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Lund 1676. My entry is finnished.
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Stockholm, Sweden
Member Since: January 31, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 09:44 PM UTC
First of all I must apologize since my intention was to post this entry yesterday within the original finishdate, but due to my homeconnection I was unable to.

Battle of Lund 1676.

Sweden came out as a winner in the 30-years war. Adding pieces of Germany under its rule. More important though is that the peace settlements in Roskilde 1658 and Copenhagen 1660 entitled us the countys of Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Bohuslän. This on Denmarks expense. This parts being rich for growing and forms the southern parts of Sweden today.

King Karl(Charles) X dies suddenly in 1660 and his five year old son becomes King Karl(Charles) XI under supervison. 1672 at the age of 17 his is declared King only responsible to god.(Av guds nåde, by the grace of god).

In 1676 the danish King Christian V saw the opportunity to take back the provinces lost 16-18 year ago and attacked Sweden in june the very same year. The element on surpise was in favour for the danes and the campaing was succesfull taking several cities while sieging others.

The swedish king put up his army and marched south to meet his foe with the intent to drive them out of Skåne. At the 4th of December the main bodys of the armies met just outside the city of Lund.

Danish forces:
Infantery 6300 men
Cavalry 6000 men
Artillery 56 heavy cannons

Swedish forces:
Infantry 2000 men
Cavalry 6000 men
Artillery 8 heavy guns

At 0400 on the morning of the 4th the swedish army began silently crossing the river Kävlinge and thus attacking the danish flank. This is a surprise attack and it is a sucess. A race also started for the highest hill in the area which resulted in bitter fighting. At 0900 the hill was in swedish hands but the danes remained counterattacking. King Karl XI was in the midst of the battle, leading the cavalry wing, showing great courage. In the first hours he had his horse(Thotten) shot dead under him. His other horse Brilliant or nicknamed Brandklipparen(fire-buck?) was later passed on to his son who later became Karl(Charles) XII who rode him on most of his campainges. The horse dies in 1716 at the age of 43 having probably seen more historical battles than any other creature, be it man or beast.

At 1100 the danish flank couldnt hold any more and started to retreat over Kävling river. The retreating soldiers panic as the ice broke under them. The swedish cavalry starts pursuing the fleeing danish cavalry cutting down their supporting infantry and raiding the danish bagage in the process. At this moment the cavalry leaves the battlefield with the king in front ignoring the desperate fight of the swedish infantry in the middle that is heavily outnumbered.

At 1400 the swedish king decided to stop the pursuit and return to the battlefield, this is in the nick of time . When the swedish cavalry returns to the battlefield at 1500 the battle is desperate but the danes that at first thinks its their cavalry that returns soon find themself encircled and then almost massacred.

The swedes took almost 2000 prisoners while the danes only captured 50. When the night falls at 1700 hours almost 9000(6000 danes and 3000 swedes) men is left on the battlefield, dead or dying over the night. On the morning of the 5th December all the battlefield is covered with frost as are the dead. Many witness uses gostly to describe the scene. This makes Lund the bloodiest battle ever in Europe. In additon more than 1200 dutch sailors forced into the danish army are captured and executed.

Danish army was badly broken though the swedes could not exploit their victory due to lack of reserves. Much land was retaken by swedish forces but Denmark still held the two cites of Helsingborg and Landskrona. An important matter is that the danish fleet was superior during this era. The war kept on going for two more years. The war spread to other provinces, mainly in Germany and the peace in Lund 1679 was forced upon Denmark and Sweden by France. Except for loosing some German provinces the peace for Sweden was more or less status quo.

In 1882 a memorial was raised at the scene of the battle gathered from privat donations that started to be collected in 1876.
The inscription says:

On December the 4th
Struggled and Bled
Peoples of the Same Origin
Reconciled Descendants
Erected this Memorial

Some more contemporary pictures.

The figure chosen for the subject is a Durendal stock sculpted be Mike Blank. For some reason it is really hard to find. Ive heard rumours about company problems.

The base is from Romeo models. It was cut to size with a saw to fit the chosen plinth. New details such a tricorn, brokens sword, canon ball and a Danish flag were added made by Magic Sculpt.

The plinth.

The base with the additions and primer,

Heres pictures of the figure with primer.

The spurs were made with the help of Nimix photoetched spurs. I used the star and the arm. The arm is a little flat so I built of a little thickness with diluted filler in three layers.

Close up of the face. All painting on the figure is done with Humbrol with the only exception for some of the metallic effects where Gold Printer Ink were added.

The base before grass and snow were added. For grass unraveled hemp was used and for snow baking soda.

The finnished piece. The title "When darkness falls" comes from that the battle calmed down when darkness fell and many of the wounded were left on the field to freeze to death. Which also adds to the high causalty numbers of the battle.

Well, Ill guess thats all folks.
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Evros, Greece / Ελλάδα
Member Since: October 26, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 10:10 PM UTC
That's a really nice piece of work man. I really like it. I like the groundwork the most. Keep it up man.
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New Jersey, United States
Member Since: June 18, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 01:21 AM UTC
Very well done. From top to bottom you have done a wonderful job!
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Florida, United States
Member Since: October 17, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 01:56 AM UTC
Thanks for the excellent write up, and showing such a lovely figure.
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Fyn, Denmark
Member Since: May 03, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 05:04 AM UTC
Thats a fine looking vignette! I really like the detail!
- But one thing strikes me as a Dane - The Danish flag (Dannebrog) on the ground has three splits... The original Danish flag never had more than two!

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England - South West, United Kingdom
Member Since: March 13, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 08:32 AM UTC
Hi Toke,great post,a history lesson,and a great paint job to boot,that's the way to do it,congrats.
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Donegal, Ireland
Member Since: May 14, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 10:44 PM UTC
Excellent Toke. The whole background and history was approriate and very interesting.
The figure looks excellent, and top marks for the base detail. Shortcuts in groundwork can take away from the scene, but nobody can make that accusation here. This is something we should all take into account more.
The armor is very realistic. A short explanation or "How to " would be much appreciated. This is a great addition to the campaign.
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: November 08, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 11:02 PM UTC
EXCELLENT job mate, and bonus marks for going to the trouble of writing up the background of your piece, love it when people do that, cheers!
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: July 28, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 11:26 PM UTC
Wow, great background to the figure. Even greater figure. Well done!

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Stockholm, Sweden
Member Since: January 31, 2003
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Posted: Monday, November 15, 2004 - 08:47 AM UTC
First of all.
Thank you all for your kind remarks about this piece.

Hilsen Bjoern!
Actually I never thought of the "Danebrog" that way. I just made a piece of a type of flag that looked good. However when checkint the contemporary pictures I have Im not able to find any three fin flags only two finned ones as youve mentioned. Ill have that in mind next time.

G-day Frank!
The armour plate were first basepainted in Humbrol 33 black. Usually I use Tamiya Semi Gloss Black but for this time Ive used Humbrol matt as I was out of Tamiya. When dry, I mixed Humbrol 21 Gloss Black with Humbrol 11 Silver Fox in proportions 33% - 67% for base. The adding more Humbrol 11 Silver Fox to the mix for the highlights(three of them) and only one shadow, straight Humbrol 21 Gloss Black. Usually when blending Humbrol shadows and highlight I work "wet in wet", but when using Humbrol 21 Gloss Black I let each layer dry over night.
Dents, dirt, blood and rust where then painted in, in this case Id say less is more. Only to give some indication and take away the clean look.

I see that most of you like my presentation, and Im glad to. I always try see my builds as a whole piece. Not a figure, tank or car on a base but rather a complete setting. I seldom do anything without a base and usually the base take more time than the model thats supposed to be on it. Not in the case above though, mainly because I spent a whole lot of time trying to make spurs before I gave up an bought the two Nimix sets.

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Texas, United States
Member Since: March 05, 2002
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Posted: Monday, November 15, 2004 - 12:52 PM UTC
Tjena Toke!

Super mini vignette! Gotta love to see it as it is my birth town! Keep it up mate.
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Alabama, United States
Member Since: July 26, 2003
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Posted: Monday, November 15, 2004 - 04:08 PM UTC
Simply awesome work! Well done!!