Saturday, 29 December 2007
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.]
Saturday, 22 December 2007
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 ...
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.
Saturday, 15 December 2007
The Battle of Faffenstadt - 1740
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 ...
A closeup of the flags and mounted officer
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
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)
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Brother James has just arrived back and is conversation with the Abbot ..
Saturday, 17 November 2007
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.
Both sides deployed ...
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 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.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...
PikaStrudel - 1740
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
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.
A close-up of the Guard Cavalry Band (finally finished, they've been sitting on my painting table since August !!):
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
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
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.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
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.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Recently a small force of the Army of the Duchy of Fenwick have been mustering, some say they are troops being raised for service elsewhere; they could be troops which are going to be sent to join the League against Stagonia in the defence of Freistadt Tippelbruder. However the force is bigger than that which had been promised - maybe some other country has requested mercenary troops.
The above uniforms are based on the Legion Brittanique of Hanover.
[uniform templates from http://nba-sywtemplates.blogspot.com/]
Chancellor: Your Majesty, I really must protest ! What is going on ? The privy council wishes to know the identity of the persons in that carriage; they visit frequently. How can we advise you if we do not know what is happening ??
Count Hermann Munster: please sir, calm yourself
King Leopold: Albert, come sit here and let us try to allay your fears.
Chancellor: I'm sorry for my outburst your majesty but there are so many rumours circulating at court. The visitor(s) always leave the carriage, wearing masks, and are ushered into your private appartments no-one will say anything of what's going on. You're not dealing in secret with Monrovia are you ?
King Leopold: Certainly not, we would not entertain the thought of talking with Monrovia, except through the normal diplomatic channels.
Count Hermann: We must currently keep the visitor's identity secret, we are in the final stages of very delicate negotiations.
King Leopold: If the identity is known before we finish, then it would be endanger the completion of an alliance that will benefit our country greatly. The visitor left today, to confer with his advisors one final time and is to return shortly to complete the agreement. You will be invited to this next meeting.
Chancellor: Thank you for explaining the situation, I look forward to meeting the visitor and finding out his identity.
Count Hermann Munster: I am sure you will be surprised at who he is and the nature of the agreement ...
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Closeup of infantry getting ready to cross the river; the grenadiers are heading for the ford, looks like they are going to get their feet wet...
Saturday, 22 September 2007
I am pleased to inform you that all elements of the Corp of Observation have reached Heidelheim in Upper Belgravia.
In an initial sweep of the border area by the Uhlans five highwaymen were apprehended, and a band of about 50 brigands dispersed with many of them killed, those captured have been handed over to the civil authoritites for the execution of justice.
The Corp of Observation will shortly go out on manouvres; subsequently they will take up positions for the full time monitoring of the border with Monrovia.
I have just received news that one of the brigands killed had on his person documents which originated in Monrovia; in addition letters from Stagonia were also found. We will investigate these items and I hope that they were only stolen items taken by the brigands from travellers.
Field Marshall, Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel
Friday, 14 September 2007
1) Early in the morning
The Duke of Escherstadt rowsed his troops early in the morning and placed them ready for action in the town defences recently completed by the corp of engineers. There was much mumbling in the ranks, not again, we got up early yesterday ...they complained.
The Wittenberg forces:
Commander - Duke of EscherStadt
Cavalry: Dragoon Regiment - Schwarze Dragoner, Uhlan Pulk - Zaprotsky
Infantry:The Wittenland Fusiliers, Grenadier Battalion - Von Purchenk, 2 Companies of Jagers
Artillery:2 Heavy Field Guns, 1 Medium Field Gun
2) The Monrovians Arrive
The Monrovians had broken camp at dawn and mmarched into sight of Gugenstadt, emerging out of the morning mist they saw their target. Their commander was bemused, its looks as if there are more troops there than I was told. Just then he heard the sound of artillery and one of the leading infantry columns took some minor casualties. This could be a tricky one thought the General and ordered his troops to deploy for the attack.
Commander - General von Stricknein
Cavalry: Regiment of Horse - von Streiber
Infantry:von Pilbner Fusiliers, 2 Battalions of Line Infantry, Grenadier Battalion - Von Stomnach, Guard Grenadier Battalion
Artillery:2 Medium Field Guns
3) The Battle commences ...
The Monrovians deploy, using their cavalry to screen the movement of the artillery.
General von Stricknein, having lost his cavalry in the melee and the Grenadier Battalion Von Stomnach routed by sustained artillery fire, decides to retire and cross the river back into Monrovia. The town of Gugenstadt is well defended and he dosen't want to risk any Wittenberg re-inforcements getting between him and the way back home.
The Duke of Escherstadt satisfied with how things went sends some Dragoons out to shadow the Monrovian withdrawal.