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.