Wednesday, 31 December 2008
The citizens of HeidelHeim in Upper Belgavia were woken early in the morning by a thunderous noise - a gunpowder store in the fortifications had exploded. The store was built into the main wall. Patrols on the walls have been doubled and the garrison put on alert.
The garrison commander and the officer of engineers inspect the damage and see how the engineers are progressing with repairs.
The explosion is suspicious. It is rumoured that the remains of the perpetrator were found, a tattered black cloak and a rather burnt pair of boots containing his feet.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Sample watercolours provided by the designers, at the top a cavalry guidon, below infantry leib and regimental colours.
The King has requested them to be made ready for presentation to the regiments at the review of the Boldovian army corps, which is to be held once the remaining infantry regiment has completed its muster.
Friday, 26 December 2008
The Monvrovians ...
On his return from Schnotwitz, Count Pottensdorf met with the Monrovian commander General Stricknein at Ottenheim. The potential arrival of extra troops to re-inforce the Wittenberg forces under General Waldebeck was of great concern to General Stricknein. After heated debate they agreed the following plan.
1. Count Pottensdorf would defend the fieldworks at the Wortvod Gap, with the Saxe-Jarlsberg
Regiment, Hesse-Limburger Regiment and Munkasse Fusiliers.
The Wittenbergers ....
The landslip that had blocked the road through the hills to Hausdorf from the north was now
clear, thanks to the strenuous efforts of the engineers and a whole battalion of infantry. The
advance guard of the Boldovian corps had moved through and was being followed by the rest of the army corps with the King and his guards. The advance guard reached Hausdorf and the Wittenland Fusiliers moved onto Schnotwitz to re-inforce General Waldebeck.
General Waldebeck received orders to advance from Schnotwitz and take Verlendt to secure the
route forward for the army.
Verlendt, it's inhabitants unaware of the troops converging on their small town ..
The advance guard of the Monrovian army approaches from the east of the town, avoiding the obvious route along the road ..
The Wittenberg troops arrive and take different routes to the town; the militia to the north, jagers through the woods and the fusiliers round the woods towards the road into the town.
Both sides arrive at Velendt, the militia hold the north of the town, with jagers from each side moving forward....
The militia repell an impetuous charge from the Monrovians infantry with a thunderous volley ...
While the militia hold the north of the town the jagers from both sides start to occupy the town, to the south the opposing infantry regiments form line to give fire ....
A long and portacted melee starts in the town as the Wittenberg jagers try to force Monrovian jagers from the town ...
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
King: Where is the best place to station them ?
Count: I think we should station the river marines and their gun boats at a number of places along the river Oudear, Gugenstadt would be a prime candidate; I'll identify some more places and we'll finalise the details later.
King: Any progress with those documents we looked at last week ?
Count: Brother James has confirmed the symbol on the first page is that of a Pheonix arising from the fire and identified it as being used by the Sect of the Phoenix; Brother Anselm is assisting him looking through the abbey library for more information about this group.
King: Have we decoded the text yet ?
Count: Cantor and his friends from the Royal Society have made an initial analysis of them - from the structure of the documents the first page is a some sort of introductory notice and each subsequent page a seperate item. The problem is to find the language they were written in before being passed thorugh the cipher; they are still working on this.
King: Count tell me more about the incident with the Lama which is causing much talk here at the court.
Count: Well, hmmm that is still under investigation. It would seem that ....
[backdrop: Gardens at Audley End , Suffolk]
Reitter Karl was lucky, he submitted his credentials and was interviewed by the officer recruitment board which included the Duke himself. After a long discussion the board informed him that he would command either a regiment of infantry or dragoons in the Wittenberg Legion, his orders were to proceed to the muster camp, initially take charge of the artillery and await further orders.
Here we can see the Reitter mounted on his favourite horse (on the right of the picture) supervising an artillery drill.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Donutz said - You are Expected Brother James, please follow me. The King is in the library. They passed through the long gallery ....
The butler walked quite fast and Brother James had difficulty keeping up with him, he was a little out of breath as he arrived at the library ...
Saturday, 6 December 2008
A closeup of the firing line ...
doesn't look like effective volley fire is in progress - they'll need more practice !
Friday, 5 December 2008
The Creartec 40mm heads could be used for head swapping to other figure ranges to give some variety or for converting other figures to 18C to give them tricorne heads.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Have some Front Rank Bosniaks, which look more like Uhlans ( in picture below on the left) and Irregular Miniatures Uhlans (in picture below on the right)
Irregular Miniatures 25mm(~28mm) range. Item -SYWP19 -- Uhlan/Bosniak Lancer Cavalry. The pennon is cast on the lance. Riders are nice but horses are a bit on the small side which is why I put them on Front Rank horses (I used S1/LT2A Walking, head up ).
Some others that I know of, best to look at the relevant websites:
Crusader Miniatures(http://www.crusaderminiatures.com/) items:
SYP120 - Bosniak Lancers - Late uniform (3 figs pack)
SYP121 - Bosniak Lancers Command - Late uniform (3 figs pack)
Wargames Foundry (http://www.wargamesfoundry.com/) items:
Saturday, 22 November 2008
A skirmish game using 40mm figs...
While the Saxe-Jarslberg troops were at Schnotwitz with Count Pottensdorf, Ottenheim was left under the command of Colonel Hotz commanding the Hesse-Limburger contingent. General Stricknein was to the north commanding the defence of the Vortwod Gap.
Colonel Hotz had limited resources, one understrength battalion and a company of hussars to garrison Ottenheim. There had been trouble at the east gate earlier in the day; 7 men patrolling the wall had been killed and 4 wounded by accurate fire - some Wittenberg Jagers had been spotted in the nearby scrubland - in order to try and flush them out he had sent the Hussars out; intermittent sounds of firing could be heard from the east.
A small supply train escorted by three companies of replacement infantry was overdue, Colonel Hotz looked anxiously out from the south gatehouse for signs of their arrival.
The Colonel picked up his bottle of schnapps and took a stiff drink and hoped they didn't run into any trouble. There had been reports of brigands in the woods.
The column had been marching hard for most of the day. Captain Dumbkof examined his map. He found a quicker route than that on his journey instructions, he could save at least 3 hours by cutting off the corner and going though a semi-wooded area. We're close to Ottenheim he thought, the Wittenberg troops wouldn't be around here, we should be safe. The column marches ....
The lookout at Ottenheim southgate reported to Colonel Hotz - the column is coming through the woodland area sir, not along the main road. Look !
On the approach of the rest of the column the attackers withdrew back into the woods. The remnants of the grenadiers joined the column. Just as they were getting ready to move off the jagers edged out of the woods and let forth a vicious volley ... While a small band of brigands tried to move through the flock of sheep to attack the rear of the column ..
- Instead of British, I had the Monrovian infantry and wagon.
- Instead of Zulus, the appearing units were either Militia, Brigands, Regulars or Domestic animals.
- In the Hand to Hand melee I changed it so I had
- Militia/Brigands -1
- Grenadiers +1
- Militia/Brigands Leader +1
Saturday, 15 November 2008
King Francis of Monrovia rides forth, with his generals, to review the troops.