Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Polish War 1625-1629 - AAR #3

We have continued my Polish–Swedish War 1625–1629 campaign at the club to get further playtest games of the Pikeman´s Lament rules that I and Dan Mersey are working on.

The Campaign revolves around the war between the Swedes and the Poles in 1625-1629 and we have started of during the autum of 1625.

The Polish–Swedish Wars were a series of wars between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Sweden. Broadly construed, the term refers to a series of wars between 1563 and 1721. More narrowly, it refers to particular wars between 1600 and 1629.

The Polish–Swedish War of 1625–1629 was the fourth stage (after 1600–1611, 1617–1618, and 1620–1625) in a series of conflicts between Sweden and Poland fought in the 17th century. It began in June 1625 and ended four years later with the Truce of Altmark and later at Stuhmsdorf with the Treaty of Stuhmsdorf.

In 1621, the Swedes besiege and conquered Riga, which attracted attention, as it was the first time a Protestant leaders defeated a Catholic power. The Swedish army was worn and the Poles could regain the initiative at Dorpat. Truce was signed in November 1622 and was extended until March 1625. Any acceptable terms for peace with Poland, could not be reached, so Gustav II Adolf planned a new campaign against Poland, which began in June 1625. Kokenhusen, Birze and Mitau was captured and Dorpat was taken after six days of siege. During the autumn of 1625 two Polish armies appeared against the Swedish forces and Gustav II Adolf decided to get into a clash before the Polish forces managed to unite.

So this is the starting point for my Polish War club campaign.

Below are a map of the area around the Town of  Kokenhusen where the campaign are set during the Autum of 1625.

For this game I run a Escort scenario that took place just outside the town of Ascheraden in Latvia.

1/3 of the Swedish force was escorting 3 wagons with supplies from Riga to the King that are in Kokenhusen with the main Swedish army.

The wagons that transports the kings personal supplies have made a stop and the Scottish guards have gone down to the river to claenof some atum mud,

The Polish force take advantage of the unguarded wagons and launch an ambush to catch the wagons.

The remainig part of the Swedish force are arriving as reinforcements, from a random board edge, to save the day and the kings underwears:)

OOB Swedish

1st Company (The supplie guards)
Officer Ensign Edmund Darrcounter. Ensign Darrcounter are a Scottich mercenary in swedish service and in command of a Scottish compay.He have a fine moustache and pointed berd as the young Swedish king he really look up to.
1x12 Pike
2x12 Shot
1x6 Trotters

2nd Company
Officer Ensigne Tzerclaes Van Kökkenpanne a.k.a. “The Turncoat from Temse”, are a Flemish mercenary officer, the bastard son of a priest. He have turned colours sins his last outing and are now in service of the Swedes...
1x6 Elite trotters
1x12 Pike
1x12 Veteran shot

3rd 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 Gallopers
1x6 Forlorn Hope
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 Aggressive Elite gallopers
1x6 Trotters
2x12 Shot
1x6 Aggressive Forlorn Hope

2nd Company
Officer Ensigne Shere Khan, are a Lipka Tatar mercenary officer in the service of the Poles, as all tartars he had a very fine moustache, BUT due to a grievous wound to his face in the last game he now only have half a moustache...the old Tartar saying goes: “Who will respect a man with only half a moustasche?”
4x6 Elite dragoons

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:)


  1. Very cool! I love the winged hussars!!

  2. Excellent looking game – it sounds like you guys had a great time yet again!

  3. Neat!

    But I must say that I really really like the red shields on the Pansaris. A small thing but it really shines trough.

  4. Another cracking game report with such superbly painted figs!

  5. Looking good as usual and it sounds like an interesting game, too!


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