Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Saxons are Coming!

Another Saxon regiment ready to march to Dresden. Historically regimental establishment circa 1753 for the two battalion regiments was 1104 including grenadiers. One could argue much less on campaign. My 42 figure regiments (2 batts ) is somewhat over strength based on my scale of 1 : 30. However, the visual of 42 figures is my preference.   

Five forum members are collecting Saxons so plenty of discussion and sharing of information. Most members are using the wonderful Crann Tara range of Saxons sculpted by Andy Stadden.

John





Friday, 9 April 2021

The Age of 'Big Battalions'

Some of us in the hobby are still living the dream.

Talking to Charles S. Grant on the telephone yesterday evening about our SYW collections and our future plans fires up the 'big battalion' flame and how lucky we are to have shared some of the best years in the hobby. Discussing the Saxons was a major talking point. With CSG well down the road to completing his Saxon army and I am slowly following. Another Saxon regiment arrived this week from DJ which I am hoping to base over the weekend.

54 figure units, still a grand visual on the table. Marching figures can be boring to many but there are still a few of us that enjoy 'big battalions' for our 18th century miniature armies.

John





Monday, 5 April 2021

New Spain

One of these days we hope to start a campaign set in New Spain/Caribbean circa 1779.

Mind you I have been saying it for the past decade but hopefully after the SYW campaign concludes or reaches a point to have a short interlude......but not before the newly raised Saxon Army sees action.

It seems most of the forum members have unfinished fleets given the recent flurry of photographs.
John








 

Thursday, 18 March 2021

From the Campaign Papers

Most readers of this blog will be aware of My Campaign. I started it a few years back, with chapter 7 now in full swing.

The following armies are involved: Austria, Empire Army, Prussia, Ottoman, Russia and shortly the inclusion of Saxony.

I have taken 100's of photographs of many of the engagements as well as behind the scenes backstories which help towards the written narrative /maps/diagrams/pen and inks. I share have just seven random 'shots' to illustrate the detail.

More on the forum

John








Sunday, 28 February 2021

More Photos from the Austrian Border Engagement

Since my last Chapter 7 post I have only had one further table-top move. I still have to draw the map and write up the backstory. 

This engagement is purely Austrian border troops vs Ottoman irregulars.

However, I have completed the preparation of a further Saxon infantry regiment and made/painted a replacement Lt. Col. Simcoe for the AWI collection.

Hopefully by mid-week a further painted Saxon regiment will arrive from DJ.

John








Thursday, 18 February 2021

Chapter 7

Chapter 7 of my Campaign was to be the introduction of the Saxons. Unfortunately this will delayed a few months whilst recruiting continues.

So I have decided to change Chapter 7 to ' Raids and Small Engagements ' which will be a minor diversion but will allow other unused parts of the collection to get onto the table.

This morning I have set-up an Ottoman raid. This is set on the borders of Austria and the Ottoman Empire.

More on the Forum

John