Tonight I present for your delictation the last exciting installment in my Great Northern War Swedish Infantry project, the previously introduced Halsinge Regimente.
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Hi all - I arrived home from my two days away at "Strategic Planning" for work absolutely shattered - only got to bed at around 2am and up again before 7 - today has been quite a struggle! However, my morale was boosted on arriving home to find not one but two brown boxes sitting on my painting desk - my sixty Ebor Swedish cavalry have arrived - Hoozah!
Included in the pack are a small detachment of gunners - three crews of four, a few pics below. The cavalry figures have to be assembled unfortunately - separate sword arm, head and carbine - so no images of any of them yet as I really am too tired to do anything with them tonight! (the one below is pinched from the Ebor website!)
Monday, 14 June 2021
Here are a few images of the command base for my last Ebor Swedish Regiment for the Great Northern War (although, as I still have lots of cool flags, and the way I have stored the completed units allows for 5 units per box, maybe I will do three more at some point....!).
This unit is in the charging pose and wearing the Karpus headwear. They are dressed in the standard uniform of the period.
Swedish name: Hälsinge regemente
The regiment was first established in 1630 as the Joakim Brahe's Regiment. The name was changed to the Hälsinge Regiment in 1634. The regiment was linked to the Allotment System on September 9th 1682.
The regiment's history goes back to the "fänikor" that was raised in the provinces of Gästrikland and Hälsingland in the 1550's. In 1552 there was a Norrland fänika (Hälsingland is in the region of Norrland) and in 1563 there was a Hälsninge fänika. King Gustav II Adolf formed a "landsregemente" - a Grand Regiment, from these "fänikor" in 1615. This Grand Regiment was called The Norrland Grand Regiment (Norrlands storregemente) and numbered 3000 soldiers.
In 1623 the Grand Regiment was divided into two independent regiments, The Hälsinge Regiment and The Västerbotten Regiment. The Hälsinge Regiment's "rotar" were located in southern Norrland and the Västerbotten Regiment's "rotar" in northern Norrland. The "rotar" in the provinces of Medelpad and Ångermanland (in mid Norrland) belonged to the Västerbotten Regiment. The Hälsinge Regiment was the second regiment to be allotted after the Dalecarlia Regiment.
As a result of the Constitution adopted in 1634 the Army was reorganized. The Hälsinge regiment was then referred to as the "10th Regiment". The regiment was allotted with 1200 "rotar".Hence, the Regiment had 1200 soldiers organized into 8 companies. All of the "rotar" were located within the County of Gävleborg (300 in the province of Gästrikland and 900 in the province of Hälsingland).
Uniform before the standard uniform: Grey coat with green cuffs (1675) and red coat with green cuffs (1679). The regiment received the standard uniform (the blue and yellow Carolean uniform) in 1694.
Battle Campaigns (segernamn):
I am half way through the next six figures, and hope to complete the regiment this week, although I will be away from home on business Weds and Thurs.
Thanks for looking and to all those who leave a comment - it is appreciated!
Saturday, 12 June 2021
After a busier than usual week at work, I was very happy to receive an invitation to a game at Julian's place on Friday evening. Several players were invited along but in the end, only three plus our host were able to attend - Chris, John and I.
Julian had set up a 15mm game on his smaller (about 5 foot by 3 foot) table and had his brand new, just arrived today Kallistra medieval fortification running along one short edge of the table.
The scratch scenario was that the Franks have been besieging a Muslim city (probably Acre we decided) when a relief force has hove into view across the shimmering sea of sand. The Crusaders have deployed for battle as the the siege is lifted. The Muslim forces have the possibility of being supplemented by the garrison from within the walls of the city. Being the well bred gentleman he is, Julian then allowed his guests to pick which force they wished to command - John being first as he had turned up first at Julian's house.
John chose one of the Crusader forces, and I took the Muslim force opposite him. Chris then selected the second Muslim force, including the garrison of Acre, leaving the Crusader force opposite Chris for our host.
John started very aggressively with his three units of mounted knights cantering forwards towards my command. I threw forward some light horse archers (the entire Muslim force was mounted and the majority was light cavalry) but they were swept aside, and the knights smashed into my force, as the lighter Arab cavalry scattered to avoid them.
On the other flank, Chris advanced against Julian, whilst mobilising the garrison troops in support. He was able to create a safe corridor for his advance on Julian's right flank, covered by the archers on the city walls, and within a couple of moves, had got into a position where he could turn the flank.
On our side of the table, John continued to smash through my lighter cavalry, and a couple of units were forced to flee off table (in TtS, they can return later - a real bonus compared with many rule sets!) All three of his mounted commands plunged deep into my lines, and were in danger of being surrounded on all sides - but even though I did get into positions to charge him in either flank or rear, atrocious card turning meant these attacks had little or no impact.
John, on the other hand, now had my force in a position where the archer units he charged had nowhere to flee to - and being light troops who must evade under these rules, but with nowhere they could evade to, they were destroyed and removed from play. I lost three or four units like this in quick succession, dropping our army morale coin pile by 2 per unit, and things were looking decidedly dicey on my side of the table for the cause of Allah.
Chris, as is his wont, was making a much better job of things on his flank, and had overwhelmed several of Julian's units, quickly dispatching the arch enemies of Saladdin, the Knights Hospitaler and the Knights Templar! Julian did recover and pressed forward again, taking out some of Chris's command, but then the garrison emerged in numbers from the gates of Acre and things swung back in the Muslims favour.
I was down to about six units, but three were the heavy cavalry accompanying my commanders, and were the equivalent of Johns knights. As John brought up his foot contingents to secure the high ground that had formerly been my front line, his knights wheeled in towards the centre of our positions. Chris had to turn his right hand units to refuse his flank, with some of my retiring light cavalry joining him to form a solid line. In a protracted action, Richard the Lion Heart battled against some Saracen heavy cavalry over several turns of the game.
Meanwhile, I finally had some success against Johns knights, catching two units in the flank/rear and destroying them, whilst several light units who had previously evaded off table, now returned to bolster my force.
By this stage, we were down to about three or four morale coins each and with some good fortune, it was Chris who was able to overcome another unit of Julian's and remove the final Crusader coins for the narrowest of Saracen victories.
Despite being on the losing side, man of the match went to John - his immediate aggressive assault from the first turn of a card meant I never had a chance to deploy my superior numbers of light horse archers and he bottled my force up in one corner of the table for the entire game, where the congestion caused the loss of several units who had no escape route when charged by his mounted knights.