Thursday, 30 December 2010

Making some footbridges ...

Before the Kings Jagers get embroiled in their little adventure I needed to make some footbridges for crossing rivers. So I dug into my oddmments of cardboards and cut some lengths to fit across my standard river sections, these I scored to represent planking; after that on the underside I added some supports which double up as fixing points for some wooden post supports made from wooden skewers. Off to the paint shop ...

Monday, 27 December 2010

Out of the woods ...

A party of the Kings Jager corps in civilian garb, led by Captain Sharfe,  have emerged from the woods into a small village and are taking great care as they progress ... something's afoot ... (more to follow)
---oXo---
As my Wittenberg militia battalion is to receive uniforms, I spent a little time taking the figures in the best poses and basing them singly and converting a couple of officers adding muskets and a pistol. They can be used as armed civilians, brigands/smugglers, or in athe above case regulars in disguise (figs are a mix of Redoubt, Front Rank and Old Glory)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Merry Xmas ..

The King and Queen of Wittenberg and the royal family
wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Artillery drill ...

The Loyal Belgravian Volunteers have recently been granted regimental status by the King of Wittenberg, here we see General Waldebeck and his aid watching some of the newly uniformed men carrying out some artillery drill with their battalion gun (uniforms have been ordered for the rest of the regiment)

(Figs: Artillery crew - Front rank SYW British)

Re-arranging the modelling desk ...

I've been using my old PC for a while at my modelling desk, it's still going much to my surprise. I use it for looking up unifrom info on the net and also keeping up with blogs. Just recently my main PC printer has been misbehaving - it has now been replaced. It is tempremental - plays up for a while - the decides to work OK for a week or so the gets grumpy again.  Anway its now joined my old PC at the modelling desk - now I can print stuff out, including flags. This has prompted a bit of re-arrangement.


Now I've got the PC/printer organised, I'm currently re-organising the rest of my stuff - found a few bits I'd forgotten about in the process.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Spot your Xmas goody ...

A good item to request for your Xmas stocking (or just buy it for yourself for a treat) is Wargaming In History Vol 2, now available to order - hoorah !! Ordered mine last week. Front the front cover picture it looks like another corker from Grant and Olley.

Can be ordered in the UK from Ken Trotman books (http://www.kentrotman.com/marlatest/warghist2.htm)

Saturday, 27 November 2010

40mm - Heads Up

After much fiddling about I've finally finished getting ready another batallion for my 40mm project. The bulk of the figures are cast from Creartec moulds of prussian grenadiers, these have had their heads removed and replaced with some from Sash & Sabre. To finish off I bought 2 standard bearers, an officer and a drummer from Front Rank AWI Hessian range and gave them the same Sash & Sabre heads as the rest.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Prinz Albrecht Kurassier on Parade ....

At the palace the King and the Field Marshal ride out to inspect the Prinz Albrecht Kurassier regiment (figs are from Front Rank)


---oXo---

Meanwhile in the south General Waldebeck
is on the move with his staff and small escort of Uhlans ...


I 've replaced my 40mm personality figure of General Waldebeck with a nice one from Drabant; he now wears a nice new coat and rides the horse presented to him by the King for his services during the 3rd Belgravian wars.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Cavalry - Work In Progress

Kurassiers, from Front Rank, get one step closer the horsies finished - riders nearly there, hat lace and swords etc todo plus belts.
For my 40mm collection, I've finished casting a hussar regiment form Nürnberger Meisterzinn moulds, plenty of painting todo as my lead mountain starts building up again.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Raid on Hottenweldt

Looming out of the early morning mist the fort commander spots the Wittenberg raiding force; the River Marines in their boats towing barges full of  Grenadiers. The fort fires their cannon to little effect as the daywatch has not arrived and they are shorthanded ...
The Grenadiers land and make their way to the rear of the fort, while the fort's day watch rush through the main gate.
The River Marines reach the wharfs and start to disembark ....
Hearing the sound of  cannon fire from the fort the town militia turn out and send a group of men to protect the warehouses...
The Grenadiers move to attack the fort entrance .....
The militia deploy while their commanding officer remonstrates with the garrison commander for not moving his regiment forward (he has strict orders to protect the town) ...
The River Marines work their way along the wharf, as the militia sets up a barricade to defend the warehouses
The grenadiers break through into the fort .....
the River Marines attack the militia defending the warehouses
The main body of the militia hold their ground; the River Marines have beaten back those defending the warehouses and prepare to set fire to the buildings. The raiders seeing the town garrison regular troops in the distance make a decision to withdraw
The River Marines cover the embarkation of the troops onto the boats while the buildings at the wharfside are ablaze .....
The rading forces leave, using their boats and some commandeered from the wharfside
 

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Hottenweldt in Hesse-Limberger ...

Its early in the morning at Hottenweldt, a view of the wharfs from the fort ....
A cart makes it's way down to the wharehouses from the town ...
There's a little bit of activity by the warehouses as some items are loaded into a boat ...
The day watch wend their way slowly up to the fort for another day on duty ....

Will they have a peaceful day ??

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Wittenberg: Some news and a conference ...

The King meets with Count Hermann on his way to the map room for a conference with the Field Marshal about the border wars in the south....

Count Hermann: Sad news your majesty, your elderly cousin Ludwig of Zinzendorf has passed away.
King: That is very sad news, I only received a letter from him last month 
Count Hermann: Did you know that as he died without issue you inherit his title and lands
King: Really ?
Count Hermann: Yes. I have received assurances from the ambassador of the Imperium that they will not oppose the inheritance.
King: We'll have a look at the maps to see where the Principality Zinzendorf is when we see the Field Marshal. 

The King, Count Hermann and the Field Marshal meet in the map room ...


Field Marshal: here is map of the area around the Kingdom of Wittenberg, you can see that Zinzendorf is in the south west.

King: Inheriting Zinzendorf means we will control more access to the trade on the river Oudear.
Count Hermann: Yes indeed. It will make a good addition to our lands, adding to the recently 'acquired' Braunlandt and Hoflandt.
King: I am most annoyed with Hesse-Limberger's disruption of trade on the river Oudear, they have been raising tariffs and impounding goods destined for Wittenberg.
Field Marshal: here is a map showing more detail of the southern border region. ..
 
Field Marshal: I suggest an attack on the main Hesse-Limberger trading town of Hottenweldt - we can send the river marines on boats from Vanderhof with additional support - landing by the wharf's, destroying the facilities plus stored goods and if we have time attack the town itself.
King: Excellent idea, make the necessary arangements; that will send a clear message to them.

---oXo---

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Down South in Hesse-Limberger

The little fort is completed (iwth ramp) and in position for a couple of piccies ...

----ooXoo----

South of Wittenberg, further down the river Oudear in Hesse- Limberger, the officer in charge of a fort keeps a close eye on the boats moving up and down the river.


Where is Hesse-Limberger ? its south of Saxe-Jarslberg, south of ... hmmm better get a map of the southern border region updated !

Saturday, 6 November 2010

A little fort ...

The Kurassiers langiush unfinsihed on my workbench while I build a small fort. I found an offcut of 3mm MDF board which had an interesting sort of hexagonal shape - might be able to make us it as a base to a small fort I thought; so I evened up the shape to make it symmetrical. - this got me going and I carried on constructing the fort uising cardboard and foamboard.
A closer view of the fort after the initial build. It is currently manned by my unpainted Jagers (conversions of varaious figures - another unit waiting for paint)
The King is sitting at his desk in the libray, enjoying the view of the palace grounds while he considers the progress of the border wars in the south against Saxe-Jarlsberg and Hesse-Limberger.


Saturday, 30 October 2010

Wittenberg - Converged Grenadiers Battalion passes inspection

The last of the battalions of the Wittenland army corps is approved for duty ....
[figs: New Battalion - Foundry; Inspecting officers: Old Glory & Front Rank.]

The commander of the Wittenland army corps satisfied that his infantry is in good shape has been inspecting the cavalry, the Uhlans and Dragoons are fit for service - he is dismayed at the state of the Kuirassier regiment and is actively trying to find enough mounts; they are however being currently issued with new uniforms.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Buildings and Flowers ..

Four new buildings to add to my collection of scenics, these are all madeup all HO (1:87) kits which I bought up recently nice and cheap - averaging £3 each - I got them at Toy & Train fairs and a Model Railway exhibition.
Meanwhile at the palace the Queen and one of her ladies in waiting look at the newly planted flowers in the formal garden ...

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Wittenberg - Another regiment passes inspection

The last of the four infantry regiment of the Wittenland army corps is approved for duty ....

[figs: New Battalion - Foundry; Inspecting officers: Old Glory & Front Rank.]

I'm having a blitz on painting white-coated troops at the moment, one more unit to come - the converged grenadiers from the four regiments of  the Wittenland army corps.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

The KIng gets a Surprise ...

Newly completed palace room....Previously on this story line

-----oXo-----

Scene: the King is visiting Count Hermann at his country estate. The King and the Count have been discussing affairs of state and have gone to the drawing room to relax and unwind ...

A short while later they are joined by the young Mademoiselle De Givanchy (a singer who has performed in many of the courts of Europa) and her aunt the Marquise of Zinzendorf, both of whom are in the service of Count Hermann (the spy service that is)


The King is looking rather speculatively at the Marquise, after a short while he says .. 'Marquise do I know you from somewhere ? You look familiar'

The Marquise and the Count exchange glances and the Count nods. The Marquise hesitates and before answering carefully removes her and and wig and says in a man's voice 'Von Lessing at your service your majesty'  bowing rther awkwardly.

The King rather taken a back, exclaims HA ! I kew I recognised you from somewhere and starts to smile. He then turns to the Count and asks rather stermly  'Has he been behaving himself ? to which the Count replies 'Yes, he has done great service for our country to date, he recently disposed of the Count des Armes for us'.

The King turns and looks at Von Lessing and bursts out laughing, unable to contain himself he sits down onto the sofa. After he has calmed down and had a glass of sherry he asks the Count where he go the idea for Von Lessing's undercover disguise. The Count tells him of the time he spent at the Russian court and his meeting with the remarkable Chevalier d'Éon.

They all settled down comfortably while King heard of the latest information 'the ladies' had gleaned during their last visit to Stagonia...
----oXo----

Note: To find out how Von Lessing ended up in the service of Count Hermann, see - Difficult Choices

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Wittenberg - Customs and Revenue men

Wittenberg customs and revenue men out on patrol - got to keep an eye out for smugglers ...
[figures Irregular Miniatures SYW jagers+officer and Marlburian dragoons]

Monrovia - Jager Battalion

The Monrovian jager battalion is completed, it comprises three companies raised from different regions of Monrovia, which are formed into a composite battalion.


[figures Irregular Miniatures, standard bearer converted Old Glory Officer]

One the Workbench and The Painting Queue

Some 40mm conversions are in progress, I am trying out some Sash & Sabre heads on some castings from Creartec moulds. I'm quite satisfied with the results, will be getting the moulds out soon to cast some more.
A list of items in the painting queue for 25/28mm, for Wittenberg:
  • Infantry Regiment in white coats with dark blue facings (nearly finished)
  • Battalion of converged grenadiers in white coats
  • Kuirassier Regiment
  • Jager Battalion (some figures still to buy for this)
  • Customs & Revenue men (nearly finished)
And for Monrovia
  • Kuirassier Regiment
  • Jager Battalion (nearly finished)
  • 'Wild Geese' Battalion

Saturday, 11 September 2010

40mm: Saxe-Jarlsberg Border Wars (extra Artillery for Both Sides)

Both sides have taken a break from the border wars in the south. Saxe-Jarslberg has drawn back allowing Wittenberg to take control of the Hoflandt region (as ceded by the treaty of Witzend). The Herzog of Saxe-Jarlsberg is in discussion with his counterpart in Hesse-Limburger over their next move. Meanwhile Count Pottsendorf, commander of the Saxe-Jarslberg army, reviews his newly expanded artillery contingent.

A new battery of Wittenberg artillery is on the march to join their forces in the south.
[figs: A mix of Irregular Miniatures, plus castings from Creartec and Nürnberger Meisterzinn moulds]

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Distracted ...

I've been busy the last week getting ready and hosting a Garden Railway open evening, so not much done achievd this week apart form undercoating another battalion of infantry.

Having seen the saxons and vikings on recent posts on the Der Alte Fritz Journal I've been finishing of a few Saxon figures and laying out my Dark Ages stuff - you can see them on The Nothelm Chronicle

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Mill - River Section

It took some time to finish the mill and its river section off, as I had to figure out how to stick the painted clear plastic water sections to the base - eventually used double sided carpet tape. Instead of scatter I used some dolls house grass sheet. Some shots of the the completed mill river section ....