New Project: Russo-Swedish War in 1808-1809 aka "The Finnish War" (Suomen Sota)

Latest update 17.6.2017

My Blog posts on the subject:



http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2016/10/russo-swedish-war-1808-1809-proggres_22.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2016/11/eagle-rampant-battle-of-virta-bridges.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2017/03/super-gaming-week-game-3.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2017/04/finishing-miniatures.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2017/04/re-run-1641808-battle-of-yppari.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2017/04/battle-of-siikajoki-1641808.html

http://25yearsofminis.blogspot.fi/2017/05/battle-of-revonlahti-2741808.html

Some of the players are also keeping diaries for their officer characters (whom are gathering honor as per The Pikeman's Lament campaign rules): https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Twg1eT_rxvfHiWWuBjLHUs5gP2om4OdIKIM6t5DMBc/edit?usp=sharing  (in Finnish)


This is really not a new project, as it has been started few years back. Now with our excellent visit to Little Wars Club is Stockholm and the games played there I (we) really got excited about converting miniatures for this war.

Update 17.6.2017

Four Pikeman's Lament games already played in our campaign. Finns are on the offensive as summer come to northern Finland as well. We're considering playing with Black Powder rules as well. Some of the battle are suitable for that, while many are more suitable for skirmishing.

Gallery

Buildings (Sarissa Precision) for the fights in small towns

Eagle figures makes minis suitable for the Finnish war.
Unfortunately their packing was very poor
and several bayonets were broken

Russian Jägers by Casting Room Miniatures


 Savolax Jägers - converted from different plastic sets: 
most parts from Perry French Dragoons and Victrix British Infantry



Sledges for decorating the battlefield / as objectives



 Russian hussars and cossacks WIP
Russian infantry 

 Finnish army of about 24 points (The Pikeman's Lament) almost ready for playing

Converted Perry British turn to Finns - lovely miniatures!

Finns converted from Perry's plastic Austrian infantry
Updates:

7.11.2016 Figures converted and being painted for the Russo-Swedish war

I've been very focused on producing troops via conversion from Perry metals (British) and plastic British, Austrians and French. Here are conversion results and painting WIP pics.

Finnish commanders made from Victrix Austrians (command sprue) with some
French bits added (Victrix as well)

Converted Perry Brits - now they are Finns!
The officer with bicorne is Victrix Austrian.

Dismounted Carelian Dragoon: metallic horse from some mini flea market, body of a Victrix Austrian, rifle arm from Perry plastic dragoons and the head is from Victrix French artillery


Converting French horses into Swedish (or Russian) Dragoon horses

Bits for Carelian dragoons

Green stuffing models into Finns / Swedes



Finnish Jägers kitbashed and converted from Victrix Britis torsos, with heads from Warlord 
French hussars and hands from Victrix Austrians and Perry French dragoons, swords
from Victrix Frenchs


Converted Perry Brits





Perry Britis artillery crew (British in Egypt) and a few Trent Miniatures

Converting British heads from Brigade Games


Painting Perrys into Savolax Regiment colors


Sources of information and inspiration:


http://dalauppror.blogspot.fi/search/label/Finnish%20War?m=0

http://www.the-ancients.com/gemigabok/suomen-sota-1808-1809/

http://wargameinsvergie.blogspot.fi/search/label/1808-1809%20War

http://www.swordandsabre.com/serv02.htm

Finnish / Swedish Miniatures for Suomen Sota

(there are more producers for Russian miniatures, just make sure you choose the earlier variants eh NOT 1812 miniatures, as for example hats changed)

28mm


There are actually few manufacturers for 28 mm, that we have discovered, even if I have mainly used Perry metals and kitbashed plastics sets to convert troops to my army.


Eagle Miniatures Swedes

Bicorne Miniatures Swedes

Converting other minis (maybe better ones):

Perry Miniatures: several plastic sets and early war Bristish with round hats.

I've used plastic Austrians for my Finnish Infantry.














British with round hats example

Instructions on converting them: http://northern-wargaming.blogspot.fi/2016/06/swedish-napoleonic-soldiers-in-28mm.html

French dragoons make good base for both Finnish Dragoons and Jaegers






Swedes / Finns: in 15mm. https://www.bluemoonmanufacturing.com/index.php?cat_id=155

Swedes / Finns: in 25-28mm http://www.newsite.eaglefigures.co.uk/

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