Sunday, 6 January 2019

Saxon forces of the GNW


During the holidays I finally finished my Saxony contingent for the Great Northern War for which two of the local boys independently started the same project.  They twisted my ‘rather rubber wargame arm’ to have me create some reinforcements for WillB’s Russians to face the fury of KevinA’s elite Swedish foe.

For the most part the other two have used Warlord’s (ex-Wargames Factory) plastic WSS figures and I have followed in that path and also altered my usual painting style to give them a very basic paint coat then cover the lot with Army Painters ‘Soft Tone’ (from the small bottle)  While it certainly darkens the tones, it provides a similar effect as the other collectors forces.

It might be noted that they were rebased from individual stands to square multiples (40mm) given the more formal lines of battle.   I have large enough force of line infantry and cavalry and contingents of dragoons and grenadiers along with artillery support to satisfy most of our scenario requirements.

Fun minor project and interesting to gather the campaign and indeed uniform information as it is one of the few major wars I was not really familiar with.  I like the colour red so this would be the army for me, it would appear!

Saxon cuirassier without their red overcoats!
newly painted dragoons
My red coated mass of the Electorate of Saxony c 1706

8 comments:

  1. Very nice, Doug. If I were ever to do this period (early-mid 18th C.) I would certainly consider these ex-Wargames Factory figs.

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    1. I was mildly surprised by the quality. Good proportions, good detailing, easy to paint. Marching poses just head and hanger (if wanted - I didn't). Some with half torsos so can use as either officer, drummer etc. but which the posing a bit off but not much. Horses aren't the best looking - 6/10 only for those.
      I only did a quick paint job on them, you would do a better job.

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  2. Looking great, Doug, I'm sorry I'm progressing so slowly with my Russkis!

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    1. A reminder that it was primarily the RUSSIANS fighting the Swedes. We Saxony types were only to help in your devastating losses in the GNW war!

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  3. Beautiful figures and painting Doug. I love the large scale for this period.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment.
      While the forces are indeed growing between the three of us, it certainly was not the intention! :)

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  4. Agree with you re these figures Doug - I used them for WSS about two years ago - I particularly like the fact that being plastic, they are pretty easy to convert and add poses to

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    1. Yes, the half torsos are nice for conversions. Always thought this era with almost everyone wearing the same cut of uniform is ideal for the mass cheapness of plastics (the cost is in the mold-making, not the plastic) But Warlord reduced the options, provide less in a box, and charge more!

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