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Swampking17 Jan 2021 11:21 a.m. PST

So, I've mentioned my 1788 armies on TMP before but this is the first time I've ever posted photos of them.

So, the history is as follows: In 1788, Sweden declared war on Russia and the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway invaded the Swedish province of Bahuslan in accordance with their alliance with Russia. Historically, the invasion and war was a minor affair the Norwegian army consisted of around 12,000 men and there was only one battle.

However, I decided to expand both the Norwegians and Swedes into armies that would be substantial. Both armies have 30 battalions of infantry (24 minis each) and 10 battalions of cavalry (20 minis each), along with artillery and commanders.

Sorry for the messiness in the room doing a bit of remodeling and sorry for not painting some of the Swedish guns and not basing the brigade commanders not enough time.

Scenario: The Norwegian army is advancing southeast after crossing the Swedish border hoping to capture the city of Goteborg (Gothenburg). The Swedish army has hastily gathered and advanced northwest. The jaeger units of both sides encounter each other in the forest outside the sleepy hamlet of Viksborg.

The battlefield is fairly open with fields and fences; however, there is a forest on the far eastern edge of the battlefield, and two roads on the Norwegian side (left and center), with the main road dissecting the Swedish position. In the first 7 turns, the Swedish light infantry brigade (consisting of the Bahuslan jaeger battalion, von Erickson's Freikorps battalion, Taube's light dragoons and a 3pdr. cannon) managed to eject the Norwegian light infantry brigade (a 3 pdr. cannon, 1 battalion of Norwegian jaegers, 1/2 battalion Kongsvinger Light infantry, 1/2 battalion Fredriksten Light infantry) from the forest and the Swedish von Erickson's Freikorps captured the village of Viksborg after some very hard fighting. Basically, the Swedes destroyed the Norwegian light infantry brigade as a force and sent it routing in panic back to Norway!

However, the valiant Freikorps is currently surrounded in the village by Norwegian reinforcements and will have to surrender. On the western side of the battlefield, the Swedish cavalry and Norwegian cavalry are getting ready to square off and near Sven Tungrov's farm, the Swedish and Norwegian infantry are both advancing. The roads leading to the village are inundated with Swedes and Norwegians. East of Sven's farm, the Swedish and Norwegian infantry are heading for a showdown on the main road, while in the fields near Vikborg, the Swedes and Norwegians are advancing for a climactic slugfest involving cavalry, infantry and artillery. On the far eastern edge of the battlefield, the Norwegian 7th infantry brigade and the Swedish 5th infantry brigade will soon be involved in a no holds barred contest for the forest and the fields beyond.


Sorry that I didn't take any pics of the Norwegian Jaeger brigade. If anyone wants any pics of those guys, just send me an email.

Hope y'all enjoy the pics.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2021 1:33 p.m. PST

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing

Wargamorium17 Jan 2021 2:03 p.m. PST

Very good and unusual armies.

hornblaeser17 Jan 2021 3:14 p.m. PST

Very nice. Interesting. I personally would like some closeups, as i think that these to armies are very colourful.

dmebust Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2021 4:04 p.m. PST

Oh yes, thank you very much for sharing!

epturner Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2021 4:12 p.m. PST

That was incredible. Thanks for sharing that.


mghFond17 Jan 2021 8:44 p.m. PST

Impressive and colorful armies. Very well done.

Swampking17 Jan 2021 10:58 p.m. PST


I'll add some closeups of the individual (say, most colorful) units and post them in a separate Google photos file. I'll also take a few pics of my 1792 Poles/Lithuanians and Russians and post them in a folder as well.

Would that work?

Happy gaming!

Wargamorium18 Jan 2021 5:48 a.m. PST

The 1792 pictures would be of interest.

I have a huge 15mm Russian army in Potemkin uniforms which I painted up to fight the Ottomans but never painted the Ottomans.

Swampking21 Jan 2021 11:41 p.m. PST

Pics will be up later on today.

Also, if anyone wants an 8-page battle report (up to turn 8), you can send me an email:

The battle report is too big to post on the '18th Century Battle Reports" and I don't have a blog (though I might start one).

Happy gaming!

Swampking22 Jan 2021 2:40 a.m. PST

All pics have been uploaded.

Swedish Army – link

Norwegian Army:

Russian Army, 1787-1794 (will be added to as I finish units off):

Hungarian 1848 (start of a new project):

Lithuanians/Poles,1792-1794 (will be added to over the next few months, as I finish some units off):

If I missed a unit from the Swedes and Norwegians, let me know and I'll post it later on today.

As always, if you have any questions about the minis used or anything regarding the pics, just drop me a line:

Happy gaming!

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