Thursday, June 22, 2017

Warfare GNW R16 Russian Grenadiers

Lots of hares have been running for many years on the topic of Russian Grenadier dress. The perpetuated image has been that of a tall mitre capped chap in a plain uniform very much in the fashion of the paintings of the English Foot Guard grenadiers or contemporary North German States'

More recent research points to alternatives. The Russians appear to have had at least four regiments of Foot grenadiers and some, maybe all infantry regiments may also have had grenadier companies or detachments.

Our new chaps from R16 are pretty tooled up. Belly boxes, massive Russian style grenadier satchels, tallish fur caps with cloth bags. These guys look the business.

The uniform and equipment detail is fantastic. I was tempted to paint them in cornflower blue coats but opted for a flat green instead which works very well.

These figures have lots of characters and although a careful paint job was required (with extra detail on mitre bag piping etc) the outcome was satisfying and will look great en masse.

I have included a picture of the test Grenadiers we modelled about two years ago as a comparison. I have cast to order several units of thee mitred chaps for customers. As they are masters they are more expensive but they look nice too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Warfare Miniatures French troops of Louis XIV

Gardes Francaises

It is true, we have somewhat neglected both the European theatre and the French army on the blog. There are a variety of reasons for that but these are mostly a positive focus on other theatres rather than an anti Flanders bias.

Gardes Suisses

With limited wargaming time I have chosen to point my interest elsewhere. Putting together a decent French Army also takes some time and effort.

French mounted dragoons

Warfare's range has as yet, relatively few specifically French codes but those that we do have are supplemented by an impressive array of Quindia Studios flags for Louis's Legions.

WLOA53 painted as French Horse

In this post I thought it would be good to show that we have not forgotten the French and that 2017/18 may well be the Warfare's 'Year of the French'.

French scroll work barrels are available for Field and Positional guns

Clib and I are currently discussing how we can strengthen the French representation within the range and some new codes will undoubtedly appear in 2017.

Dismounted Dragoons command pack WLOA151

For now, here is a little reminder of what is currently available.

WLO150 painted by Toggy

WLOA152 Maison du Roi pikemen

More French to be featured very soon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Battle for Britain 1693.. campaigning opening shots

The 1693 campaign season opened with three contrasting scenarios reflecting the differing challenges facing each of the commanders depending on where they found themselves at the close of 1692.

Kilbryde 1693 - site of the conventicle (assembling around the house)

In Scotland Viscount Dundee found himself nominally in control of the country but with far too few troops to effectively ensure the King's peace.
Having been tipped off by a spy he approached an open air prayer meeting being hosted by Thomas Craig a hell-fire Covenanting minister from the south west. The conventicle had assembled over 1,000 armed Covenanters who were using the prayer meeting as a cover for a military muster and council of war. Dundee's mission was to capture Thomas Craig and break up the assembly and any risk of rebellion.
Dundee's mixed force had to negotiate a deep cut burn on the other side of which the massed Covenenters had mustered. Dundee had sent a wide flanking manoeuvre around the enemy's left in the hope of catching them unawares. Although this troop of dragoons had set off early they were nowhere to be seen when the battle commenced.

Gainsborough 9from the north east - the Williamite perspective)

The Jacobite army in the south of England had been instructed to aggressively prosecute the war into enemy territory north of Warwickshire. Although a large army of 10,000 was assembled, the advanced flying column under Lord Galmoy was several days ahead of the main body and short of supplies, wanted to occupy the town of Gainsborough. As they are about to enter and quarter there, a defensive force under General Mackay and Brigadier Wolseley appear from the north to block their progress. The forces are somewhat imbalanced with the Williamites numerically superior but less mobile and of generally poorer quality. The outcome was quite surprising.

The slave trading post at Santa Marta (from the south - Kirke's approach direction)

In an effort to broaden his options King William has ordered offensive operations in the Caribbean. Three uneasy allies - the Huguenots, The New Dutch West India Company and Catholic Spanish troops from Cuba agree to invade Jamaica, the new home of the perennially unpopular Lieutenant General Piercy Kirke. The first encounter takes place in the island's interior as the invaders converge on the slaving post at Santa Marta which Kirke's Creole troops must defend. Kirke has ridden hard from Spanish Town without an escort or any of his own regiment. The forward positioned English troops were a motley assortment of Creole infantry, Planter volunteers and a  composite company of grenadiers drawn from various regular regiments.  On the defensive, Kirke had to hold off superior forces in the hope that his untested command could weather the initial fury of the enemy attack.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Warfare ECW/TYW releases

Line of of three of the 10 Harquebusiers

This is a departure from our core period but an exciting one nonetheless. We have an initial release of nine sculpts of cavalry for the English Civil War / Thirty Years War period.

Montero and buff clothing

The dress of these 'Harquebusiers' is a mixture of armoured and unarmoured with lobster helmets, soft hats and montero caps. We have charging and resting poses both with swords and pistols.

Front view of the same figure

The saddles are integral to the riders. The definition on the models is very crisp with characterful faces and painting them was extremely easy and pleasurable.

This is one of the small horses in the standing pose

This first article shows three of the models which I have managed to squeeze into my painting schedule between lots of GNW and WSS pieces. I have tried to show different colours -tawny, crimson and blue sashes and different shades on the buff coats.

A more TYW colour scheme - hatted man on small galloping horse

I am an enthusiast about the period 1618-1648 and in fact my Pike & Shot passion began with the campaigns of Montrose, moving to the late 17th century about six or seven years after spending a lot of time collecting ECW and TYW models.

The 'Swedish' chap again

Where might Warfare Miniatures go with this diversion? Well, we are financially robust and a significant expansion is possible but that will somewhat depend on the response to these first 10 models.

I avoided as much as possible black and white when painting these models

The horse variants available to us now are significant. These models sit equally well on small, medium or large mounts and as can be seen, on standing or moving mounts.

A large trotting horse with a Royalist or Imperialist Harquebusier

I particularly enjoyed painting the armoured model which has a back and breast plus helmet configuration. Four (perhaps five, I just can't remember right now) of the models in the range have lobster helmets.

Same chap - three other helmeted models will make up an exciting unit

Tw models have montero caps and the remainder have soft hats. All have buff coats. The models are all master moulded and we can go to production pretty quickly.

A final view of one of the first three sculpts

I am in no great hurry to release these models and I will be interested in the market response and potential demand for them. Pricing will be in line with normal Warfare Miniatures cavalry packs with 3 models and horses in a pack with a price of £8.50.

The trio having swapped mounts

I don't normally actively solicit comment on models and leave that to the discretion of Blog followers but I would be particularly interested in the appetite for a dalliance in this period from Warfare.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WLOA61 & WLOA63 French Dragoons

WLOA61 & WLOA63 as a squadron

I have taken too long to paint these lovely French mounted dragoons. These models were a real pleasure to paint and the squadron looks pretty impressive. They are the start of the League of Augsburg game which will feature at Crisis 2017.


We are finally travelling to Flanders both physically and in gaming terms.


These codes are selling well and will be followed by more French codes over the near future.

WLOA61 side view

These are painted as Dragon La Reine (The Queen's Dragoons). The distinctive French uniforms and large number of regiments in Louis XIV's army make them a very colourful and useful component.


With coat colours varying through: red, green, yellow and blue and facings of the same the combinations available amount to around twelve uniform variants and some fantastic guidons.

Dragon La Reine 1691

The goal is to have three or four regiments completed for Antwerp. Let's see how we go. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

A touch of real class! GNW generals and heroes

The Russian Grandees

They have been in the pipe for a while but at last we can show a a glimpse of some truly outstanding little masterpieces from Warfare Miniatures. 

The Swedish Heroes

We have chosen the iconic figures of Magnus Gustafsson Stenbock, Adam Ludvig Leijonhufvud and Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld for the Swedes. Celebrated generals all and key players in the campaigns of the Carolinian Army during the Great Northern War. 

Stenbok is modelled on the romantic painting by Gustav Cederström

As a counterpoint, the Russians are represented by Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Boris Petrovich Sheremetev and Anikita Ivanovich Repnin. These men played their part in full during the final defeat and humbling of the mighty Swedes.

Leijonhufvud in utilitarian uniform on the left - Rehnskiöld's uniform is grander

The horses offer a new option for senior officers and equally could be used for the new cavalry officers both Russian and Swedish cavalry which will begin to appear sometime over the summer.

The Russians are somewhat more flamboyant in their dress

It did not escape our notice that the Russian generals would pass muster as 'any senior general' in a Western European army of the WSS period and I am sure several will find their way west in time.

Excellent rear view of the Russians

The detail on these models is outstanding. Clib has captured the spirit of the age and the personalities within some imaginative and animated poses.

I am looking forward to getting them mastered, painted and of course, released.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Warfare GNW Russian pikemen in kartuz

These chaps were a little bit behind in the production queue but as can be seen from these pictures were well worth the wait.

I am not whether it was the colour combination or the figures themselves but I really enjoyed painting this batch which are now available to purchase in the online store.

The poses are equally suited to being used for sergeants or perhaps even artillerists if a little variety is to be given to the 15 gunner models we are about to release in about 2-3 week.

The Russian Army options now go from strength to strength with the Russian cavalry and commanders galloping up on the near horizon.

As a reminder here are the associated musketeer poses:

Pictures of Shermetyev, Repnin and Menshikov within a day or so.

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