1808 projects…

Many reading this will already have seen these elsewhere, but I might as well post these pictures here as well. These are the figures I have painted and based so far on both sides (Russian and Swedish). It should be around 350 figures and counting. I dont know how realistic it is, but if I paint around the same amount again I think I will have enough for most possible scenarios for the Finnish war.

Both armies are works in progress. As always with Napoleonic miniatures, one can hardly ever have too many infantry. On the Russian side, some of the most important regiments to do if you want to do the important battles like Alavo, Ruona, Lappo, Oravais etc. are: Sevsk, Kaluga, Mogilev, Petrovsk, Velikie Luki, Asov, Bielosersk, Lithuanian, Perm. Some of these are quite similar in appearance, and I think you can get away with just painting one and having it represent the other if needed. The Russian regiments were organised into “inspections”, and regiments beloning to the same inspection would have similar colors and identical flags. Thus, Asov and Velikie Luki are almost identical; Kaluga and Sevsk look similar; Petrovsk, Bielosersk and Lithuanian (all three of the St Petersburg inspection) are similar enough. For my part, I would be quite happy to add one more (grenadier) battalion for the Velikie Luki regt and then four battalions of the Petrovsk/Bielosersk/Lithuanian regts.

The Russians also had a slightly stronger cavalry arm than the Swedes in Finland, and that should show on the table as well. The most important Russian cavalry regiment was the Grodno hussars. They participated in many battles. A couple of squadrons of those would be an important addition.

On the Swedish side, I have painted mostly Finnish units up until now. I still havent done the Tavastehus and Österbotten regiments, and I hope to do those sometime in the future. But first, I will focus on the Swedish regiments, Hälsinge (blue and white) and Västmanland (blue and yellow with white piping).

Further on down the road I would like to add the Uppland and Västerbotten regiments, some Swedish artillerymen, and the Horse Lifeguards. It would also be appropriate to do a number of battalions with all or partly civilian clothes, as reserve battalions and lantvärn (militia) generally had no uniforms, only a ribbon around the hat and a cockade to distinguish them.

Detail of a contemporary plate showing the uniform of the Swedish Horse Lifeguards (1798 uniform with 1807 hat/helmet)

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