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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gardet dör, men ger sig icke! (The Guard dies, it does not surrender!)

Hi everyone!

Well here is what I have been painting.  It is a Battalion of the Swedish Lifeguard (Livgardet). As part of our club project I had the honor of painting up one of the Battalions of the Swedish Lifeguard as it would have been for the Great Northern War. Soren from Black Powder Games helped me with the reference material for the uniforms and helped me select the unit to paint up for the upcoming demo game that will be played at LinCom gaming convention later this month.


 The Miniatures are all from Warfare Miniatures and they were easy to paint up. I liked the look of the figures and the different poses that the men are in.  The unit is comprised of 18 miniatures, 6 on each stand.  The Unit has two stands of Musketeers and one of Pikes.  It is the first unit I have painted from the Great Northern War.  I like how they look and I look forward to more releases from Warfare Miniatures.  I want to paint the Grenadier Battalion of the Life Guard as well as this Battalion.


Now the unit has been around for a very long time and is one of the oldest active regiments in the world. The unit was formed in 1521 when 16 young men from Dalarna were selected as a body guard for Gustav Vasa.
The motto at the top of the page is one of a few motto that have been attached to the unit.

A close up of the flags!

There is quite a bit of information on the unit on Wikipedia and I would recommend swinging by and checking out the history of the Unit.  Here is the link!


 The current unit actually has a pretty good Facebook page. Yes Facebook!  They can be seen at the Royal palace here in Stockholm if you come visit!!!



Now I have to get the finished unit to Soren before I head back to the USA in a few days. I will not have an opportunity to game with this unit as I will not be able to attend the convention.  Hopefully the Guard will live up to is past! I will ask Soren to take some good pictures of the game and post them on his blog.

 One last note is the flags. They are also from Warfare Miniatures. They look real good with the painted unit. They top off a great looking bunch of miniatures.

Thanks for stopping by.
More soon!!!

11 comments:

  1. Very handsome battalion and the flags are striking.
    I wish them well in their first battle.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, they were fun to paint up and I hope they do well at the convention.

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  2. Cracking work - will Søren be adding some tufts?

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    1. Haha, well I'll be adding some laurels if they win;0)

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  3. They look really great Mark, thanks again for coming through with a unit for this project on such a tight schedule. I promise to take good care of these fine gentlemen, and do my best to lead them to victory! Jesper and I are doing a test-run of the scenario next week, so you can just leave the unit on your shelf at the club!

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  4. marvelous painting and figures..

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    1. Thank you! The figures are very good so they are easy to paint up, I have noticed over the years that a good miniatures is easy to paint compared to a not so good miniature. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Your guard unit did die during tonights game...but they fought very well and took many russians with them before the end...

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    1. Oh no.. I hope it was a Swedish Victory in the end? Thanks for letting me know. I hope the game will go well at the convention! have fun and try not to buy too many miniatures...lol!!!!

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