The League of Augsburg

Breaking the surface.. news on the GNW supplement


Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683


My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.


Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690s


I have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.

The shot...

Militia - all painted

various pikemen - Sedgemoor? Derry? Boston?


It took a while but I finally got the lot painted and Toggy did some too! This post is just to illustrate the potential of these beautiful models.

Armed wth scythes, polearms and short pikes - Raparees? Huguenots? Town mob?


I really enjoyed painting them - so easy.

The musketmen - each has 4 arm variants so multiply the horde by four and there is still no...

I've been waiting to tell you this for a long time...

Military coats and informal equipment

Back where it all began. A passionate interest in the wars between 1685 and 1721. No idea that I would become the owner of a figure company. Inheriting someone else's idea of how things should be done and trying to work with that whilst always wanting to move things in a slightly different direction. Picking up on ideas started by someone else which needed...

GNW Swedish units.. the long road since 1996

Foundry+ conversions + Dixons and Redoubt components - The Dal 1996.. sadly gone

I have a nice archive of my GNW efforts form the time when there was pretty much nothing available, through various iterations to now when I am pretty much writing my own ticket with GNW releases.. a kind of fantasy come true.

Plenty of conversion work Ducker's Dragoons 1997 - the cape is milliput - still have these

I...

Barry's little Scanian War project part 5 ANATOMY OF A UNIT

A grand sight.... The Swedish LifeGuard of Horse 1678
The new set of Horse and Musket rules I am working on allow units of between 6 and 60 models to be deployed on the table. This offered the chance to create shapes not normally seen with smaller wargaming units.

4 x 6 model squadrons with characters attached
I decided to build a 24 model regiment of Horse with all 24 models being troopers without...

Barry's little Scanian War project part 4 SNO' FAIR

Swedish field gun and crew... not a common sight!
OK so perhaps I have taken this too far but I really enjoyed making snow for the 'Lund' period bases in the Scanian War project. For those non British-Scots (I think that's what we are now or is is Scoto- Brits?) the title of this post is a little play on Glaswegian.. SNO' FAIR is a version of it's no' fair or  it isnae fair meaning of course... it...

Barry's little Scanian War project Part 3 LEAD INTO ASSETS

The benchmark - flat painted - gunked - varnished
As mentioned previously I had decided on a very pragmatic approach to creating the forces for both sides in the Scanian War project.

hand painted undercoat using Vallejo Model Colour White
My plan was to use a standard painting method consisting of a white undercoat, flat painting of well chosen bold and contrasting uniform colours followed by brushed...

Barry's little Scanian War project part 2 - WHAT TO WEAR?

Soren Christiansen's magnificent Swedish Lifeguard
Barry Hilton - Inspired as I was by Soren Christiansen and Michael Leck's use of Warfare Miniatures in the construction of their forces for the Battle of Lund I decided to use similar codes.

There is much conjecture over dress and equipment of the period 1670 - 1700 across all European armies. Typically the debate rages around;

GNW Swede in a karpus...

Barry's little Scanian War project Part 1 - HOW IT STARTED

Swedish Life Guards at the charge 1676
Barry Hilton - My interest in the Scanian War 1675-79 probably began when I was 11 but I didn't know it! My Father bought me Military Uniforms of the World by Preben Kannik for my birthday and I still have the book.

Kannik - after 42 years it all makes sense!
Plates which meant nothing to me but that I must have looked at hundreds of times over the intervening...