Hey Warseer! It's time for a new project, yes it is!
17th century stuff, so right up my alley. It's a large project altogether. Pretty huge actually. A very cuirassier-heavy force of the Holy Roman Empire under the capably leaderships of the Habsburg dynasty. The one with no P in it.
I myself only played a short intro game to By Fire and Sword last summer. If I remember correctly the rules seem servicable, but don't quite measure up with the scale of stuff I chose with my 10mm TYW figures. By Fire and Sword of course does not cover the TYW, but all the stuff that went on in Poland between the late 1640s and roughly 1675 if I remember correctly. When everybody who had too many soldiers and weapons went to Poland to have a fight. Because most of what's Germany today was all messed up at the time, the British were having their own lukewarm remake of the TYW, the French wouldn't let other armies into their country and you don't start a land war in Asia. So Poland was the only option left pretty much.
The setting is a very interesting one actually, for several reasons: European armies had developed a whole lotta new tactics and such during the Thirty Years war, there were Transylvanians at the southern border, Ottomans, the Khanate of Crimea, Moscovites (who later would become the Russian Empire of course), Tartars, Poland-Lithuania, Prussia-Brandenburg already causing a ruckus and foreshadowing their later upstart-y and ruckus-causing ways, Swedes attempting to cement their standing as a major European power, and so on and so on. Add to this the geography favouring mobile warfare and lots and lots of space. Great setting. Which is why there's a very popular Polish series of novels about this time and an excellent mod of the excellent Mount&Blade:Warband.
By Fire and Sword plus the accompanying 15mm miniatures range are published by Wargamer.pl, a - you guessed it - Polish company. Very friendly dudes from what I can tell as I met some of them at last year's Austrian Salute.
The books are huge and full colour and extremely well produced, there are army lists and points values and whatnot and a huge range of figures.
I never got into it myself, because I already do pike&shot things in 10mm and with the TYW and I'm holding off on getting into it until they maybe come up with a TYW supplement. Which I don't think they will. But that's okay. Anyway, I gotta do a huge army of those 15mm chaps now. First, as always (after having talked details and such with the customer), I did a a few test bases:
Four bases of Cuirassiers (very old-school for the setting, but they're depicting veterans. These are from Khurasan Miniatures in the USA. If you don't know them, check out their ranges of 15mm figures. They are amazing. For years I planned to get a bunch of sci-fi minis of theirs, because they do amazing minis ranges.), two bases of dismounted Dragoons.
The bases were met with favour, so off I went to get them mass produced. Jump ahead a few days - hello!
These are all the Khurasan Cuirassiers done (right, dudes in dark armour), as well as the "Imperial Skirmish Force" boxed set by Wargamer.pl. Flags were all included with the Wargamer.pl minis as well the bases.
Hope you like them!