Wednesday, 27 February 2008

40mm - Size Matters

? Yes, brown undercoat. I found some old pots of humbrol enamel still good enough to use so waste not want not.

So from left to right (with my appreciation of the figure plus a height measure which is from bottom of boot to the eye):

1) cast Prince August Marching figure, low in detail 'semi-round', doesn't mix in well with the other figs I use, 38mm height from back foot (as he is leaning forward). Cost: ~£1.50 to buy the metal

2) Front Rank (from AWI 40mm range), nice crisp excellent detail - beautiful figs, height 38mm. Cost £2.45.

3) cast Nurnberger Meisterzinn figures (example standard bearer) , low in detail but more than Prince August, 39mm height. Cost: ~£1.50 to buy the metal.

4) Irregular Miniatures '42mm' (example SYW drummer, same size as other figs in the range), good well detailed range, 35/36mm height. Cost £1.25

I haven't got any Sash & Sabre SYW 40mm figs, but based on what I've seen online and from the ECW figs which I have they are a very good well detailed range; height 35mm (measured on my ECW figs). Cost £1.75 (per fig, pack of 20 is £35 from Old Glory UK).

Note: I buy metal in small amounts, hence it is probably more expensive per fig to cast.

40mm - Brigrands, the next batch

Another group of five brigands for my skirmish games; one appears to be a deserter from the Imperium.

[figs: pandour - Irregular Miniatures; the rest from Front Rank AWI range; the shepherd is a converted Irregular Miniatures AWI militia; the sheep are by Britains (54mm), very big sheep in the province of Upper Belgravia you know]

New church for my scenics

A new church for my scenics. A cheap Vero kit I bought at a toy and train fair. Being lazy I didn't use all the bits in the box; I also cut off the spire, mainly because it was too tall and would be easily knocked over when on the wargame table.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

40mm - Jager Detachment

A small detachment of Wittenberg jagers searching the woods for the brigands.

Some more figs for my 40mm skirmish games. I used some Nurnberger Meisterzinn moulds to cast these.

I have found the usual problem - each manufacture defines 40mm as something slightly different, however there is not too much discrepancy between Irregular Miniatures(42mm), Front Rank AWI Range (40mm) and the figures I cast.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The Battle of Erlangen 1740 - (third Belgravian Wars)

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

The Monrovians had crossed the river Oudear in the south near the juncture of the border with the Imperium and Saxe-Jarlsberg (an ally of Monrovia). The commander of the force, General von Stricknein ordered was to capture the town of Zondheim. The army marched eastwards ... Some Uhlan scouts kept the Wittenberg general staff up to date on the progress of the Monrovians' march. The Wittenbergers gathered their nearby troops and marched to intercept them at Erlangen.

It was sleepy early morning at Erlangen, no one was stirring not even a mouse ...

1) The Wittenberg forces:

Commander: King Leopold III and Field Marshall Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel

Infantry: 2 companies of Jagers, 2 Line Battalions, 1 Fusilier Battalion, 1 Converged Grenadier
Battalion, Guard Grenadiers.
Cavalry: 1 pulk uhlans, 2 regiments of dragoons, 1 guard horse grenadier
Artillery: 2 guns

The King and the Field Marshal arrived at Erlangen and used a rise in the ground next to
the village to watch the approaching Monrovian army.

2) The Monrovian Forces
Commander - General von Stricknein

Infantry: 2 companies of Jagers, 2 Line Battalions, 1 Fusilier Battalion, 1 Converged Grenadier
Battalion, Guard Grenadiers.
Cavalry: 1 regiment of hussars, 2 regiments of dragoons, 1 heavy horse regiment
Artillery: 2 guns

The advance guard arrived in sight of Erlangen and reported the presence of Wittenberg troops to General von Stricknein.

3) The Battle commences ...

Both armies deployed, each had different battle plans, both chose to deny their left flanks.

The Monrovians planned to take the village and the use open ground to get past the village, deploying their infantry in line, with cavalry and artillery protecting the left flank. They started their advance.
The Wittenberg plan was to hold the line of the rise on the ground next to the village, with Jagers in the village and a battalion of Fusiliers plus the Uhlans holding the gap between the village and the forest. When the deployment of Monrovians was in progress the King decided to attack the Monrovian left flank against the advice of the Field Marshal. The troops formed up and advanced over the rise.
The Wittenberg troops advanced, to the sound of the guard band, towards the Monrovian left flank. The Monrovians started to re-deploy their cavalry to meet the threat.

Meanwhile the Monrovian infantry continued their advance, the Jagers were already fighting in the village and the Grenadiers were coming up in support.

Some Wittenberg artillery fire to the flank of the Monrovian Hussars had caused them to rout, the Wittenberg cavalry attack the Monrovian Dragoons ...

The Monrovian Dragoons failed to counter charge and were routed after the first round of melee, falling back through the Monrovian Heavy Horse who joined the rout. The commander of the Heavy Horse managed to rally them and hold the pursuing Wittenberg dragoons. More Wittenberg artillery fire this time on the advancing Monrovian Grenadiers cause them to flinch then rout, along with a company of jagers.

The Monrovian infantry continued their advance but their left flank was now unprotected ..

With the Monrovian left flank melting away and with Wittenberg infantry and cavalry threatening to envelope his position, General Stricknein ordered a withdrawal.

3) Afterwards

The Monrovians withdrew using their remaining cavalry and their guard grenadiers as a rearguard. The Monrovians had been prevented from reaching their target.

The Wittenberg commanders decided to shadow the withdrawal, as the main body of the Monrovian army was still in good order.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Wittenberg - Line Infantry Regiment

IR 12 on parade. Two members of the general staff are doing their final inspection before the regiment marches to join the rest of troops at the muster camp near Hausenberg.

[Figs: Infantry - Irregular Miniature prussians; mounted officer Elite on Hinchcliffe horse; staff officers Front Rank]

Friday, 15 February 2008

1740 - Erlangen (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

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

Having failed to secure a foothold in Lower Belgravia at PikaStrudel and Faffenstadt the Wittenberg forces retired to their forward positions in Upper Belgravia.

The Monrovians emboldened by their recent successes in holding off the Wittenberg forces decided to try to obtain a foothold in Upper Belgravia. On some examination of possible places for border crossings it was decided to try in the south near the juncture of the border with the Imperium and Saxe-Jarlsberg (an ally of Monrovia). The commander of the force, General von Stricknein was instructed 'Do not cross into the territory of the Imperium, at all times keep at least 10miles from their border'. After two weeks the troops were assembled. The river Oudear was crossed by pontoon bridges. The Saxe-Jarslberg troops were ordered to hold the river crossing. General Stricknein led his troops towards Zondheim.

Although the main body of the Wittenberg army was inactive, the corps of observation had doubled their patrols and had detected the river crossing. While scouts kept an eye on the movements of the Monrovian army despatches were sent to headquarters.

The Wittenberg general staff decided the Monrovians were heading for Zondheim; Field Marshall Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel said "We'll intercept them at Erlangen".

Friday, 8 February 2008

Wittenberg - New Howitzer

The King (in light blue coat) and some of the court have come to see the new howitzer.

[Artillery Figs : Hinchcliffe 5.5" howitzer and SYW prussian crew + Irregular Miniatures Marburian limber]

40mm Brigands

My first group of brigands for my 40mm skirmish games, they could also be used for militia. I've bought some 40mm moulds and will be casting some more figures to be detached companies of regiments on patrol or escort duty.
[figs - Irregular Miniatures marburians/SYw, with some Sash and Sabre heads.]

Wittenberg - Trying out their mortars

I made up some new fieldworks to allow for use of two mortars or two guns. Here it is shown with mortars manned by some Wittenberg artillery crew.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Wittenberg - the 'package' is on its way

At the palace a black coach pulled up outside one of the side entrances to the royal appartments. Count Hermann of Munster came out and gave the driver and footman their instructions.

The sound of a bugle signalled the readiness of the Uhlan escort. Four grenadiers carried out a large padlocked chest and secured it on top of the coach, they then mounted their horses and waited. After a short delay two women in black hooded cloaks, were ushered out of the entrance and into the coach. A number of servants bought out some luggage and loaded them onto the coach. One of the grenadiers checked the chest was secured correctly. The Count got into the coach and barked an order to the driver to move off.

The coach left the palace and joined it's escort. A sound of laughter was heard from the coach - the Count was obviously entertaining the ladies with one of his stories. The coach and escort headed north.

The coach and it's escort is seen below, later in the day, leaving the Duke of Escherstadt's hunting lodge after stopping for lunch ...