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.

Winged Hussars 
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.

Polish cavalry 
Polish cavalry 
Polish cavalry 
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.

Winged Hussars
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.

Winged Hussars
Winged Hussars 
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.

Jydske infantry regiment 
Jydske infantry regiment 
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.

Danish army
Danish army
Danish 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.

Wolframsdorf Cuirassiers 
Wolframsdorf Cuirassiers 
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.

Arco Cuirassiers 
Arco Cuirassiers 
Cuirassier brigade
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.

Livregiment til hest 
Livregiment til hest 
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.

2nd cavalry brigade
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.

Monday, 8 May 2017

AWI Militia

After struggling with the last couple of Danish regiments for the GNW I decided to take a temporary step into a different period and scale. I've had these militia figures sitting in a box for over a year so decided to give them a quick paint up. I've deliberately left off the flags so that I can use them as either Rebel militia or non-uniformed tories.

I kept to a limited palette for these, plenty of browns and yellows. They are not the best work, but I needed to paint something different. The figures are mainly from Front Rank with a couple of Perry's mixed in.

I also decided to put together a couple of wagons from Warbases.  All battlefields need a bit of clutter and I rather like these.

I still need to paint up the baggage that goes with the engineers wagon. It will have to wait as I push on with the last few Danes.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

GNW Danes and Swedes

Finally drawing to a close on the Danes. I've only got 1 more regiment of horse and 3 battalions of foot to complete after these. These are the Livgarden til Hest. The first of my guard cavalry regiments. There is some descrepancy on the coat colours. Grant states yellow coats with red lining, however Torstein Snorrason its red coats with yellow lining. I've gone with the yellow coats as I aim to also complete the Livregiment til hest who are in red coats.

Livgarden til Hest
Livgarden til Hest 
The figures are a mix of Roundway for the troopers and Essex for the command. They seem to mix well. The flag is from Maverick Models.

Next up is 2 addational Swedish battalions to bring them up to a strength of 16. These are both from the Upplands regiment. The figures are a mix of Dixons and Warrior.

Upplands regiment 
Upplands regiment 
I also managed to get in another practice of the rules after a few ammendments were made. Dave also popped into the club and took on the role of the Swedes. The game seemed to go well with the Danish horse being routed and their infantry stubbornly holding on.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

GNW Danes and Cossacks

Quickly following on from my last post are 2 further additions to my collection. First up is the Danish 2nd Sjaellandske Cuirassiers. The figures for these are Roundway with the exception of 2 command figures which are Dixon, mounted on Roundway horses. The flag is from Maverick Models.

2nd Sjaellandske Cuirassiers 
2nd Sjaellandske Cuirassiers 
This brings the strength of my Danish horse up to 18 squadrons. I do have enough figures to put together another 6 squadrons, more than likely these will be the Livgarden and Livregiment Cuirassiers.

The next unit is my second regiment of foot cossacks to serve in the Russian Auxiliary Corps or act as allies for the Swedes. The figures for these are all from Essex miniatures. The flag was sourced from browning images on the internet.

Cossack infantry 
Cossack infantry 
I've also completed a little stocktake of figures than I need to complete for this period. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Danes - 3 infantry battalions and 6 squadrons of horse
The Swedes - 5 infantry battalions and 12 squadrons of horse
The Russians - 9 squadrons of horse and 3 medium guns
The Poles - 9 squadrons of horse

Enough to keep me busy for a while.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

GNW mixed bag

Over the last couple of weeks I've been jumping between the different armies to help maintain my focus. This post reflects that with a mix of Danes, Poles and Cossacks. First up is the Danes with the 4th Jydske Cuirassier regiment. The figures are all from Roundway with the exception of 2 command figures from Essex and Dixon's. The flag is from Maverick Models.

4th Jydske Cuirassier 
4th Jydske Cuirassier 
Next up is the Poles with a regiment of Pancerni. The figures for these are from Donnington miniatures. I made a small purchase to try the figures out. Not too keen on the riders which seem slightly large in comparison to the Essex Pancerni already in my collection.

Lastly is the first of 2 foot Cossack regiments I aim to complete. I can use these as part of the initial Russian Auxiliary Corps as well as allies of the Swedes. This makes the rather versatile. The figures are all from Essex miniatures, I have deliberately gone for a uniformed look. The second regiment is already undercoated.

Cossack foot regiment
Cossack foot regiment 
I've now got a week off work and hope to make progress on some more Danish and Polish cavalry and some Swedish infantry.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

GNW Swedes IV

Well another 2 battalions added to my Swedish force for the GNW. First up is the Foot Guard Grenadier battalion. The figures are from Dixons with the drummer from Warrior and the Ensign from matchlock. This brings my guards brigade up to 4 battalions.

Foot Grenadiers
The next battalion is from the Vasterbotten regiment. These are a mix of Dixon and Warrior miniatures. Using up some more of my spare painted pike men.

Vasterbotten regiment
I've now got 2 more battalions for the Upplands regiment on the painting table along with a couple of regiments of Danish Cuirassiers.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

GNW Swedes III

In a slight break from painting Danish troops (all that grey) it was nice to make a return to my Swedish troops. Firstly I decided to re base the infantry, combining the Command and Pike bases into a single deeper base like my Russian troops. It makes moving the troops that little bit easier. One benefit of this is that it left me with a number of spare painted pike men, this wouldn't do and some extra figures would be required.

I decided to try out Warrior miniatures as they do a selection of infantry with turnbacks. For 15mm scale they look fine to me and 2 battalions of the Ostgotta regiment were completed.

Ostgotta regiment
This next picture highlights the deeper command bases.

Ostgotta regiment 
I've now got 2 more regiments on the painting table including the Grenadier battalion.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WSS / GNW Danes X

After a weekend gaming some ACW at Micks it was time to get back to the Danes. I had quite a productive few days completing 2 regiments as some command bases. First up is the 2nd Jydske regiment, these are all Bluemoon figures. For a change I went with a black undercoat which has made the coats come out darker, think I'll stick with grey for now.

2nd Jydske regiment 
The next regiment is the 3rd Jydske. The majority of these figures are from Roundway. The ensign is a Dixon's figure on a horse from Essex miniatures.

3rd Jydske regiment
As the box was out I decided to take a group photo of my first completed cavalry brigade.

Cavalry brigade
As my Danish gore has expanded, it was time to add a few more command figures. I decided to add a Commander in Chief base and a Line commander base. The figures are all from Roundway and a mix of General figures with some French horse command added.

Command bases
As I'm now awaiting some more figures from Roundway for the next cavalry brigade my thoughts have returned to the Swedes. I now have some re basing to do as I have decided to combine the command and pike bases. The result of this is I now have spare painted pike men,  so guess I'll just have to get some extra musketeers and put together a few more battalions.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

WSS / GNW Danes IX

Despite being very busy with work I have managed to add my first Cuirassier regiment to my Danish army. I've went for the 1st Jydske regiment. Like most of the Danish army they are in light grey coats. The figures are from Bluemoon which I picked up at the York show last month. The flag is from Maverick Models.

1st Jydske Cuirassiers 
1st Jydske Cuirassiers 
My only issue with the Bluemoon figures is that they supply a drummer instead of a cornet. If I can find a company that produces something compatible I'll use them instead.

For the next few regiments I've decided yo do the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Jydske and the 2nd Sjaellandske regiments as I already have the flags. The 2nd Jydske are nearly complete with just a few highlights to go. After these I may make a return to the Swedes.

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Yet more progress on my Danish force. This time 3 more battalions of infantry. Then I can make a start on the horse. First up is the 3rd battalion of the Droningin regiment. Like the previous 2 battalions these are all from Dixon Miniatures.

Droningin regiment
The next 2 battalions are from the Prince Christian regiment. The figures are from Roundway. I chose these as I quite like the wine red facing colours.

Prince Christian regiment 
Prince Christian regiment 
So far this brings the infantry strength up to 17 battalions. I do have 3 more glued to painting sticks ready for undercoat in.  This will complete the infantry that I need. I then took the opportunity to organise then into 3 brigades for a couple of photos.

Danish infantry
Danish infantry
With all of my efforts on the Danes so far, my Swedish troops are looking rather shorthanded. I've ordered a couple of infantry battalions from Roudham and plan to make a start on the Swedes after I complete the Danish horse regiments