Sunday, September 13, 2015

Swedish Horese for the Scanian War 1675-1679



I built me and painted some more Swedish Hosre for the Scanian War 1675-1679, the use of Cavalry was extensive during the Scanian war, for example at The Battle of Lund, 4 december 1676 the Swedish army was composed of about 75% Horse (6000 Horse and 2000 foot) and the Danes had at the same battle about 50% Horse (6300 Horse and 6000 Foot).


I had six of them sins before and got me a box of Wargames Wactory WSS Cavalry for 12 more, so I now have in total 18 Swedish horse. 


The WF box are good as I like to work in plastics so i can mix with parts from the othere boxed and for this build it was needed as the Cavalry box for some stange reason dosent includes any heads with floppy hats wich I need for the both Swedes and Danes, fortunate I had a bunch left sins the infatry box as I built my Swedish infantry in Carpus.

The horses are good and all parts can be mixed, only drawback are that the horses feel a bit short, but as the Swedes used small but sturdy horses It work for me and I also used the bases included in the box to get an extra 2mm hight before I based them on my MDF bases in the 1-2-3 base system that have turned out to work very well during our playtest games of The Pikeman´s Lament.


The Swedish horse by the time used charge tactic at the gallop, discharge one of their pistols when seing the enemies white of the eyes, than charge in with the sweords and save the second pistol for the close combat. The Danes seems to have used a similar tactic but at least at the battle of Lund there are several accounts of the Danes still using the old Caracole tactic and also recieving the Swedish charge on hold with a stand and shoot.

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic unit of cavalry. Their tactic is really fluid!

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  2. Very nice indeed Michael! Looking forward to seeing them on the gaming table.

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  3. More lovely figures and excellent finishing for the WF figures all there cavalry seems very small ?

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  4. Lovely work and there are some very dynamic horse poses which is nice to see:)

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  5. Wonderful looking cavalry there Michael!

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  6. Very nice looking cavalry Michael!

    Christopher

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  7. An impressive looking unit of horse there Michael.

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  8. Impressive collection - but real praise most go to your 3-2-1 system, which is innovative and really suits many game types. I'll probably be adopting this for many of my future projects, so consider me a follower of your basing-religion :0)

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