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EARLY DANISH        

EARLY DANISH

Historical Overview

In this era Frederick II was on the throne, and he was a typical renaissance ruler of Denmark. Unlike his father, he was mad keen on soldiering. Shortly after his succession he won his first victory in the conquest of Dithmarschen in the summer of 1559.

From his dad he had inherited the Livonian War. After that he largely tried to avoid conflict in Livonia and tried to buddy up to Ivan IV of Russia (in the 1562 Treaty of Mozhaysk). The dominating conflict of his rule was the Scandinavian Seven Years' War from 1563 to 1570, in which he tried in vain to conquer Sweden which was ruled by his cousin, the insane King Eric XIV.

This developed into an extremely expensive (isn't everything in Scandinavia?) war of attrition in which the areas of Scania were ravaged by the Swedes and Norway was almost lost. During this war the king led his army personally on the battlefield but without much effect and the conflict damaged his relationship with his noble councillors who thought he was a bit of a tool for leading the army but not winning. Internal unrest in Sweden and the able Steward of the Realm Peder Oxe taking over running stuff stabilised the situation and after Erik's successor John III of Sweden refused to accept a peace favoring Denmark in the Treaties of Roskilde (1568), the war dragged on until it was ended by a peace deal in the Treaty of Stettin (1570) that let Denmark save face but also showed the limits of Danish military power.

After the war Frederick kept the peace without giving up his attempt of trying to expand his prestige as a naval ruler. His foreign politics were marked by a moral support for the Protestant powers – in his time as a bachelor he wooed Queen Elizabeth I of England, an initiative which made him Knight of the Garter - but at the same time by a strict neutrality. Councillors of experience like Peder Oxe, Niels Kaas, Arild Huitfeldt and Christoffer Valkendorff took care of the domestic administration.

As a person Frederick was described as hot-headed, vain, courageous and ambitious. He was a lover of hunting, wine and feasts and at his death it was a common opinion that he had drunk himself to death. He rebuilt Kronborg castle in Elsinore between 1574 and 1585. In 1567 he founded Fredrikstad in Norway.

This was a period of affluence and growth in Danish history. On 4 April 1588 he died and was succeeded by his eldest son Christian IV

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Tactics

  • This army can have more Cuirassiers than almost any other in any book. Cool!
  • The three units of 4 LF are quite handy, as they are cheap and can screen your horse from shooty cavalry types
  • Do not underestimate Heavily Armoured Carbine Horse in 6's - they can face off a lot of things especially when supported by better horse (Gendarmes or cuirassiers)

Lists

800AP - winning list from Warfare 2014
  • 1 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 2 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 10 Keil
  • 2 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 2 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 6 German Horse Horse Armoured Average Sword 4
  • 4 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 10 Keil
  • 4 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 4 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 7 Scandinavian Gendarmes Gendarme Hvy Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 8 Levy HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 4
  • 8 Levy MF Unarmoured Average xBow Sword 4
  • 9 Levy HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 4
  • 9 Levy MF Unarmoured Average xBow Sword 4
  • 10 Light Guns Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 11 Mounted Arquebusiers Horse Hvy Armd Average Carbine Sword 6
  • 12 Scandinavian Gendarmes Gendarme Hvy Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 13 Gunnes Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 4 TCs


800AP of very early (pre Cuirassier) Danish used at Roll Call 2013
  • 1 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 2 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 3 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 4 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 10 Keil
  • 4 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 4 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 5 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 10 Keil
  • 5 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 5 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 6 Mounted Arquebusiers Horse Hvy Armd Average Carbine Sword 6
  • 7 Scandinavian Gendarmes Gendarme Hvy Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 8 Scandinavian Gendarmes Gendarme Hvy Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 9 Scandinavian Gendarmes Horse Hvy Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 10 Gunnes Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 11 Mounted Arquebusiers Horse Hvy Armd Average Pistol Sword 4
  • 3 TCs (yes, 3)

800AP list used at Warfare 2012
  • 1 German Kurassier Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 2 German Kuirassier Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 3 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 14 Keil
  • 3 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 5 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 6 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 8 Keil
  • 6 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 6 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 8 Gunnes Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 9 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 10 Keil
  • 9 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 9 Landsnechts MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4 Keil
  • 10 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 11 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 12 German Kurassier Horse Hvy Armd Average Pistol Pistol 4



900 AP - joint first at Godedingdangdag 2012
  • 1 Arquebusiers LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 2 Arquebusiers LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 3 Landsknechts HF Armoured Superior Pike Pike 12 Keil
  • 3 Landsknechts HF Armoured Superior Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 4 Arquebusiers LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 5 German Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 6 German Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 7 German Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 8 Mtd Arquebusiers Horse Hvy Armd Average Carbine Sword 6
  • 9 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 10 Artillery Artillery Average Hvy Art 2
  • 11 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 12 Cuirassiers Horse Hvy Armd Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 13 Artillery Artillery Average Hvy Art 2
  • 4 TCs

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