Monday, 13 April 2015

Egyptian levy archers

I thought I needed some more levy troops, I have here mustered the village folks for some ranged combat.

These counts as medium levy archers.

The miniatures are a mixture of different makers and I have added extra weapons and shields to make them look a little heavier then my light infantry archers.

As these are just levy archers I didn´t want them to look to fancy so I tried to keep the colours down and left much of the details I usually adds to my units. For levy troops this us just good, it will make the other units pop even more.








I noticed that I had painted two miniatures to much for the 16 strong units we use as a "standard size" in Hail Caesar, these two will join another unit, eather act as rank fillers or when I have collectet enought spare miniatures make up a unit of their own.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Gustav Vasa och hans folk

During the Easter-holidays I visited family in Jönköping and I borrowed a book from my grandmother. She said that It was okay for me to forget return it. Its nice to have a history interested grandmother, she and grandpa used to visit old places and brought me along on several trips as young.
At the moment she is reading about medieval church buildings in Västergötland.


Gustav Vasa och hans folk, Gustav Vasa and his people.
It was printed in 1984 and I think its only released in Swedish.

For this post I checked out the book on the net and it seems that the book is made by Göte Göransson and he has also done two extraordinary book in my bookshelf, Karoliner and Gustav II Adolf och and folk .
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6te_G%C3%B6ransson

Its sad that I also learned that he past away this march.












This book is a real treasure tome... Its packed with information and pictures all 267 pages of it.
The books main character is Gustav Vasa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_I_of_Sweden and in the book we can follow him, the ordinary people and the the country of Sweden somewhere between 1500 and 1560. I havn´t read the book yet so we will see exactly what it holds.



Gustav Vasa is one of the most important persons in the forming of Sweden and many of his reforms would change the Swedish country forever. He did many things that would be good for Sweden in the long run but many of his reforms where not that liked by people under him or other powers and countries. But make no mistake he was a total bastard and much of his rule was almost tyrannical.

For his interest in details and recording much of this time in history is known today and for a person with historical interest this is good.

The day he was elected King is now the Swedish National day, so that tells you something about his importance. And it is the date we use as ending of the medieval and the beginning of the renaissance here in Sweden.






I have much to read in this book Im sure, but I have no idea when if ever I will have the time to read this book and start a miniature project around it...

For miniatures I have thought about using the plastic Landsknecht to be released in the future by Warlord Games, that they got when they bought Pro Gloria.

I have no release date on these yet but I havn´t read this book ether so Im in no hurry.
The plan was to combine them with Perrys plastic War of the Roses boxes and combining these with greenstuff and bits from other makers and miniatures I think you could get a descent collection of miniatures.

We will see if this turns out to be a future project or if the book just will have a nice spot in my bookshelf.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Napolenic AAR: French vs Austria

Some time ago, Tobias and I had a game of Black Powder.It feels good to dust of my Frenchies every now and then. Its far to long time in between games.

As the ranges in Black Powder is rather long, if you manages to get a 3order move you could potentially move an unit 36in a turn. Now, that doesnt happen that often but its theoretical possible.
To still be able to play on an standard gaming table we choose to play it short edge vs short edge.
Now in hindsight that may not have been the best of chooses as movement got rather restricted.

It was a nice game non the less even if movement was not the main game winner. 


French commander.

Austrian formed up. 

Austrian Landwehr.

Grentzers in black, Hussars in silver "uniforms" and behind them the Austrian Veteran Grenadiers and behind them an Austrian line infantry in white uniforms.

The first order to the Grenadiers was blundered and the Grenadiers rushed forward end opened up fire on the French.


The battle envelopes.
The French fires their muskets.




A fire duel have opened up and it seems that my two French unit really cant take on one enemy unit. 
I have now managed to move my artillery in position and my line fire again.


Casualties are exchanged, now its time for the Austrians to feel some pain...
 
Ahh... beautiful, a French line. 


With the combines fire of my artillery, light infantry unit and two line units, I finally managed to brake an Austrian line unit. 

This just made his small unit of Austrian Hussars mad and a opening in my line let him charge my light infantry. My only real option was to stand and fire as charge reaction .
I really dont know how this happened but my light infantry somehow managed to defeat his hussars in close combat and they were driven of. 


In the end his Grenadiers had enough and the rest of the Austrians had enough.
A victory to the French. Huzza!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Turkoman horse archers, converted plastic models


I bought a box of Fireforge Games Mongol light cavalry and its hard not to like plastic miniatures, especially when kitbashing them with Warlord Games Celts for an added variation. With the kitbashing together with greenstuff  I was able to make a unit of Turkoman horsearchers for my Muslim collection in the era of the crusades.

Im happy with the end result and the unit was both fun to convert and paint up. I tried to keep the colour tones a little more muted compare to some of my Arab units to differentiate them from each others and to make a nice contrast.

I have since I started to convert these noted that Gripping Beast will release plastic light and heavy cavalry for the Muslims and it will be nice to see how I can combine these kits with the Mongols from Fireforge to create even more interesting units.

Please check out the GB coming miniatures in this link (I think its an open page even for those without facebook)
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=854296397949379&id=196181460427546

And apparently the box art can be seen on their site now.
http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Plastic_Arab_Cavalry--category--339.html