|Russian Force #1 details below in the text|
Where have I been then? Up to my armpits in getting the GNW/Eastern Wars supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition moved forward.
|Russian field gun in a log redoubt|
The book is being laid out right now and the early views are very encouraging. Despite a pretty extensive archive of shots, I knew I didn't have enough of the right kind. I have thus forsaken the paint brush since January 1 and focused on focusing the lens on the toys.
|Russian Moscow Dragoons move up to the front.|
As I have mentioned in previous posts. You need to take a lot of pictures to get the shots you want. So far, the new book has spaces for over 150 shots so that means hundreds of clicks in order to produce this required (and growing) number. The book is already at circa 140 pages and rising (largely due to the lay out format we have been using).
RUSSIAN FORCE #1 (Photo at top of post)
Drilled battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 1.5 point x 4 = 6 points
Raw battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 1 point x 2 = 2 points
Raw battalion REGULATION with matchlock @ 0.5 points x 2 = 1 point
Drilled squadron of Dragoons with flintlock @ 1.5 points x 4 = 6 points
Raw squadron of Dragoons with flintlock @1 point x 2 = 2 points
Drilled ELITE squadron of Horse Grenadiers with flintlock x 1 = 2 points
Raw Cossack squadron with lance @ 1 point x 2 = 2 points
Drilled two gun battery of 1 x field + 1 x 1 x light gun = 1.5 points
TOTAL: 22.5 points
|Russian infantry engaging the enemy.|
I fully intend to have it released before SALUTE but that means a lot of work. The shots I have focused on over the weekend take a long time to set up and in the end, you get between one and three that are usable.
|Russian infantry defend against enemy cavalry.|
The idea has been to take 'army' or force shots which involves endless scraping around in different boxes(all of which look the same) to find out where what you are looking for was stored. In this post I am featuring some of the shots taken of Russian troops. I'll follow that with a feature on the Swedes, then the Imperialists, the Saxons and finally, the Ottomans.
RUSSIAN FORCE #2 (Photo below)
Drilled battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 1.5 points x 1 = 1.5 points
Drilled-ELITE battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 2 points x 1 = 2 points
Raw Garrison battalion ALL MUSKET with matchlock @ 0.5 points x 1 = 0.5 points
Raw Streltsi battalion ALL MUSKET with matchlock @ 0.5 points x 1 = 0.5 points
Drilled -ELITE Grenadier detachment ALL MUSKET with flintlocks x 1 = 1 point
Drilled squadron of Dragoons with flintlock @ 1.5 points x 6 = 9 points
Drilled ELITE squadron of Horse Grenadiers with flintlock @ 2 points x 2 = 4 points
Drilled squadron of Cossacks with lance @ 1.5 points x 2 = 3 points
Raw squadron of Coassacks with lance @ 1 point x 2 = 2 points
Drilled light gun @ 0.5 points x 1 = 0.5 points
Total 24 points
|Russian Force #2 details in the body of the text|
The simple points system included in The War of Three Kings appears in an augmented form in the new supplement. I have made a calculation of the points values of the forces illustrated in the shots to give an idea to anyone interested. Comparing the two forces which are quite different in composition illustrates two distinct variations for the Russians. The first is very conventional - 2 brigades of infantry each with four battalions, nine mixed squadrons for support and a battery to top it off. The second has a hotch-potch of infantry including a Guard battalion and some low quality stuff, almost no artillery but twelve squadrons with some quality amongst the grenadiers and Cossacks.