Sunday, 26 September 2010

The KIng gets a Surprise ...

Newly completed palace room....Previously on this story line


Scene: the King is visiting Count Hermann at his country estate. The King and the Count have been discussing affairs of state and have gone to the drawing room to relax and unwind ...

A short while later they are joined by the young Mademoiselle De Givanchy (a singer who has performed in many of the courts of Europa) and her aunt the Marquise of Zinzendorf, both of whom are in the service of Count Hermann (the spy service that is)

The King is looking rather speculatively at the Marquise, after a short while he says .. 'Marquise do I know you from somewhere ? You look familiar'

The Marquise and the Count exchange glances and the Count nods. The Marquise hesitates and before answering carefully removes her and and wig and says in a man's voice 'Von Lessing at your service your majesty'  bowing rther awkwardly.

The King rather taken a back, exclaims HA ! I kew I recognised you from somewhere and starts to smile. He then turns to the Count and asks rather stermly  'Has he been behaving himself ? to which the Count replies 'Yes, he has done great service for our country to date, he recently disposed of the Count des Armes for us'.

The King turns and looks at Von Lessing and bursts out laughing, unable to contain himself he sits down onto the sofa. After he has calmed down and had a glass of sherry he asks the Count where he go the idea for Von Lessing's undercover disguise. The Count tells him of the time he spent at the Russian court and his meeting with the remarkable Chevalier d'Éon.

They all settled down comfortably while King heard of the latest information 'the ladies' had gleaned during their last visit to Stagonia...

Note: To find out how Von Lessing ended up in the service of Count Hermann, see - Difficult Choices

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Wittenberg - Customs and Revenue men

Wittenberg customs and revenue men out on patrol - got to keep an eye out for smugglers ...
[figures Irregular Miniatures SYW jagers+officer and Marlburian dragoons]

Monrovia - Jager Battalion

The Monrovian jager battalion is completed, it comprises three companies raised from different regions of Monrovia, which are formed into a composite battalion.

[figures Irregular Miniatures, standard bearer converted Old Glory Officer]

One the Workbench and The Painting Queue

Some 40mm conversions are in progress, I am trying out some Sash & Sabre heads on some castings from Creartec moulds. I'm quite satisfied with the results, will be getting the moulds out soon to cast some more.
A list of items in the painting queue for 25/28mm, for Wittenberg:
  • Infantry Regiment in white coats with dark blue facings (nearly finished)
  • Battalion of converged grenadiers in white coats
  • Kuirassier Regiment
  • Jager Battalion (some figures still to buy for this)
  • Customs & Revenue men (nearly finished)
And for Monrovia
  • Kuirassier Regiment
  • Jager Battalion (nearly finished)
  • 'Wild Geese' Battalion

Saturday, 11 September 2010

40mm: Saxe-Jarlsberg Border Wars (extra Artillery for Both Sides)

Both sides have taken a break from the border wars in the south. Saxe-Jarslberg has drawn back allowing Wittenberg to take control of the Hoflandt region (as ceded by the treaty of Witzend). The Herzog of Saxe-Jarlsberg is in discussion with his counterpart in Hesse-Limburger over their next move. Meanwhile Count Pottsendorf, commander of the Saxe-Jarslberg army, reviews his newly expanded artillery contingent.

A new battery of Wittenberg artillery is on the march to join their forces in the south.
[figs: A mix of Irregular Miniatures, plus castings from Creartec and Nürnberger Meisterzinn moulds]

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Distracted ...

I've been busy the last week getting ready and hosting a Garden Railway open evening, so not much done achievd this week apart form undercoating another battalion of infantry.

Having seen the saxons and vikings on recent posts on the Der Alte Fritz Journal I've been finishing of a few Saxon figures and laying out my Dark Ages stuff - you can see them on The Nothelm Chronicle