Sunday 6 October 2013

Röda nävar

Right then, last week I was away on holiday on sunny Mallorca so not much got done hobby-wise and consequently no update on the blog. I didn't get to do any historical sightseeing, apart from walking past the impressive cathedral in Palma. But this, coupled with the sight of the arid landscape, was enough to give me much inspiration for one of my "could-be" projects. As a result I'm 99% sure I will actually do the project, and it will probably be one of the first for next year. I'll let you know more when I post my plans for projects for 2014 around New Year.

It was a bit of a shock coming home though, as it apparently autumn has arrived while I was away. I went from 28 C and sun to 8 C and rain! However, the good thing is it's now perfectly acceptable to stay indoors and work away on my hobby-stuff.

Well, that's enough of my ramblings for now – on to the miniatures. This week I have finally managed to finish the miniatures for my own faction for our A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict project, the Röda nävar communist militia.

Röda nävar (Red fists) is one of the most well known of the many smaller Red militia bands formed during the battle for Gothenburg. Mostly drafted from the workers of the city's shipyards, they made a name for themselves after capturing the Pripps' Brewery, an important strategic victory and a major symbol for the Red's resistance.

After the battle, they have fought in a number of defenses against White forces trying to re-capture the city but mostly they have been on guard duty – a boring mission which they fail to see how it will further the cause of the people's revolution. As a result, they have answered the urgent call for help from the Red forces on the new front line in Bergslagen, and are now ready to bring their fighting selves into the fire once more!

The whole force, ready to bring the White scum to their knees in the name of the people:

Röda nävar is led by Karl Weiron Ottosson, a former foreman and staunch union activist of the Götaverken shipyard. He is charismatic and well-liked by his men, but lately he's been getting a bit paranoid, looking for possible traitors in his own ranks. Maybe it is time for a purge to root out those without the true revolutionary spirit? Good thing he has The Book to help him in his struggles.

The miniatures are all from Musketeer Miniatures' Interwar range. The leader's head is from a plastic Warhammer Empire flagellant, his hands and the rifle are from the WW2 German Infantry plastic boxed set from Warlord Games, and the book was made from a piece of plasticard.

There are some minor conversions, like headswaps, on some of the other models as well. And all the miniatures have armbands made from grey stuff.

Some more pictures:


  And a parting shot for good measure:

So there you have it. I hope you like them.

Thanks for looking – have a great week everyone!


  1. Very nice Jonas! I love the man with the Book, haranguing the troops...

  2. Excellent, these just hit the spot. They're clearly men on a mission, and Karl Weiron is perfect. As I look at him, he reminds me of a Swedish John Brown. Take a look!

    1. Well I never ... That's a spooky coincidence as I've never even heard of John Brown. :)

      Actually, I thought the original head looked a little like Karl Marx on acid, that's what gave me the idea for the faction and conversion to begin with.

    2. You know when a man takes the field with a book and bullets, it won't end well. Madmen throughout history!

      Jonas, can I email you off line? I have a painting question and I don't want to take up your bandwidth here on the blog.

      Me: m_luhmann @ yahoo. com without the spaces of course.

    3. Monty, I've just sent you an e-mail.

  3. Thanks guys, I'm glad you like them!

  4. Great work Jonas !!! Especially the arl Marx on acid lookalike;)

    I will look forward for these fighters to reinforve the Gruvetta. they need all help they can get in the upcomming offensive:)

    Best regards Michael

    1. Thanks Michael!

      Gruvettan could use some reinforcements for sure. Especially among the commanders ... ;)

  5. These are great! really like the look of the figures!


  6. Love the figs Jonas! - but equally enjoyed the idea and level of storytelling you apply to the Red Fists. Whether Ottosson is really carrying the Communist manifest around or the book in his hand turns out to be the secret recipe for Pripps Blue remains to be discovered when he is slain in battle and the Whites get their hands on it...
    Let me know if the conflict gets out of hand, and you need Danish reinforcements!

    1. Thanks Sören! Yeah, the true nature of his book is a closely guarded secret ...

      I shall let you know if we will need our Danish brethren!