The Silver Bayonet (or Spurs) in Scania 1677 – Part 2

Following on from an earlier posting, link here (it could be worth checking that one first and come back here later if you have not seen it), here are some more stuff for the Scania 1677 project. The plan was to play a few games with the family over the Christmas/New Year period but due to COVID etc it did not materialise, however I did finish some stuff. The first this is a new unit, the Black Widows, led by Svart Sara. This is to represent the many casualties in the Scanian region during the war and the population being tired of having to provide contributions to both the Swedes and the Danes. She has swore to wear black until this war is over.

Svart Sara – a Landsknecht from Warlord with a head from the Frostgrave Wizards range, and a sword from the Assualt Group.

The Black Widows (Officer and 7 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

Svart Sara (Officer), Ailo (A Sami Scout, counts as Native Scout) and 3 black widows (Infantry). Various conversions using Warlord English Civil War plastics for muskets, frostgrave female wizards, green stuff and the Sami Guide is a Compagnies Franches Officer with a headswap from Northstar).
Ulrica (Occultist), Maria (Supernatural investigator) and a Black Widow (Infantry), again various conversions.

I also made some more Danes, Swedes and Freeshooters. This is actually slowly growing to something more like Sharp Practice than Silver Bayonet – perhaps Sharp Silver Pilke?. But that is another story.

Danish Infantry from Reiver Castings
as above
Swedish Infantry from Northstar
as above
Some more Freeshooters from Perry Miniatures and the Officer in the Back from Bloody Miniatures
Some Reiver Casting Freeshooters

And some Revenants, well if it is Silver Bayonet we need some strange stuff as well, so I got these from Fenris Games.

/ Hope that was of some interest, just basing up some other stuff at the moment.


Hobby Round-up of 2021 – An eclectic mix

A few days before Christmas I was invited to speak on Sean Clark’s podcast Gods Own Scale, where I covered some thoughts and reflections from the year that just passed (link below the picture, if you want to check it out).

It is always great to catch-up with Sean and it is well worth checking up his back catalogue if you are not already familiar with it.

Anyway as a kind of complement I will do a quick overview of some of the things I did on the hobby front this year (mainly an organised listing of links to blogposts). As always in doing the review I realise that I have been doing far more than expected.

The sections are

  • More 3D printing
  • Commissioning some 6mm miniatures
  • Sweden 1943 Project 15mm
  • 6mm Projects
  • The Battle of Lund 1676 6mm and the 6mm Charity Project
  • Terrain Projects
  • Fantasy Ice Hockey 28mm
  • Other Projects
  • An Awarding Year – Caesar Award (Wargaming Blog 2021) and Best in Show at Salute (6mm Poltava 1709

More 3D printing

I continued some exploration of 3D printing and came to the conclusion after a lot of printing that I should stop just printing and just keep things back until I intended to paint stuff, avoiding creating yet another mountain – this time in resin instead of lead. On the whole I really enjoy using the printer and the result it produced – it has not really reduced the amount of stuff I buy but has given me some options for doing alternative stuff. Here are few of the stuff I did do.

I printed a few ships and Max and I had a blast playing a few naval engagement with them.
I also got a battle mat from Geek Villain for naval engagement (or wide rivers).
Some really nice details in these 1/2400 scale ships
I also printed up a company of “Sturmis”, the Stug used by the Finns in WW2

More details on this here

Commissioning some 6mm miniatures

I also commissioned some 6mm miniatures to be used as commanders for my GNW 6mm stuff. I did 5 minutures in total, the one below shows Stenbeck at Helsingborg in 1710.


More about that here and the other miniatures that I commissioned.

Sweden 1943 Project 15mm

Further Progress was made on my Swedish 1943 Project and I added some more tanks and armoured cars (well trucks). I also did a high level army list for O Group, the new game from Too Fat Lardies.


More about this project here

6mm Projects

The only big 6mm project I did start in the year was the Forces in Holstein 1700 as part of the start of the Great Northern War. This offers two very colourful opposing armies and the potential for a very interesting wargaming experience – in reality there were no big field battles, but this project offers some exploration of this.

I also bought some already painted 6mm ancients that I rebased and quickly got my 6mm Ancient Punic War collection substantially increased. I also did a summary blog on a lot of the #6mmtips I have shared on twitter over the last few years. More on these projects below.


The Battle of Lund 1676 6mm and the 6mm Charity Project

This year I took the Battle of Lund 1676 to the Virtual Joy of Six event, I ended up doing a video to present the game and also talked about the Charity Project that was completed last year. There are some links to two video that was produced to support these projects.

Terrain Projects

I did a lot of terrain projects this year most notably I did a lot of clutter, or immersion markers as I prefer to call them, for the 1943 table, but there are some generic ideas you could use for other theatres and scales. I also did a fair few buildings and fields.

These projects has allowed me to create some really immersive battlefields, like this one. Here a little video that Des Darkin did showing off the table laid out using many of the terrain elements produced this year (thanks Des).


Fantasy Ice Hockey 28mm

I did some further work on my Fantasy Ice hockey project and we are developing some alternative rules to use. More on some conversions and some 3d printed models below.


Other projects

Those were my main activities for the year, here some of the smaller projects that was done

An Awarding Year

I received two awards this year, the Caesar Award for the Blog of 2021 organised by Little Wars TV and also the Best Game in Show (Presidents Award) at Salute for the 6mm Poltava 1709 table.


Here a video made by Alex at Storm of Steel covering the show with an interview with Nick and I discussing the battle.

And of course the sad news about Mike Hobbs passing earlier in the year, miss you mate!

The Silver Bayonet (or Spurs) in Scania 1677 – Part 1

Following the Swedish Victory at Lund in December 1676, the Swedish terror has intensified and the Scanian population are suffering. You are part of a small band of Scanians fighting what you see as the Swedish occupation following Scania being captured by Sweden in 1658. You are not Swedes, you are Scanian men first and Danes second, you will never become Swedes. You are currently operating in the area around Lund and there are whispers of strange events that the locals think are associated with the corpses lying in piles after the battle until the winter had lost its grip on the frozen ground and they could be buried in the ground. For months they were lying there robbed first of their material possessions by greedy locals second their souls taken and ravaged by God knows what. The nights seem darker and the howling of the wolves sounds like the raging frenzy of the Fenris Wolf of the old pagan stories, something has risen, something evil, a Dark Master sneaking in the forest. Trolls, goblins, demons all are now common place words amongst the scared population and is causing added complication to what is now mostly a small scale conflict. Scouting parties on both sides have been attacked, killed and a few survivors often driven to shells of the men they once were speaks of shadow fighters, quick moving beast looking like men but with superhuman strength and speed. One of your scouting parties has gone missing and you sit around your campfire and discuss the recent events. Suddenly one of the sentries appears with his hand on the shoulder of a young girl, perhaps only 12 winters old. She looks exhausted and terrified, she looks at you and falls down on her knees in the snow and clutches here hands together as she would be revealing her soul in front of the almighty himself, she looks at you with strong eyes and for a moment feels mature and focused beyond her young age, “Freeshooters, I am Milda, the daughter of Conrad son of Eskil, I need your help to find my family. Something took them, something that came from the forest…”, she gasps and collapses ….”

The latest game from Osprey is the Silver Bayonet, and is basically a Skirmish with Supernatural overtones in a Napoleonic, setting. Know it really tickled my interest at several levels but for me the Napoleonic era is not one I particularly get too much into at the moment. However since I read a lot about the battle of Lund 1676, in the Scanian War fougth between Sweden and Denmark, I always had this thought about the 10.000 dead after the battle in December that were not put into holy ground until several month afterwards, due to the difficulty in digging frozen earth. If there was ever a time when something ancient and evil could have gotten a hold of something this would be as good a contender as anything else.

So in a nutshell I will be playing game but based in Scania (Sweden) in 1677 as written with the exception of using rifles and treating everyone as having muskets so this limits the choices a little bit. Both sides will have attracted specialists with some occult experience and the Swedes have raised a Cavalry regiment, the Silver Spurs to investigate issues and to deal with them. The Danish have also sent some specialists to support the Danish forces and the Freeshooters (Snapphanar) in the area,

Here my two starting units, I am already thinking about adding a separate unit with Danish Soldiers and a Unit of Scanian Collaborators (Swedish Loyalists) so we could do a 4 player game.

The Swedes – A detachment of the Silver Spurs (Officer and 7 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

The Swedes (Bauer’s Troops) 1 – Conrad Kånkel (an old Veteran and advisor, counts as Guardsman), Colonel Bauer (The Officer) and Fänrik Tarmvred (Junior Officer). Miniatures from Warbases and Warfare Miniatures.
The Swedes (Bauer’s Troops) 2 – 5 soldiers (3 counts as Regular Infantry, the Standing firing ones as Grenadiers) – Miniatures from Warfare Miniatures.

The Scanian Freeshooters (Officer and 6 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

The Scanian Freeshooters 1 – Jørgen Spjutspets (count as highlander with heavy weapon), Ryttmästare Blanka (The Officer, former Swedish Cavalry Officer) and Madame Lilla (Supernatural investigator) – Ready to fight the Swedish Oppression and the unknown (Miniatures from Warlord Games, Bloody Miniatures and Warbases)
The Scanian Freeshooters 1 – 4 irregular Freeshooters (Miniatures from Perry Miniatures Fornlorn Hope ECW)

Let us hope we can get a game in soon, still waiting for some stuff I have bought to represent the unknown but I a few things to throw in, in the interim. A series of shots (from when Bauer and his troop got attacked by some Trolls), you could supply your own narrative, the troll are from the excellent Fenris Games (link here).

/ Hope that was of some interest