November 20, 2011
Christmas Comes Early
When I got home this afternoon from running some errands there was a box on my porch with the telltale Customs Declaration tag and Royal Mail sticker that declares a package from the UK. Inside were well over 100 Warfare Miniature castings - enough to build at least five battalions for Beneath the Lily Banners! I've painted a dozen or so of these models for inclusion in the uniform guides, but this will be my first chance to turn out full units.
My campaign of focus will be the Boyne/Augrim theater and the battle for the English Crown. My plans are to start out with the Williamite army, specifically with a Danish Brigade. The Danish regiments in Ireland appear to have been:
Garden til Fods (Foot Guard)
Dronningen (Queen's) Regiment
Prince George's Regiment
Prince Karl's Regiment
Prince Christian's Regiment
Jyske (Jutland) Regiment
Sjaellandske (Zealand) Regiment
Fynske (Funen) Regiment
For my wargames army, I think a brigade of four units will suffice and will include the Foot Guards. I'll decide on exactly which units will back them up as I get on. I am still gathering material on the uniforms and flags. I have read that the Danish troops apparently did not carry pikes in Ireland so these units will count as 'All Musket' in BLB. However, I will probably paint the pike stands for the non-guard units - one of the great benefits of this period is the similarity of uniforms between armies and the grey-coated Danes might easily pass for troops from other nations with a quick change of flags!
I have really become mildly obsessed with this period so look for 2012 to be full of units from 1690. I plan on adding two battalions of Dutch Guard, a mixed unit of Grenadiers, and a mixed brigade of English and Huguenot troops to round out my Williamite foot. Maybe by the time I get that far, the horse and dragoons from Warfare Miniatures will be out!
I should also mention that we are working on the first supplement for BLB that will focus on the Jacobite Wars in Scotland and Ireland (it's no coincidence that my first collections will be from this theater). This book is set to include an overview of the campaigns, more than twenty scenarios, and an extensive guide to armies,uniforms, and flags.