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.
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…
Flagging up your infantry
This is the method I use to attach the flags/standards to the unit.