Friday, April 18, 2014

Kärrebössa



I have painted one more medieval artillery piece for my Kalmar Union War project.

The miniature are a Perry one form their WotR range.


The first account of mobile artillery in Sweden was during the Puke rebellion in 1436 the Swedish Marsk Karl Knutsson, House of Bonde are told to have had a couple of "Kärrebössor" (cartgun) with them to use against the rebells.


Later in his career, now King, Karl Knutsson, House of Bonde in 1452 invaded Scania during a war with Denmark, according to the Karl´s Chronicles the Swedish army brought 20 "Kärrebössor" (cartgun) with them, and an army of 100 000 men...that part might be a bit exaggerated 10 000 might be mor in line with the truth...but the winner dictates the history expecially as the Karl´s Chronicles was written by order of the King himself...


In 1464 the Danes was besten by the Swedish rebells under command of the Linköping Bishop Kettil Karlsson, House of Vasa at the battle at Haraker. It is told that the Swedish rebells used artillery to defeat the Danes and at least one cannon ball have been found in the area of the battle.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swedish house with traditional picket fence



I have got me a Prepainted Pegasus Russian Timber house from my friend Jonas that I now have Swedenised a bit, as well as I painted me some Perry Picket fence in the traditional "Falu Röd".

They will all be used for our "A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict" project.

My first thought was to get a brick roof but it feelt as to much work at the moment, so I might build me a completly new roof at some stage.

Swedish Picket Fence, you find some real life pictures here.

Smal Swedish estate...

Gruvettan on their way to protect the Swedish contryside...

The Swedish flag are a must...


Set up for our next game shedual for tonight...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Battle at Brunkeberg 1471 in 6mm

I have got some some pictures  from a fellow Swede and Darlicarlian that lives in the UK and have been working on a stunning 6mm Battle at Brunkeberg 1471 project,

I know he have run a participation game with his friends over in the UK and they also got to taste some Brunkebeer ;)

Swedish "Rebell" forces to the left and the Danish "Union" forces to the right up at the Brunkeberg ridge. In the fron you have the Klara Monastery.

Swedish /Rebell forces

Danes on the Brungeberg Ridge

Danish Camp

Darlecarlian allmoge advancing to attack the danes in the back after a cunning flank march

Danish Koggs out side the Stockholm Castle "Tre Kronor"

The Battlefield...

After a good fight it is always good with a Brunkebeer.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna



Let me introduce one of the most colorfull characters in the 15th centery Swedish history the Swedish Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson from the House of Oxenstierna



The Archbishop mini are a converted Perry WotR mini, the foot minis are Perry plastics and the casulty/kneeing mini are from the Perry HYW range. You find some pictures of then unpainted viginet here The conversion of the Archbishop was inspired by Painterman´s Archbishop of Canterburry viginet back in 2010...took me some years to get mins done...


The banner´s you seen before, they are handpainted linnen banners. The right banner are the Archbishops personal banner, a combination of the Coat of Arms of the house: Oxenstierna and the Archbishop Coat of Arms. The left one are the Banner of Saint Erik, a banner that was keept in the Archbishop´s Cathedral of Uppsala.


As the Swedish King Karl Knutsson (Bonde), to escape from money troubles, increased taxes and confiscated church property, dissatisfaction spread among clergy and people, and Bengtsson placed himself at the head of the opposition in 1457. 


Entering his cathedral, he laid aside his pontifical insignia, took up helmet, breastplate, and sword, and announced his intention not to resume his pontifical robes until King Karl should be banished from the country. After the Battle of Älgsundet in february 1457, the King was forced to yield and fled to Germany.

Thereupon Christian I of Denmark was formally recognized King of Sweden, and crowned at Stockholm by the Archbishop.


General discontent soon followed, especially when Christian, on becoming heir to his uncle, Duke Adolph of Holstein, found himself in great financial straits. To meet his obligations, he levied enormous taxes, even in Sweden, without exempting ecclesiastics, religious foundations, or the moneys collected by papal mandate to defray the expenses of a crusade against the Turks. 


During a temporary absence of Christian I in Finland, the archbishop held the regency of Sweden; seeing the people in revolt against him and the heavy imposts, he took up their cause and suspended the collection of taxes. The king showed his displeasure by arresting the archbishop and sending him to Denmark.


A revolution broke out afresh in Sweden: Karl VIII was recalled to the throne, and Christian I, to recover the country, became reconciled with his prisoner. The Archbishop went at once to Sweden, where he roused the people against Karl VIII, whom he excommunicated. 


The archbishop succeeded finally in bringing about Karls' abdication, and the recognition of Christian I once more as King of Sweden. In reality, however, the archbishop held the effective reins of power and administered affairs as though he were the actual sovereign. He was unable to sustain this role. Discontented factions combined against him and, in 1466, elected Erik Axelsson Tott as regent, whereupon the Archbishop was compelled to retire.


Dissensions continued, and the king of the Swedish party, Karl VIII, once more took the place of the king who represented the union of the three countries. The archbishop found an asylum with his friend Magnus Gren, on the island of Öland. Here he died at Borgholm on 15 December 1467, "poor and exiled, regretted by no one, hated by many, and feared by all".


The key to the political activity of Bengtsson is to be found in the ambition that was a part of his character — ambition for his family and his country. There was a strong antagonism between the great Oxenstjerna family, to which the archbishop belonged, and the Bonde family, of which the king, supported by the national party, was member. 


Moreover, the archbishop was aware that the nobility and the leading men of Sweden, before the Union of Kalmar, had in general failed to respect the clergy and the property of the Church. In a union of Sweden with Denmark and Norway, he foresaw a limitation of the power of the Swedish nobles; in his character of archbishop, it was clear to him that such curtailment would be a safeguard to the temporalities of the Church.

All for now, thanks for reading !

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict AAR #11

So after some month it was time for a game of "A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict" again...

Much due to me painting my Carrier trailers and wanted to try them out as well as the fact that my Friend Björn have released the second batch of Swedish Interwar miniatures, havent got them yet, but soon I hope:)

As you know I have been working on some rules for our project, they work fine but I´m not totaly satisfied so for this game I made a small adaption of my, at the moment, favourite wargaming rules Donnybrook...

I decided to run the same scenario as we did a couple of weeks for our Scanian war game but now in the 1930´s. I commanded the attacking White and Jonas the defending Red as he wanted to use his "Röda Nävar" unit.

Order of Battle

White
Ryttmästare Beironsson - Hero, with pistol and longsword, D12
2x8 Riflemen - Veteran, rifles, one with a automatic rifle, D8
1x4 Finish freikorps - Elit, SMG´s, D10
1 Armourde Car - Veteran, HMG, Driver and Gunner, D8

Red
Foreman Karl Weiron Ottosson - Hero, with rifle and a copy of "State and Revolution", D12
1x8 Röda Nävar - Veteran, rifles, gunner and loader with a LMG, D8
1x4 Gruvettan - Veteran, light mortar, crew with rifles, D8

Red reinforcements (one unit arrives at the end of each turn.)
1x8 Gruvettan - Veteran, rifles, gunner and loader with a LMG, D8 and Character, Supervisor Göransson with the "Gruvettan" Banner.
1x8 Gruvettan - Veteran, rifles, gunner and loader with a heavy flamer, D8 and Tracked transport vehicle armed with a AT rifle, driver and gunner.
1x4 Gruvettan - Veteran, HMG, crew with rifles, D8
1x4 Gruvettan - Elite, grenades and pistols, D10

The only unit on table at the game start was the Red Light mortar deployed by the "Dalkulla" (electricity tower) and the "Röda Nävar" squad deployed behind a pile of logs by the filing station.

The whites mission was to loot/destroy as many as possible of the 3 supplies stashes, the first on the truck by the flagpole, the second by the  "Dalkulla" (electricity tower) and a third bu the filling station.

Ryttmästare Beironsson and 2 squads of riflemen advance in cover of the smal swedish cottage they eveidently will try to capture the supplies at the truck by the flagpole...

The white´s armoured makes a triumphant approach as the driver Larsson honk the horn ti frighten the red´s that are hiding behind the log pile, the HMG gunner Spiik redies his weapon to take them out...

Wheeled vehicle moved as cavalry in the rules, i.e. 12" as long as they moved on road, all ofroad movement was diced 2d6 choose the highest.

The red reinforcements start arrive in speed giving the red defenders new hope...

The "Röda Nävar" proven them selfs as true veteranes as they engage the armoured car in a firefight manage to take out both Larsson and Spiik and set the car on fire...good shooting comrades Foreman Ottosson shouts and promis them extra vodka and herrings for supper...

We didn´t use any vehicle damages but just let the units fire at the crew as if you hit the gunner you also get that weapon out of action and if you hit the Driver you also have imobilised the vehicle...and in our case both was hit and we decide that the vehicle had caught fire and was out of action, nothing complicated. 

But I will have to go over how much cover/armour the crew will get for the vehicle as now they feelt a bit vulnerable... might be because it was my AC...

Meanwhile Ryttmästare Beironsson cautiously advance with his 2 squads, much due to the sporadic and dangerously unprecise mortar fire from the red´s... Ryttmästare Beironsson shout to the red´s mortar crew by the "dalkulla" that they are a disgrace for all mortars crew´s by their total lack of competence...

"Gruvettan" APC advance to support the "Röda Nävar"

We let the tracked vehicle moved as Cavalry in close order by the Donnybrook rules, i.e. 8"

First atempt to reach the supplies...

One major difference from the originale rules was that we allow all minis that was hits to roll for cover saves, even in the open, AND roll that cover save with their Ability dice and succed on 6+. The roll was modified by acctual cover,  +1 for small trees, fences etc that was in the way and +2 for stone walls, log piles, inside a house etc. 

This to represent that in real life there are actually more cover present then on a gaming table... and in real life a soldier try to get as much cover as possible and the fact that the better soldier you are the better use you make of the cover available, i.e. a Veteran uses the cover beter then the Recruit. This small adaption turned out to work really nice.

...fails as the red´s now also have got a HMG, on the hill by the bride, with as it seems a more competente crew...

We used the reload card for all support weapons (HMG, Mortar, AT-rifle, AT-Gun, Artillery etc, but not for Squad support weapons like LMG, AR etc.)

The red´s hold the line by the road and cover the third objective by HMG fire:)

The white´s had sent their small elit unit of Finish freikorps on a flank move to be able to make the best use of their SMG´s and them engage the red´s in close combat...The advanced in cover of a hill but didn´t realy manage to get within range as they also didn´t want to expose themselfs to much during their advance...

The red dismount from their transport in to the cover of a small forest, ready to respond on any hostillity by the Finish troops on the other side of the hill...

The red had realy got the upper hand as the white haden´t made a faster advance and also lost their armoured car...

As a true hero Ryttmästare Beironsson decided that HE had to lead the way and rode headless to the supplies on the truck...

...severe crossfire by the HMG och the hill and the "Gruvettan" squad by the filling station took down the Hero that fall of his horse and get unconcsious for a while...

Ryttmästare Beironsson manage to get up on his feet, ducking some bullets and set the supplies on fire...

The HMG on the hill continue to pour fire in to the area, mamaging to settle the score with the second of the rifle squads that flees the field with their wounded men, leaving Ryttmästare Beironsson all alone...

The red´s cheers as Ryttmästare Beironsson order a general retreat and flees the field of battle...

Red victory onece again...

Both I and Jonas had a greate game with much action, tension and laughter. The Donnybrook rules are realy a good base to create new settings on and I will try to develope this idee some more, hopefully Björn and the rest of the involved like them to.

Thanks for reading and have a realy nice weekend !