Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 5 – Swedish Infantry and putting flags on your units

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I have had a busy start of 2020 – not the kind of busy I would have wished for but that is how things are sometimes.  The lack of blog posts is as a direct consequence to this but I have decided to force myself to pick it up and perhaps publish something every second week as a minimum.

Gosh, the last blogpost was on the 26th December, back in 2019 (If you still remember that year). Although I have been silent here I have actually made some significant progress on the hobby front – so there is a backlog of stuff to write about on the various projects. We will start with the current Big(ish) project – Lund 1676.

Swedish Infantry at Lund 1676

Today we turn back to the Scanian War and the Swedish Infantry that fought at Lund 1676. As for all my Scanian War models I have used the eminent book, Scanian War 1675-1679, Colours and Uniforms, by Lars-Eric Höglund (2002), as my primary source for colours and uniform details – it is not complete but covers most of the detail you may need.

Most of the Uniform detail in the book is straightforward, or in some cases not known, however the entry for the Gestrike-Hälsinge Tremänningar was interesting as it stated “1676: 19 men had yellow coats, 63 green, 50 gray, 53 brown, 38 musk-colored, 15 blue, in addition 2,240 alnar gray pjuk was issues to sew uniforms”. The reason for the different uniform is that this was not a standing regiment and had been raised because Sweden was at war – it is likely that they were issues with spares until they got their uniforms (possibly grey based on the information). So at Lund, late 1676, they may all have been dressed in fresh Uniforms, or maybe there was not time to get that sorted… Well since every other regiment will be in uniform uniforms I thought I go for the latter option.  I simply painted the 24 unit base in the same ratio as the different colours above – I think it looks smashing.

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Close up of some of the miniatures (all from the Baccus 6mm Sun King range – link here)

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We are rushing away… Sorry, the following infantry regiments were present at Lund.

No. Sqds/Btns Name of Regiment Type Commander Rank
3 battalion(s) Life Guard Pike Infantry Gyllenstierna Lt-Col
1 battalion Skaraborgs Regiment Pike Infantry Börstel Col
1 battalion Dalregiment Pike Infantry Kruse Col
1 battalion Västgöta-Dals Regiment Pike Infantry Mörner Col
1 battalion Helsinge Regiment Pike Infantry Ascheberg Lt-Col
1 battalion Närke-Värmlands Regiment Pike Infantry Tomson Lt-Col
1 battalion(s) Västerbottens Regiment Pike Infantry Ribbing Lt-Col
1 battalion Gästrike-Helsinge Tremänningar Pike Infantry Örnklo Col

Here some pictures of these…

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Flagging up your infantry

This is the method I use to attach the flags/standards to the unit.

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Cut out the flags, Baccus sells a sheet for the Scanian War (and many other conflicts), I then fold them around a toothpick (I do not want a sharp fold).
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Glue on the flags with superglue a little bit of glue on the front of the pole and then attach the flag carefully as shown (let it dry properly).
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Then add PVA glue mixed with water (say 70/30) ensure it is soaked without dripping.
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Get some flat but narrow tweezers out (remember careful hands)
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Shape the flags as you want them. It usually helps to have the straight first for a little while so the two sides attach to each other before you go to elaborate – but do not wait until it dries because it will go hard.
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Ready to join your unit and stiff when dry / Hope that was of some use!

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Forces at the Battle of Lund 1676 (Scanian War) Part 5 – Swedish Infantry and putting flags on your units

  1. Phil Carrington

    Welcome back – good to hear from you again. Lovely painting as always. I was pleased to see the flag tutorial as this has been an issue for me (I also break the process down into two halves but, when gluing the main body of the flag, usually find that the front and back don’t line up very well). I’ll give your suggestions a go and see how they turn out.

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