Friday, 31 August 2007

Diorama - Infantry Regiment Ysenburg

The first in a planned series of dioramas depicting infantry regiments using 42mm figs; this one is of Hesse-Kassel Infantry Regiment Ysenburg (~1740).


Figures are cast from Prince August molds except for the officer who is from Irregular Miniatures. House is made of pottery which I found at a car-boot sale for 50p.Next one planned is of a Reicharmee regiment.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Wittenberg Household Grenadiers

The enlarged household foot grenadier battalion is also on manouvres:

Rivers and other things ...

After a visit to the car boot sale yesterday, I came home with another pottery house to add to my scenics; a cutting mat and a boxful of about 20 dice (all for the princely sum of £3.50).

I've been trying to work out how to make some river sections for my next battle scenario. While tidying up to store my houses away I came across some self adhesive cork tiles - eureka ! idea for river sections:
- cut cork tile to width required
- remove backing;
- stick on some thin clear plastic painted on the reverse side with brown and green smudges
- add some river banks - paint and finish as required.

I decided on a set of straight river sections plus a bridge, to use for the next scenario (curved sections another time !). After a few hours work I created the river sections I needed, photo below shows river sections in place.


Close up of the bridge below. The border guard of the Duchy of Fenwick collect tolls to cross into the Kingdom of Wittenberg.


Saturday, 25 August 2007

Wittenberg Dragoon Regiment Nr2

The forces of Wittenberg continue to mobilise; DR nr2 of the Boldovian army corp is seen here on exercises.


Monday, 20 August 2007

Foundry 18th Century Civilians Range

Had a look at this range today, lots of nice figs, see -

http://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/SYW/14/index.asp

Some of these packs will have to be added to my future figs purchase list.

Friday, 17 August 2007

Uniforms of Wittenberg Army (2) - Boldovian Army Corp

Fully into templates and uniforms now. Firstly the cavalry :

I had to create my own Uhlan template (based it on french infantry). Now the infantry:

Uniforms are based on those of the Saxon Army of the SYW. For the infantry I used the uniforms of the four 'Kreis Regiments'. I wanted to give some sort of coherence to the infantry of this army corp.

Uniforms of Wittenberg Army (1) - Artillery + Garrison

As you can see I've been busy with the templates again ..


Thursday, 16 August 2007

The Wittenberg Royal Family

Some portraits of the King, Queen and two eldest children:


(a useful site for 18C art to use for blogs is at http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTH18thcentury.html#18century )

Weight of Fire Ruleset

In general they are a good ruleset, easy to play. I used the provided condensed playsheet (2 sided) and printed it on thick paper and then laminated it (finally found a use for that laminator I got for Xmas) - good quick reference.

One thing we have found is that unit morale was a little bit more volatile than expected - for example units going into the 'shaken' state. However I think this is right for the period; receiving fire from a musketry or artillery could have caused a unit to 'flinch' and not want to move forward - regroup for a while then try again.

So far we've had two playtests of the rules. With about 3 or 4 units per side we have managed about 10-12 moves in a 2 hour session.

There are a few minor 'house rule' amendments we may like to add; but we are still discussing these.

(Rules may be found at http://www.angelfire.com/wa/rogerswhome/rules/horseandmusket/SevenYearsWar/weightoffire.pdf)

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Irregular Miniatures - Prussian Musketeers & Grenadiers

I've just received some new additions for the Wittenberg army, one battalion of musketeers and one of grenadiers from Irregular Miniatures. Below are some piccies of the figure types:

Fusilier Marching(painted); Musketeers Marching, Officer, Standard Bearer, Dummer and NCO:

Grenadier - Marching, Standard Bearer, NCO and Dummer:

Saturday, 11 August 2007

1740 - The Battle of Zorfburg (3rd Belgravian Wars)

The following scenario of a raid interception action was used as a play test of the "Weight of Fire" rules. This time we tried out a predominately cavalry scenario, with the inclusion of some artillery, to see how Cavalry Melee went.

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

1) Arrival At Zorfburg

King Leopold III of Wittenberg arrived at Zorfburg late in the evening. He had ridden there quickly and had not been able to gather any other troops on the way to assist him. At Zorfburg there was a company of Jagers and some artillery which had been sent to re-inforce the garrison. The King and his troops bedded down for the night. In the morning he arrayed what troops he had ready for action. The Wittenberg force:

Commander - King Leopold III
Garde Du Corp - Household Cavalry (Elite Unit)
Company of Jagers
2 Artillery Field Guns
Company of Garrison Troops (stayed in Zorfburg)
Dragoon Regiment - Prinz Leopold - on their way to Zorfburg (~ at least two hours away)
Dragoon Regiment - Schwarze Dragoner - in pursuit of the Monrovians (~ at least half a day behind them)

2) The Monrovians

The Monrovians had continued to elude their pursuers. After a nights rest, they were up bright and early and continued their march home. The Monrovian force:

Commander - General von Stricknein
Dragoon Regiment - Leib Dragoner
Dragoon Regiment Nr 2

3) Battle is Joined at Zorfburg

The Wittenberg scouts spot the Monrovians and ride back to warn the King ...

The Monrovians start to manouvre ...

King Leopold moves his force forward to block the Monrovians ...

A ferocious cavalry melee ensues ...

The Wittenberg artillery fire on the Leib Dragoner disorganises them. The Monrovian dragoons rout and then try to rally, and the Garde Du corp reform to face the other dragoon regiment ...

The Leib Dragoner regiment charges home, the Gard Du Corp puts up a fight but they are exhausted, they break and rout ...

The Monrovians reform and try and complete their 'getaway'. At this moment the Wittenberg Prinz Leopold Dragoons arrive - they attack the rear Monrovian dragoon regiment...


The Prinz Leopold Dragoons have cut the rear Monrovian dragoon regiment down to a man. The Wittenberg forces are disordered, tired and unable to pursue....

4) Afterwards

The Monrovians had got through, they kept the booty from the raid but lost half the Leib Dragoner regiment and Dragoon Regiment Nr 2 was wiped out.

About an hour later the Wittenberg Schwarze Dragoner arrive on the scene, the King ordered them to continue the pursuit. The remnants of the Garde Du Corp arrived back, with their colours intact - with some wounded all that was left was barely 1 company (50 men left, of about 250 that started the battle). The Prinz Leopold Dragoons had a few wounded but no signficiant losses.

The battlefield was cleared of the dead, the wounded being taken to Zorfburg. About 250 horses from the Monrovian dragoons were rounded up and the Monrovian dead stripped of useable equipment (carbines, swords etc). About 100 horses were dead or badly wounded, the wounded ones were shot and the inhabitants of Zorfburg feasted on horsemeat for the next few days ...

Thursday, 9 August 2007

The Army of the Duchy of Fenwick

The Duchy of Fenwick lies to the north of Wittenberg, it also shares a border with Monrovia. Fenwick has recently established closer ties with Wittenberg, due to the close friendship between Prince Maurice and King Leopold IV.

Fenwick is an arms manufacturer, specialising in casting cannons and mortars. Some of the army is usually on hire as mercenaries to other states. In some cases units are despatched to the aid of smaller nations (at no charge) if the Duke considers it to be in his interests to provide protection.
The infantry carry the following flags into battle.


In the centre is the 'mouse' rampant, above it the ducal crown. The colours of the Regimenterfahne vary with the units facings. The cavalry have similar guidons. The uniforms of the Duchy of Fenwick, use the following broad scheme (although The Duke is considering some changes): Infantry and Cavalry Coats - Red, with varying facings; Breeches & Waistcoats - White. The Artillery have blue coats with red facings.

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Wittenberg Corp of Observation on the march ...


With Monorvia currently in the process of a military build up, Wittenberg has mobilised it's corp of observation. This is currently nearing its destination of Heidelheim in Upper Belgravia, which will be it's base of operations. With a large border to patrol they will soon be re-inforced with an extra regiment of dragoons or a pulk of Uhlans.

Friday, 3 August 2007

1740 - The Monrovian Raid on Schwenk (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

[this is a preamble to a scenario for a second rules play test; more to follow ..]

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

The Monrovian Raid on Schwenk- 1740
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After the abortive campaign which culminated in the 'drawn' Battle at Hummelsdorf and the successful rearguard action at Boltsdorf King Leopold III of Wittenberg dispersed the main body of his army on the border of the provinces of Upper Belgravia and Boldovia. He placed a corp of observation to monitor the border with Monrovia.

Meanwhile the Monrovians deciding that in order to keep the Wittenberg army off balance, while they reinforced and re-equipped their cavalry, that they would have to make some sort of raid on a key target. Having learnt from their spies that the magazine at Schwenk was lightly defended they dispatched a force of two regiments of dragoons to attack it and destroy as many supplies as possible.

The Monrovian dragoons crossed the border at night and managed to slip past the Wittenberg corp of observation; travelling by the 'back roads' they managed to reach Schwenk un-detected. They quickly brushed aside a company of garrison infantry and set about destroying the magazine.

After finishing their destructive activities the Monrovians moved off quickly, taking some booty with them. A small patrol of Uhlans saw them leave and notified the commander of the nearby 'Schwarze Dragoner' regiment, who rowsed his troopers and set off in pursuit; however he missed them and found their trail about half a day later. The Monrovians moved as fast as they could manage - their commander decided to take the quickest route back, down the Zorf valley close by the town of Zorfburg, accepting the risk that he might be intercepted; but gambling on his mobility and the chances of the Wittenberg army not being able to concentrate their forces quickly enough.

King Leopold III flew into a furious rage when he received news of the raid; blaming the commander of the corp of observation for letting the Monrovians through without noticing them. In order to re-gain some measure of control of the situation and heal his wounded pride he decided to intercept the Monrovian raiding troops.

The King took his Guard du Corps and what troops he had immediately available and ordered a Dragoon Regiment to meet him at Zorfburg where he intended to catch the Monrovians. The King arrived with his troops at Zorfburg and setup camp. The Dragoon Regiment he had ordered to join him had not arrived - a courier arrived to tell the king it was at least a couple of hours march away.

The king formed up what troops he had to block the route down the Zorf valley and waited for the Monrovians ...