Today marks the 383rd anniversary of the battle of Lützen and the death of two of the great commanders of the Thirty Years' War: Gustav II Adolf and the Count of Pappenheim. I used this as an excuse to paint up some Swedish infantry.
|The Swedish brigade in "marching order" with ensigns and commanders up front|
|Contemporary woodcut of a Swedish brigade (subject to artistic licence)|
|A drawing from a tactical manual of the period (musketeers in blue) - this brigade has a fourth squadron in reserve|
|The unit in "battle order", with the command now safely behind the firing line|
|Brigade in "hedgehog" to repel cavalry|
|Swedish brigade facing off against an Imperial tercio|