Mar 22, 2017

Project: Kliszów 1702

(Lengthy post ahead)
With good weather back and the GNW Swedish army bolstered in ranks, I hereby set out to play a rare historical scenario. Rare in both meanings: I rarely play historical battles (it involves lots of preparation), and Kliszów is rarely played, although it is an interesting clash in the initial stages of the wars of Karl XII.

Mar 19, 2017

Pike & Shot Renovation Pt.3

A few more specimens of various make march off the painting tray: six Muscovite horsemen, six generic cavalry figures sculpted by me, and a group of angry Scots.

Mar 16, 2017

Pike&Shot Renovation

The repainting and rebasing of my 17th century collection continues. They're almost up to size to play a decent game. These are ACtA and Zvezda figures mixed together.

Mar 12, 2017

Karl XII and Ivan Mazepa

Still working on the Strelets figures, this time a small diorama of Karl XII of Sweden and his best buddy. Not as limited in use as some might think (for a while I was thinking about a Maurice de Saxe conversion instead).

Mar 9, 2017

Barbary Coast pirate ship

As I mentioned in the previous sailing-related post, I love me a good scratchbuild. Which this ship is, 100%. It resembles the Mediterranean Xebec, an elegant and fast ship. Although slightly less elegant, it is compact and ready for use.

Mar 4, 2017

A bit of Gå–På every day

Since its arrival, I have been working on the Strelets 'From Narva to Poltava' big box at a steady pace. You can inspect most of its contents above.

Mar 1, 2017

A Quest for Ships

This is the Revell 1/75 Nina. The hull is cut at the waterline to make a decent wargaming model. It could be a small coastal vessel with 5-6 figures on board. I received the model at Christmas, a very old package in a rather sorry state: fortunately the kit itself is pretty good.

Feb 25, 2017

Corporal Punishment

This small diorama represents something we wargamers usually forget: the part of 18th century military discipline nobody's really proud of. It might not be very useful in a game, but honestly, what else should I have done with the figure tied to the pikes? 
The figs are both from the Strelets Swedish artillery box (which was bought as part of the "From Narva to Poltava" set). The pikes are made from tooth picks and the whip is a piece of folded thread.

Feb 22, 2017

Winter 1812

In order to bring some of the fresher 1/72 Napoleonics out for a game, I set up a small scenario, using a very simplified version of Victorious Eagle Warfare. The eagles in question were the French and Russian ones, some time after the great retreat had begun.