My latest in a series of Command stands for the collection.
This time Swedish General Simon Helmfelt.
After months of preparations, nibbling away at a huge lead pile and subsequent numerous play tests of our different “Lund 1676” scenarios, it’s finally time.
The bags are packed, tickets ready and Friday we’re off to Copenhagen and DffCon 2014.
I want to thank all the readers from around the World, who have been following this project as it grew. What started as a small skirmish game venture between fellow blogger and wargamer Michael and myself, later morphed into the largest battalion based miniatures project I’ve ever painted.
The battle of Lund took place north of the city,
where a few small hills command the field. One of them
is the "Gallow Hill". So, of course I had to paint these two unfortunates.
Notice the magistrate's death sentence nailed to the beam on the right.
A big thanks also goes out to fellow project painters: Thomas from Denmark, Jesper from our club in Stockholm and of course Michael for getting me into this period. We’ve all pitched in to build what is an amazing looking collection in 28mm, with great labour and attention paid to historical correctness of uniforms and flags.
This brings me to the Danish flags. A special thanks goes out to Peter Smith, for taking on the work of making us a historically researched and immensely beautiful Scanian War flag sheet. These flags are the icing on the cake.
What is a battlefield with out debris - human debris.
Gave these a thick brush of earth pigment as a finish.
Wanted them to look like trampled infantry or crashed cavalry.
When I started my Scanian War collection I decided to go almost completely with the range from Warfare Miniatures. It was the largest on the market, and had all the diversity and animation I was looking for. What I didn’t know at the time was that Warfare Miniatures’ owner, Barry Hilton, also had a huge interest in Scandinavia history with predominance on the Great Northern War. This common interest and Michael’s and my Scanian War project, quickly turned into a collaboration and friendship.
Copenhagen harbor 18th century. The model can be seen at
the Royal Danish Navy Museum.
So I’m very proud to announce that we will be carrying Warfare Miniatures, flags and even some of the acclaimed Donnybrook rulebooks with us to Copenhagen for sale at the DffCon show. Anyone attending the show can drop by our table for a look at our painted collection battling it out for the fate of Scandinavia, and if inspired buy their own miniatures and get started on their Scanian War or Great Northern War collection.
Copenhagen at its finest. Nyhavn - first build by Christian V,
the ruling Danish king during the Scanian War.
The venue for DffCon is the old Royal Danish Armory building inside the old city centre of Copenhagen. With such a central located site, the weekend will also offer us opportunities to drop by the Royal Danish Navy Museum and Rosenborg Castle.
Classic Danish Smørrebrød.
After sights seeing, visiting museums and a day throwing dice at the wargaming table, I hope to offer my Swedish travel companions a first rate gourmet experience in Danish food culture – a dish of the traditional “Smørrebrød” (Open Sandwiches).
Perhaps lesser known to the World than Danish pastry, but oh so good and best-enjoyed when washed down with plenty of Danish pilsner beer and perhaps even one or two schnaps!
Thank you very much for reading!