Saturday, May 26, 2012

King Christian I of Denmark

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark... ;)

I started to paint this mini about a year ago, but I never got around to finish him of...at last some pictures of the real badguy in my Kalmar Union War project...The Danish King Christian I from the House of Oldenburg.

Christian I (February 1426 – 21 May 1481) was a Danish monarch, king of Denmark (1448–1481), Norway (1450–1481) and Sweden (1457–1464), under the Kalmar Union. In Sweden his short tenure as monarch was preceded by regents, Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and Erik Axelsson Tott and succeeded by regent Kettil Karlsson Vasa. Also Duke of Schleswig and Holstein 1460–81.

In 1457 Christian achieved his aim of being elected as king of Sweden, thus re-establishing the Kalmar Union. He received the power from temporary Swedish regents archbishop Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and lord Erik Axelsson Tott.

However, Sweden being volatile and split by factions (benefits of union being against nationalistic benefits), his reign there ended in 1464 when bishop Kettil Karlsson Vasa was installed as the next regent. Charles Knutsson was recalled as King of Sweden, although he was later exiled a second time, recalled again and died during his third term as king.

Christian's final attempt at regaining Sweden ended in a total military failure at Brunkeberg (outside Stockholm) October 1471 where he was defeated by the Swedish regent Sten Sture the Elder who was supported by the Danish-Swedish nobleman's clan the Thott family. Christian maintained his claim to the Swedish kingdom up to his death in 1481.

The green hat... The Chronicle of Sture tells that then King Christian was in command of the Force that was trying to subdue the 1464 rebellion of bishop Kettil Karlsson Vasa he was wore a green hat. This green hat was a perfect aiming point for the rebell crossbowmen and was shoot to pieces...

I realy couldn´t have the king in a Green hat so I put the Hat on he´s herald...

The Chronicle of Sture alsoe tells us that King Christian during the battle of Brunkeberg in 1471 was shoot in the mouth by a handgun...

He had to leave the battlefield due to he´s wound and the Danes lost the battle:)

The rebell dog "Engelbrekt" making a statment againt the Union of Kalmar;)

21 comments:

  1. Excellent painting! Superb flags!!!!

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  2. Boo! Hiss!
    The evil Danish King. Well maybe not as bad as his grandson King Christian II "the Tyrant" but still. :-)
    Very nice miniatures and painting.

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    1. Thanks:)

      He actually might have been worse and teached he´s grandson how to make blodbaths in Stockholm... in 1463 he subdued a allmoge rebellion at Helgeandsholmen by force, killing at least 60 of them, even in the sanctuary of the church, and later executing 9 of the captured leaders...

      Best regards Michael

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  4. Thanks Mikkel !

    Sorry if I was to Patriotic in my comment of the Danish king, but after all I´m a supporter of the rebellion;)

    Best regards Michael

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  6. Wonderful painting work, and the rebel dog is really a patriot!

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  7. Fantastic work Michael. Beautiful painting on the flags and horse cover. The dog is a brilliant touch too.

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  8. Thanks Mates !!!

    Glad you like my work and my patriot dog to;)

    Best regards Michael

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  9. How did you do the flags? Are they on cloth?
    They are well done!

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    1. Thanks !

      The banners are handmade of linnen cloth and painted freehand by myself:)

      Best regards Michael

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  10. Beautiful in every regard!!! And every Lord needs his hound :-D

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    1. Thanks Paul !

      Hopefully the Lord treats he´s dog well otherwise he might bite... ;)

      Best regards Michael

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  11. Thanks Matts !

    I was hoping to get to use him in a game before the summer at the club.

    Best regards Michael

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  12. Awesome. Great touch with the green hat and dog.
    Cheers

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  13. That looks very nice..loads of style and colour!!
    Cheers
    paul

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  14. Great job! love the banners :-)

    Jason

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  15. No wonder he was on the workbench so long...there is so much detail here. I just love your banners and heraldry.

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