Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Danish Horse Guard in Collets – Lund 1676

The Horse Guard in Collets - as Møinichen depicted them

As there were two squadrons of the Royal Danish Horse Guard present at Lund, and the evidence on their actual uniform during the battle points in two directions, I decided to paint one of each.

The former blog post shows a squadron of the Guard in their more flashy attire, with red capes and embroidered royal monogram. The uniform rolls and armoury records support this.

Notice the white cloth band around the arm - the Danish Field Sign at Lund

For the second squadron I decided to follow Møinichen’s version from his paintings of the Scanian War. Here the regiment is shown wearing yellowish collets with red facing.
As collets were very popular among cavalry due to their protective qualities in melees, it is highly likely that at least part of the Guard would have been equipped in this fashion.

Detail from painting by Claus Møinichen

The official records on the Horse Guard of this period is a little unclear on the design of their standards. Again I had to navigate by using Møinichen’s paintings, giving evidence that both a white (as I used in the former regiment) and a blue – as used in the collet wearing squadron, could be plausible.

Fielding a blue standard - painting by Claus Møinichen

Claus Møinichen was born in Copenhagen 1660 as the son of a surgeon.
Evidently inheriting his father's steady hands, he became a much adorned painter appointed by the Royal Danish Court at the time. He is worth a google image search, offering plenty of fine work of the Scanian War.

I’ll post some more on Møinichen's paintings later on.
Thanks for reading! 

17 comments:

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    1. Thanks Christopher! They'll probably feature as part of a coming series of articles on the Scanian War, that Barry has been kind enough to include on the LoA blog (www.leagueofaugsburg.blogspot.se). So keep an eye out for that!

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  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! The coming terrain project for Lund will be a scratch build challenge though. But inspiration will surely be found in yours and Micke's projects.

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  3. Lovely work as usual Sören! I really like your neat and clean painting style.

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    1. Thanks Jonas, hopefully we'll be able to schedule that war gamers lunch in the week to come. I've allowed myself a one-unit diversion into the beautiful Pro Gloria figures, so we need to confere!

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    2. Oh yes, it definitely sounds like we need to meet up over lunch next week!

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words and for reading!

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  5. Stunning work Sören !!!

    very impressive, love you historical research !

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Micke, soon I'll need your research knowledge on Swedish churches, as I need to scratch build something resembling Vallkärra and Nöbbelöv old roman style stone churches!

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    1. Thanks Ray, and thanks for stopping by for a read!

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  7. They look a very finely painted and based unit!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! The frozen ground basing used for the Scanian War units has been a first time experiment for me, so very happy that you like the result!

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  8. Those are beautiful.

    It's very depressing, the exceed my aspirations...

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    1. Thank you very much! I have to credit the miniatures, they were a joy to paint.

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