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Lund 1676 – all miniatures done!

This is a very short-worded blog, but instead I hope the pictures will be of some interest, perhaps the “winteriness” will give you some relief in the heat. This is the Danish and Swedish armies for my Battle of Lund 1676 project. I finished them earlier this month and the next step will be to make some specific terrain for the battle. More about this project later, all models are from the Baccus Sun King range (link here).

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GNW, Little One, Sweden 1943, Mutant 1984 and Podcasts – a review of 2019

It has been a little bit of a strange year with a lot of pressures making it difficult to devote as much time as I would like to the hobby – but in retrospect and upon reflection I seem to have been doing a lot more than I thought. I had lots of fun with the hobby and that is what it is there for!

This is a summary blog of the year and contain some additional pictures not covered in any published blogs.  I hope you will find this review interesting.  I take my hat off for all of you who engage with the blog directly, follow the roll a one page on faceboook (Roll a One, @rollaonepage) or the Per at RollaOne feed on twitter – It really matters to me – so thank you very much. I had as an unwritten rule to do a blog every week, this year I have managed to do 41 blog posts – so I failed the objective but I am happy with that. I could easily have dragged this one out over a few blogs with the extra material but wanted to make a long one of this last one.

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This is my Twitter Feed and probably the best place to follow the going-ons!

The most popular blog post this year was this one detailing how you can enhance your 6mm, or any scale, pictures using your computer screen.  Bleeding obvious to me but a lot of people have found it useful!

Background to your Miniatures – a little trick

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This blog post has a lot of pictures and links (these are the underlined sections, they lead directly to the blog post I am talking about) and basically covers:

  • Poltava 1709 and Joy of Six 2019
  • Battle of Lund 1676 project
  • Gaming with the Little One and a book from Henry Hyde
  • WW2 What-if Invasion of Sweden in 1943 and roundpole fences
  • The Mutant 1984 Project and our Christmas Mutant Dinosaur Hunt
  • Being on Podcasts and some other stuff

Poltava 1709 at Joy of Six 2019

This was the culmination of a three year project covering the Russian Campaign of the Great Northern War and this year I presented Poltava 1709 at Joy of Six show in Sheffield.  This has been a fantastic project and this 16 by 5 feet table actually made me somewhat emotional when I first put it up on the Show (but then each one is pretty special at the time). I did plenty of blog posts about the project this year, you can find them below.  We will put up the table again in 2020 at Salute in April.  This project was done using 6mm Baccus miniatures.

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Overview of Poltava, the Monastery and the Swedish Camp

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Overview of the Redoubts and field outside the Russian Camp

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Detail of the Swedish Camp

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Here are some of the blog-posts covering this topic ( The last few are the finished article the others about how various elements were done).

Some progress on the Poltava Battle and Grand Thoughts (TMT)

Poltava Town done (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – the Swedish Camp (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Redoubts and Casualty Markers (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Playing with Matches (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Plush Foam Fields (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Total Battle Village Tiles (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Trees, tree Bases and small rocks (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Siege Lines and the King (TMT)

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

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

Passing through Joy of Six 2019

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

Battle of Lund 1676

My next bigger 6mm project is the Battle of Lund in 1676. This is one of the most famous battles of the Scanian Wars.  I am doing this using the fantastic Wars of the Sun King range by Baccus 6mm.

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Prince Georg’s Regiment – a Danish regiment looking more Swedish than meatballs!

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Sea, Six and Scanian War – and a few Podcasts

Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 1 – Danish Cavalry

Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 2 – Danish Cavalry

Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 3 – Danish Cavalry and a note on Winter Basing

Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 4 – Danish Cavalry and some Aerosans

Gaming with the Little One and a book from Henry Hyde

I have had immense pleasure in engaging with the Little One yet again this year in painting, playing games and going to a few events together.  He even wrote a review of the Airfix Battles Rules and about his day at Salute on the Blog.  When I asked him about the highlights this year he told me that it was the book he was sent by Henry Hyde, the day we had playing Mike Whitaker’s Omaha game and doing the Star Wars Legion miniatures (more in the links at the end of this section).

The Little One and I met Henry Hyde at Salute (who of course wrote the Wargames Compendium, was the editor for Miniature Wargames & Battlegames and now runs the Battlegames Patreon Site that I am a supporter of, see link here https://battlegames.co.uk/patreon-supporters/ . Please check it out as there is a lot of good stuff there in terms of podcasts, videos and articles – whether you are a supporter or not).

On the way back Max realised that the Henry we had met was the same guy that had written the Wargames Compendium, a book he really loves, and said that he should have asked for an autograph.  I mentioned this to Henry and a few days later, to our great surprise and delight, a parcel arrived with a letter and a book.

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It is was an enormously generous gesture and one of those moments I think the Little One will carry with him for his whole life – many thanks Henry!  The Little One then read the Featherstone book and wrote a letter he sent to Henry that made me really proud.

Dear Henry,

Many thanks for sending me the Donald Featherstone book, it was very kind of you and it made me feel very special. I like the words you wrote and I will keep this book forever. It has taken me some time to finish the book as I have had a few other things going on.
I enjoyed the introduction where he writes about ‘what wargaming is’ and also the overview of the different periods for wargaming – my favourite period is WW2. You have so many different aspects of things going on – on land, in the air, on and under the water and you are not sitting around in a trench for four years as in the Great War. At the very end of the book he writes something I really liked!
“General Sherman, of American Civil War fame, is quoted as saying, ‘War is Hell’. So it is, and perhaps the wargamer, seeing just how helpless his little plastic figures are against the dice simulated effects of cannon and muskets, will appreciate more than ever the utter futility of real war.”

I also have a copy of your book, The Wargaming Compendium, and I think it is the best book a wargamer can get as it covers everything you need to know. In particular I like the chapter on understanding sizes, scales and chance. I love the picture on page 17 showing the different scales.

I hear you are writing another one and I hope it is going really well!
I know you like the Horse and Musket period so I thought you might like this Kings Carabineer from the Battle of Blenheim 1704 and a book about the Battle of Poltava.

Hope to see you again soon,

Max

We also went to Mike Whitaker’s house and played on his fantastic Omaha Beach board, and we wrote about it here https://rollaone.com/2019/11/18/omaha-beach-iabsm-with-the-little-one/ .

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It was an absolute privilege playing on Mike’s table

We also painted up a lot Star Wars legion miniatures and terrain that we wrote a few blog posts about (more in the links below).

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The Little One’s review of Airfix Battles

Some Platoons for France 1940 and a kind of a review by the Little One of Airfix Battles

Star Wars Legion:

Painting Star Wars Legion with the Little One

Painting Star Wars Legion with the Little One – Part 2 (+ Basing and Mats)

Readers Digest version Feb-19 – Star Wars Legion and Great Northern War

The Little One’s review of Salute 2019

Salute 2019 by the Little One

 

WW2 What-if Invasion of Sweden in 1943 and roundpole fences

Some further works was done for the 1943 German invasion forces and defending Swedes. Making some transports for the Swedes with some tanks (including conversions) and a large number of German soldiers and vehicles. I also updated the Chain of Command list for the Swedes. More in the blog posts below (that is also including a note on the visit I did to Dulwich playing Chain of Command at the Warlords Lardy Day – thanks Iain!).

One of the best things that happened to this project this year was the roundpole fences developed by Paul Edwards (@Amaz_ed on Twitter if you want to contact him, or let me know and I will pass it on) that will enable me to give that special feel of gaming in Scandinavia/Nordic much in the same way as Snake Rail fencing indicate a wargame in North America.

How is this relevant to you if you do not play anything in Norway, Finland, Sweden or Estonia (where these fences are common) – well according to some theories they were in use during Viking times so if you are doing Dark Age wargaming (or Colonials as we Norse call it). So if you want to create that little Norse settlement in your Saga game or some other game including some Vikings and want to make it feel a little bit special than maybe this beautiful fencing will be an idea.

Roundpole fencing (picture borrowed from Wikipedia – link here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundpole_fence )

I asked Paul if he could help me out and quicker than I could say Gärdsgård – the name of the fence in Swedish – I now have 4-5 meters of it and I hope you agree it looks good.

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A Mechanised Platoon is getting into position to defend against advancing Germans in 1943 (the KP-bil, was not taken into service until 1944 as the initial batch was rejected due to the weak armour plating – in this what if whatever was available was pressed into service – as they look too cool to not be part of this project).

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Some tanks in support!

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Troops embarking and jumping over the roundpole fences – it does not get more Swedish than this!

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Tysken Kommer! (The German is coming!)

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Granatkastargrupp i Position, skjut mot skogsdungen! (Mortargroup in position, fire against the trees!)

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Target Spotted! Get ready to Fire!

The ones I have has been made for 15mm but Paul can make some in 6mm and 28mm too.

These are the ones I will be using for my Scanian War project.

 

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These are a few in 28mm with some Mutant 1984 characters.

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Paul also does some gate options.

I have also found a reasonable Vallejo mix for Falu Rödfärg.

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50/50 of Bloody Red and Burnt Cadmium Red…

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…gives that dark red old style colour that was more common around 1943 than the brighter red colour being popular today…

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I think if works really well….

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Beautiful design by Paul Edwards

Here are some postings for the Swedish WW2 project (as in all my posts there is plenty of pictures in each of them).  The next step is to produce two half-sized campaign for Chain of Command (or any other Platoon based set of rules).

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The two half-pint campaigns

Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Getting a Ride

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25th Panzer Division for the What-if Swedish Invasion 1943 – Part 1

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Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Getting some Heavier Support, Part 1

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Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Updated Listzz1

German Infantry Platoon(s) for the What-if attack of Sweden in 1943

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Germans for the Swedish 1943 Tourist Season and CoC in Dulwich

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The Mutant 1984 Project and our Christmas Mutant Dinosaur Hunt

This project is my Post-Apocalyptic homage to the old 1984 RPG Mutant – anything goes.

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

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A Sharp Practice Force for the Mutant 1984 project and Colour Sergeant Bourne from Zulu

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Border Skirmish at Hammering – Mutants who would be Emperors (Mutant 1984)

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Mutant (1984) and Death Ray Guns – from Ganesha Games!

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In addition we had a special Xmas game this year based on a vote we did on Twitter where the Mutant 1984 Dinosaur won the Day (beating Winter War, Swedish invasion 1943 and a “proper” GNW battle!).  We used a variant of the The Men who Would be King rules (the same as in the Border Skirmish above) and it was a fun game with two factions of soldiers and hunters trying to take out as many Monsters as possible (2 Dinosaurs, a Giant Beetle, a Four armed Gorilla, 2 Swedish Tigers, a Dark Young of Stubb-Nigarakan) whilst fighting each other. I did not do a write-up but instead I have included a bunch of pictures from the game.

The Swedish (Sabre Tooth) Tigers are based on the Swedish Wartime information Poster stating “En Svensk Tiger” that means both “a Swedish Tiger” and “a Swede Shuts-Up”.

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Being on Podcasts and some other stuff

Any regular reader of this blog will know that I have a few wargaming podcasts that I like to listen to whilst I paint and model – these are in no particular order the Veteran Wargamer, The Lardy Oddcast, Meeples and Miniatures, Havoc Cast Podcast, Wargames Soldiers and Strategy, Wargames Recon, Henry Hyde’s Battlechats and God’s Own Scale Podcast.  They are all excellent and whilst I occasionally listen to others, those are my solid ones I will try to listen to every time (I listen to a fair few more non-wargaming stuff like the eminent Grognards RPG Files and We have ways and Audible books).

This year I have been humbled by having been asked to come on three of these shows and talk about stuff mainly relating to the 6mm work I have been doing, but also about wargaming with children and my great passion – the Great Northern War.

A few weeks ago Neil Shuck announced that he will stop the Meeples and Miniatures podcast as he has reflected on the time it takes to do the show and other priorities like gaming with friends etc. Meeples and Miniatures has, in my opinion, become like a wargaming (and Meeples) institution and its legacy is enormous and Neil and the other presenters (Mike, Mike, Dave, Rich and all the guest presenters) should be enormously proud of having created this. I felt so honoured to be asked to attend the show and had a blast – so much that it was enough to fill two episodes (sorry!, but thanks Neil and Mike for having me).

Meeples and Miniatures, Part 1

Meeples and Miniatures, Part 2

When I listened to Sean Clarke’s episode 0 and he declared that one of his inspirations to starting his blog (focusing on 6mm an history) was the work I have been doing with this blog – it made that and many days last year. I contacted him and asked if I could come and talk to him and we had a great time talking about the 6mm stuff I have been doing but also getting an idea of Sean Clarke’s upcoming WW1 project for Joy of Six in 2020.  This is another excellent show and I really like all the episodes to date with many friends from the 6mm trenches.  The show with Robert Dunlop (No 3.) is one of the best Podcasts I heard last year.  Thanks Sean for my second outing this year – I had an absolute blast.

God’s own Scale

Henry’s Battlechat has very quickly built up an impressive catalogue of podcasts with a wide range of guests from the industry, rules designers, miniatures producers, artists, book publishers, academics, etc. I have stolen parts of Henry’s intro for this:

“Per is a wonderful ambassador of the hobby, friendly, approachable, intelligent and with a dry sense of humour that you might only notice when you’re halfway out of the door after meeting him! (Watch out for his comment about the Dark Ages being “Scandinavian colonial”!) Here, then, is this Swedish superstar of the hobby in full flow, waxing lyrical about 6mm gaming, the Great Northern War and other Scandinavian conflicts of the 17th and 18th centuries, making snow-covered terrain and the joys of being a wargaming parent.”

Thanks for having me Henry!

Henry Hyde’s Battlechat

Finally I would like to say that my favourite wargaming thing this year was the visit I did to Evesham and OML7 (Operation Market Larden No. 7) – Thanks to Ade et al for this. I met so many nice people and had a fantastic time playing some great games.

Lardy Da!, not La-Di-Da, my day(s) at OML7

I think it is over and out now!

Well almost…

The Winter War

80 years ago Finland was fighting for its independence against Soviet Union in what has become known as the Winter War.  The war has a personal connection to me as the family on my mother’s side is Finnish. We have therefore fought a few battles using the Chain of Command rules to honour and remember the people on both sides who fought and died in this war.

The war started with a Soviet Invasion of Finland without a declaration of war on the 30th November 1939, the war ended 105 days later on 13th March 1940.  More than 25,000 Finnish died and many were wounded. At the end of the War Finland was still an independent state but had lost about 10% of its territory and 12% of the population lost their homes and where re-settled.  The Soviet Union’s losses were far higher and somewhere in the order of 150,000. The campaign was badly planned and conducted by the Soviets and the Finns fought bravely and with great skill.

Here are few pictures from one of these battles, somewhere along a country road…

That was all! See you in 2020.

Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 4 – Danish Cavalry and some Aerosans

A few more completed bases of the Danish Cavalry at Lund. All models from the Baccus Sun King range, link here.

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1. Fynske Nationale Rytterregiment – 3 squadrons (Col. Kristof Otto Schack)

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2. Sjællandske Nationale Rytterregiment – 3 squadrons (Col. Ditlev Rantzau)

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1. Sjællandske Nationale Rytterregiment – 3 squadrons (Maj-Gen F. Arenstorff)

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Soon 80 years ago the Winter War started

In other news it is soon 80 years ago the Winter War between Soviet and Finland started (30th November 1939). The 30th November this year is on a Saturday so the Little One and I plan on running a Winter War battle on that day.  I am not sure we will need these excellent 15mm Aerosans from QRF (link here). They are excellent little models and I have had them on the soon to be finished shelf for far too long.

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A few picture to get us in that Winter War mood! (miniatures from Battlefront).

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Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 3 – Danish Cavalry and a note on Winter Basing

3 more Danish mounted regiments for the Battle of Lund (Here are a few others in previous blogs here and here) in addition a note on how I do the winter basing on these at the end.

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3. Jyske Nationale Rytteregiment – 3 squadrons (Col. A Sandberg)

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Slesvig-Holstenske Nationale Rytterregiment – 3 squadrons (Col. Henrik Sehested)

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2. Jyske Nationale Rytterregiment – 3 squadrons (Col. Jakob Bülow)

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Winter Basing

This is how I base these miniatures.

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I start with a dark brown base, I use chocolate coloured sand, but you could use normal sand and use a brown wash to colour it brown.

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When applied and dry, I dry brush the base with wihte.

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Be careful but try to do it everywhere possible, remember that the base will be seen from above mostly so if you only do the edges it will look very dark in the middle.

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Ingedients for the next – some artificial snow, pva glue and a white colour (use cheaper paint, I normally have some poster paint I use for this).

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Mix the snow with the pva glue to a mix with the consistency of say ketchup – not runny. This is based on a teaspoon of snow.  Add a little bit of white paint – you do not need a lot.

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Apply the past on the base, do not cover all of say 80% of it. You can hide any ugly areas where the base has not been covered by the sand and it looks weird – just cover it with the mix.

 

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Sprinkle some of the snow scatter on top. This helps to add some reality to the final snow as the mix tends to dry to something that looks a little bit more like something dry than snow, the white colour (you added before) also helps avoid the snow getting too dark.

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Let dry and enjoy! Of course this is a generalisation and done for effect rather than realism – but it works much better than something that is just white!

 

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Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 2 – Danish Cavalry

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I have been ploughing on with the Danish Cavalry during some evenings when I have been staying away from home. I have had some good going and will present them here for the record as I get them based.  As noted in Part 1 (link here) these have been based on small 30 by 30 mm bases representing a squadron.

The miniatures are from the Baccus 6mm Sun King range (link here) and an absolute joy to work with.

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So in no particular order.

4. Jyske Nationale Rytteregiment – 3 squadrons (Gen. Carl von Arensdorff)

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Carl von Arensdorff was the Danish Army Commander at the Battle, he had served as a Swedish General in the Second Northern War 1655-60. He was wounded at Lund, and his brother Friedrich took over command, and Carl died shortly afterwards. I will write more about the Battle of Lund in future installations.

Detleff Rantzaus Dragonregiment (Col. Georg Brochenhuus)

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Rauchs Geworbne Rytterregiment (enlisted) – 2 squadrons (Col. Rauch)

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Next time a few more!

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Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 1 – Danish Cavalry

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Did a little bit of painting of cavalry for the Scanian War project using Baccus 6mm new Sun King range just before our holidays, but forgot to log them here. I am really pleased with these models and there were a joy to point.

Starting with 3 of the regiments in the Right Wing – Commanded by Lt. General Frederik von Arensdorf.

The normal Polemos/Twilight of the Sun King basing I have used for my Great Northern War stuff has been 9 cavalry on a 60 by 30mm base, representing about 2 squadrons worth of riders.

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For this project I decided to do one smaller bases 30 by 30mm for each squadron with 6 for Dragoons and 8 for regular cavalry – reading the accounts I want to enable the squadrons to have the ability to be an independent unit just like the battalion.

Colonel Örtzen Dragoner – 3 squadrons (Col. Örtzen)

Livregiment Ryttere (enlisted) – 3 squadrons (Col. Meerheim)

Hestgarden (The Horseguard) – 2 squadrons (Col. Plessen)

I have a fair few more to paint in the next few months! Excellent little models from Baccus!

But next time to base the infantry I painted on holiday (see more here).

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Sea, Six and Scanian War – and a few Podcasts

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On the last full evening of the Summer Holidays in Rhodes I thought I do a quick blog post as I have done some progress on the Scanian War Project (that I wrote about here).

But before then a few shout outs on some of the fantastic podcasts and an audio book that has kept me entertained during the small hours after the beach, excursions, dinners and good family time.  This time the key ones have been:

Henry Hyde’s battle talk with Peter Berry (the owner of Baccus 6mm) – it will shortly be on general release but I think you should go to his page and consider signing up and support him! I have the outmost respect of what Henry is trying to do and they which he does it – here is the link https://www.patreon.com/battlegames/posts

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The discussion this time was particularly interesting as it focused on some of the pre-Baccus stuff Peter has been involved in and an exciting project in the future re-releasing the Pony Wars rules.  By the way thanks for the mention(s) Henry – from the Little One and I.

Sean at God’s Own Scale had invited Peter Riley for his Episode 2 of his new and excellent podcast. It covered the fantastic Little Big Horn game that he and the associates of the Wargames Calculator are taking to the shows! It is a nice and engaging episode covering how they created a fantastic participation game from start to delivery involving friends and neighbours. Peter’s upcoming tool for building your own battle specific rules sounds really interesting.

Here is a link to Episode 2

Peter talks about the design and building of his Little Bighorn participation game that won the best participation game at Salute 2019.
Check out his website Wargame Collection Calculator
Also here is the link for the Great Wargames Survey The Great Wargaming Survey 2019
Also check out Henry Hydes patreon at Henry Hyde’s Patreon Page
Find me on Twitter @godsownscale
Email: godsownscale@gmail.com

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I had the pleasure of Joining Sean for Episode 1 and talk about the stuff I am doing in 6mm – I really enjoyed our chat.

Here is a link to Episode 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Gods Own Scale podcast, where I chat to the Godfather of Six, Mr Per Broden. We discuss the Great Northern War, the Joy of Six, and how best to get a 6mm tree to stand on the slope of a hill.

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Then the Lardy Oddcast – this is fantastic podcast and I really like the format and this one was brilliant as always – the spontaneous laughter at about 7 minutes in is worth your time alone. Reflections on Market Garden, report on lard games from Historicon, the latest from Lard TV (check it out), and a reminder to fill in the Wargames survey, some of the workshop projects they are doing. It is of course brought to you by the….

Here you can listen to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB5auNhFSEk

I also had fun listening to Damien Lewis boon SAS Ghost Patrol on Audible. I really enjoyed it. Damien has written a number of books on daring raids and the units that carried them out.

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Danish Battalions for the Scanian War Project

Back to the Scanian War stuff, I did manage to churn out a fair few during my short evening session. They are easy to paint and very similar to the GNW stuff I normally do. In addition to these I need to paint a few Grenadiers for each battalion – these tended to have grey uniforms with varied facings. They are from the Sun King range and are a mix of the musket and pike units. You should probably be using the Matchlock code for the Scanian War and my later units will be based on these miniatures – link to the range here.

Prince George’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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Queens Life Regiment (2 battalions)

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Prince Fredrik’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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The King’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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Stuart’s and Duke of Croys Regiments (1 battalion each)

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Fynske National and I can’t make sense of my Notes Regiments (1 battalion each)

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3 Jydske, 4 Jydske and Luthen Regiments (1 battalion each)

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Having a final sip of the best cooking lager available on these Islands – the Mythos (based on a measured competition with the 8 most common lagers available in most shops – more if you check out #gratuitousbeersport on twitter, just some stupid fun on my twitter feed @Roll_a_one – do not try it at home).

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