Monday, April 7, 2014

Tales from Sverige Part 3 The Army Museum - GNW mannequins

Swedish Army Museum
Karl XII statue near Parliament
I visited the Army Museum five years ago as a small celebration after being successful in a job interview. That visit was a great experience but I unfortunately lost the photographs I took.

Exhibits don't get much better than this

close in shot - the shock of the charge!

As if I needed any more inspiration!
Having arrange to meet two of the blog and LoA Fighting Talk forum members for a game in the evening they had suggested a visit to the museum in the late afternoon.. how could I pass up such an opportunity particularly with the imminent release of Warfare Miniatures Great Northern War range.

see text for interesting observations notes
see text for interesting observations notes

Although we could have spent most of the day there we restricted ourselves to 90 minutes and focusing on the Thirty Years War and the Great Northern War.

Always interesting to see what you paint on model soldiers up close. Look at the cover on the holster. It is leather work and not an edged cloth cover. The lining of the holster interior which appears chamois, is showing. The pouch over the right shoulder has a black leather face but is of chamois coloured leather or cloth.

The saddle cloth extends well down onto the animal's flanks. The carbine is slung low and loose. The sword is secured to the wrist with a lather strap.


musketeer of Skane Wars vintage
The officer at the back of the shot above seems to be dressed for a later period than the Skane Wars. The infantryman does not have apostles but rather a bullet bag.

neck cloth is striped!
One of the most informative parts of my visit was listening to the proper Swedish pronunciation of the various regimental names. Oh, how wrong we get it here in the English speaking world! Saying Swedish words with English pronunciation makes them sound rather ugly and in some cases clumsy. Listening to a Swede say the names puts the whole thing into a different perspective. The language has a soft sound with very few hard letters. My big lesson came with the word Bjorneberg. I would have (and probably did say) Be-jorn - berg. Michael politely corrected me to something closer to the sound Bey-orn-ay-bay. He made me practice a few times too! Hilton, go to the back of the class!

The plain nature of the equipment is striking
I restricted my iphone photography to items directly relating to the Great Northern War. The trophy room was indeed a revelation.

The vignette of the siege lines created a real sense of the size of gabions. The infantryman has a very plain uniform.
Infantryman behind fascines
Soren conducts an inspection in the trenches!

Our tour will continue with several other blog posts including: GNW trophies and equipment, other museum eye candy ad a trip to the Vasa Museum to see the magnificent 1628 Warship Vasa restored!

It all ended in tears - why the Swedes do it differently now.


  1. That cavalry installation never seizes to amaze, it really gives a clear feeling of just how overpowering the physical momentum of a cavalry charge is on infantry. Love that you included a picture of Charles XII in the Kungsträdgården (King's garden) park - he quietly stands there sword in hand, still pointing towards Russia.

  2. Lovely photographs Barry. Goes to show what a long way the 'Armouries' has to go to equal this level of display

    1. Thanks WA. In fairness, the Armouries is a pretty impressive museum but the Swedish Army Museum seems to have a knack of capturing the feel of things very well. For a now 'peace loving nation' I think they understand the reasons why the are peaceloving pretty well! :)

  3. Those certainly wet the apatite ;-)

  4. I loved this museum. Great display including a Thirty Years War 1 for 1 army using Tradition figures. I'm jealous you got photos I went round and only noticed I could have taken some on the way out. My wife wouldn't go around again. So unfair!!

  5. Very nice pictures! I had a friend from here visit that same museum a few years back and brought me back an English version of the book they sold about the museum for real cheap.


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