Thursday, 16 May 2013

RP No 137 NYW Danish Sehested's Horse


Jens Maltesen Sehested was born in Stravanger in 1649. He was the Colonel of one of the three Danish Horse units present at the battle of the Boyne and led them later in Flanders. A report of the commanding General in  Norway in approx 1710 describes him as " a harmless old fellow who can, when necessary take charge of a squadron, but no more" Nevertheless he served with distinction against the Swedes in 1716. He died with the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1730.
An Allied camp roster from July 1696 shows the Danish Cavalry regt von See (earlier Sehested's) shows the coat and facing colour of unit white lined blue. I decided on a light grey coat lined blue. The flags were inspired by Clarence and Barry's Warfare flags. There has been a lot of chat on the League of Augsberg forum as to if the Danish Horse wore a breastplate. Its been agreed by the experts that they most probably did. I've used Cuirassier's as the command for these units, while the men are just the normal Essex figures.
At the recent re-enactment of the Boyne, they didn't make it into contact, stopping in the middle ofthe river unable or was it unwilling to cross????








40 comments:

  1. A nice-looking unit and (as always) with interesting historical background - thanks, Ray!

    PS: I miss the mule from the old wallpaper.
    :-)

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  2. That's a nice looking regiment Ray.

    who knows, maybe if they hadn't stopped halfway across the river they might have prevented Fran's victorious retreat?

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    1. Let put the record straight...it wasn't a victorious retreat. His forces took a whooping, they just lasted longer than the historical units did.

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  3. Greate looking Unit Ray !

    Good with the historical background !

    Best regards Michael

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  4. Great looking Ray , and allays good paint .
    Cheers

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  5. Another excellent unit from the mighty brush of Ray. You continue to inspire me.

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  6. Is there no end to these units :-)
    Super looking as ever

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  7. Great looking Regiment Ray, Nice to see the history of them to.

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  8. Look great & love the story!

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  9. Great looking Danish regiment Ray!!
    Phil.

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  10. Great Unit, and an also interesting background....show us more please..

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  11. A top looking unit Ray! Great paintwork.

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  12. Nice one mate. All the forces represented in the Boyne game look excellent.

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  13. Excellent job on the figures. They didn't want to cross the river - did you paint a fear of water into those horses?

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    1. I think it was more Fran's moosh!

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  14. Nice looking unit. The flags are very well done (as usual) and the unit history was very interesting. "Harmless old fellow", must have really inspired the troops. :)

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  15. They look great Ray and I really like the banner with a wreath in it!

    Christopher

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  16. Funnily enough, the French said something similar about Blucher too! And he was leading cavalry charges at 73!

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  17. Another good looking unit Ray; could their reluctance have anything to do with who was on the side ?

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  18. A smashing looking band of chaps Ray.

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  19. I can tell you are back in your happy place with these figures Ray. Fine job of painting sir!

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  20. Another fine unit of cavalry, Ray. I would be happy to command a squadron. Best, Dean

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  21. Very fine unit, Ray. Your blog is a very good place to find information about this conflict! Thank you a lot.

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  22. The blue flag is a bit.. plain.. I think I'm spoiled

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  23. Great work Ray. 1st time I can remember that you have a prancing mounted horse wearing a knee brace. You're a sly one Battle Ax.

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  24. Great looking fellows, Ray, and I love the historical background you post up with your units. I especially loved the appraisal by Sehested's boss, OUCH! Lets hope none of my annual employee appraisals survives 500 years into the future.

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  25. Never trust the cavalry! They only show up for the glory or when the infantry has already done the heavy lifting! ;)
    Great looking unit!

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  26. Nice stuff and appreciate the history - it really brings them to life I find....

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