Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Austerlitz 1805 - Pictures of a Battle

I had some time this winter, in Poland, and I used it (also) to take some pictures of an idea of wargame representing part of the Battle of Austerlitz 5th  December 1805.
For this purpose, I used the village of the Battle of Leuthen. Actually Austerlitz occurred in current Czechiam next to Brno in December and Leuthen in current Poland (South West) in December, around 50 years before, so the village were as style and weather quite the same (both with snow).

Friday, May 19, 2017


Well, in family we have Korean can vs a Japanese car; following this I implemented my fighting in the Japanese Invasion of Korea at the end of the XVII Century.

 The Korean army in front of the Gate of the walled town of Busan (South Korea) is waiting for the Japanese attack. All in paper.

 Top & bottom: the Korean heavy infantry, led by an officer, is ready for fighting.
 Top: Korean light infantry ready for fighting too (the church in the background is from Leuthen village.... sorry!)

 Top: a good image of the Korean Infantry

 Top & Bottom: notice the flag of the town of Busan

Top: on the top of the walls of the town the fierce Korean infantry is defending its Country and the town of Busan.

 Top:  a more complete vision of the defence of the Town of Busan
 Top: the yellow castle
 Top: the Japanese arrived. I liked very much their shape and how they look!
 Top: vision form the top
 Top & bottom: and intense fight: the Japanese are pressing towards the walls of the town.

Top: details of the fighting
 The Japanese Ashigaru are attacking in very deep formation. Will their discipline prevail?
 Top: pitched battle!
 Top & bottom: light Korean infantry is advancing to defend honour and Country.

 Top & bottom: hard fighting. Who will prevail?
 Bottom: the night is falling upon the fighters


Saturday, May 6, 2017


I have to admit that I always had problem to fully understand how in the practice worked the pike & shot unit during the XVII Century. I put this question and topic also in THE MINIATURE PAGE and I got some good tips, but still when I am working with my unit at 1:1 ratio I have my problems and doubts.
Top: here we have a Danish Battalion of the Bremer Regiment in the Scanian War (1676) at 1:1 ratio (about 300 papersoldiers); in this picture the unit is standing normally, with pikes up and marching archibusers.
Bottom: a better view of this fierce unit at the Battle of Halmstad 1676.
 What I decided to do in order to recreate the real fascionation of the battle was to produce also (more) papesoldiers, with different positions. In this case I made the first line of the unit with fighting arms. Using the magnets to hold them fast, it's quite simple to remove and substitute them (about 10 seconds) and the unit will be ready and the papersoldiers well held on the field
Bottom: I did the same with the pikes: so they are in the fighting position too. I had to remake the 100% of the pikes, for the reasons I will show you later.

Bottom: finally the same unit in the fighting position: 1 center unit with pike down on 4 files and 2 side units with muskets on 6 lines
Top: as aforementioned the problem is to understand how they will array in case of attack (infantry/cavalry). 
Having to extend the front of the pikes I moved also the 2 back rows to the front (for that reason I  had to remake the total of the pikes); I held 2 musketeers units behind, protectec, with 2 other shooting units were positioned on the side to cover the pikes from side attacks.
Bottom: a detail of the pikes.
 Bottom: complete vision of the supposed array (defensive)

Top: in the last picture the same unit in a defensive array against cavalry.
This is just an idea how it worked. Do you have tips on this topic?