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Figures – Swedes and Finns

We’ve reviewed each manufacturer’s entire 15 mm napoleonic Swedish -range even
though these all include figures unusable for the war of 1808. Also please bear in mind that our knowledge on such troops isn’t up to par with the 1808 stuff. If you are knowledgeable in such matters and see blatant mistakes by us please feel free to drop us a line!

NOTE: Be sure to check out our “figure conversions” page to see more info on the uniform problems of the figures and how to convert the figures to 1802 pattern uniform etc.

ESSEX (15mm)

http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/
While not Swedes/Finns the following figures are quite suitable to be converted to Savo jaegers. Most of the figures are from French Line Infantry 1812-1815 range but the last pack is from French Revolutionary Wars Light Infantry (Leger) line. There are 8 figures in each pack except in PN23 and 24 that have 6 figures. With the exception of the command pack and artillerymen all packs have just one pose. The figures are 16mm high from foot to eye level.

Essex voltigeurs

PN11 Line grenadier or Voltigeur adv., musket forward
PN17 Line Voltigeur skirmishing standing
PN18 Line Voltigeur skirmishing kneeling
PN22 Light inf. (Leger) carabinier, Voltigeur or chasseur adv.
PN22a Light Infantry (Leger) kneeling loading
PN22b Light Infantry (Leger) advancing
PN23 Command pack: (Leger) Officer, Std. bearer, drummer, adv.
PN24 Assorted foot artillerymen
PN79 Carabinier, Chasseur or Voltigeur (Shako/front plume)

The figures are typical Essex in good and bad, the most obvious feature of them being slightly stocky. There are very little differences between the equipment of these figures and the poses of PN22 and PN79 are quite close to one another. The command packs officer’s pose is way too static in lieu of him being a light infantry officer. The drummer looks good but the standard bearer is not needed. Also the pose of PN11 could be
more accurately described as standing instead of advancing. Please check “figure conversions” to see how to make Savo jaegers /artillerists out of these figures.

FANTASSIN MINIATURAS (15mm)

http://www.fantassinminiaturas.com/
First off muchos gracias for the fine gentlemen of Fantassin for sending us sample figures for review purposes! Packs apparently contain 8 miniatures unless noted.

Figures are slightly larger than with other manufacturers being 19mm high from foot to eye level so they will kinda stand out but I’d say that you could use an occasional one mixed in with other manufacturer’s figures (not Navwar though) for representing the “big guy” in the company. These figures actually are the best choice for 20mm figures, especially as the sculpting on the Hät’ plastic Swedes in rather rough. The metal sounds like it is unleaded but cleans up rather nicely though. General casting is good, although there are some faint flash lines present. However there was surprisingly much excess material here and there in some of the miniatures sometimes obscuring some detail.

SN-1 Line infantry (1810 coat and scharawaden) marching
SN-2 Line infantry (1810 coat and scharawaden) firing
SN-3 Line infantry (1810 coat and scharawaden) loading
SN-4 Line infantry Command (1810 coat and scharawaden) 2 officers, 2 drummers, 2 Std. Bearer
These are the line infantry and the review batch at least had 3 variants for the marching figure. As with other manufacturer’s, since the figures are for later period they are wearing trousers instead of breeches with gaiters. The coat doesn’t have facings in the front which also makes the trousers look somewhat baggy in the lower stomach/groin area. The legs of the trousers can be converted into gaiters with a quick use of modelling knife but the missing facings would be quite tedious to make from Milliput/Green Stuff. These figures have canteens that, unlike on other manufacturers, look the same as the ones in the pictures. Also the tails of the coats were, for once, the right length and not too short. The pole the standard bearer is carrying is a bare one.

SN-5 Grenadiers
SN-6 Grenadiers Command
The rank and file has two different marching variations. The grenadier figures have the same problem with the facings as the line infantry but the tails of their coats are correctly slightly longer. The officer wears boots and the rest breeches with gaiters with the exception of the standard bearer who is for some reason wearing trousers. If you’re planning on using these as guards you’ll need to nodify the left brink of the kusket and the front of the coat.

SN-7 Line infantry (Kiwer Shako) marching
SN-8 Line infantry (Kiwer Shako) firing
SN-9 Line infantry (Kiwer Shako) loading
SN-10 Line infantry Command (Kiwer Shako)
These look like exactly the same figures as the line infantry except with a different headgear on. The only exception to this is the officer which has a totally different pose. Not much use for these in 1808 Finland though…

SNA-1 Line horse Artilleryman (6 per pack)
These weren’t used in Finland during 1808 war. Also trying to locate pics for these uniforms in order to be able to review the figures proved to be an impossible task.

MINIATURE FIGURINES ie. MINIFIGS (15mm)

http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/
Unless otherwise stated packs contain 8 infantry or 4 cavalry. Figures are some 17mm high from foot to eye level. Many people put down Minifigs figure quality but the figures are actually much better than their reputation. Granted, there’s not overtly much detail but all the necessary bits tend to be there. There are a couple of problems: too often figures tend to lack chin and cavalry usually sits uncanny low on saddle. There’s hardly any flash or mould lines and as the metal is pleasingly soft it is pleasure to clean what
little there is. All infantry regardless of troop types or nationality are apparently always moulded on the few basic poses: “advancing” is stepping forwards with more or less levelled musket, “march attack” is marching with shouldered musket and “firing” is firing the musket. Bayonets are on the long side but, if shorter ones are preferred, it of course very easy to cut them to size. All standard bearers are carrying a bare flagpole and no cavalryman is wearing gauntlets.

Minifigs guards

1ND Grenadier Advancing 1807
2ND Grenadier March Attack 1807
3ND Grenadier Standing Firing 1807
9ND Grenadier Command
These figures are wearing their characteristic kusket helmets and breeches with gaiters. A sword is also worn on the left hip. The command pack has two each: marching trooper, drummer, standard bearer and sword wielding officer who is almost sprinting. The officer is even wearing a brassard. The figures are basically wearing a uniform that is a mix of guards’ and grenadiers’ uniform. The left brim of their kusket helmet is not upturned as was the case with grenadiers but their coat has the guard’s plastron with plenty of lace which also had the vest under it and the belt going under the coat.. Apparently the grenadiers wore their belt over and guards under their coat.

Minifigs line

4ND Infantrymen Advancing 1807
5ND Infantrymen March Attack 1807
6ND Infantrymen Standing Firing 1807
7ND Infantrymen Kneeling Firing 1807
8ND Line Infantry Command
Line infantry wearing their characteristic hat with upturned left brim and the 1810 pattern pantaloons/ trousers instead of breeches and gaiters. The trousers also have stripes on the sides but these are very easily removed at the same time the trouser legs are. Unfortunately there’s no buttons or cords on the upturned brim of the hat. The figures
have their bayonet scabbard hanging from under the cartridge pouch and are wearing a round canteen on their left hip. The command pack has two each: marching trooper, drummer, standard bearer and officer marching steadily while holding his sword in front of his chest. If you want to buy your figures from a single manufacturer then we suggest you look no further as these can be made to represent line infantry and non-Savo jaegers of the 1808 war with very little work.

Minifigs cuirassier

1NDC Leib Guard/Cuirassier
10NDC Leib Guard/Cuirassier Command
The figures are actually usable only as cuirassiers as they wear the cuirass and cuirassier helmet even though foot of the helmet’s crest is sort of missing. Livgardet wore no cuirass and had a kusket instead of helmet. Command includes a trooper, trumpetist blowing his horn, standard bearer and officer whose head is slightly turned and does wear a brassard. The horses have a nice galloping pose but are slightly on
the small side.

Minifigs heavy dragoons

2NDC Heavy Dragoon
11NDC Heavy Dragoon Command
Dragoons wearing a crested helmet and no sabertashe. Mounts are the same as with the Leib Guards as is the command pack mix. No troops uniformed this way participated in the war of 1808.

Minifigs light dragoons

3NDC Light Dragoon
12NDC Light Dragoon Command
Dragoons that have a conical shako with a plume in the side representing Smålands dragoner. Standard command mix. The galloping horses have shabraque -saddle blankets, although the review copies did have a few rectangular ones as well. Although no troops uniformed this way participated in the war of 1808 these figures could be used as basis for Uusimaa dragoons but require some effort. The shako should be cylinderical or ever so slightly conical the other way around and it should also have a small peak Also the troopers should also be wearing two crossing webbing belts. Please check “figure conversions” for more info on the Uusimaa dragoon conversions.

Minifigs hussarss

4NDC Hussar
13NDC Hussar Command
Your standard shako wearing hussars with the usual command mix. The galloping horses have shabraque -saddle blankets, although the review copies did have a few rectangular ones as well. No hussars participated in the war of 1808.

Minifigs early dragoons

6NDC Dragoon (Early)
14NDC Dragoon (Early) Command
With their kusket these should actually be lifgardet and not dragoons. Just remove the shoulder straps. Standard command mix and mounts.

Minifigs mounted jaeger

5NDC Mounted Jaeger
Basically the same as Light dragoons but these figures hold muskets in right hand instead of swords. Apparently the uniform these troops wore was 1802 pattern infantry uniform with the usual hat and not shako. Perhaps the figure is representing Smålands dragooner?

Minifigs artillery

1NDT Artillery Driver
2NDT Limber Rider
3NDT Gun Rider
21ND Swedish Artillerymen
81NA 6lb Gun
82NA 12lb Gun
83NA Limber
The limber and 6 pounder are very accurate, at least when compared to the ones in the Finnish Artillery Museum in Hämeenlinna which are replicas the museum received from Sweden. The limber’s axle is slightly too much in front, but this is something one shouldn’t worry about in 15mm. The smooth guns look very much like the Helvig -model
guns and are definitely the most accurate Finnish guns around. 12 pounders were not used in battles during the war. The artillerymen used for limbers (1-3NDT) wear the standard artillery/ line infantry uniform and can thus be used in various other instances as well (officers, Uusimaa dragoons). For instance the lash the driver has in his right hand can easily be painted to look like a sword. The gun packs and limber hold three pieces each.

Minifigs colonels

91NDC Infantry Colonels
Four similar officers wearing their bicorne front to back instead of sideways. We’ve never seen a picture of a Finnish/ Swedish officer wearing their bicorne this way around. Turning it sideways is a minor inconvenience. Mounted on the standard galloping horse.

While not actually Swedes/ Finns other figures of use are:

Minifigs voltigeurs

15NF Voltigeur Standing Firing
16NF Voltigeur Kneeling Firing
With some small converting these French figures are usable as Savo jaegers.
Slightly less work is involved than with Essex as these do not have shako cords. Please check our “1808 figure conversions” on the details of how to make Savo jaegers out of these figures.

Minifigs austrians

37NO Infantrymen Advancing 1806 (Overcoat)
38NO Infantrymen March Attack 1806 (Overcoat)
39NO Infantrymen Standing Firing 1806 (Overcoat)
40NO Infantrymen Kneeling Firing 1806 (Overcoat)
41NO Infantry Command 1806 (Overcoat)
If you want to depict Finnish troops in greatcoat there are no ready figures from any manufacturer. Converting them from Austrians might be the easiest way. As these figures are actually wearing gaiters and carry a sword so they’re pretty close already. You’d only need to slightly reduce the width of the hat and make its top even, add the upturned brim and make a plume to the left side with the upturned brim. Nothing
you can’t easily accomplish with a file, hobby knife, some Milliput and superglue. Or you could replace the head with one having an appropriate headgear. The command pack has two each: marching trooper, a noticeably smaller drummerboy, standard bearer and officer. Please check “figure conversions” for more info on the greatcoat conversions.

Minifigs male partisans

34NR Male Partisans
During the war several voluntary units were raised from the populace and these Russian equivalents pass pretty well for Finns. There are four different poses with slight variations so all pack’s eight figures are different. One is holding a sword with a rifle slung in the back, one is thrusting with a spear and two riflemen are shooting and advancing. Even though no record exists of Finnish women taking part in fighting if need
be you could use 35NR Female Partisans to depict them. These ladies are a bit better armed than their mele counterparts as 3 are using muskets and just one is brandishing a sword.

NAVWAR/ NAISMITH DESIGNS (15mm)

http://www.navwar.co.uk/nav/
Unless otherwise stated packs contain 6 infantry or 3 cavalry. Figures are true 15mm miniatures being 15mm high from feet to eye-level. They are smaller than figures from the other manufacturers and also have noticeably less detail being much simpler sculptings. Navwar is the only manufacturer whose standard-bearers have metal flags instead of bare flagpoles.

Navwar guards

SWN1 Guard Advancing 1807-1814
SWN2 Guard Standing Firing 1807-1814
SWN3 Guard Command 1807-1814
These packs have guards with their characteristic kusket helmets and they are wearing breeches with gaiters. A sword hangs on the left hip and no knapsack is worn. To call the pose of SWN1 advancing is an exaggeration as the figure merely leans ever so slightly forward with a raised musket in hand. Command (SWN3) consists of two each of the following: a standard-bearer with a metal flag, drummer and an officer raising his sword. The first two are walking and the last one is standing. The officer’s plastron is so thick it almost looks like a cuirass.

Navwar grenadiers

SWN4 Grenadier Advancing 1807-1814
SWN5 Grenadier Standing Firing 1807-1814
SWN6 Grenadier Command 1807-1814
These guys have slightly thicker plume and somewhat longer chenille/crest on the kusket than their the guard equivalents. Otherwise the packs are almost identical with minor variations in the poses. The biggest are: standard-bearer is holding the flagpole with one hand and officer’s sword arm is pointed downwards. These could easily be used to give some slight pose variations to your guard units. If you’re planning on using them as grenadiers you should remove the upturned left brim of the kusket though. If used as grenadiers you’ll have to paint their belt on top of their coat.

Navwar line

SWN7 Line Infantry Advancing 1807-1814
SWN8 Line Infantry Standing Firing 1807-1814
SWN9 Line Infantry Command 1807-1814
Rank and file of the first two packs are wearing knapsacks. All in all, with the exception of the different uniform, these are very similar packs in regard of poses (the “advancing” pose is slightly more intent on moving though) and contents to the previous troop types. Biggest problem with these figures is the 1810 pattern pantaloons/ trousers instead of
breeches and gaiters.

Navwar jaegers

SWN10 Line Jager Advancing 1807-1814
SWN11 Line Jager Kneeling Firing 1807-1814
SWN12 Line Jager Command 1807-1814
These can be used for all other jaegers but Savo jaegers as they wore an unique uniform. Figures have no knapsack or bayonet but are otherwise clothed in line infantry uniform with somewhat less profound legs on the trousers making the conversion to gaiters an easier one. Command pack has an officer holding a sword and pointing with his left hand, a NCO/trooper carrying his musket with one hand and waving with his left hand and a musician with a musket slung over his right shoulder and blowing a
trumpet. However we are unsure if pipers were used with jaegers. Aarne Huuskonen in his excellent book Kuninkaallinen Savon Jääkärirykmentti (Otava 1927) says that there were two drummers in each company but that pipers are not mentioned anywhere. Was this really the case? Was this also true in other regiments? Based on this evidence we
included drummers but no pipers in the jaeger units.

Navwar life guards

SWN13 Life Guard at Rest 1807-1814
SWN14 Life Guard Command 1807-1814
SWN15 Cuirassier at Rest 1807-1814
SWN16 Cuirassier Command 1807-1814
Very little difference with these two except that cuirassiers have longer boots, slightly more elaborate helmet than the kusket worn by the Life guards and of course the cuirass. Neither have sabertasche which both apparently should have. The musket the life guard is carrying is ridiculously short. Both ride the very peacefully walking horse. The command packs have a trumpetist, a standard-bearer with a very large guidon and a trooper. Cuirassiers were not used in Finland during the war.

Navwar dragoons

SWN17 Dragoon Charging 1807-1814
SWN18 Dragoon Command 1807-1814
Bicorne wearing cavalry with a sword in raised right hand. These are very usable figures for Karelian dragoons with almost no problems. The only problem are missing musket and gauntlets, the too long knee high boots, and that the sash belt of the Karelian dragoons would’ve been worn under the coat so it should only be visible from the front.
Troopers should also be wearing two crossing webbing belts. Command includes the usual suspects ie. trumpetist, a standard-bearer with a very large guidon and an officer that is otherwise similar to the troopers except he is wearing gauntlets. Horses are slightly more animated than with the previous cavalry packs but they can hardly be
describes as charging. Saddle blankets and pistol covers are slightly different shape than the actual used ones.

Navwar light dragoons

SWN19 Light Dragoon Charging 1807-1814
SWN20 Light Dragoon Command 1807-1814
Cavalry wearing a tolpak with a plume in front. Smålands dragoon regiment wore this kind of headdress but with no plume. Packs consist of the same figure mix as the other cavalry packs. The horses have body that seems to be somewhat short. Troops of this type were not used in Finland during the war. With some work these could used as Uusimaa dragoons. Please check “figure conversions” for more info on the Uusimaa drogoon conversions.

Navwar hussars

SWN21 Hussar Charging 1807-1814
SWN22 Hussar Command 1807-1814
Shako wearing hussars with raised swords. Pelisse is slightly exaggerated. Horse’s pose is somewhat dynamic and almost could be described as charging. Troops of this type were not used in Finland during the war.

Navwar artillerymen

SWN23 Artillery Crew 1807-1814
Biggest problem with these figures is the 1810 pattern pantaloons/trousers instead of breeches and gaiters. They should also be wearing a non-grooved belt and carry a sword. The pack contains two each of the following poses: leaning to a cleaning rod, carrying a bucket and carrying a cannonball.

Navwar crown prince

SWN24 Crown Prince & Aides 1807-1814
The pack contains three officers wearing a decorated bicorne. The crown prince is using a telescope and the other two have the same pose while carrying a rolled parchment in their right hand. This can also easily be painted to represent a telescope. Crown prince’s horse has somewhat more posh barding than the others. The figures are, of course, usable for any generals. If you want more variation for your generals you might want to use the following as well: AN34 Mounted Field Officers in Oberrock 1806-15 (Austria), BNR17 Duke of Brunswick and Aides 1815 (Duchy of Brunswick), RN28 Infantry Commander Mounted 1803-15 (Russia), SN1 General Romana and Staff (Spain) and finally from Navwar’s Roundway range RA25 mounted Generals (Austro-Hungary). Our favourite was the Austrian pack.

Navwar austrian

While not actually Swedes/ Finns other figures of some use are:
RA6 Fusilier in Greatcoat 1806-1815
This pack from Navwar’s Roundway range contains eight figures holding their rifles at almost level. If you want to depict Finnish troops in greatcoat there are no available
figures from any manufacturer. Converting them from Austrians might be the easiest way as you’d only need to slightly reduce the width of the hat, add the upturned brim and move the plume to the left side with the upturned brim. Nothing you can’t easily accomplish with a file, hobby knife, some Milliput and superglue. Please check “figure conversions” for more info on the greatcoat conversions.

Navwar guerillas

SN55 Guerillas Attacking
SN57 Civilian Men & Women Attacking
During the war several voluntary units were raised from the populace. While Spanish and Finnish garments differ quite a lot at least some of these figures can be used as basis for conversions as well as other packs from various eras which have peasants armed with farm implements and spears. The first pack contains two different poses with one wearing a hat and the other a bandana but the guy in bandana is more difficult to use as a piece of cloth hangs over his left shoulder which is a very non-Finnish garment and quite difficult to remove. The latter pack has a man wearing a wide brimmed hat and a woman in a nun-esque robe. Both are holding a musket with a bayonet. The hat can certainly be easily converted into something more Finnish but we haven’t come across any references about females taking part in fighting during the 1808 war.

NE3 10 pdr LICORN (x 2) 1796-1815 russia
NE21 3 pdr CANNON (x 2) 1792-1815 austria
RA24 3PDR GUN (2 in packet) (ROUNDWAY) austria
During the war Finns captured some Russian 4 pounder unicorn (licone) howiziers and these were also used against their fomer owners. The two Austrian 3 punders were used in the absence of better options to represent the two different 3 ponder models used by Finns (3 pounder and 3 ponder particannon).

OLD GLORY

http://oldglory15s.com/
All reviews are based on the earlier bigger packs but should still hold true even if the current pack size if 50 figures. The packs include the command figures and for example the old 100 figure set of NSW03 contained 9 each of the command figures. Whenever
there are figure variations the different variations are available in extremely uneven mix. All standard-bearer have bare flagpoles. Figures are 16mm high from foot to eye level. Riders have been cast with saddles and the separate horses have ever so many different poses as out of our 90 horses we found 28 different poses! Metal used is unfortunately hard and brittle resulting in many a separated bayonets. Out of all reviewed figures OG figures also had the most flash.

OG line

NSW01 Infantry Advancing
This pack contains perhaps the most accurate figures for 1808 Finns even though there are a few poses which have the 1810 pattern uniform. The remaining figures have gaiters which unfortunately reach only below the knee instead of above. There’s a 1807 pattern cocade in the front of the hat which should be removed. The figures have a bayonet scabbard on the right side and no sword or flask. From NSW01 and 02 we got seven different poses of rank and file plus even two wounded ones, three poses of
standard bearers and four each officers and drummers. All in all this is the best “straight from the pack” Finns in the market for those who don’t want to do any conversions.

NSW02 Infantry Campaign Dress
Be advised NOT to purchase these campaign uniform figures as 90% of these packs are French and Russian figures to be used as Swedes in foreign uniforms during the 1813 campaign. The few odd figures in the actual Swedish 1810 uniform are in one or two poses unavailable in NSW01 though. But unless you are in need of French or Russians we advise you to give this pack a pass.

OG guards

NSW03 Guards / Lieb Grenadiers
These figures are just variations, with kusket helmets & boots, of the line infantry figures. The boots would be right for the 1807 pattern uniform, but we think it is highly unlikely that even the guards would’ve been equipped with these so converting them into breeches and gaiters is preferable.Also the rank and file doesn’t have any epaulettes. The figures actually are grenadiers since, once again, the kusket is missing the upturned left brim and the belt of the guards should apparently be inside the coat. The rank and file has eight different poses being variations of four basic poses. Command figures can be found in two variations with the exception of the officer of which there is three variations.

NSW04 Hussars
This is one pack we passed by as troops of this type were not used in Finland during the war.

OG dragoons helmet

NSW05 Dragoons
This pack contains dragoons with crested helmet and hat of the infantry style. The latter are dressed as per line infantry but wear gauntlets like all Old Glory cavalry. Both have 2 poses for rank and file and there’s the usual officer (withbrassard), standard bearer and trumpeteer. The dragoons in infantry-like unifrom (apparently SmÂlands kavalleri’s older uniforms) figures can also beused for mounted line infantry officers with just the removal of the musket or Uusimaa dragoons with little conversion work. Please check “figure conversions” for more info on the Uusimaa drogoon conversions. Although the dragoons with crested helmets look just fine no dragoon units uniformed this way took part in the war.

OG dragoons bicorne

OG cuirassiers

NSW06 Karabin Jagers & Cuirassiers
In addition to the cuirassiers this pack also has dragoons wearing bicorne which are just perfect for Karelian dragoons (and Skanska kavalleri if you want to model figures that didn’t participate in the war). No conversion work is necessary! The cuirassiers also look just the part you don’t need them for the war of 1808 as the cuirassiers took no part in it.

OG artillerymen

OG artillerypieces

NSW07 Artillery
The old artillery set had 24 guns all with the same gun-carriage: 12 pdr (8), 6 pdr (8), 3pdr (4), howitzer (4). Unfortunately neither the guns or the carriages are exactly faithful representations. The 6 pounders are closest to the 1766 Ehrensvärd model guns which were still in use in 1808. The 12 pounders were not used in the war of 1808. There are seven different poses for the artillerists: igniting, leaning to a rod, standing with cleaning rod, carrying a bucket, carrying a cannonball and two officers running about and pointing. All are carrying a sword. Biggest problem with these figures is the 1810 pattern pantaloons/ trousers instead of breeches and gaiters and some figures do not have tails in their coats.

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