Saturday, 18 July 2015

Smaland cavalry

The first 15mm cavalry unit for the Great Northern War. Some painting for myself this time.
'Ga Pa!'
A Russian point of view - emphasis on the point!
These are Irregular Miniatures figures which are nice basic casts. They paint up OK. 
The armies I aim to build are based on units that were present at Poltava, but I'm looking at using them for a campaign based in Livonia which was created by Angus Konstam for Wargames Illustrated a hundred years ago (well, at least last century).
The standard comes from the excellent Tacitus website. If you are going to do a Great Northern War project, or even if you are just a little bit interested in finding out more about the conflict, take a look.

Nate

14 comments:

  1. These look great and your painting really brings them to life!
    I must get a few Irregular figures to see for myself. Are Irregular true 15s or larger?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan. They are closer to true 15mm. Maybe a bit bigger than Essex, but nowhere near the the bigger 18mm figures. I have Black Hat generals and they are noticeably larger than the Irregular, so I placed them on Irregular horses, and they look OK.

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  2. A splendid uniform and a great paint job!

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    1. Thank you Phil. I do like the Swedish colours.

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  3. Looking good Nate. I have my own GNW project scheduled for 2016, but after seeing these it might just slip forward a month or two.

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    1. Thanks Mark. It is a very interesting period. Warfare keep bringing out more figures, so probably worth holding out a while until their range is complete?

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  4. An excellent period! I look forward to more!

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    1. Oh there'll be more, Ray. Just don't know when.

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  5. These are nice! Any idea how they compare to the BM15s?

    FMB

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    1. Tanks FMB. I haven't bought any BM GNW, but I did have some of their WWI and if they are the same size then I'd say that the difference would be quite pronounced.

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  6. Excellent unit for one of my favorite periods in history! I agree, the Tacitus site is a virtual encyclopedia on GNW units, uniforms etc. I can also recommend the book by Lars-Eric Höglund, which goes into detail on each unit's history and contains many uniform plates!

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    1. Thanks BP. I'll look into getting the Höglund book.

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