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.

Pancerni
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

WSS /GNW Danes VIII

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