Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ostgotland Kavalrie Regt. Completed

Ostgotland Kavalrie Regiment - click pix to enlarge.

So here I am serving up a double wedgie of Swedish cavalry for the Great Northern War (GNW) using Warfare Miniatures Swedish cavalry figures, in 28mm. As the Russian troops might say, "ouch!"

I have finished painting the first 18 Swedish Kavalrie that I recently purchased from Warfare Miniatures, adding them to the two infantry units that I painted over the past several weeks. I am trying to pace myself by only ordering figures that I can paint in a reasonable time period; once they are completed then I can order more figures. This is opposed to my normal method of just buying an insane amount of figures for the whole project and then only painting a fraction of what I have ordered.

The cavalry regiment depicted in these pictures is the Ostgotland Kavalrie Regiment at Poltava. My eventual organization will likely be two 18-figure squadrons in one 36-figure cavalry regiment. So really what you see in these pictures is only one squadron. Swedish cavalry regiments had two squadrons, apparently.

I am still experimenting with the basing, but I think that I like placing three figures on a 60mm by 80mm base, with one figure in front and two figure in a second rank. So when I clump three or more stands together, I get a wedge formation per Swedish tactical doctrine in the GNW.

Frontal view of two squadrons

A view of the proposed basing scheme, with three figures on a 60mm by 80mm deep stand, with the figures attached to the stand in a triangle shape. When several stands are placed together, they yield the visual of a wedge formation that the Swedish cavalry employed in their tactics.

A ground level view of the regiment.

I have now run through all of my Warfare Miniatures Swedes, so more are on order. While I await the delivery, I will turn back to painting Minden SYW Prussians and maybe start some Saxon cavalry at Kolin, using Austrian or Prussian castings.


  1. Very nice they look too. That little bit of red makes a deal of difference.

  2. Nice looking unit, interesting concept re. The basing

  3. Lovely painting. Not sure I could get the basing to work for me though, but must admit it does look great:).