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, 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.
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

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 ...