Saturday, 29 December 2007

New Arrivals for the Armies

Some new metal, thanks to Xmas money from my Mother, a battalion of Old Glory Marlburians for Monrovia.

Plus a Hinchcliff howitzer for Wittenberg..

I'll look forward to painting these in the New Year.

Nice book on Fortifications

A find in a local second-hand book shop was a cheap near mint copy of

(from Osprey Fortress Series). This will give me some ideas for my small border fortress project.

A Super Read


My Xmas present to myself (a sensible indulgence). I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's a new edition, with a rules summary included. I would like to use the rules or those from Charge.

I decided on a little project, use 42mm figs cast from molds (or purchased), to fight out little border patrol skirmishes.

[Available from http://www.kentrotman.com/indexmn.htm, for £20.]


Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Display and Storage for Monrovian Army

I used a bit of spare time this morning to clear out my old model railway display case. It has been re-populated with the Monrovian army, just the right size for it, with space on the top shelf for the last two battalions.

I have the display case in my small wargame room. I've also managed to clear out a cupboard under the wargame table too, so I've got more storage for armies.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Christmas Greetings


Merry Xmas and a happy new year to all.

I shall be doing some painting over the Xmas period and most of important of all reading my newly acquired book the 'The Wargame' by Charles Grant.

The Battle of Faffenstadt 1740 - (third Belgravian Wars)

Further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

1) The Wittenberg forces:

The commander of the dragoons had deployed his troops, guarding the plunder taken on their raid of Haffenstadt and was awaiting the re-inforcements who were intended to garrison the town.

Commander of the Dragoons - Duke of Escherstadt
Cavalry: Schwarze Dragoner, Dragoon Regiment No.2, Leib-Dragoner Regiment.

On the March:Commander - Major General Stauffen-Wittendorf
Cavalry: Uhlan Pulk; Infantry: 2 Line Battalions; Artillery: 2 guns

2) The Monrovian Forces

The commander of the guards sent a fast rider to the garrison at Hildaburg, ordering them to rendezvous with him at Faffenstadt.

Commander - Major General von Rootsbeer
Cavalry: Leib-Garde; Infantry: Grenadier Guards

On the March,
Cavalry: Dragoon Regiment von Stiltwitz; Infantry: Fusilier Battalion Von Bulow; Artillery: 2 guns.

3) The Battle commences ...

Two regiments of Wittenberg dragoons has dismounted and were defending the orchard to the north of the town.
The Monrovian guards arrive and start their deployment ...

The Wittenberg Leib-Dragoner regiment moved into postion to protect the town from encirclement and charged the Monrovian guard cavalry ...



During the melee the infantry and artillery from the Hildaburg garrison arrives. The foot guards proceed to flush the dragoons from the orchard, with some help from the artillery ..

The two dragoon regiments defending the orchard taking heavy volley fire from the foot guards and also suffering casualties from the artillery decided that somewhere else would be a better place to be and took to their heels. The Wittenberg re-inforcements start to arrive ..

The LeibDragoner lose the protacted cavalry melee ...

The Wittenberg reinforcements arrived and a battalion was sent forward to attempt to re-take the orchard but found more than they bargained for ...

Both sides pull back, at the end of the day neither side has full control of the town, although Monrovia has the edge...

3) Afterwards

With the light fading and three dragoon regiments routed from the field, the commander of the Wittenberg forces, Major General Stauffen-Wittendorf, elected to withdraw taking the plunder from the raid on Haffenstadt with him.

The Monrovian forces exhausted by the long march and the battle decide not pursue.

When the news of the failure to hold Faffenstadt reached the commander of the Wittenberg forces in front of Pikastrudel, it was decided to withdraw and regroup.

The Monrovians were satisfied, although they had lost supplies at Haffenstadt they had seen off two attempts to secure a foothold in their territory.
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Notes: We randomised the arrival of the 'On the March' forces, the Monrovian commander had some good dice throws - the arrival of his re-inforcements before those of Wittenberg made the crucial difference. Although if the Wittenberg Leib Dragoner had beaten their guard cavalry then things may have been different. The dismounted dragoons did reasonably well holding off the opposition for three moves. Overall a very enojoyable game.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Mapping the Imagi-Realm

I initially started with block map of the countries involved and the position of their capitals, then created a second map which added the provinces with their main towns.

After this I was going to create a detailed map .. well I got lazy. So I decided on a different plan: run a series of scenarios and create the town names etc as I go and draw them onto the map.

So far this has worked and in short bursts of imagination my map is filling out. I'll keep going with the scenarios and fill more in. At the moment the disputed province of Belgravia is the most detailed.

I started on a sheet of A4 paper and I am going to have to increase this to A3 size, copy over what I've got then carry on adding to it.

Hopefully I'll post a well drawn out version of the map when its mature enough.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

1740 - Encounter at Faffenstadt (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

Its scenario time again; further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

The Battle of Faffenstadt - 1740
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The day after the Wittenberg forces had made their attempt to capture the small town of PikaStrudel, three regiments of dragoons which had crossed the river during the night made for the town of Haffenstadt, where the Monrovians had a magazine. The two companies of Monrovian garrison infantry found themselves outnumbered and surrendered. The Wittenberg dragoons stripped the magazine of supplies and loaded up mules and carts; before they left they set the town alight.

Meanwhile at Pikastrudel the Wittenberg troops had crossed back over the river and setup a large artillery battery of heavy guns and mortars and were bombarding PikaStrudel and the Monrovian infantry to the front of the town. The Monrovians could see from the Monastery tower of Pikastrudel that additional Wittenberg troops had arrived on the other side of the river.

Hearing of the Wittenberg actions at Pikastrudel the Monrovian General von Stricknein moved his army up to the east of the town and called for re-inforcements. As he arrived he heard of the raid on Haffenstadt. He sent orders to the Guard cavalry and infantry who were on the march to Pikastrudel to attempt to intercept the Wittenberg dragoons.

Meanwhile the Wittenberg dragoons had reached the town of Faffenstadt, following their orders, they were instructed to wait there till joined by an occupying force on the march from Wittenberg.

A day later as the dragoons stood to waiting for their re-inforcements, the Monrovian guard troops arrived ...

42mm Diorama - IR Everfeldt

Another one of my 42mm dioramas, this time a Reicharmee unit from Franconia, IR Everfeldt

A closeup of the flags and mounted officer

Figs are cast from Prince August moulds, mounted officer is a modified Irregular Miniature one. I've got enough cast figs for another diorama, plus just enough metal left to cast a battalion of grenadiers.
I always enjoy a change of fig size and the casting process is great fun (but sometime a little frustrating).

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Wittenberg - Palace Gate Sentries

Currently on duty are some grenadiers from the Garde Suisses. A trial paint of some sample Austrian figs from Irregular Miniatures. The uniform is that of Garde Suisses from the Duchy of Saxony in the early 1740's, but I decided on Austrian style grenadier headgear.

Wittenberg Cavalry Guidon

All the Wittenberg cavalry regiments carry the same guidon. At the moment each regiment has been a different coat colours so I can easily distinguish between them on the table. I might update the guidons later on.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Wittenberg - Heavy Dragoons

Fresh from their spray of varnish ...



Uniform is based on that of the Saxony Dragoon regiment Graf von Bruhl. [figs : Front Rank]

Thursday, 6 December 2007

December Plans

A few things to do this month:
- Finish painting a Dragoon Regiment for Wittenberg
- Finish painting another dismounted dragoon regiment for Wittenberg
- Finish painting my second Wittenberg line battalion
- Complete another of my 42mm dioramas (a couple of figures to paint and then just the sticking on the base and some grass scatter to apply).
- Obtain for each side a howitzer and crew.
- Get the figures together for two Monrovian dismounted dragoon regiments

Pictures to come as things get done.

Oh yes and have a stonking good time at Xmas.

Who's in the Guard Room?

[A bit of fun loosely based on The text of Abbott & Costello's classic routine - Who's on First]

A General visiting the Wittenland garrison enquired of the Colonel in command about the officers:

General: As you're the Colonel of the Garrison, you must know where all the officers are.
Colonel: I certainly do.
General: I've never met the officers here . Can you tell me some of their names ?
Colonel: Oh, I'll tell you their names, but you know it seems to me they give these officers now-a-days very peculiar names.
General: Where are the senior officers ?
Colonel: Who's in the Guard Room, What's in the Barracks, I Don't Know is in the Powder Room...
Colonel: I'm not sure I understood what you said, who's in the Guard Room?
Colonel: Yes.
General: I mean the officer's name.
Colonel: Who.
General: The officer in the Guard Room.
Colonel: Who.
General: I'm asking you who's in the Guard Room.
Colonel: That's the officer's name.
General: That's who's name?
Colonel: Yes.
General: Well go ahead and tell me.
Colonel: That's it.
General: That's who?
Colonel: Yes. PAUSE
General: Look, have you got someone in the Guard Room?
Colonel: Certainly.
General: Who's in the Guard Room?
Colonel: That's right.
General: All I'm trying to find out is what's the officer's name in the Guard Room.
Colonel: No. What is in the Barracks.
General: I'm not asking you who's in the Barracks.
Colonel: Who's in the Guard Room.
General: I'm only asking you, who's the officer in the Guard Room?
Colonel: That's right.
General: OK.
Colonel: Alright. PAUSE
General: What's the officer's name in the Guard Room?
Colonel: No. What is in the Barracks.
General: I'm not asking you who's in the Barracks.
Colonel: Who's in the Guard Room.
General: I don't know.
Colonel: He's in the Powder Room, we're not talking about him.
General: Now how did I get to the Powder Room ?
Colonel: Why you mentioned the senior officer's name who run's the Powder Room.
General: If I mentioned the Powder Room officer's name, who's in the Powder Room?
Colonel: No. Who's in the Guard Room.
General: What's in the Armoury ?
Colonel: No, What's in the Barracks.
General: I don't know.
Colonel: He's in the Powder Room.
General: There I go, back to the Powder Room again! PAUSE
General: Would you just stay on the Powder Room and don't go off it.
Colonel: Alright, what do you want to know?
General: Now who's in the Powder Room ?
Colonel: Why do you insist on putting Who in the Powder Room ? Who is in the Guard Room.
General: I don't know. Together: Powder Room ! PAUSE
General: Look, have you got a Physician in this garrison ?
Colonel: Sure.
General: The Physician's name?
Colonel: Tomorrow.
General: You don't want to tell me today?
Colonel: I'm telling you now.
General: Then go ahead.
Colonel: Tomorrow!
General: What time?
Colonel: What time what?
General: What time tomorrow are you going tell me who's the Physician?
Colonel: Now listen. Who is not the Physician.
General: I want to know what's the Physician's name?
Colonel: What's in the Barracks.
General: I don't know. Together: Powder Room ! PAUSE
General: If I go for walk round the Garrison then, who will be in Guard Room, what will be in the Barracks and I don't know who is in the Powder Room.
Colonel: Now that's the first thing you've said right.
General: I don't even know what I'm talking about! PAUSE
Colonel: What?
General: I don't care
Colonel: Oh, that's our Provender.
General: Aargh*%$! ! If you don't mind I'll go for a walk round on my own ...

Friday, 30 November 2007

Wittenberg - Schwarze Dragoner Dismounted

I wanted the option of allowing dragoons to dismount and fight on foot, useful for raid scenarioes etc., so here is the first of my dragoon regiments ready for action

Closeup of the dragoon holding the horses, a symbolic dragoon holding 2 horses on a separate stand (horses had reigns removed and new ones added to the hands of the dragoon)

[figs - all Irregular Miniatures]

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Some observations on rules ..

We've used the Weight of Fire rules for a few scenarios now and have found they work well with a few little warts, some of which are just minor adjustments. A few things from the last couple of games which we found odd.

1. Jagers armed with rifles; if they fire, then they have to use the next move to reload ?? Were rifles of the period slower to reload ??

2. Shooting Modifiers (effect based on an average dice roll of 3 or 4)
-2 for Move and fire. ; this reduces the effect of a volley by about 1/3rd
-2 for soft cover ; this reduces the effect of a volley by about 1/3rd
-4 for Hard cover; this reduces the effect of a volley by about 2/3rds

Anyone know enough about the period to say whether the above are right ? Comments welcome.

Wittenberg - Guard Horse Grenadiers

The first part of the new Guard Du Corps done. [figs are Irregular Miniatures Marlburian range, I converted the drummer from a horse grenadier and the officer is converted SYW fig. The horses being a little smaller than other ranges have a small cardboard 'riser' added to bring the height up a bit]

For Wittenberg I'm currently working on a regiment of Heavy Dragoons, plus some dismounted dragoons stands for the two Chevaux-Leger regiments.

The Monastery of Alt-Wittendorf

Welcome to the Monastery of Alt-Wittendorf in Wittenberg, home of Brother James ..

Brother James has just arrived back and is conversation with the Abbot ..

Some monks practice the little known martial arts techniques of Llap Goch, brought to the monastery in medieval times by a visiting welsh monk...

A group of monks near the monastery, they are on a pilgrimage, and have come to visit the shrine of St Tibulus...
[ The monastery is made up of some spare buildings on an A4 box folder lid, figs are from Gripping Beast and from Irregular Miniatures (some converted).]

Saturday, 17 November 2007

The Battle of PikaStrudel 1740 (3rd Belgravian Wars)

Further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

The preceding day had been very wet and both sides had had great difficulty moving their artillery trains due to the muddy roads.

1) The river crossing begins ...

The Wittenberg Army started across the river at Wollen aware that Monrovian troops had been seen by scouts in the town of PikaStrudel.

The Wittenberg forces:
Commander - Field Marshall, Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel - with King Leopold III
Cavalry: Guard du Corps; Uhlan Pulk
Infantry:Guard Grenadiers; Fusilier Battalion; Grenadier Battalion; Line Infantry Battalion; Jager Battalion

The Wittenberg troops crossed the bridge and deployed slowly, the Field Marshal was being unusually cautious, he had no artillery to use and wanted to get across the river safely and in good order. He had his suspicions this looked too easy.. Where were the Monrovians ?


2) The Monrovians

General von Stricknein had taken the main body of his forces back to their main camp, but left some troops to monitor the river crossing. He had them encamped to the west of Pikastrudel, out of sight of the river crossing.

Commander - Major General von Rootsbeer
Cavalry: Sierpinksy Hussars
Infantry:Jager Battalion; Battalion of Line Infantry; Grenadier Battalion

Von Rootsbeer hearing from his scouts that the enemy had crossed the river, ordered them to break camp and march post haste to the positions already allocated to them.


3) The Battle ...

Both sides deployed ...

The Wittenberg Uhlans charged the Monrovian Hussars, the Uhlans broke and routed. The Hussars carried on and came up against a battalion of Grenadiers, a sharp volley of musketry decimated the hussars and the remnants broke and ran,




The Wittenberg Fusiliers moved forward to take on the Monrovians; the Monrovians gave a fierce volley in reponse to an ineffective volley from the Fusiliers. The Fusiliers broke and ran.

Up came the next Wittenberg battalion, again their volley was ineffective and Monrovians gave a fierce volley in reponse. The Wittenberg line battalion held their ground, but casualties were mounting ..
The attacking infantry were taking too many casualties. The Field Marshal ordered the withdrawal, saying to the King - Your Majesty we must retire, we won't get anywhere without artillery..

4) Afterwards

The King of Wittenberg was disappointed, he had wanted to capture Pikastrudel. The Field Marshal was not happy, the Wittenberg infantry had been a unstable, musketry was poor - there was more work to done yet before they would be ready for a major battle.

The Monrovian commander was pleased, he had held off a large force and taken few casualties. He wasn't happy though at losing the pontoon bridge equipment. Where were those three dragoon regiments who had persued him ? He hoped they had gone home.

What the Monrovian commander didn't know was that the three Dragoon regiments had crossed the river under cover of darkness and were on their way to raid a important Monrovian military target.

Wittenberg - Uniforms of the Household Troops

The Chevalier Guard and Horse Grenadiers are each of regimental strength. There is one Grenadier Battalion composed of 4 companies, 2 companies of Polish Grenadiers and 2 companies of Saxon Grenadiers.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

1740 - Onwards to PikaStrudel ? (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

Its scenario time again.

Further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

PikaStrudel - 1740
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The Wittenberg dragoons shadowing the Monrovian withdrawal from GugenStadt, met up with two regiments of cavalry sent by the King to attempt to block the Monrovians from reaching their river crossing at Wollen.

General von Stricknein had forced marched his troops and crossed the river, they were in such a hurry due to the pursuing Wittenberg cavalry they didn't even dismantle their pontoon bridge. The Wittenberg cavalry reached Wollen and secured the river crossing and waited for further
orders.

The King of Wittenberg determined that such a foray into his sovereign territory should not go
without a response gathered his troops together and moved to cross the river at Wollen. His aim to capture the small town of PikaStrudel. His intention was to use it as a base of operation for further strikes into Monrovia.

Wittenberg - Guard Cavalry Band

The combined Guard bands march past the King and his courtiers...

A close-up of the Guard Cavalry Band (finally finished, they've been sitting on my painting table since August !!):

[Figs: French Napoleonic Guard Bands: Mounted band - converted Mirlton Miniatures Foot Band - Minifigs].

New for the Baggage Train

Some extra mules and some pack horses, (Figs: Irregular Miniatures) .

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Wittenberg - Garde Du Corp - Changes

To: Field Marshall, Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel

Frederick,

I have been considering the status of the Guard du Corp. It is composed of 4 companies of disparate types; it is fine for ceremonial duties but not for the field. After discussions with the commander of the Garde Du Corps I have decided that the following re-organisation should be carried out:

Form two new regiments of horse:
1) Chevalier Garde.
2) Grenadiers zu Pferd.

Extra men will be needed, these can be sourced from the depot company and also by requesting veterans to serve with Guard du Corps from other regiments.

My son and I have done some quick sketches of possible new uniforms for both the regiments



please keep me updated on progress with the re-organisation.

Leopold IV


[image from Junior General paper armies (see previous post)]

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Paper Soldiers for Junior Generals

Have a look at

http://www.juniorgeneral.org/18thcentury.htm

really to print on paper and use for Wargames, but well worth looking at for Uniforms and Flag info.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Duchy of Fenwick - Artillery


The Duchy of Fenwick artillery, just arrived at Tippelbruder, get some practice in.
[all figs are from Irregular Miniatures, 25mm Marlburian range].

42mm Diorama - Hesse-Kassel Artillery

Some Irregular Miniatures 42mm Prussian Artillery and some other converted figures portray some Hesse-Kassel artillery.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Inuagural Meeting of the Wittenberg Royal Society

The Royal Society of Wittenberg met for the first time today, in the gardens of at the King's summer palace. They extend their fraternal greetings to all scientists, philosophers etc of Europa and hope to establish ties with similiar groups in other countries.



The court artist painted picture of the event, from left to right:

Brother James of Alt-Witendorf, historian, geographer and amateur astronomer. Shown here demonstrating how to view the moons of Saturn (obviously he has been at the sherry again - the abbot will surely displine him when he gets back to the abbey).

Augustus FinkNottelot (at the table), philosopher, who treatise 'When is Now ? or How What is Where' is well known.

Heinrich Furbusten, Natural Philospher, specialist in agriculture, whose is currently publishing his rather complex crop rotation system.

Johann Jungmann, Chemist - often derided for his alchemical researches. He always seems to look very youthful - he says it is down to a healthy diet and good exercise, following a regimen laid down by his distant relative the Count de St Germain.

Gunther Doppelganger, Mathematician - known for his work on the alegbra of dual sets.

Georg Cantor, Natural Philospher - whose Study 'On Song Birds' is widely read.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Wittenberg - Line Infantry (IR 11)

The first of the line battalions finished.

My figs orders have arrived, another line battalion and a cavalry regiment to paint for Wittenberg. These 2 units will brings the Wittenberg and Monrovians armies to the same size; although 2 more line battalions are planned for each army; then the secondary states .....

Anyway the next thing on the painting list is my mounted cavalry band.

New 25mm Irregular Miniatures - Austrians, Prussians

I've sampled some of the new 25mm figs from Irregular Miniatures. From left to right : Austrian Grenadier, Austrian Musketeer, Prussian Jager


rear view of the same

Austrian officers are not yet available. The Austrians will find their way into my armies. I like the Jager and I'll think I'll use them for dismounted dragoons. [the infantry are approx 28mm from boot to eye]



Prussian Cavalry, from left to right: Dragoon, Cavalry Officer


They also do Prussain Cuirassier, Cavalry Bugler, Cavalry Ensign, Hussar, and Bosniak Lancer.

In general the cavalry are on the smaller side - the horses are not a large as other ranges - if you have them all in one unit then I think they look OK.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Uniforms of Saxe-Jarlsberg and Hesse-Limberger

These two small states to the south of Monrovia, are bound by treaty to supply troops in time of war. The treaties specifies Saxe-Jarlsberg to supply a regiment of dragoons and some artillery; Hesse-Limberger to supply two Infantry regiments. In return Monrovia guarentees their sovereignty and promises to come to their aid if they attacked.

Hedges ?

I recently got some plastic hedges, after doing some checking I found out these are Merit ones.


They are just about the right height, so I'll base them up for use and possibly dull the plasticy finish down a bit.

I've nearly finished the next Wittenberg infantry battalion; so piccy to come soon.