Saturday, 17 February 2018

Great Northern War AAR

This was the first battle of a campaign against Mick using our Great Northern War collections. We have both built 3 armies, all of Mick's are Swedish while I have a mix of Danes, Saxons, Russians and Poles. To fight these games Mick has produced a whole bible full of hex maps based upon real battles from the WSS, SYW, GNW and later. I had first choice and chose Fontenoy. I would also be using my Danish army with a handful of Saxon allied horse.

I based my plan around capturing and defending the towns and villages between the River Scheldt and the Rossior stream.

The game began with a general advance. My Saxon Dragoons won the race to enter the town of Antoing before the Swedes. They were followed up by a Infantry brigade and my Saxon cuirassiers. On the right I advanced forward across the stream to take Cens de is Pree. Though my Guard infantry decided to take their time. This became a boon later in the day.

Danish troops sweep through Vezon
The Swedes made an advance between Fontenoy and Antoing. Using the slope to shield their movements.

Danish infantry
The Swedes advance
It was at the village of Vezon where the first clash occurred. A brigade of Swedish Dragoons, supported by Cossacks had emerged from the woods. My Danish cuirassiers waited no time before crashing into them. It took a few turns of heavy fighting before superior numbers of Danish horse drove the Swedes back.

The first cavalry clash
The Danish infantry eventually managed to struggle over the Rossoir stream and captured Bourgon before the Swedes. Now the Swedish advance was covered on three sides. One brigade of Swedish infantry tried to move East past Fontenoy but were driven back by the advancing Danish horse and Guard infantry who had decided to move.

Danes capture Bourgon
View of the field
Advancing Danish horse
In the Centre the Swedes made an attempt to breakthrough the encirclement. As they advanced with pikes lowered the Danish infantry stepped forward to give them a volley. This checked the initial assault but the Swedes came on again, slowly driving the Danish infantry back.

Battered Danish center
It was now the timely arrival of the Danish Guards pushing into Fontenoy which eased the pressure on the center. It forced the Swedes back to protect their flanks. Meanwhile the Danish horse crossed the Rossior stream to support the center. On the Danish left the Saxon horse also moved into position to threaten to the Swedish right flank.

The battered Danish center
Danish horse cross the Rossior stream
With the Swedish infantry being threatened on both flanks, they slowly began to fall back. It was at this point we called it a day. Mick was in the tricky position of wanting one more crack at the Danish centre, but worried about the fresh Danish troops on both flanks. He decided on discretion to keep his army intact. A very enjoyable game to start our campaign. Next game is on the field of Fraustadt.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

GNW Russians VII

Finally completed the first of 4 Grenadiers regiments for my Russian army. These are 2 battalions from the du Bois regiment. The figures are all from Dixon's, kindly donated by Mick.

As I was packing them away for the next campaign game I decided to take a quick photo of the army so far.

I've still got some way to go with this army, with 10 battalions and 9 squadrons. I already have enough figures for 10 more battalions and 9 squadrons of Dragoons and Horse Grenadiers.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

GNW Russians VI

Some more progress on the Russians, helped by some figures donated by Mick after our campaign game at the weekend. Will post details shortly.

The first unit is a battalion from the Azovski regiment. I got these from Mick half painted, didn't take much to complete them. The figures are all from Dixon's.

Next up is the 3rd battalion of the Semenovska Guards. This brings the regiment up to full strength. The figures are all from Roundway.

The last battalion is from the Apraxin regiment. Bit of a accident painting these as I thought the Semenovska had 4 battalions. I differentiated them by not including the hat trim.

Thanks to Mick I've not got another 8 Grenadier and 4 infantry battalions to add to these.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

GNW Russians V

Well no army is complete without a few guard units. So I've added 2 battalions from the Semenovska regiment. However there were 3 battalions at Poltava. So the 3rd is on the painting table. The figures for the unit are all from Roundway.

I went for a lighter blue for the coats. I haven't as yet sourced the correct flag for this regiment so decided to give the colours to match their coats. Think they suit it. Well now I need to prepare for a campaign game this weekend. Think I'll be taking the Danes.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

GNW Russians IV

This is the 3rd battalion for my Russian army. This time from the Kievski regiment. I did have conflicting uniforms for these. Hoglund had yellow coats and Konstam red coats. I went for the yellow purely because I enjoy painting yellow coats. The figures are mainly Warrior with a couple from Dixon's. The flag is from Maverick Models.

I've now received my order from Roundway so I can begin painting up the 4 battalions from the Semenovska Guards in their light blue coats.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

GNW Russians III

It's been slow progress on the painting front. Namely because I committed both Mick and myself to try and re-fight all of the main battles of the Great Northern War. Between us we have all the armies covered. I've since been spending my time pulling together army lists and adjusting them to fix Micks rules. So far completed Klissow, Fraustadt, Kalisz, Lesnaya, Gadesbusch, Helsingborg and Holowycn. Where the Poles are involved I had to be slightly creative as most battles just list their numbers, I.e. 8000 Poles or troop types.

Next up will be Poltava. The other battles will probably take a little longer as they are less well known.

Back to painting. These are my second regiment of Horse Grenadiers, Roshnov's regiment. The figures are all from Warrior miniatures.

I'm now onto my last infantry battalion as I await an order from Roundway miniatures.

Monday, 8 January 2018

GNW Russians II

As I am still awaiting an order from Roundway I've been rummaging amongst the unpainted lead to put together a couple of Russian battalions to get this project started. First up is a battalion of the Prebrazhenski guard. Not sure of the make of the troopers but the command are Donnington. The second unit is the first battalion of the Siberski regiment. These are a mix of Roundway, Warrior and Dixon's. The uniform for these were conflicting between red and green coats. I plumbed for red.

These did make nice change from cavalry. What with painting the Poles and some Russian and Danish Dragoons I'd be happy if I didn't see another cavalry figure for a while. Not to be as I've got some Horse grenadiers on the painting table now.