donderdag 30 oktober 2014

Great Northern War – the Moldavian

This is funny. After posting the proposed list for the Moldavian, I stumble across a Russian source with numbers and type of troops for the Pruth Campaign. Brilliant.

The proposed list will need some modification, but the first draft will serve me for the test game set for tomorrow.

Photo one is a close up of the painted infantry figures.

Photo two is of the completed command according to my first proposed list.

Tomorrow, the Russians and Ottomans will be played out as a big battle. This will serve to review the Horse and Musket variant I wrote last year and revise where necessary while adding some features from the Civil War set recently completed.


woensdag 29 oktober 2014

Great Northern War – the Moldavian

For the upcoming Russian vs Ottoman Turk match I decided to cobble a Moldavian command consisting of light horse and loose order infantry from my box of extras, these are mostly Pandour infantry and Cossack cavalry.  

Photo 1 is before the transformation and 2 the after. Amazing what you can do with some body putty; plumage, cloaks and fur caps and anything else that will give them the part.   

Photo 1

Photo 2

As the Humberside list for the Moldavian ends with the 30 years’ war, an appropriate list will have to be created. .

52a Moldavian, 1550-1648.
1x3Cv, 2x2LH, 1x2LH or Art, 2xWWg or 1x4Pi+1x3Kn, 1x4Pk, 1x4Sh, 1x3Bw/2Ps, 1x3Sh/2Ps, 2x3Aux.

Making an army list post-1648 we have to keep in mind both Moldavia and Wallachia were part of the Ottoman Empire. Moldavia rebelled in time to assist Peter the Great and would likely be able to field the bare essentials.

Armoured cavalry were on the decline among the Ottomans and the Kn would most likely not survive into the 18th century and I have doubts about WWg operating on the battlefield opposed by Ottoman gunners. Archers are most likely replaced by infantry with firearms. Ratio of mounted to foot would remain about the same, so a tentative list might look as such:

Moldavian/Wallachian (suggested for 1710)
1x2LH or Art,

2x3Aux or 3Dr.


dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

Imperial Troops

With the exception of minor states clothing their troops in blue uniforms, the Imperial forces wore predominantly white coats. Breeches, small clothes mostly white, but here there is significant variation to paint some units with either red or blue breeches, stockings and cuffs.

Buff coats predominated among the Cuirassiers and Dragons tended to wear red or blue coats. Light Horse regiments or hussars are present during this time, but are small in number by comparison to other mounted.

Command one

Command two

It is possible to find regimental distinctions among the troops and place a name to the unit. However, the name given to the regiment was that of their commander, this could change considerably during the war.  Therefore, the entire collection reflect the most common types including the flags.

French, Bavarian, Imperial and Russian commands now total 7, there remain only 13 that require a national identity. Prussia, the United Provinces and Danes are certainly on my list. Before this happens I will have a number of games with the revised DBA Horse and Musket variant.