Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Solidifying the Ghost Army Part 1 - The BIG idea

A preview of four of the conversions for the Ghost Army

On a recent flight back from New York I hit the creative wall. I intended to use the journey to write something new but found myself simply staring at the screen.. it had been a hard week at the office.
I resorted to trawling through my files of previously written pieces and eventually I came across an almost finished scenario for Donnybrook which was perhaps 18 months to two years old.

It involved the remnants of a Swedish army wending its way across hostile territory in an effort to reach safety and save their colours from marauding Cossacks and Tatars during the latter part of the Great Northern War.

Beaten to the punch - This GNW Donnybrook game was done by a Swedish group at Tactica 2016

The piece was almost finished but not quite, I had obviously abandoned it and forgotten. It chimed with a new uniform guide I have just completed on the Swedish infantry at Poltava which we hope to release soon. In that guide I explore the look of the Swedes after two years of continuous campaigning. I use the term Ghost Army in the guide and that seemed to connect strongly with the unfinished piece for Donnybrook.

There will be five mounted models in the Ghost Army Donnybrook force.

So with a few hours to go and a need to study the backs of my eyelids I drifted away thinking about what I could do with these connected topics. I did manage to bang another couple of hundred words into the article (with eyes open not shut).

A unit of Russian Grenadiers in a Donnybrook setting  - Drilled unit

I also came up with an idea which clicked with yet another idea Clarence and I have been concocting in the kitchen related to Donnybrook and the 'dark side'. I decided to create the Swedish Ghost Army using Warfare Miniatures in various morphed forms. The force would be small - all Veteran and dressed in an assortment of clothes picked up on campaign.

Conversions I did earlier - these are for a small winter force. 

On the Saturday a great way to beat the jet lag was to get into the workshop and do all the conversions. It took about six hours to select, cut, milliput and refine all but six of the twenty nine models.

The marching unit for the Ghost Army - 4 conversions. Two characters - Sergeant and Drummer

As I did this I decided to adopt a skirmish gaming convention by naming all of the small units and giving each model an individual identity. This in turn linked my mind to one of my favourite novels of all time Røde Orm by Frans Bengtsson.

In the next part of this series I will link Røde Orm, The Ghost Army, Donnybrook (Dark) and the retreat from Poltava with my conversion work and introduce the modifications to the GNW range with which I am rather pleased.


  1. Great idea Barry will follow with interest.


  2. It's just a excuse for him to get some zombies and vampires on the table, he's really a secret fantasy gamer. 😂

  3. I have a 'secret' project in this genre underway as well that I will have to get back on now that Barry's starting the fire...

  4. Very nice! I like the different rag-tag look the figures look.

    So whats the word on a GNW BLB supplement? Or has the plan moved on to Donnybrook GNW scenarios for Donnybrook?

    Either way, looking forward to field some GNW troopers.

    1. We are a little bit log jammed at the moment because of work commits unfortunately. The priority is BLB WTK first, then maybe the GNW supplement which may be pdf only - we'll see how we go with the book. No immediate plans for a GNW Donnybrook scenario book however Donnybrook variants may be available on pdf as we've written much of it. Getting things over the line is our big problem. Two man team - usually busy working for the man!

  5. Wow these articles are awesome !!!!!!
    What do you use for sculpting?
    Just love all these conversions and ideas

  6. Barry is a dinosaur... he still uses milliput...


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