thursday night I gave these rules their 3rd play test. Some of the niggles from the last game seem to have been ironed out. I am hope full that they should stand up to re fighting larger games such as Klissow that Mick and I intend to re fight early next year.

This game saw Polish cavalry on both sides as well as a couple of French cavalry regiments masquerading as Swedes. Liam took command of the Swedish infantry in 2 brigades supported by a cavalry brigade on hi left flank. I took the other Swedish cavalry brigade and the Poles and Cossacks on the right.

Jon took command of 3 large Saxon cavalry brigades and a brigade of Polish cavalry, while Tom took command of 2 Saxon infantry brigades and a Polish infantry brigade, The game began with Liam advancing his infantry and cavalry, while my guys all failed command and stayed put. The Saxo-Polish forces advanced to meet us.

Swedish centre advances

Swedish left flank heavily outnumbered
On our left flank the Swedish cavalry swung past the village into the awaiting Saxons. After a brief and brutal affair the Swedish horse was forced back by weight of numbers. In the Centre the Swedish first line charged into the Saxons and forced back the first line. their impetus took them into a second line as Saxon infantry who repelled them in disorder with a murderous fire.

Swedish infantry attack
The second Swedish brigade was then committed and they suffered the same fate (Not help by some rather bad dice rolls). With things looking bleak on the left and Centre the right wing cavalry finally got into action and scattered the opposing Polish cavalry. They pursued after them and when finally brought under control began to threaten the Saxon Centre rear.

Right wing cavalry melee
The pursuit begins
Liam now galvanised his remaining infantry for one last assault. With the Swedish horse returning to support the Centre and the Poles and Cossacks threatening the rear, the infantry lowered pike and charged home. The attack was devastating. The already worn Saxon infantry centre broke. With only their right wing cavalry intact the Saxons retired from the field.

The battle rages
Bitter fighting
Overall a very close game with plenty of ebb and flow. I was pretty pleased how the Swedish infantry showed their resilience to finally break the Saxon line.

Monday, 3 October 2016

GNW Test game 2

For the second week running I tested out the rule adaptations for the GNW. This time John took the Swedes and Dave the Saxons. I won't give a blow by blow account. The Swedish cavalry attacked on both wings but left their infantry behind. The superior number of Saxon squadrons more than matched them. John was cautious with his infantry, only getting them into the action late in the day. The rules definitely favour the Swedes being aggressive.

The battle also saw some action between the Polish cavalry and some cossacks. Things were evenly matched at first before the bether equipped Poles saw off the cossacks.

The Battle lines
Polish cavalry 
Poles and cossacks clash
Swedish and Saxon dragoons clash
Swedish infantry finally advance
So far the rules seem to be holding up well. Still think they'll need some more playtesting before we can refight Klissow.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

GNW test game

On Thursday night at the club I put on a small GNW game to test out some rule adaptations I had made to our Marlburian period rules. This would also give my newly painted Saxons their debut.

The game pitted a small Swedish force against a larger combined Saxon - Polish army. I tried to replicate the Swedish GaPa tactics with bonuses to encourage them to attack. The Saxons and Poles were also hampered by their lack of commanders and large and unwieldy brigades.

The Swedes consisted of 2 small infantry brigades, 2 small cavalry brigades and a brigade of mounted cossacks.

The Saxons had a small infantry brigade and 2 large cavalry brigades. The Poles had a large infantry brigade and a brigade of cavalry.

Saxon right wing
Saxon left wing
Swedish set up
The game began with a Saxon advance, meanwhile the Cossacks on the Swedish left moved further out in an attempt to get on the Saxon flank. The Swedish horse failed to move. The Saxon horse on the left flank saw their opportunity and attack their Swedish counter parts. Unfortunately the outcome was to prove rather historically accurate. The Swedish Horse cut their way through the Saxons, routing 5 of the 6 regiments against them for the loss of one of their own.

Swirling cavalry melee
The Polish cavalry then tried to threaten the flank of the Swedes,  but their commander was able to send two regiments of horse to send them packing.

In the center the Swedish infantry got to grips with their Saxon counterparts and smashed through on the left. However they had a more difficult time against the poorer quality Polish infantry before driving them back. The second Saxon cavalry brigade then became pinned, afraid to move to sup port their infantry with the fear of cossacks in their rear.

Pesky cossacks
With the Saxon left and center falling back we called it a day and set up a second game. Dave this time took command of the Swedes, however unlike Liam he was much more cautious in his attack. His cavalry having a particularly hard time against their Saxon foes who were able to take advantage of their superior numbers.

Saxon Cuirassiers 
Overall the two games played quite well. Some tinkering with the adaptations are required particularly for the Polish cavalry and their ratings. The Swedish bonuses worked well when they were being aggressive. We'll have another try out next weeK.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

WSS / GNW Saxons VII

Finally they are done. I've been collecting the Saxons for over 25 years, a labour of love. I only collected them as the club I was with at the time were already collecting the main protagonists of the time. I chose them as they were an unspectacular army and nobody else had them.

So here they are the last regiment of Cuirassiers, Beust or Graf Moritz v. Sachsen as they became in 1714. The regiment saw action at Pultusk, Punitz, Fraustadt and Kalisz. The figures are all Bluemoon and the flag us from Maverick Models.

Beust Cuirassiers 
Beust Cuirassiers 
So now I have enough figures to be able to field the Saxons at Klissow. However my thoughts have also wandered over to re fight in Fraustadt. It began with a conversation with Mick who said I could have some left over Russian figures who fought alongside the Saxons at this battle. The quandary now is I don't have enough Dragoons for the Saxons

Sunday, 11 September 2016


I'm finally nearing the end of this project. This is the 2nd last regiment of Cuirassiers that I need to complete. This time the figures are from Blue moon. They are nicely animated, though there is not much of the shabaraque to make out.

These are 6 squadrons of the Konigin regiment. I am still awaiting their flag from Maverick Models. The regiment fought at Klissow, Pultusk, Warsaw, Kalisz and Gadebusch. So they should see plenty of action  for Great Northern War campaign.

Konigin Regiment 
Konigin Regiment 
Next up I will be completing the last of the Cuirassiers. I already have them prepped and undercoated. After this I may look at the OOB for Fraustadt as I may be short of dragoons if my memory is correct.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WSS / GNW Saxons V

After spending some time painting Swedes and Poles it is back to the Saxons. This time Dunewald Dragoons. The regiment was previously Oertzen before changing to Dunewald in 1705. This also seems to have coincided with a change in facing colours from blue to green, though this may have occurred slightly later. The regiment saw action at the battles of Posen, Punitz and Fraustadt.

Dunewald Dragoons 
Dunewald Dragoons 
Like the last dragoons I completed the figures are all from Warrior Miniatures. The flag came from Maverick Models. With these added to my existing collection I now have enough dragoons for Klissow. Just need to add two more regiments of Cuirassiers.

Saxon reinforcements 
I must admit August has been quite a productive month for the Saxons with four new infantry battalions and 24 squadrons of horse.