Friday, 14 June 2013

New Great Northern War project

A project that's been in the background for a while finally got underway in the last couple of weeks.  The Great Northern War and WSS in 15/18mm.  My idea is to start with Swedes and Russians then expand the forces to include other colourful units from the era. 

So here are the first couple of units.  These are all Blue Moon miniatures.  I was going to try the layered painting technique, but after an experiment that didn't look good, I decided I could do better with my normal wash technique and controlling the flow of the paint with the brush.  

I've decided to do the first two units in the 'standard' Swedish and Russian infantry uniforms.  Here are Swedes in the blue uniform.   Just the basic wash of Humbrol blue over white undercoat.  

And some pictures after I'd tidied up any overspill from the base uniform colour with white and painted in the buff belts.   

And two pictures after I'd added the facing colours.  I'm not sure if I've got enough of a contrast between the buff of the Swedish breeches and the yellow stockings and turnbacks so I might use a lighter highlight on the buff. The yellow and red are Humbrol colours which I've always found excellent to work with.      

More pictures shortly I hope. 


  1. Great start Tom.What rules are you going to use?

    1. Hi Alan,
      I may do a post about rules. My first choice is Volley and Bayonet with early 18c amendments. There's also a 9 years war / LOA variant of Volley and Bayonet. I thought about about Age of Honor and Age of Reason but I wanted to have a regiment / unit on 1 base. I can always adjust these rules to suit. Another set considered was Polemos, but we found the Napoleonic rules to be so badly written that it put us off Polemos rules altogether.

  2. Hi Tom,
    Looking good so far. You right to have opted for washes over layers on 15mm figures; its possible but a huge amount of work that really doesn't show on the table. Look forward to seeing these guys progress to the finished units.

    Cheers, Ross