Saturday 30 November 2019

Khurasan 15mm

 Some excellent miniatures for the Scanian war. This is probably my favourite 15mm range around. Facebook page. Website

Saturday 23 November 2019

In praise of plastics

I have been quite excited by the Strelets-r WSS figures but then I am slightly biased when it comes to 1/72 plastics. As a child I went to Britain's then I went to Airfix (the above picture of me in about 72 shows me with some). So to me it's old school. Sure I went to Minifigs, and Essex, Dixon's and so on War games foundry but I have always liked 1/72 plastics. They are simple to convert with head swaps and the anatomical proportions are quite pleasing.  To conclude i don't look at 1/72 plastics as a cheap option but an aesthetic choice. Lovely slim bayonets. 

Friday 22 November 2019

More WSS 1/72 news from Strelets-r

 Another teaser from the forum - this time looks like French due to the belly-box and the partisan. This is shaping up to be a great range.

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Maxen 1759

Today's anniversary. Decisive Austrian victory.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sheriffmuir 1715

Today's anniversary. Wiki

WSS wargames rules

I have Facebook group called War of the Grand Alliance which covers the late 17th early 18th century and I asked them what rules would they use for the War of Spanish Succession?

Twilight of the Sun King
Beneath Lily banners
Basic Baroque
Black Powder
Might and Reason
The most popular were the top two on the list.

Size comparison Strelets-r WSS and Zvezda GNW

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Some useful WSS books

It appears the WSS is becoming popular - going by the hits on this page. Here's a few books to get started on the period in the English language. Any other books you would recommend to start you off?

Russian soldiers of the Tobol Garrison

Friday 8 November 2019

New on the Strelets-r forum

 Teasers for future releases on the forum. Standards are very high i would say but I am smitten. Not sure who these are but I am impressed.

Unboxing Strelets Set #230. British Infantry in Advance 1701-1714. War of Spanish Succession. 1/72.

Useful look at the new set from Drum and Flag. The only slight grumble I have is you get a hautbois and no drummer. I will be following this series closely.

White Mountain 1620

Today's anniversary White Mountain near Prague. See here for a book on the subject.
Article on the events here

Thursday 7 November 2019

Prussian Freikorps

"Ein Preuss(ische) Croat aufgericht 1761 von Gseschraiischen Corps"

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Тобол (The Conquest of Siberia) - Film Trailer

A young officer of Peter I's First Guard, Ivan Demarin, on the instructions of the tsar, is sent to the depths of Siberia - to border Tobolsk. Here Ivan meets his first love and, together with his regiment, finds himself drawn into a conspiracy by local princes, who are hunting for Yarkand's gold. His fortress is surrounded by hordes of wild jungars and there's no place to wait for help .
Featured as part of 2019 Russian film week in London.

Stuart Asquith obituary by Charles S Grant

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Marcellus Laroon the Younger

Interesting painter as he served in the army in Flanders, Spain and Scotland. Read about him here
Cavalry on the march
Tavern scene

William of Orange lands at Torbay 1688

Today's anniversary.

Rossbach 1757

Today's anniversary. Prussian victory. Wiki

Monday 4 November 2019

Stuart Asquith

This was posted on @battlegames
It was with great sadness that I learned this morning that Stuart Asquith, probably best known as the former editor of Practical Wargamer, passed away last night. He will be missed by a huge section of the hobby who admired this champion of the ‘old school’ who espoused simple rules and a gentlemanly attitude to wargaming.

Friday 1 November 2019

Prussian infantry 1709

I am looking forward to seeing what nations Strelets-r are going to produce for the WSS. French would interest me as well as Prussians. Prussians can be used for the GNW too. Also Danes. See here