Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finnish and Swedis military cooperation have increased lately

Finnish and Swedis military cooperation have increased lately as there was a joint military exercise here in Stockholm in the end of September at our club here in Stockholm ;)

Our gaming club Little Wars was visited by three members, Teemu, Marco and Ludde from the Finnish Wargaming club Nopat & Taktiikka based in Helsinki.

During the saturday we had a good day of gaming with the theme Finlans/Sweden vs Russia... 

Three games was played, first a Finnish War 1808 game there I introduced them to The Pikeman´s Lament rules that will be published by Osprey in January 2017.

Napoleonic war are a bit out of scoop for the rules as we state that they cover the period to the end of the Greate Northern War 1721, BUT as the rules are so easy to adapt I set up a napolionic game using them.

Here follows some pictures from the first game that ended in a draw as both sides managed to fulfil one of their two objectives. 

The Swedes managed to defend the bridge but not stop the Russian Infantry to cross the stream. It was a good game and they seemed to like the rules:)  Teemu was even so inspired by my 1808 project that he started one at once as he arrived back in Helsinki, you can see his progress on his blog.

Russians to the left and Swedes to the right

Never leave you cavalry standing in front of a artillery gun...

The second game was a Greate Northern War game using the Black Poweer rules as I was inwolved in the gaming I didn´t remember to take any pictures but you can see a good bunch of them at Teemu´s blog. The game ended in an Swedish Victory !!! :)

The third game for the day was once more a Greate Northern War game there I wanted to show that The Pikeman´s Lament work fine with multi-based minis and also get an possibility to test Pikes, as after all this is a period that the Pikeman´s Lament cover:)

In the pictures each unit are 2 bases with 5 or 6 minis, one base are removed when at half strenght. The units with the Officers have a Officer mini attached. In the first picture below you can closest see one Swedish Pike unit with Officer and then a Shot unit.

The game was an utter Swedish Victory !!! :)

On Sunday we visited the Army museum, once again pictures at Teemu´s blog :) We also hade a quick game of Waterloo 1815 produced by some fellow Finns running the company Up-games.

Waterloo 1815 was a really nice little game, plying out the Battle at Waterloo 1815 in 15-20 minutes. I was striked by the very high production value of the game.

In short a greate weekend gaming with our dear Finnish friends, now we just have ti increase the minitary cooperation further by a trip by us to Helsinki for more wargaming.

Swedish propaganda poster from 1940. Appeals to the swedish people to join and aid its eastern neighbor against the Soviet threat. A total of 8000 Swedes participated in the Winter War 1939-40. Artist: Fritz Rückert


  1. What a great opportunity to host visiting gamers. Huzzay for Carl Gustav! The photos of your BATREP look great.

  2. Wow, some great looking games as always and ones that looked like lots of fun. Pikemen's Lament for Napoleonics? Now there's a thought...

  3. Excellent Finnish/Swedish gaming, a real pleasure to see and hear!

  4. Such lovely eye candy! Good to see you're an inspiration to us all, the Finns included. ;-)

  5. Next up - Thirty Years War with Finnish light cavalry, perhaps?

    "Hakkaa päälle!"

    1. Swedish king's, the Finnish cavalry war cry
      to hence, the name, Hakkapeliitta
      (Hitting in playing)

  6. Fabulous to hear that your gaming group has gone international - a wonderful opportunity for all.

  7. Great work once again.
    A great game-tables and a great theme.
    Also the Winter War, ski competition.
    I hope, Finland would buy JAS Gripen fighters

  8. A total success as it made us clean the club :-)
    Great result with both gaming and cleaning.

  9. Sorry I missed the event. Sounds like a great meeting and a good opportunity to build bi-lateral cooperation with our allies.

  10. Great looking games. Judging by the hype that has been going around our club about Lion Rampant and Pikeman's Lament it seems your games were amazing! Too bad I had my calendar full so I couldn't come visit with the others :( Hopefully you guys will come to Finland soon then!

  11. Awesome! Beautiful game as always.

  12. Once again: many many thanks to you Micke and Jesper for hosting us! Great people, great minis, great terrain and great rules made truly great games! As a colleague from our Club, Samuli, writes above: the heat is really on here in our Nopat & Taktiikka Club ( or I will host a demo of Eagle Rampant / Pikeman's Lament next Friday (any Finns readuing this: welcome), using lists from WI April 2016. This will be a 1812 scenario with Russians and French, while we're painting miniatures for the Russo-Swedish War 1808-1809. Lot of us are already playing "Rampant-rules" so I think it will be an easy step. Also many of us feel, that playing Black Powder in 28mm is a bit of a challenge and don't really support smaller one evening games. Finally, the level of hospitality you showed us really puts a positive pressure for us to host a similar weekend for you! This we are more than happy to do! So just let us know when you want to come!


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