Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 1 – Danish Cavalry

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Did a little bit of painting of cavalry for the Scanian War project using Baccus 6mm new Sun King range just before our holidays, but forgot to log them here. I am really pleased with these models and there were a joy to point.

Starting with 3 of the regiments in the Right Wing – Commanded by Lt. General Frederik von Arensdorf.

The normal Polemos/Twilight of the Sun King basing I have used for my Great Northern War stuff has been 9 cavalry on a 60 by 30mm base, representing about 2 squadrons worth of riders.

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For this project I decided to do one smaller bases 30 by 30mm for each squadron with 6 for Dragoons and 8 for regular cavalry – reading the accounts I want to enable the squadrons to have the ability to be an independent unit just like the battalion.

Colonel Örtzen Dragoner – 3 squadrons (Col. Örtzen)

Livregiment Ryttere (enlisted) – 3 squadrons (Col. Meerheim)

Hestgarden (The Horseguard) – 2 squadrons (Col. Plessen)

I have a fair few more to paint in the next few months! Excellent little models from Baccus!

But next time to base the infantry I painted on holiday (see more here).

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A Sharp Practice Force for the Mutant 1984 project and Colour Sergeant Bourne from Zulu

 

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The Charge of the Jemtland Wilderness Company

I had Friday off and had a look at my paint tray that was full of 28mm miniatures for the Mutant 1984 project as well as a lot of 6mm for the next batch for the Scanian War.  I decided to try to get done as many as possible of the 28mm stuff.

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Following on from my joyous time of painting the Pyri Commonwealth soldiers (Nordholmia Regiment) a few weeks ago (see here, it also includes a summary of what this Mutant 1984 nonsense is all about) I got thinking about building some bigger skirmish forces than originally intended.

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These are the Pyri Commonwealth Line Infantry I did previously.

I decided to get a plastic box of some Skirmishing infantry from Perry (I bought mine at a very favourable cost from ebay).  I am basically in the Business of creating two Sharp Practice forces for some Border Skirmishes, yes some of the Old Tech Weapons would require some additional thought and perhaps a Chain of Command adaptation would be better, but that is a later issue.  The most common form of firearm in this period is a musket or a single shot rifle.

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In addition I added some animal heads from Sally 4th and some weapons from Anvil Industries (as well as making some of them with extra limbs) to give that subtle Mutant 1984 feel.  These together form part of a Wilderness force of the Jemtland Army – a very small country North of the Pyri Commonwealth.

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The Republic of Jemtland is the Green Country in the middle of the map, in the Lords year of 2562.

As for the actual uniforms I have no information, so I decided to go with a Green coat (with red details), red trousers and red caps for the line infantry.

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For the Flags we know that the Jemtland flag is a white Moose on a blue background.  I decided that the Military flag was only showing a Moose head and that the specific flag for the Wilderness force is based on the old Skogsmulle organisation (this was the children organisation of the Swedish Outdoor association that I have some fond memories of from my childhood, and just for fun, see more here).

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Adding them…

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…and we also got some rangers

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….and some Machine Gun crew (I bought the Gatling ifself from Ebay, unknown manufacturer).

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…putting it all together

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Finally I had the pleasure of being given the last issue of Wargames Illustrated by the Little One (a fantastic read I may add) that came with a sprue of Early Imperial Roman.  Again having had the Mutant 1984 treatment!  These are part of the Monster hunters (Monsterjägare) of the Pyri Commonwealth army – a very specialised unit. The Monstrosities that occasionally emerges from the forbidden zones needs to be taken care of.

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This is a fantastic model of a dark young from Fenris Games (you can find it here)
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I like the intensity of this picture!

That was 47 no. 28mm miniatures in a day (well, I did do the basing on Saturday the following day) – not any pieces for the museum but effectful enough on the table from the right distance! Now I have a few more things to do to flesh out the opposition.

Colour Sergeant Bourne and Others

In addition the Little One and I went to find the Grave of Colour Sergeant Bourne on Friday. It was something we had planned to do for some time (Since we first played with our 6mm British and Zulus).

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6mm stuff from Baccus!

The title of this posting [see link here to the old post] – “A prayer’s as good as a bayonet on a day like this” is said by Colour Sergeant Bourne in the movie Zulu (link here). Colour Sergeant (Frank Edward) Bourne was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (CDM) after the Battle at Rourke’s Drift and was, at the time, the youngest soldier in the British Army who had achieved the rank of Colour Sergeant.  He ended his career as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded an OBE. As I read up about him I found out that he was buried not far from where I live.  I think I will take the Little One and have a look for it after Rugby next Sunday.  Although he was only 5’6″ tall he was certainly, in every sense of the word, a big man. 

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The Real Deal!
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The Movie Version – Nigel Green, although he was too tall for playing Bourne and also too old, he was bloody brilliant.

You can read more about Bourne here

Here are two pictures from our visit to his grave at the Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium.

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In addition the Little One found a few more graves that told some interesting stories following some research on the Net, like this one.

 

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Sergeant-Major Evans got a V.C. at Somme in 1916 volunteered to take back an important message after 5 runners had been killed in attempting to do so .. 700 yds of severe rifle and machine-gun fire …. dodging from shell-hole to shell-hole . Read more about it here.

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Respect!

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Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Updated List

This contains an updated file to that one presented in a previous blog post (see here), some corrections and information for both Rifle Platoon (Skyttepluton) and Ranger Platoon (Jägarpluton).

POST NOTE: The Mortar team in the support option states 3 crew, it should be a crew of 2. Also the KP-bil was not equipped with a MG during the WW2 era, so is probably more a list One or Two option.

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During the hostilities of WW2 the Royal Swedish Army was undergoing a lot of changes and the most significant at the Platoon level was the change introduced in 1943 (the so called 43M organisation). This introduced more power for the Rifle Platoon by equipping the NCOs with SMGs, adding 2 No. Semi-Automatic rifles to each section. Further firepower was also provided by the introduction of a fifth specialist team with a 47mm Mortar Section and an Anti-tank rifleman to each Platoon. In addition a rifleman per section was a designated Sharpshooter and had a scoped rifle.

These changes were gradual and we suggest that the player can choose to play either the 1940 to 1943 or the 1943 to 1945 Rifle Platoon for the 1943 campaign. As an example the number of sub-machine guns and semi-automatic rifles would be aspirational in 1943.

These list allows you to field a normal Rifle Platoon (Skyttepluton) or a Ranger Platoon (Jägarpluton). The latter was more than often be used to do specific recon missions and to distress the enemy. These platoons would most often march onto to the battlefield, with a platoon cart and a horse. Some platoons may be equipped with bikes and some may even be driven to the battlefield in a truck.

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Some may even have been riding in the KP-bil (see more here)

Hope they are of some use, the file can be downloaded here.

PDF Swedish Infantry Platoon v3

Word File Swedish Infantry Platoon v3

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Sea, Six and Scanian War – and a few Podcasts

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On the last full evening of the Summer Holidays in Rhodes I thought I do a quick blog post as I have done some progress on the Scanian War Project (that I wrote about here).

But before then a few shout outs on some of the fantastic podcasts and an audio book that has kept me entertained during the small hours after the beach, excursions, dinners and good family time.  This time the key ones have been:

Henry Hyde’s battle talk with Peter Berry (the owner of Baccus 6mm) – it will shortly be on general release but I think you should go to his page and consider signing up and support him! I have the outmost respect of what Henry is trying to do and they which he does it – here is the link https://www.patreon.com/battlegames/posts

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The discussion this time was particularly interesting as it focused on some of the pre-Baccus stuff Peter has been involved in and an exciting project in the future re-releasing the Pony Wars rules.  By the way thanks for the mention(s) Henry – from the Little One and I.

Sean at God’s Own Scale had invited Peter Riley for his Episode 2 of his new and excellent podcast. It covered the fantastic Little Big Horn game that he and the associates of the Wargames Calculator are taking to the shows! It is a nice and engaging episode covering how they created a fantastic participation game from start to delivery involving friends and neighbours. Peter’s upcoming tool for building your own battle specific rules sounds really interesting.

Here is a link to Episode 2

Peter talks about the design and building of his Little Bighorn participation game that won the best participation game at Salute 2019.
Check out his website Wargame Collection Calculator
Also here is the link for the Great Wargames Survey The Great Wargaming Survey 2019
Also check out Henry Hydes patreon at Henry Hyde’s Patreon Page
Find me on Twitter @godsownscale
Email: godsownscale@gmail.com

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I had the pleasure of Joining Sean for Episode 1 and talk about the stuff I am doing in 6mm – I really enjoyed our chat.

Here is a link to Episode 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Gods Own Scale podcast, where I chat to the Godfather of Six, Mr Per Broden. We discuss the Great Northern War, the Joy of Six, and how best to get a 6mm tree to stand on the slope of a hill.

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Then the Lardy Oddcast – this is fantastic podcast and I really like the format and this one was brilliant as always – the spontaneous laughter at about 7 minutes in is worth your time alone. Reflections on Market Garden, report on lard games from Historicon, the latest from Lard TV (check it out), and a reminder to fill in the Wargames survey, some of the workshop projects they are doing. It is of course brought to you by the….

Here you can listen to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB5auNhFSEk

I also had fun listening to Damien Lewis boon SAS Ghost Patrol on Audible. I really enjoyed it. Damien has written a number of books on daring raids and the units that carried them out.

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Danish Battalions for the Scanian War Project

Back to the Scanian War stuff, I did manage to churn out a fair few during my short evening session. They are easy to paint and very similar to the GNW stuff I normally do. In addition to these I need to paint a few Grenadiers for each battalion – these tended to have grey uniforms with varied facings. They are from the Sun King range and are a mix of the musket and pike units. You should probably be using the Matchlock code for the Scanian War and my later units will be based on these miniatures – link to the range here.

Prince George’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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Queens Life Regiment (2 battalions)

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Prince Fredrik’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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The King’s Regiment (2 battalions)

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Stuart’s and Duke of Croys Regiments (1 battalion each)

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Fynske National and I can’t make sense of my Notes Regiments (1 battalion each)

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3 Jydske, 4 Jydske and Luthen Regiments (1 battalion each)

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Having a final sip of the best cooking lager available on these Islands – the Mythos (based on a measured competition with the 8 most common lagers available in most shops – more if you check out #gratuitousbeersport on twitter, just some stupid fun on my twitter feed @Roll_a_one – do not try it at home).

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