Thursday, June 30, 2016

Project for 2016-2017

More important politically than militarily, the Battle ofFehrbellin (June 18, 1675) will be the focus of a new project here in the Duchy of Alzheim.

Pinched from Wikipedia
I have admired for quite a while the Willie late 17th Century figures (Monmouths’ Rebellion, Tangier and so on…) and had been looking for an excuse to paint some up. This will be the excuse!
Pitting a well-balanced Swedish force which is attempting an orderly withdrawal under pressure against a Brandenburg army which is mostly cavalry, it is an interesting battle between two small armies of differing capabilities.

The Brandenburg army was somewhere in the region of 30 Squadrons of horse, slightly more than a regiment of Dragoons, 1350 infantry drawn from various regiments and 14 guns. The Swedes disposed of a similarly sized force but with a better balance between infantry and cavalry as well as a marked superiority in artillery. I do not have a precise breakdown of the Swedish force so I shall guesstimate somewhere in the region of twenty squadrons and about 2400 infantry along with 25 guns.

I will be using the Beneath the Lily Banner (2nd Ed) rules which seem pretty well right for the fight. For those of you who are not familiar with them, in BtLB2 an infantry unit is three stands of six figures. Another smaller stand of pike may be added  (decoratively and as a designator) behind the central stand for nations other than the Swedes. For the Swedes, the Pike are considered to be a part of the central stand. A squadron of horse is represented by a single stand of 2-3 figures.

What does this mean for me? If I went for a representation of each unit involved, then for the Brandenburgers I would be putting two units of foot (say the equivalent of two 600+ man battalions) on the table and 30 squadrons of horse as well as 2-3 guns on the table. The Swedes would get in the region of 5-6 units of infantry, 25 Squadrons and 5-6 guns. Were I to bathtub things, I would reduce the numbers of units by half and plan my ground scale accordingly.

Now, if anyone was able to get me Swedish Uniform and Flag references as well as a decent Swedish OOB for the battle, I’d have it made!

Pictures as I paint figures will be forthcoming.


Allan Tidmarsh said...

Neat little project.

Uniforms and flags of Swedes (Scanian Wars), these on Pinterest

'scanian wars swedish 1670' google search yields some interesting results

fireymonkeyboy said...

I'll be looking forward to seeing this develop.


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Likewise! This sounds exciting. How will you be painting them?

Best Regards,


Ross Mac said...

Sounds like a good project but I'm confused on numbers eg Swedes have less than 2:1 in infantry but may have up 3:1 in units?

Bloggerator said...

Lets saĆ½ the Swedes have 3000 infantry and 6 units of foot.



Bloggerator said...

Stokes, considering the cold weathere here at the moment, I am having some success with wet-on-wet techniques.