Tuesday, 29 November 2016

WSS /GNW Danes

With thoughts drifting towards fighting a GNW campaign against Mick, I knew I would need atleast 1 new army. I've plummed for the Danes, as like the Saxons their troops also served with the Empire and Maritime powers against the French. This makes them very versatile. Looking at the figures I had available I decided to make a start on some infantry. I have sent off orders to Dixon and Roundway for a few extras.

First up is 2 battalions of The Fynske regiment. These guys are a mix of Dixon, Warrior and Roundway figures. The flags are all from Maverick Models. I'm not sure I got the grey right for the coats but I'm happy as didn't want them looking too white.

Now no force is complete without atleast a few guard regiments. I've gone for the Livgarden til fods. I just love the straw coloured coats and I think they came out OK. The figures are all from Dixons.

I've now got 2 more battalions for the Sjaellandske regiment and a Brigadier awaiting basing. This will complete my first infantry brigade and I can now make a start on a regiment of dragoons.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

GNW Swedes II

Just to prove that I haven't been neglecting my Swedish troops I put together 6 squadrons of the Livregiment till hast. Just like the last couple of regiments the figures are all from Roundway's Great Northern War range.

With the completion of these, it brings the strength of my Swedish horse up to 33 squadrons. I've also picked up some extra figures of EBay from the Dixon range so that I can add another 12 squadrons. I think I still need to add a couple more infantry battalions to round the force off. So here is the full collection with figures from Dixon, Roundway, Bluemoon and Warrior.

Total strength:
10 infantry battalions
3 medium artillery pieces
21 squadrons of horse
12 squadrons of dragoons

Next up I will post on the progress I am making on some Danish troops for this period

Monday, 14 November 2016

GNW Russians

I've finally managed to complete the last 4 battalions so that I can field the Russian Auxiliary Corps for Fraustadt. The first 2 battalions are Bilits and the 3rd battalion of Patkuls regiment. I kept both of these in the more traditional green coats.

The next 2 battalions are Gulitz and Arnstedt. I've depicted Gulitz in the white coats issued by the Saxons. For Arnstedt I decided on the reversed coat. Sources for Fraustadt claim the Russians were informed to turn their coats inside out to look like Saxons.

The figures for these battalions are from Roundway.  I really enjoyed painting these. However I doubt I'll paint up any more Russians apart from some mounted Grenadiers.

Now no Russian would be seen without a redoubt in this period. I've made 2 so far to fit onto my hexes. They were quite quick to make with matchsticks and modelling clay.

My future plans for the Great Northern war revolve around adding a few more units to my Swedish force and to make a start on the Danes.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

GNW Swedish Command

As part of play testing our GNW rules, the lack of command figures was apparent. This was resolved for the Saxons when I retrieved the main army from Micks. However the Swedes were still lacking. So using some figures from Bluemoon I put together the extra command figures I needed.

I should now have enough commanders for my Swedish troops, I can always add a few more brigadiers if I decide to increase the strength of the infantry. I have used a number of manufacturers for the command from Bluemoon, Roundway and Warrior. I think the Bluemoon figures are my favourite.