Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars, Part 9: Generals and Staff

Uniform of General Officers

Long tailed crimson coat, with light blue collar, lapels and cuffs, ornamented with heavy gold embroidery, including the button loops. Turnbacks white or buff. Gold epaulets with three silver stars embroidered upon them. Dark blue pants with gold embroidered stripes and "Hungarian knots". A gold sash with crimson stripes was worn. Boots were black with gold trim and tassels. A black bicorne hat with silver trim was worn, with white feathers along the edges, silver tassels and a white plume. Generals who were also the head of a regiment could wear the uniform of the regiment instead, with the sash and epaulets of a general on it. Several minor variations ion this uniform are seen in the images of the NYPL site (see Part 2 of this series for references).

Uniform of Adjutants

Long tailed crimson coat with dark blue collar, cuffs, and lapels, with narrower silver embroidery, including the button loops. Pants dark blue with silver embroidered stripes and "Hungarian knots". Silver epaulets. Yellow sash with crimson stripes. Boots black with silver trim and tassels. Black bicorne hat without edging, tassels or feathers, but sporting a tall crimson plume. Shabraque dark blue with crimson borders, edged with silver.

Uniform of the Guide Corps

The guide corps was drawn from picked officers and NCO's, and were specifically trained for staff duties. They wore a long tailed crimson coat, with black collar, cuffs (and ? lapels), with silver piping and two bands of silver lace on the sides of the collar (? and cuffs). Buff turnbacks. Silver epaulets, and a silver aiguillette was worn on the right shoulder. Yellow sash with crimson stripes. White pants, black boots with silver trim and tassels. A black shako was worn silver chin scales, yellow mixed with crimson cords, and yellow plume  with a crimson top at the front.

Danish General with an accompanying officer of the Guide Corps (to whom I have given black lapels).

I couldn't find any information regarding the saddle blanket pattern for Generals back when I painted these, so I went with the standard Cavalry pattern. Considering the information for adjutants noted above, most likely this is incorrect, but it will have to do for now!

Intended to represent Prince Frederick of Hessen, the Commander of the 1813 Danish Auxiliary Corps. The "spotted leopard" horse was my first, not very successful, attempt at painting a dappled grey!

The figure of the Left is a minor conversion of some other cavalry officer into a Danish ? Brigadier general, using some epoxy putty to sculpt a simple bicorne hat.

Figure on the Right is a Heavy Cavalry Officer, here painted as being from the Holstein regiment. He functions as my cavalry general.

Waldeck and von Schulenburg were actual Danish generals of the time.

Figure of the left is another very basic conversion of a cavalry officer into a general by way of some epoxy putty to make a bicorne for him.

Figure on the night I think was the Minifigs version of Lasalle, but here painted as a Danish Light Infantry officer, wearing his optional but  fashionable pelisse. He acts as commander of the Light Infantry brigade. 

Von Ewald was again an actual Danish general, while his Light Infantry companion, Plonkersen was named in a bit of whimsy!  :-)

By the way, it turns out that Eagle Figures have a 25/28mm Danish Napoleopnioc range, although thre is no cavalry as yet:

Next up in this series - Danish Napoleonic flags and standards



  1. An interesting series on a little known and gamed Napoleonic army (for me at least).

    1. I think it safe to say that the Danes are fairly obscure, especially considering the size of their army. However, they never shared the field with Napoleon (although they did with Wellesley and Nelson!)

  2. You're really going into detail here. Will you do the Schleswig Holstein Wars later? There was no Khaki involved. ;-)

    1. Yep, as this information is not easy to find, especially all in one place, I'm pretty much giving all the details I have.

      Are you going to cover the Swedes, Joe?

  3. Thanks Gonsalvo. I've enjoyed this series. I think their guns stood out the most to me! I wonder if anyone has conducted a campaign with only the minor German and Scandinavian states? I think it would be a colourful and enjoyable campaign to watch or participate in.

  4. Well, I have Swedes, Danes, Bavarians, Wurttemburgers, Badeners, Saxons, and Hessians, so I could give it a go sometime! The Russo-Swedish war would be another good candidate, with the Danes and Norwegians participating as well. That would be quite colorful!

    1. Ha ha yes I was thinking if anyone could do it it might be you. :o)

  5. A great resource and one I know I'll be coming back to in the future. Thanks for putting this together.

  6. The generals with red and light blue look great. I am still resisting this army...

  7. They are unique, aren't they. That aside, you know you need just a small contingent to support the French under Davout near Hamburg, right?

  8. Very nice, once again, details on the figures and on the texts are great...Long live to the Danish Army!