Monday, December 3, 2018

AAAAANNNNDDD, it's done.

Well, I started on this battalion about a year ago, I started it after I had read a book on Fraustadt, it describes an unorthodox formation, all the battalions deployed in 6 ranks, not 4, and the pike was placed along the entire frontage in the 3rd rank, and not in the center. I assume this was done since the Saxon-Russian army had deployed entirely behind chevaux de frise and so with pikes along the entire frontage the pikes could easily poke and prod at the Saxons and Russians behind their defenses if that was needed.  It might also have been done, by the size of the battlefield, the battalions had close support of cavalry and the size of the field between the two villages the Saxons had anchored their infantry flanks simply meant that if they deployed in 4 ranks, then the flanks of the Swedish infantry would hit the villages and break up their attack.

I wanted to show this in a regiment, and I choose Väserbotten, I had planned on doing this regiment for some time, as I wanted Karpus clad swedes and Västerbotten used the karpus the entire war.
As it turns out, this regiment saw some of the toughest fights during the battle of Fraustadt, While the Swedish right flank just cut and shot the Saxons and Russians to pieces. Vasterbotten and other regiments on the left flank met heavy resistance from the Saxon Guards and Grenadiers. Even the Swedish dragoons on the left met far stiffer resistance than their friends on the right did, as on the left you had the Saxon gard du corps what actually showed they were worthy of their title, as they fought harder and longer than any other Saxon cavalry unit did during the war.


Anyway, I decided to represent this formation by having the unit in 3 ranks instead of the regular 2 ranks, and with all the pike in the middle rank. I think it looks good, I'll probably only do this again for the second battalion of Västerbotten. So the regiment is in the same formation, while I use the regular style for all my other Swedish units. 






The unit has 9 pikemen, 4 more than in the regular style units I use. 


I managed to squeeze  9 figures on the 60x60 bases, so the unit has the exact same depth and frontage as the regular units.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Not dead,

Neither am I an ex Gunfreak, I have not ceased to be etc.

We're redoing our kitchen(our kitchen from 1956 so a lot of work)  So after almost two months, we're now simply waiting for the electrician, and can't do much more before that.

But you're not here for kitchen updates, you're here for miniatures. And I have something for you.

I dug out a half-finished Hanoverian battalion, I started on this a long time ago, in a galaxy.....
I ordered the flags for the battalion almost 2 years ago, so I probably started on it about two years ago. I did the first 12 and it stopped, I've finally finished the last 12, it's, of course, a pain in the ass to restart a unit after almost two years. I realized I used a different musket color on the first 12, and I have no idea what color I used for the natural leather. But I think the most important stuff like the red and yellow is the same.

So I present to you Oberg/Chevallerie battalion:



 The Hanoverians are a colorful bunch.
The Figures are of course Minden, and flags are of course Maverick. I think the old and new match quite well. Last time His Britannic Majesty's Army got reinforcements was back in April 2017, so it was about time. But soon the French will get some reinforcements too. Luckily the 12th foot will follow the French.

The Force so far, 2 battalions, 3 units of cavalry, a medium and a heavy gun.




I did a counting, all my SYW forces,(French, Prussian, Austrian, British, Hanoverian, and Hessian,) Now total 298. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Livregimentet

So I've expanded this unit by six, I did it mostly to get a new blog post as it was so silent for well over a month, I cracked this out in two days, one day to do the horses and one to do the riders. 

I have of late decided to do a different painting technique, the last few years I've been block painting, doing the first layer on all things then the second on all things etc etc.
But it's a fast way to do things, but it often leads to some sloppy work, like when I do the last few details I just want to finish up, meaning hair, and all black things often just get done quick and dirty. 

But I've now tried out finishing each thing before moving on to others. So I finish all layers on the coat and do the buttons etc, then I move on to trousers, then straps etc. This means I can concentrate on each part. I feel it does get better, especially the faces, sitting down and doing all 6 layers on the face in one go, makes it easier to work on them and see what you're doing.  But it does go slower. not a lot slower, maybe an extra hour on 6 figures, so I spend 7 hours on 6 figures instead of 6 hours. 







 Figures are Warfare Swedish cavalry and warfare flags
 The new cav is great, I like the broader heftier swords, but the biggest improvement is in the command, they are really, really good! The trumpeter is fantastic, and the officers that just have to show his cuirass!
 They really do look like they are in the process of chopping down some feeling Saxons/Russians/Danes.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Grenaderkorpset

Well, I've finally finished a unit, I started on this right after I finished the cavalry in the last post but it's taken forever to finish them, mostly because I'm yet again trying to start a 30YW project. 
But after long and longer than long its' done.
These figures are the very new Danish from Warfare, I wanted to do the grenadier corps, it was one of the best regiments at Helsingborg, together with livgarden til fods they held out far longer than most of the Danish infantry units. The uniform isn't perfect as they had rather unique cuffs, and the mitre isn't exactly right etc. 








 Red with light blue facings is very striking. 
 The flags are also Warfare
 Grenaderkorpset was a rather new unit, raised in 1701, I don't think they ever fought in any battle in western Europe. 

My Danes now have 4 battalions and 4 BLB squadrons. I'll post an "army" picture when I finish the last 12 Danish cavalry.

I do plan on doing more Danes, they will get a cannon, and some dragoons(waiting for warfare to come out with dragoons in tricorne) The grenderkropset will get it's second battalion.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's cavarly time

So I got an order from Warfare miniatures last week, and got to work right away.
The order included a whopping 54 cavalry, 36 Swedish and 18 Danes.
So far I've done 12 Swedish and 6 Danish.

So let's get to the units.




 A squadron of Gyllenstierna dragoons. This one had 8 squadrons at Poltava, that would be 24 figures, I have enough to make 18, so I might stop there or I might order more to do all 24.

 I also did a squadron of livregimentet til häst.
This one will be 24 strong by the end.

Both these units were planed back in 2015 when I started my GNW project, I wanted the Gyllenstierna for the red colour just to be different. And I wanted livregimentet because I've only really planned 1 guard unit for my swedes and this would be it.(now I might add liv dragonene and mabye a guard battalion too.

I've later found out that Gyllenstierna mainly consisted of POWs from the battles in Poland so that works well to add some variation in grading of my swedes. This one could be rated lower then the other Swedish units. 

 And finally, a squadron of Danes, since the Danes only fielded 2 squadrons for their cuirassiers, this unit is done(except for missing flag.
 1st Jutland(Jylland) was the only Danish cavalry regiment to keep the lobster helmet. 
The would fit right into late 30 years war with their buff coats and armour. 

The Danes are from the tried and true warfare range, while the Swedish are the completely new cavalry codes we have been waiting for for over a year now. This means I've now painted 156 warfare cavalry. I still got 24 more Swedish and 12 more Danes to paint, I also have 6 Saxon dragoons to do. 

BUT I've run out of 60x60mm bases, I got just enough left to do some Danish grenadiers(also completely new from warfare) And finish my Russian guard battalion, but after that, it's full stop, as I use 60x60 for almost everything in my GNW project. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Generalsky

I plan on doing a photoshoot of my Anti-Swedish force once the battalion I'm working on now, is finished. But I realized I lacked lots and lots of brigadiers.

So between doing some Russian infantry, I'm going Generals.
First up is a Russian infantry brigadier.

I did him in the "classic" Green with red facings, since my Saxon brigadiers will be in red coats and my Danish in white/light grey, I didn't want my Russian to look Danish or Saxon(since Russians could be seen in White or red coats, I might do one in blue, to lead my second Russian infantry brigade.

 The figure is Warfare Rusian general
 Doing early 18th century generals, lets me do one black tack.
I find it extremely boring that black tack became standard for every nation and unit.
So letting me do some red leather tack is nice.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Queens Regiment(and lots of cavarly.

So I finished another 12 Saxon cavalry, this time from Queens Regiment.


 I decided to do them with red hat tape, as one source says the had it, just because it's almost always white, yellow or black. So red makes them unique.

This means the Saxon cavalry force is now 48 strong,  and Anti-Swedish cavalry force is 78.

To fight them I got 54 Swedish cavalry.

And here it is, 132 Warfare miniature cavalry. 

Soo it will be expanded with 24 new Swedish and probably 12 or 18 more Danes too, and probably some Russians.