A tabletop gaming blog, with a vague bias towards Central/Eastern Europe and the Early Modern period.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

revising my Eastern Europe supplement?

Well, it's been about three and a half years since I put together my Eastern Europe P&S supplement, and it's probably about time to start thinking about a second edition. So far, I've just been brainstorming possible new content. Here's some stuff I'm expecting to include:

  • References to the Devil's Playground terrain/siege rules. (I'm not going to plagiarize anything, but I will direct readers to appropriate pages of that supplement, as some sections are very relevant e.g. Gulay Gorod, Abatis)
  • Rules for Cossack wagons.
  • New and variant unit stats for the main book's Polish and Ottoman armies (e.g. Guard Haiduks, earlier Hussars, Voyniks).
  • Expanded Dramatis Personae listing (e.g. Ivan IV, Maksim Kryvonis, Devlet I Giray, some Radziwill or other...)
  • Historical scenarios
  • At least one battle report
  • And of course, updated illustrations and typo fixes.

Other stuff, possible but not as certain, might include:

  • Fictional Dramatis Personae (e.g. Taras Bulba, Onufry Zagloba, Red Sonya, Baba Yaga, Dracula).
  • Additional army lists (e.g. Late Teutonic Order, 16th-c Hungary, 16th-c Astrakhan, late 16th-c Habsburgs, 17th-c Transylvania)
  • Overall reorganization, i.e. alternating between the potted history and rule/list segments.
  • Modeling/conversion resources.

This new phase of the project is in its infancy right now, but any thoughts or comments would be appreciated nonetheless. Thanks!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Peasant Battalia

God willing, it's going to be years before I paint another Eastern-European peasant.

To recap, they are a mix of Assault Group metals, converted Wagames Factory Persians (so cheap!), and lightly converted Gripping Beast dark age warriors. The GB kit is what I'd recommend to anyone looking to make some peasants of their own. Warlord Games' peasant weapons packs were used throughout, and greenstuff for the hats. The standards are Napoleonic Opolchenie banners found via google search.

Saturday, December 10, 2016


BECAUSE HERE'S THIRTY OF THEM! Ack, excuse me, I usually batchpaint in smaller batches, so I'm a little loopy right now. Anyway, except for static grass and torch highlights, this rabble is done as they need to be.

And here's a rabble-rouser to lead them into battle. He's inspired by the historical figure Kuzma Minin, a Moscow butcher who rallied the people of Russia against foreign (mostly but not exclusively Polish) interlopers during the Time of Troubles in the early 1600s. 

Tomorrow I'll finish the peasant standard bearers I'm working on, and then I'll post a battalia shot of all 80 of them.