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Järnringen / The Iron Ring (Mutant 1984) – Part 3 – Nordholmia Infantry Regiment

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Followers of this blog may be aware I have a undying love for my first RPG I played when I was 12, it was a Swedish RPG called Mutant.  In Mutant the world has risen from the ashes and new Societies has developed.  The game is set in Scandinavia, but not as we know it today. 

Basically following a deadly and incurable epidemic caused by samples from a mission to Mars the human civilization collapses.  The survivors build enclaves and start experimentation on humans and animals, in effect creating mutants, to see how they will survive outside the enclaves.  However conflicts arises between the enclaves and it leads to a nuclear war sealing the fate of the world.

Fast forward a few hundred years and the from the ashes new civilizations start to emerge with mutated humans and animals, some “pure” humans and even some mutants with mental powers. There are remnants of the old worlds scattered all around, and some androids/robots from the old days are still around. In addition there are certain areas where the effect of radiation has left some strange effects on the flora and fauna and these areas are called “Forbidden Zones”.

The game is set in Scandinavia, but not as we know it today, and the general level of new technology is equivalent to that of the 19th Century, give or take.  There are steam engines, muskets and some emerging rifle like weapons, heliogram for communication, etc.  Some of the old technology has survived but is rare.

There is a summary of what I have been up to with this project here (if you scroll down a bit).

During the Robot Attack in Nordholmia, discussed in Part 2 (see link here), there will be a detachment of Soldier as part of the defending force – some regulars of the Nordholmia Infantry Regiment. This regiment can trace its origins back to the early days of the Empire and was originally set up as a town militia.

I wanted to do use some miniatures from the relatively new Perry Miniatures range of Swedish Napoleonic soldiers, as I really like the sculpts.  Perry does some fantastic miniatures (here is a link to the Swedish Napoleonic range). I got myself a standing Command Pack and two of the Firing line packs.

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They arrived promptly and to “Mutantinize” them I did a few headswaps with some Animal heads from Sally’s 4th, link here.

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Next was the decision on colour scheme, from the original set of rules and expansions we know that the Pyri Commonwealth flag is basically a Yellow Eagle with a Blue background. So I went with Blue Uniforms with some yellow details as this would fit the flag and also a nod towards the Swedish 18th century uniform of the Great Northern War (and also to that 91:an cartoon character!).

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Absolute joy to paint these chaps! – note I made one gentleman with pink skin and another with green skin (mutants!).

As for the standards I wanted to have a large national flag of the Pyri Commonwealth and a smaller for the Regimental one.  From the ”sources” we know the flag for the Commonwealth, there are two versions.

(I) One from the Mutant 2 expansion – the world Map.

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(II) Another one from the Efter Ragnarök module – on the map of Hindenburg.

Giving us these two options:

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I went with the more stylised version.

For the regimental flag I used the symbol of the County of Dalarna, but replaced the Crown with the Eagle.

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I have to admit it being some time ago I did any flags for anything else than 6mm – they tend to be on normal paper you add some glue and bend it a little bit – nothing very elaborate.  I felt this was not appropriate for this project and I wanted to avoid the stiff and printed look you can sometimes get with flags in 28mm scale.  I have seen a few of Sidney Roundwood’s amazing hand painted flags (link to some here) and set out to find a quick solution to do something similar – I found this video from Wargames, Soldier and Strategy and an intriguing type of paper was mentioned (it should run if you click on it).

Being a little bit of a materials enthusiast I got this kind of intriguing paper from Amazon (Japanese Calligraphy Paper, 100 sheets) and it worked a treat for me.

Japanese calligraphy paper 100 sheets; Made in Japan

I painted the flags with undiluted Vallejo acrylics (clean you brush as you work but wipe it on some paper before you get more paint – this paper is very thin and absorbant. Work carefully!).

This is how they came out.

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After this is was just a matter of “installing” them on the poles (using some random forest as a background on the Laptop Screen).

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Next I think we need some skirmishers to complement these guys. I am currently working on some heavy Pyri Commonwealth assault cavalry.

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Pyri Heavy Assault Cavalry (WIP) – Old GW Grail Knights

In related news….

NoMAD – A Post-apocalyptic anthropomorphic miniature range in 28mm from Sweden.

In writing this there is less than 3 days remaining on this kick starter that is currently funded and fits into my Mutant 1984 project – check it out here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1240892696/nomad

I am a backer but not associated to the team in any way – I hope the kickstarter goes well.

Its based on a small 1:56 scale (28mm) range with a post-apocalyptic touch. 

In the far future our domesticated animals have developed into sentient beings just as humans did so long ago.  

These anthropomorphic citizens has evolved or perhaps were created by a since long gone dying old world that was ruled by humans alone. This is only remembered by the new civilization through legends, stories and myths.

As we have seen before in ancient civilizations a ruling class often need a lesser class to stand upon to “rise” above the masses.  

For the Mutants of the working class the struggle is real, and many take refuge to the wild. The dream to explore ancient ruins and the possibility for a life in luxury and ease after just one successful expedition draws man and mutants alike.  

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/ Hope that was of some interest, I personally love this s**t.

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What is up next? Great Northern War, Scanian War and some Bonus Pictures of Poltava 1709

I have been overwhelmed with the feedback on the Poltava 1709 table I put on at Joy of Six last weekend (see more here) and looking back at it and I think it is my best effort so far. A lot of people have asked me what I will do next year at JOS 2020?

Truth is that I do not intend to do a new table but instead revisit the first Great Northern War battle I put up at Joy of Six back in 2012, the Battle of Fraustadt 1706.  I need to review the battle boards as they have been in storage for about 4 years (when we took it to Salute). I believe that a face lift will make them look stunning and it is a far more playable game than Poltava.

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Fraustadt 1706 – The wintery table as laid out in 2012 – It is my second favourite table I have made so far and my favourite GNW Battle.

Further I want to revisit some of the miniatures and take it up a notch overall, I also want to add some more wintery trees (increase the density of the forest) to the table and a few more terrain features.  It should not be a too big job.

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I already have a lot of trees to add that wintery feel to the table. This from this year’s Christmas Battle.  Some Danish vs Swedes using Maurice rules – more about that here.

In addition we are going to take the Poltava 1709 table to Salute in April next year and have already got our table accepted.  I have a few improvements I want to do with regards to some of the features to improve the overall feel of the table – I think the Siege lines could be best done as a single piece and filled with some more people.  I would also like to add some more life onto the walls of Poltava itself as well as some further smaller details (like some actual gates for the fortress and some guards for the Swedish Camp).

Finally, I would like to use the Fraustadt table to test a few sets I have not played with before and see how they work – especially Gå-På.

However I have a plan for Joy of Six 2021 when I would like to do a Battle from the Scanian War (1665-69)! I got myself some of the new Sun King range from Baccus at Joy of Six. It is an interesting period in Swedish history with a King (Charles XI) who needs to step up and deliver during the war and realises what a shaky ground his empire was standing on following years of neglect by the regency council who had rules the country for 12 years until Charles came to age. After the war he sets out to take back control from the noblemen and strengthen the countries defenses and military might. This is the key reason to the ability of the Swedish army to be as powerful as it was in the Great Northern War.

I will discuss this in more detail at a later date, but currently I am leaning towards the Battle of Lund 1676 (another wintery battle) but have not yet made my mind up.

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All the regiments on both sides have different Uniforms with a wide colour variety, this is the biggest appeal to me. I still intend to base them in the way I have based my GNW miniatures (60 by 30mm bases) as I am relatively fond of the approach, I may however base the cavalry on (30 by 30 bases) to represent a squadron instead of a base being 2 squadrons – but I have not yet made up my mind but looking at some of the paintings from the era makes me want to recreate that feeling with smaller blocks of cavalry than infantry.

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You can find more information about the Scanian War here.

There are two books I do recommend for the Scanian War Period in English (thinking about it there are not many others!):

  • Charles XI’s War – the Scanian War between Sweden and Denmark, 1675-1679 by Michael Fredholm von Essen. It is, I think, the military history overview of this wars.  I have a number of Swedish books as well but I think this is my favourite overall. Here is a link to it https://www.helion.co.uk/charles-xi-war.html

 

  • The second book can be a little bit harder to get hold of and is Scanian War 1675-79 Colours and Uniforms by Lars-Eric Höglund.  It contains information of the Swedish uniforms, standards and organisation of the period.

You can find some more on the Sun King range from Baccus here.

This will be a slow project and will probably not take off until after the Summer holiday, but if you are interested you can follow this journey and the other madness on this blog, by:

 

Some unpainted lead!
…and re-reading some books!
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This is really cool stuff!

On reflection there are plenty other projects I need to crack on with that are well developed but not yet nailed.  Hopefully I will be able to complete these sooner than later (I wrote about some of these in the 2018 year end Roll a One Accounts – here).

Some Poltava 1709 bonus stuff

The Meeples and Miniatures Podcast has a special place in my heart and over the years it has given me a lot of pleasure whilst doing a lot of my hobby work (yes there are others that I really like too, like the Veteran Wargamer, the Lardy Oddcast, the WSS Magazine podcast, the Wargames Recon). They are also very nice people and very god friends and it was a joy to welcome them and two of the guest commanders, sorry presenters, to my table at Joy of Six again.

I am blessed with a fantastic family and my wife and two of our children joined me at Joy of Six this year – it has become a little bit of a tradition going up north doing some sight-seeing on the Saturday and then Joy of Six on the Sunday. The Better One had taken some pictures on the day of the table that I really liked – I was to excited by the grandeur of it all whilst she zoomed in on some of the details. I hope you like them too.

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Passing through Joy of Six 2019

Putting on a table at a Wargames Show does not go very well with trying to cover what is available on the day, I had a short lunch break and then attended a panel with Guy Bowers and Neil Shuck – that was my day! I had a little ego-trip with the Poltava table in an earlier blog here, this covers most of the other fantastic games on display.

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It was fun to be on a panel with podcaster legend Neil Shuck and Guy Bowers who has made Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy into arguably the best damn wargames magazine in the world. I felt like the odd one out, but I am not really known for being shy so I had fun with it. I think the sessions will be published and I will provide a link on the blog later and leave it at that for now.

Anyway a few pictures from the “car window”, there were many tables on offer showing a range of games and periods. I did not get a snap of all of them. I hope this give you enough to perhaps search for them on Google to get more detail. Also I did not include the trader details, but if you go to the Baccus webpage it should be all there if you need.

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Napoleonic 1813 – Commission.
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Allied intervention on the RCW 1919 – MADgamers. Always something different and interesting. Masters of the convention game.

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A small beach party – Sheffield Wargames Society

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Target Saigon 1975 – Nick Overland
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Riot – the Brexit years – Doncaster Wargames
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Swordpoint: Rome vs Persia – Gripping Beast.
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(Jaco)bite sized Culloden – James Mitchell. This was my favourite game of the day!
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Gods of War: Lee – GM Boardgames
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3d Printed 6mm by GM Boardgames
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Chariot Racing – Grantham Strategy and Wargames Club. One of those fun games – I took a detailed shot but I messed up!
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Normandy 1944 – Mailed Fist. A lot of detail and very effectful terrain.
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Battle of the Little Big Horn 1875 – Wargames Collection Calculator (the Little One spent most of the day with these guys – thanks for making it a good day for him) – It got the Little Ones Medal of Merit for the Day!
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Battle of Kolin 1757 – Legion of Blokes – Special mention of the Day for overall impact, full of new Total Battle Buildings
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Warm… sorry Cold War Commanders – Perrier Ridge 1944 – always fun stuff! Big detailed tables.
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One of my true inspirations in the hobby! Battle of Hoth – Dan Hodgson.
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The Battle of Vimiero – Kevan Baker, effectful use of Kallistra tiles, and a nice shine on that river.
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Tough Day at Bad Deynhausen – Chris Sharp and Yorkshire Renegades. Everyone was smiling and having fun – a good sign!
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Normandy 1944 – Tony Morphet & Mike McKnight. A lot of detail and looked great!, very effectful!
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GNW Siege of Viborg – Luton Lancers – very nice dense blocks of troops and the game was tense and fun! Two GNW battles at the same show – hooray!

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I have had the pleasure of being next to Robert Dunlop on many occasions what a legend and yet again a wonderful recreation of a WW1 battle this time the Battle of Gnila Lipa – we never have time to have a proper chat but I feel somewhere that we must be some kind of soul brothers. Always inspirational stuff.

In addition a video was put up on youtube that does a brilliant job in showing what was going on, by Storm of Steel Wargaming (thanks for this Mate!):

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Poltava 1709 at Joy of Six 2019 – the Grand Finale of the Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

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This is a quick report back from Joy of Six focusing on the table Nick, Andrew, Neil (from the Wyre Foresters, thanks to all of you!) and I put up on the day. there are some additional reflections and pictures of the show overall that I will issue sometime this coming weekend. Thanks to everyone who came by we really enjoyed the feedback!

The Towards Moscow Trilogy

More than three years ago I decided to have a go at doing a few battles of the ill-fated Russian campaign (1707-1709) of the Great Northern War 1700-1721.  I set out the plan in a blog post (link here) and the three battles we would cover were:

Lesnaya 1708 – link to more pictures here in the blogpost from Joy of Six 2017:

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Battle of Lesnaya 1708 (8 foot table)

Horka 1708 (a what-if battle that would allow us to field a more balance army composition and linear battle that would be the case for the battles of the Campaign) – link to more pictures here in the blogpost from Joy of Six 2018:

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Battle of Horka 1708 (12 foot table)

This year it was a 16 foot table and the disastrous (from a Swedish perspective) Battle of Poltava. Here are a number of pictures from the day with the occasional comments and some link on how some elements of the tables was being made – we were far to busy talking to people to even have a go at actually trying to play it! I think the vision of a grand spectacle was achieved, hope you enjoy  (if you have any comments do get it touch through the blog and ask away):

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Initial disposition the Russian Infantry in the Camp on the left, the redoubts filled with Russian Infantry and the line of Dragoons behind the redoubts.
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Close up of the Redoubts, we can see the Swedes in the far right corner starting their march. More about the redoubts here and he colourful fields here.

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More detail of the Yakovetski forest, the Monastery, Poltava itself and the Swedish Camp.

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The Swedes quickly overrun the first redoubt and set about taking care of the other one.

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Poltava with the Siege Lines in the upper left corner. Buildings mainly from Total Battle miniatures with a Scratch built Fortress (walls and towers).  More on the Poltava here, the ruined villages here and the Siege Lines here.

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The Swedes are through
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Some battalions being lost in the forest

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The Swedes organising themselves for the main battle

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Some immense firing

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Swedish Artillery being left behind!

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Detail of the Swedish Camp, more about the camp here.

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Siege works

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All revved up and ready to go to Joy of Six (2019)!

It is now a few days until Joy of Six 2019 and I am really looking forward to it.

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Our Little Poster with the famous artwork by Martens.

The 16 by 5 foot mat is done and will be decorated with all the key elements on the day (in addition there will be trees, villages and a few fields – not to forget all the miniatures).

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I always made some cards (actually mdf bases) with all the Commanders, there were a large amount to be done.

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Command Cards – yes I got the Peter card wrong and did rectify Russian to Russia. The +1 and +3 indicate Command Ability, Peter being Average (+1) and the Swede Exceptional (+3)!

And the command structures are all done…

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Boxes have been packed and it all fits in the car – we are all revved up and ready to go!

Looking forward to see some of you at the show and to take some pictures to share with the rest of you, until then keep on toy soldiering!

Here are a few files you may find interesting (the command structures, the poster and the command card)

Poltava 1709 Command Structure and Units TotSK v1 

Poltava 1709 One Pager TotSK v1

Poltava Command Cards TotSK v2

/ All the very best!