Wednesday, 16 August 2017


In a slight change from painting cavalry, I decided to paint up a couple of extra infantry detachments. These guys will probably not see much action, but at least I have them for campaign games. The figures are all from Essex miniatures.

These were a nice distraction and bring my infantry up to 6 detachments. I do have another 3 that are awaiting painting. With these and the last units completed I required an extra storage box so took the opportunity for a photo shoot. Quite pleased with how the army is looking.

So far I have 57 squadrons painted. I do have another 6 squadrons of Hussars, 9 squadrons of Pancerni and 6 squadrons of dragoons to complete. There are also a couple of sub commanders and an extra Brigadier in the lead pile. The only thing missing is some artillery.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


When I was organising my Polish troops I realised that the old Mikes Models and Essex figures are not quite compatible in the same units. Part of my orders were to rectify this. I included a single pack of the Mike Models Pancerni to replace the Essex figures. These were then used to complete a separate unit.

The new figures are those without the bared horses. I tried to paint them to match the originals that I painted over 20 years ago.

I also completed another regiment of Pancerni, this time using Donnington figures. They are not my favourite, but at least add variety.

This brings me up to 9 regiments of Pancerni. I do have enough figures from Essex for another regiment. I am awaiting an order from Legion Herico for 2 further regiments and some Dragoons. I may try and mix these with the Essex figures.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

GNW Poles VI

With some left over command figures I put together an army general base and an additional Brigadier.  The figures are all from Essex miniatures. The flag was downloaded from the Internet.

Now  I just have to wait patiently for my various orders to arrive so I can expand the army.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Great Northern War update

After some time away chilling in Ibiza I need to refocus my efforts to complete this longterm project, though does a collection ever get completed.

First up I need to finish off my rules. Still need a few playtests to check a few things out, particularly around Irregular cavalry and reflecting their style of warfare. Then I can look forward to a possible 2nd refight of Klissow, this time using the Poles and a refight of Fraustadt and Kalisz.

Next up I need to complete my Polish forces. I'm busy painting up a couple of Generals while I await the arrival of more figures. I have orders in with Essex, Donnington and Legio Herica. This should give me enough figures for a further 2 regiments of Hussars, 5 regiments of Pancerni, 2 regiments of Dragoons and a few extra generals. I then will need to add some artillery and some more light cavalry. Should keep me busy for a while.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

GNW Poles V

2 more units of Pancerni have been added to the collection. The figures are from Essex miniatures. I prefer them to the Donnington miniatures. Though the lack of variety in the poses is a concern for a predominantly Irregular army. Hence my hankering after the By fire and sword miniatures.

This brings me up to 7 regiments or 21 squadrons of Pancerni. Would like to get these up to atleast 30 squadrons.

Monday, 17 July 2017

GNW Poles IV

Continuing from the last post, another addition to my Polish army. This time a unit of Dragoons. The figures for these are from Donnington miniatures. The horses are okay but the riders seemed a little large. In future I may replace these with different figures.

I've got 2 units of Pancerni that need basing up. I've also got some spare figures to put together a command base. I've also been looking at the By fire and Sword range which have a nice selection of Pancerni and cossacks. I think I'll put in an order shortly to try them out.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


After the conclusion of the WSS campaign with Mick, our attention has turned to a campaign based around the Great Northern War. Once again we will each have 3 armies to field. Logically Mick has taken the Swedes and is already expanding is collection to field his 3 armies. For myself, I'll be using the Saxons and Danes as 2 of my armies. For the 3rd I had contemplated using a mixed Russian and Saxon force. Instead I've decided to use the Poles and I'll need to expand the collection. Why Poles? Why not. An army that is colourful with not the best quality of troops for this war against veteran Swedes, it will be a challenge.

So here are the first of the new additions. 2 regiments of uniformed Cossacks. The figures are from Essex miniatures.

This brings me up to 5 Cossack regiments, more than enough. I've also got a unit of Dragoons on the painting table and 2 more regiments of Pancerni. I'm also thinking about putting an order in with Timecast for a couple of packs of the Old Glory Pancerni as Pancerni would make up approximately 70% of a Polish force at this time. I do have a few infantry to paint up but these are not as urgently required.

Monday, 10 July 2017

WSS Bavarians III

After slowly making my way through correcting links on the blog (about 80% done) I thought it time to post something new. June had proved a very unproductive month on the painting front. These next 2 units have sat on the painting table for weeks waiting to be finished. They are 2 battalions of the Kurprinz regiment. The figures are mainly Warrior, the command from Dixons and the Grenadiers from Roundway. The flag is from Maverick Models.

This brings my Bavarians up to 4 battalions of infantry and 6 squadrons of horse. A nice small addition to my French forces.

I've now made a start on a new project following the end of a campaign against Mick using our WSS troops. 4 victories and a draw brought it to an end. This will see me flesh out my Polish troops for the GNW, enough to make up one of my 3 armies for our GNW campaign.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Blogging update

After my fall out with Photo bucket I decided to make a start on the blog. Luckily despite creating the blog in 2009, I only start using 3rd party hosting during 2012. So at least that means only 5 years of posts need repairing. So far I have moved the majority of my photos onto a portable hard drive (didn't realise how many there were).

As the WSS and GNW has seen the largest collection of posts that need repairing, I decided to make a start on these. I found the easiest way was to download the folder from photobucket onto my phone and work my way back through the posts. This is going to be slow. So far I've managed to go back to posts in September 2016 and uploaded nearly 200 photos so far. I think thus will become a rather time consuming business that I will just have to slowly chip away at. Well back to uploading more photos

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Not Happy

I'm sure a lot of bloggers are now aware that Photo bucket have decided to stop 3rd party hosting unless you pay a fee. Now I am rather angry at this money grabbing stunt. Unfortunately this means none of my photos are viewable.  Now I'm going to have to look for a new host of my photos and decide if I have the time to go back and fix all of my links. Bearing in mind this blog has been going for well over 6 years, that is a lot of work which I have little enthusiasm for.

The blog may be quiet for a while as I sort a few things out.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

WSS Bavarians II

Despite being off work this week I've found little enthusiasm for painting. I'm putting this down to the heat. I have though done some work, painting up 2 battalions of the Bavarian Leibregiment Grenadiers. I did have a little difficulty with the uniforms as different sources quoted both red and sky blue coats. I went for the sky blue as it felt right and was the colour quoted in the majority of my sources. The figures for these are all Minifigs and the flag is a generic one from Maverick Models.

Leibregiment Grenadiers 

Leibregiment Grenadiers 

Next up I have prepped 2 battalions for the Kurprinz regiment to complete this brigade. I've also got 6 squadrons of French horse undercoated and some Bavarian and Russian brigadiers.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

GNW Poles II

Following the previous post I painted up my remaining regiment of winged hussars. This will bring me up to 4 regiment. Like the last unit I am unsure of the make of these figures as picked up off EBAY.

Looking ahead I would like to be able to field the Polish army that support the Saxons at Klissow. I will though need a lot more Pancerni regiments as these form the bulk of the force. Another battle I would like to re-fight would be Kalisz as it is
predominantly a mounted affair and large numbers of Poles fought on both sides.

I've added a couple of photos of the army as it currently stands.

The eagle eyed amongst you will spot some of the old Mikes models among the Pancerni. Had them nearly 25 years, a nostalgic unit that was originally part of my Saxon army when I used to play the WRG rules.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

GNW Poles

Well you cannot fight the Great Northern War without a few Poles on the battlefield. They are a colourful addition to the battlefield. I already have a few units painted that needed pennents added to their lances. I got the pennents from wargames design.

Of course you cannot have enough Hussars so I painted up another unit with a second also on the painting table. Not sure of the make of these but they painted up ok.

I can see me adding more units, particularly Pancerni and a few Dragoons.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


They are finally finished. Managed to complete the last 3 battalions from the Jydske infantry regiment. It's probably taken about 8 months to complete this army. Now I can try and finish the Swedes. The figures are mainly Roundway with some command from Warrior and Dixon. Pleased they are done and quite like their red and white hat trim.

With the addition of these 3 battalions, this rounds the army out at 25 battalions and 24 squadrons with supporting Artillery and officers. The figures used are from Roundway, Dixon, Warrior, Bluemoon, Minifigs and Essex.

While sorting these out I decided to add a few photos of the whole army.

Now I just need to concentrate on finishing the last few regiments for the Swedes and Russians and my GNW collection will be complete.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

WSS Bavarians

In a slight departure from painting troops primarily for the Great Northern War I decided to add a couple of horse regiments to my Franco- Bavarians army, mainly because it was lacking any Bavarians and their Cuirassiers look cool. First up is the regiment Wolframsdorf with a flag by Maverick Models.

The second regiment is the Arco Cuirassiers. I decided to have a go at a simplified hand painting of their colours. Turned out okay-ish.

I do intend to a brigade of Bavarians infantry to this army once I've finished the last 3 Danish regiments. I also need to clarify the uniforms of the Leibgarde Grenadiers as conflicting sources have them in both red and sky blue coats.

Well back to the Danish which hopefully will be finished tomorrow and after basing I can do some pictures of the whole army.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

WSS / GNW Danes XI

Finally finished the last of the earmarked Danish cavalry. These are the second elite regiment of Cuirassiers, 3 squadrons of the Livregiment til hest. The figures are a mix of Essex and Roundway with the flag from Maverick Models.

This brings my total strength of Danish cavalry up to 24 squadrons, could possibly do with a few more but enough for now. I'll be able to field them as 2 good sized brigades. Here they are with their compatriots making up the 2nd brigade. Livgarden and Livregiment til hest with 2nd Sjaellandske and 4th Jydske.

I now need to push on with the last 3 infantry battalions and I can mark this army completed. In the meantime I'm also working on a handful of Bavarians to fill out my French army.