Sunday, January 21, 2018

Made me a minimized playtest kit for Rebels and Patriots



When we started to playtest the rebels and patriots rules I really felt the need to be able to set up a quick game on the kitchentable so decided to get hold of some small minis like 6mm or 10mm, searched the web and in the end I decided to use the 8mm plastic minis from Perrys Travel Battle as they just had started to sell the sprues.

Said and done, ordered me 4 sprues of Minis as well as a sprue of Houses, quite cost effective as the red and blue forces and houses costed me £20 including P&P. I wanted to use my 1,2,3 basing but ended up to base them 3 minis to a base. It was a bit tricky to cut the minis apart as they are 5 on a strip, but nothing a steady hand and a sharp craftknife could not handle;)

I also made me a small gaming board using a 58x39 cork notiseboard "VÄGGIS" for £4.95 from IKEA. Even if I really prefere 28mm minis, it all work fine to run som test games using cm´s instead of the usual inch.

Might not be the best pictures but I hope you get the idee at least :)








Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Russian Infantry for Battle at Stäket 1719



I been working on more Russians for our Salute 2018 game "Battle at Stäket 1719". The Russians landed troops from at least 10 different regiment all with more or less different uniforms colours so it was a mix of Green, Blue, Red and White uniforms.

Below you can see the 42 minis I just finished that have the White uniform as well as some characters in Green uniform and some additions to the Blue ones to (That I originaly painted as 1670ish Swedes for my Scanian War project but they work as fine for 1819 Russians to). I included the units with Red and also the Green clad Grenadiers in some of the Pictures.

The last picture as of some Renedra plastic ridge tents for the Swedish camp.

All in all I now have 145 minis finished for the Russians, more to come...

All minis are from the Wargames Factory Plastic WSS infantry box, exccept for the mounted commander that I belive are from the WF Artillery box and the 3 Grenclad characters that Im not really sure of but a guess would be Wargames Illustrated Historical Character, Unknown and a Foundry mini.















Saturday, January 13, 2018

Russian taking a beating at the battle at Stäket 1719



Some WIP from my painting table of today. Russian Infantry taking heavy casualties by the Swedish Galleys at Stäket 1719 as they tried to advance on the Swedish positions.

I built them out of Wargames Factory plastic WSS minis.






Friday, January 12, 2018

Galley for Battle at Stäket 1719



I just had to share a picture Jan sent me some days ago of a more or less finished Swedish Galley for our Salute 2018 game "Battle at Stäket 1719".

He have built a master in wood that he uses to make resin casts of the 6 we will use.

Below a drawing of a Russian galley




Friday, January 5, 2018

Rebels and Patriots – Wargaming Rules for North America: Colonies to Civil War



We are glad to announce that we (Daniel Mersey and Michael Leck) are once again teaming up with Osprey Games to bring you a new set of wargaming rules!

Rebels and Patriots will be a set of easy to learn and fast-moving miniature wargaming rules offering you the chance to lead small armies of soldiers across the North American continent in the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. The rules are written with a focus at conflicts on the North American continent from The French and Indian War (1754–1763), through The American War of Independence (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812–1815), Texas Revolution (1835-1836), Mexican–American War (1846-1848), up to the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Rebels and Patriots will help you to refight company-sized skirmishes, ambushes, escort scenarios, and other tasks performed by a small company of soldiers rather than a full army. Game play is intentionally easy and cinematic, and your success is driven by the quality of the officers leading your company: the rules play up the feeling of adventure, where Heroic Officers lead their men to glory…

As with our previous rules, we’ve focused on the overall ‘feel’ and ‘flow’ of the game, rather than worrying ourselves about the minutiae of historical simulation. Our design goal has been to write a set of broad-brushstroke rules that depict the Horse and Musket era by combining elements of our Pike and Shot wargaming rules The Pikeman´s Lament and Dan´s colonial wargaming rules The Men Who Would Be Kings. The aim of the game is to roll some dice and move some models in a Horse and Musket battle game inspired by American history between 1754 and 1865, enjoying yourself as you do so.

More than anything else, we once again wanted to work together to create miniatures game for an interesting period of the history that is easy to play and enjoyably fun. We hope you will agree that we’ve done so: when Rebels and Patriots is released in early 2019, you’ll be able to judge this for yourself!


Below some pictures from one of the first playtest games of the Rebels and Patriots rules, all minis painted by my matey Jesper and are from his AWI collection.










Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First Swedes for our salute 2018 game



I have just finished painting the first Swedes for our Salute 2018 game "Battle at Stäket 1719" one unit of 12 minis representing a company in our game and a Batallion command unit of 6 minis with 4 Company colors for the 4 Companies in the batalion. 3 more 12 man compaies on the painting table. This unit will represent the 1st batalion of Södermanlands Regiment, Jesper are in the progress of painting the 2nd batalion from the same regiment.

The banners are from the banner drawings that are keept at the Swedish War Archive. The White banner are for the 1st Company and the 3 yellow ones are for Company 2-4 in the 1st Batalion, Company 5-8 in the Second Batalion also had the yellow banners.

All Swedish minis are from the exelente Ebor Miniatures Great Northern War range.







Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Retrospect



Happy New Year !!!

...2018 are just to start in a few hours and I bring you a summery of 2017 for my blog. I hope you have liked my posts during the year even if I had a lower blogpost output than erlier years.

The wargaming year 2017 in numbers...

1 Cow painted.
1 My first wargaming rules published with my matey Dan Mersey, The Pikeman´s Lament.
1 Contributed to the Swedish Army Museum Wargaming Exebition.
1 My name in the Empire of Eagles wargaming rules
1 Article published in Wargames Illustrated
1 Trip to Hamburger tactica, realy nice wargaming event.
1 Trip to Salute, Running the awardwinning "Battle at Fort Mosquito 1655" demonstration game with master terrainbuilder Jan. Thanks to Collin, Andy, Jesper and Steve that helped out during the day !
2 Salute 2017 Awards, The Bill Brewer Best Table Memorial Award AND The Robert Bothwell Best Historical Game Memorial Award, for our demonstration game "Battle at Fort Mosquito 1655"
2 Dogs painted
2 Pigs painted
3 Guns painted
4 Geese painted
4 Canoes painted
5 Boats painted
8 Articles published in Wargames Soldiers and Strategy
8 Houses build and painted, all for the Wargaming Exebition at the Swedish Army Museum
14 AAR´s published on my blog
20 monunted minis painted
92 Blogposts
375 foot minis painted
594 Followers ! Thank you very much to you all !!! and especially thanks to the 48 new one that signed up during 2017, very appreciated !
900 000+ page vievs sins I started this blog in 2010

Here comes some pictures from the the wargaming year.