Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Polish War 1625-1629 - AAR #1



Just before christmas I started up a new campaign at the club to get further playtest games of the Pikeman´s Lament rules that I and dan mersey are working on. This time we decided to go for TYW minis and to also get in the Polish I have started the campaign during the autum of 1625 when the Swedes and the Polish started the 3rd part (1625-1629) of the 2nd Polish war (1600-1629).

The conflict originated from the struggle between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (Poland) and Sweden and traces its roots to the War against Sigismund. In this civil war (1597–1599), Sigismund III Vasa, at one time king of both the Commonwealth and Sweden, lost the throne of Sweden. Few Commonwealth troops participated in that conflict, and it is mostly regarded as a Swedish civil war,

After an early stalemate, Sigismund was defeated at the Battle of Stångebro in 1598. By 1599 Sigismund was dethroned by his uncle, Duke Charles and forced to retreat to the Commonwealth. This also spelled the end of the short-lived personal union between Poland and Sweden (the Polish–Swedish union).

However, Sigismund did not give up on regaining the Swedish throne. From then on, most of his policies would revolve around his attempts to conquer Sweden, even though Commonwealth nobility had little will for such a long and bloody conflict it lasted for almost 30 years untill a peace treaty in 1629.

Anyway that was a little bit of the background to our new club campaign starting in the autum of 1625.

OOB Swedish

1st Company
Officer Ensign Henrik av Hunneberg "Hammar-Henrik". Hammar-Henrik are a mighty fine Swedish officer that command the forces of the region Västergötaland, he have a fine moustache and pointed berd as the young king.
1x6 Elite Galoppers
1x12 Pike
1x12 Veteran Shot
2x6 Forlorn Hope
1x6 Commanded Shot

2nd Company
Officer Ensign Håkan Nilsson Skytte. Ensign Skytte will in tíme get a son that will participate in the Scanian War some 50 years from this campaign... Ensign Skytte also have a fine moustache and pointed berd as the young king.
1x12 Pike
2x12 Shot
2x6 Agressive Galoppers
2x6 Commanded Shot

OOB Polish

1st Company
Officer Rotamaster Janosz Kowalski, Kowalski are a real Polish hothead noble man that loves to show of with his Winged Hussrs.
1x6 Elite galoppers
1x12 Shot
1x12 Veteran Shot
2x6 Dragoons

2nd Company
Officer Ensigne Tzerclaes Van Kökkenpanne, are a Flemish mercenary officer, the bastard son of a priest.
1x6 Elite trotters
1x12 Pike
2x12 Shot
1x6 Forlorn Hope
1x6 Commanded Shot

Our first game focused of the forces to try to capture 2 vitale objectives, the Bridge and the Hill. My matey Gunnar have posted a full AAR on his blog and I only posted the OOB and my pictures here, so please take a visit to Gunnar´s blog to read more about the battle after you had a look at my pictures:)













































13 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff, must get more TYW figures done for next year's release of the rules.

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  2. Wow, there are some seriously nice minis on display there:)

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  3. Great stuff yet again Michael.
    The 30years war is not a project I have started in any scale. Maybe I should one day.

    Those Polish Hussars looks Excellent.

    Im guessing the formations with pike in the middle an shot on the sides in true Gustav Adolf stile is later potrayed rulewise with three seperate units? This is ofcours on a much smaller scale then a large battle but none the less.
    How about your Spanish tercios? Im not enforcing you to rebase those now but Im just wondering if the rules somwhow have thought about those?

    Keep it up/ Jonas

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  4. Engel asks an interesting question about Spanish Tecios but I wonder if it is possible to reflect the (very debatable) formations on a skirmish level?

    Great stuff as usual Michael. you are fats becoming the master of setting up a gripping AAR.

    Darrell.

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  5. Looking great Michael! Very impressive.

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Nice to see some single based Pikemans Lament aswell. /Mattias

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  7. Just spectacular, love Polish Lancers are a fearsome bunch!

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  8. Great work, Michael. I always thought that the Swedish/ Polish actions of the 1600s/1610s/16120s woudl make a great spectacle, and so they do! Very much looking forward to more!

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  9. The game looks fantastic Michael! Hopefully I can join in on the fun sometime soon.

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  10. Very good battle report and I wit great pleasure I could read about Polish Army :). Greetings from Warsaw :).

    Kalins

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  11. Thanks for sharing all those superb pictures Michael and a comprehensive battle report.

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