Tuesday, February 19, 2013

From TamsinP: 15mm Thirty Years War Harquebusiers & 'Hakkapeliita' Swedish Cavalry (97 points)

From Tamsin:
For my 11th entry, it's a return to 15mm 30YW cavalry. First up, a unit of 12 Harquebusiers.

Next up, "Hack them all!". Yes, the dreaded "Hakkapeliita" of the Swedish army. These were Finnish cavalry, whose name comes from their battle cry "Hakka pella" which means "Hack them all!", not a threat to sing without musical accompaniment. 
They gained a fearsome reputation on the battlefields around the Baltic.The regiment had its origins in the Nyland knights which became the Nyland and Tavestas Cavalry Regiment in 1629 under Lt Colonel Torsten Stalhandske. At the battle of Breitenfeld (1631) they were on the right wing of the Swedish army and were commanded personally by Gustav Adolf.
The flag is homemade. I had trouble finding the flag they used in the 30YW - I think this one is from late 17th/early 18th century, but it probably hadn't changed greatly in that time.
Next up, some Norman infantry, then maybe some more Swiss if you all behave.

Lovely work Tamsin. I like the yellow/buff blanket roll with the red jackets and the banner turned out very nicely as well.

These two regiments of cavalry will give Tamsin 97 points. Just a shave behind Ray...


  1. Gaaaaggghhh! So near yet so far! I really must crack on with the Norman infantry to jump ahead of him with a good margin!

    btw, those are sashes rather than blanket rolls - admittedly they are rather thick on these sculpts, so it's an easy mistake to make. Yellow was the typical colour for sashes in the Swedish army of the 30YW.

    1. Of course, my bad. Nonetheless I'm sure they were wishing they were tucking into blankets rather than fancypants sashes on those cold North German nights...

    2. Him? Who's him when he's at home!!!
      Nice work Tamsin, I feel its gonna be close????

  2. Very cool - they look great ranked up. Dean

  3. Aargh - I am choking on the dust here.
    Oh - nice entry too...

  4. Very nice work, your target is in sight



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