I warmly welcome!
I have thought many times about painting miniatures from this period, and I have always been terrified of painting these beautiful but detailed uniforms.
It is also not a seed of a new army (I have neither the space nor the desire to paint dozens of uniforms).
Rather, it will be a mini-project of few models, with no game aspirations.
So, here is the first Finnish Karelian Dragoon from Perry Miniatures.
Finland was a fully consolidated part of Sweden until 1809 and was under the same political and juridical administration as the rest of Sweden. Finland was one of four Swedish regions or "lands" (landsdelar); Svealand, Götaland, Norrland and Finland.
Many regiments were established in the Finland part of Sweden during the Swedish period, both infantry and cavalry.
The majority of the soldiers in the regiments in Finland were Finnish, while the majority of the officers came from today’s part of Sweden.
The ethnic Finnish population of Finland spoke Finnish but the military command language was Swedish. There was a reason for this.
When a soldier or an officer was transferred to another regiment they had to understand the commands independent of where in Sweden the regiment was garrisoned.
The Finns were very able and loyal soldiers of the Swedish Army.
Finland was lost to Russia in a war which ended in 1809.
- Karelian or Viborg and Nyslott County Cavalry Regiment (1000 men)