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.

Monday, 29 August 2016

GNW Swedish Muster

Continuing on from my last post I have added another battalion to my Swedes. This time the Jonkoping regiment as once again I like the flag as well as the red facings which stand out from the other regiments. The figures are all from Dixon Miniatures.

Jonkoping Regiment
Jonkoping Regiment 
I have noticed with the 2 latest regiments that the blue coats have come out darker. It's not much of an issue as coats faded when on the campaign. This regiment brings me up to 7 battalions with 3 more to complete.

Swedish Muster
Swedish Horse and Dragoons 
Swedish Infantry advance
Well after all this blue it's back to painting up the last regiment of Saxon dragoons I need. As this weekend is the Border Reiver show I will try and pick up some Blue Moon Cuirassiers from Old Glory to fish the Saxons.

Monday, 22 August 2016

GNW Swedes and Poles

After painting up more of my Saxon troops, thoughts turned to their opponents and allies. I have already got a small force of Swedes and decided it was time to finish this army. It will only be a small army of 10 battalions and approx 20 squadrons of horse and dragoons. I did make a start on these a long time ago with half of the troops finished. So I decided to add another finished battalion, this time from the Halsigne regiment, mainly because I like the flag.

Halsigne regiment
Halsigne regiment charging
Like the rest of my Swedish infantry I have tried to mix the headgear for variety and a campaign look. The figures are all from the excellent Dixon Miniatures range.

Like the Swedes I also have a small force of Poles that need to completed. They generally played a minor role in the Great Northern War, but they do add colour. I've added another 3 squadrons of Pancerni to the force, bringing them up to 12. Will need a fair few more if I ever want to refight Klissow.

The figures I used are from Essex, very nice sculpts but do suffer from the small Base syndrome. Next it will be back up more Swedes and some Saxon dragoons.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


I've continued to make some more progress on my Saxon forces. First up is 3 squadrons of the a. d. Winckel Cuirassier regiment. They were formerly known as Tiessenhausen, then Gersdorff from 1704. They became a. d. Winckel in 1706. The regiment took part in the Poland campaign from 1703, seeing action at Pultusk in 1703, Posen in 1704 and Kalisz in 1706. It was then in the pay of the maritime  Powers from 1707 and returned to Saxon service in 1713.

a. d. Winckel Cuirassiers
a. d. Winckel Cuirassiers
The figures for this unit sees a return to Dixon Miniatures. I much preferred painting these to the Essex figures.  I do have a flag to add once I purchase some more steel wire for the flag poles.
I have also made a couple of additions to the infantry with 2 battalions from the Seiffertitz regiment. These were  raised from Militia in 1705 and were part of the Auxiliary Corps in Austrian service from 1705 - 1707. They were then broken up in 1707. I chose these as they are not in the usual red coats but grey with red cuffs. Makes them stand out in the army.

Seiffertitz regiment
Seiffertitz regiment
The figures for these 2 battalions are from Warrior with the command figures from Dixon. I was unable to locate any flag details for this regiment so have equipped them with the white Colonel colours which I picked up from maverick models.

By my reckoning I now have 27 Saxon infantry battalions, 18 squadrons of Dragoons, 24 squadrons of Cuirassiers and the 9 Squadrons of Household cavalry. I can support these with 3 Ansbach infantry battalions and 3 squadrons of dragoons. When I check against the OOB for Klissow I'm still about 20 squadrons short, particularly Cuirassiers.