dimarts, 19 de maig de 2015

Getting (re) started

So just as it seemed like the campaign had fallen asleep and it was safe to go outside again, rumours come in from the deepest depth of the easten steppes that strange things are afoot.

Campaign maps have been created, troops are starting to be assigned to their posts and things generally seem to be stirring again. Spring has certainly had it's effect.

Commonwealth troop positions (red squares) and their objectives for the coming campaign. In Yellow the lost province of Podolia, in red, what would be great to wrestle out of the hands of the Turk.
Now where are those Holy League allies, the Muscovites and Imperialists?
And most important... Where is the enemy!?
Marked on the map in Yellow and A is the lost province of Podolia, since 1676 in Turkish hands.
The red area B, are the wild fields, a fertile strip of black earth, depopulated by tartar raids. Commonwealth claims these were part of their dominions in 1380... or was it earlier.
Marked as C are the 2 towers, the Black and the white tower, kara kerman and Akkerman respectively, which would anchor the Commonwealth and give it access to the Black Sea, and preferential trade routes from black Sea to Baltic!

Things have been slow in the last  few months, ever since the news that Prince was expecting offspring, and more amazingly the news ran through the kingdom, that it wasn't just one, but 2 Princesses that were expected at the same time.

Since end of May, the potency of the Crown prince is no in doubt anymore, but Laws must change for these two ladies to have any chance of ascending their family heritage.

dilluns, 4 d’agost de 2014

"What has taken you so long!"

4. February 1696

Maciek Kwiatkowski was cold.  Freezing cold.  And he was angry with himself. "Why can't you just hold your tongue."
He was sure thats why he was out here, in the freezing cold and snow. Telling a magnate where he can stick his veto is never a good idea. Not after the Sapieha's vetoed the King. and certainly not after a few drinks... Some said too many, but that's all relative.
Now he was out here in the cold waiting for a guest of his Pułkownik Mierzejewski's... probably just another stuck up Magnate, looking down his nose at him for not being a Noble.  Maybe he could warm up in the village... maybe they even have an inn, with some food, maybe even a small drink...
Kwiatkowski asking for another shot
Kwiatowski was part of Euzebiusz Pawłowski new dragoon regiment, part of Mierzejewski Pulk/division. The colonel was training them in new ways, that Pułkownik Mierzejewski had discovered in Greece on his great tour. Apparently it was from some competitions the ancient greeks used to train their soldiers. It focused on the skills required by a soldier, with competitions in shooting, swimming, fencing, equestrianism, and cross country running.  He even  called his regiment the "Hoplites".

The Hoplites Regimental Flag.
At least they wouldn't have to wear the helmets

Not that he had much choice. Being an impoverished noble, he had to take whatever his benefactor felt suited him.  He spat on the ground. He was sure it froze before it even hit the ground.

Finally he saw some movement in the trees.  He could see the first riders of the magnate riding ahead of the column. He approached them  to identify himself as their guide.

"Pozdrowienia - Greetings your lordships! I have been expecting you hours ago - I am Pan Kwiatowski, porucznik/lieutenant of Pawłowski dragoon banners!  What has taken you you so long!?!"

The long expeted party arrives

The two men rode up to Kwiatowski. Both of them wore expensive furs, but the rider on the lft looked like a hardened veretan of many a campaign. The veteran smiled at him and started to introduce himself, whilst his companion eyed him with a disdainful glower.

"Greetings, an a special thanks for your forthcomingness. My companion and I have ineed been delayed by the snow, dinners, political meeings and some broken axels. I am Pan Krefeldski,  Rotmistrz of his Highness the Crown Prince of Poland Guard Banner. And my companion here, is Pan Jakib Sobieski..."

Kwiatowski blood started to drain from his face

"... you might have heard of him as Crown Prince of Poland, or as the hetman's son, depending on where you stand?"

"... Ah..."

"Oh yes", pressed the Rotmistrz," by the way just out of interest, where do you stand on this issue?"

"Krefeldski! thats enough!"  spat out the Prince. "I apologize for my friend's forwardness. Being a foreigner he sometimes doesn't understand the freedoms we have her in the Rzeczpospolita"
The crown Prince Smiled at Kwiatowski.

"Shall we proceed to Oleska! I am eager to see these 'Hoplitóws' in action! I have heard so much about them!"

divendres, 6 de setembre de 2013

Donald Featherstone passed away

One of the fathers of modern wargaming, Donald Featherstone, died yesterday after a fall at home. He was 95.
It would be hard to find someone who more influenced wargaming worldwide. I still remember with fondness lefing through these colourful pages, getting inspiration for new projects on almost every page of his book.
He will be sorely missed, but left the hobby much stronger and healthier than when he found it.
Thank you!

divendres, 3 de maig de 2013

Back for more!

Work and work have kept me away from here for a little while lately, but then again it's not everyday that you get the opportunity to combine your hobby with your real life work and to design and make very same the toys you have always been playing with since you can remember.

Thanks to Lluis of Minairons and Defiant Pricipality fame, I got the chance to make the T-26 tank for Minairons Miniatures.

So I have been kept busy turning this...

...into this!! :)

Thanks Lluis and here´s to many more of them tanks rolling off the production lines. Remember we have to beat the original 11'000 that rolled out of them Soviet factories ;)

dilluns, 24 de setembre de 2012

Campaign Map Started

Using trusty google on it's relieve map mode, I made some screen shots of the campaig area.

And using the hexographer free mapper, convert this to a hex map for the campaign.
Next up placing cities rivers and roads!


Since the campaign will include various nations (Poland, Saxony, Russia, Prussia.. Sweden?), I am planning to make some country specific units and then also some mercenary units, which can fill the gaps in army size, as well as give different characteristics to the any specific army.
I have freely inspired myself on different historical units to bring these into my campaign, each with their own special quirks and habits.

First up, "La Legion Noire" based on a French Revolutionary Wars unit, a unit of diehard mercenaries, maybe deserters from the never ending wars of Louis Whatshisnumber, who work for the best price on the day... they fight hard, but for whom!?

Next the Neuenburger Regiment, obviously based on the Swiss Regiment of Napoleonic fame, transported to the Lace Wars period.  Steady, loyal and with superior firepower, this unit will get platoon fire advantages.

And last a small German princeling unit, hired out for a campaign. Based on the Nuernberger Bürger Kavalerie, here they are as a humble foot unit, fighting for the honor of their prince.

Flags and basing still to come for these units.

dimecres, 5 de setembre de 2012

20 questions - some answers

1.  Favourite Wargaming period and why?
Napoleonics- it's got everything uniforms, countries, characters
ACWtoo much Gonewith the wind and North nd South
GNW lesser known Lace Period... more room to play!:)

2.  Next period, money no object?
Europeans Vs Maharattas, or a LaceColonial war on a last continent... Dinotopia maybe?

3. Favourite 5 films?
3 Musketeers, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The man who would be king, Saving Private Ryan, Steiner the Iron Cross,   Kellys Heroes, 1612, Tara's Bulba, Last of the Mohicans,....

4. Favourite 5 TV series?
Game of Thrones,  Band of Brothers, Southpark, How things are made, Animal Biopsy, North&South (ACW-version)
5. Favourite book and author?
The Trilogy - Henryk Sienkiewicz
Lord Of the Rings- Tolkien
Swords around a Throne - better than fiction!

6. Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
KarlXII - consistently beat larger odds than his own

7. Favourite Wargames rules?
1648-1845, Black Powder,

8. Favourite Sport and team?
Rugby - and of course All Blacks

9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
19 November 1700 - Narva. to see 5000 swedes charge 40'000 Russians, dug -in with 200 guns, in a snowstorm... and win!

10.Last meal on Death Row?
A 25 course degustation menu by Gordon Ramsey. With any luck by course 12 they hang him instead!

11. Fantasy relationship and why?
Magdalena Miecarz - Tara's Bulba

then again Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux...
how can you ignore this woman in a catsuit?!

12.   If your life were a movie, who would play you?
Terence Hill

13. Favourite Comic  Superhero?

14.   Favourite Military quote?
"Battles are always fought at the junction of two maps, on the side of a hill, in the rain"... can't remember who said it. I think an English General in Burma WW2

Field Marshall Montgomery commenting to General Bernard Freyberg, "I notice your troops are not saluting me." "Ah, yes," replied Freyberg, "but if you wave to them, they'll wave back."

15.   Historical destination to visit?
Hadrians wall

16.   Biggest Wargaming regret?
Having stopped for so long

17.   Favourite Fantasy job?
- getting paid to design figures and vehicles
- benevolent dictator of my Imagi-Nation :D

18. Favourite Song Top 5?
More than songs I'll put in bands/composers
· Fat Freddy's Drop
· Tchaykovsky
· Hans Zimmer (and his 500'000 sound tracks)
· Spotify's Top 100 of the moment
· ...

19.   Favourite Wargaming Moment?
Moving my guns up into range and upon a spur of the moment decision, moving them a little more than caution would dictate. My oponent, seeing this, starts retreating away form "The charge of the heavy gun brigade"

20.   The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
Not being able to answer this question! Who wants to be upset anyway, huh?