|Warfare Miniatures Swedes (painted by Barry Hilton)|
I have had a bee in my bonnet to do the Great Northern War in 28mm for some time now and this has been stoked by the recent production of Warfare Miniatures GNW Swedes and Russians. Click on the link below to see the Warfare figures both painted and unpainted.
Warfare Miniatures GNW figures
The three color pictures of painted figures were knicked off of Barry Hilton's League of Augsburg website, where you can purchase the GNW Swedes and Russians. Hopefully Barry won't mind that I am borrowing his pictures and giving him a plug for his terrific looking figures.
Suffice it to say, I really, really, really like these figures and I like them enough to dive head first into a new wargaming period - the Great Northern War.
|Warfare Miniatures Swedes, Charging, in Karpus (painted by Barry Hilton)|
So for starters, I am trying to decide how many figures to have in each infantry battalion and how to base them. I would like to hear your feedback on three options, so please feel free to leave a comment and give me your opinion as to which option looks better and why you feel that way. Table size and game space is not a constraining variable, so I am not necessarily limited by table space when it comes to choosing a size and basing option.
The choices are 24 figures, 30 figures or 36 figures.
My rules choices will be either Beneath the Lily Banner 2, a GNW variant of Batailles dans l'Ancien Regime ("BAR") or a variant of my own SYW/AWI rules.
|Warfare Miniatures Swedes in Tricorns 2nd Rank Charging|
|Warfare Minitures Swedes - 36 figures on five stands|
My understanding is that about one-third of the Swedes should be carrying pikes, while the remainder carry muskets. The pikemen will be placed in the center stand under all three options.
Below is the 30-figure format with a frontage of approximately ten-inches:
|30 figure Swedish battalion on five stands|
Here is the smallest of the three options, 24-figures with a frontage of approximately 8-inches.
|24 figure Swedish battalion on five stands.|
And finally, here is a picture of the three different basing options, below:
|Basing options (top to bottom): 30 figures; 36 figures and 24 figures|
My plan would be to have a Swedish army with twelve elements, 6 infantry battalions and 6 cavalry regiments. The Swedish army typically had 50% of its forces in the cavalry branch. I haven't made any decisions on the Russian army, but it will probably have twelve units too.