Friday, 30 December 2016

Plans for the future ......

Plenty of things to work on and games to play. Main things on the horizon are ....
  • More on table action with solo games - Monrovian v Fenwick trade wars to start with. Need to make up some more small boats for this.
  • Continue with my 17C sculpt, cast and paint project. Will be busy in the new year making moulds and casting - then onto painting the new units.... after that start the 17C campaign ..
  • Looking at a possible Sculpt & Cast for 18C in 40mm; initially will be a march attack musketeer (with possible alternate heads), initial stages of the 'green'..
  • Tidy and finish some secondary project items (WW2 tanks & transport, WW1 planes …)
  • Add a few things to my 54mm Romans and Gauls collection
  • Finish armies for Wittenberg's and Monrovia's allies (in 28mm) ---> Wittenberg's ally the Duchy of Fenwick and Monrovia's ally the Duchy of Noverre.
  • A new 40mm army that could be used in both the 17C & 18C - maybe something along the lines of a Polish or Balkan army. I'll be sculpting and casting for some the of fgiures for this, could take a while to get this moving.  For a start I have made up the commander and his escort for this army, using some Irregular Miniatures croats and a cossack on suitable horses..
Lots to do !  😃

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Streams ...

An Xmas goody unpacked and tried out for how it looks on the table, some Battlefield in the Box stream sections ....
these will get repainted and flocked to fit my scenery scheme ....

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Xmas ....

The King requested a small parade to review the re-quipped Karibiner Garde and Grenadier Battalion Kuprinzessin
After completing his review he returned to the palace and checked all the Xmas decorations etc were to his satisfaction.
 ---oXo---

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

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Raid on Raddenwitz ...

continued from the previous post ...

The Monrovian raiding flotilla moves in closer .....
One boat enters the port harbour ...
the Fenwick port guard have setup a defence point in a open warehouse on the main quay...
the troops from the first Monrovian boat take some casualties as they disembark and then get on with setting fire to buildings .....
The port guard fire across the harbour at any target, some return fire takes a one of them out ....
The marines have landed by the far end of the port and are crossing the bridge, while the troops from the third boat have landed and are moving up the near side ....
Reinforcements for the port guard are on their way....
the attackers from the third boat move inland and start their wanton destruction and fire setting ....
another part of the Fenwick port guard has barricaded the road from the harbour but is taking heavy casualties from the fire of the Monrovian marines.
the reinforcements arrive .....
more buildings are set alight as the Monrovians try and work their way towards the large granary ....
the Fenwick troops form up as the Mornovian marines start to cross the barricade
The commander of the raid orders the bugler to sound the recall .....
vollies down the road from the Fenwick troops keep the attackers from the granary, they start to fallback on hearing the recall ...
The Monrovians make for the boats and start to leave ...
The defenders ensure they have control of the main quay and try to put out some of the fires ....
Some Monrovians are picked off as they try and reach the last boat ...the raiding flotilla sails away...
the river port of Raddenwitz in badly damaged, with collapsed and burning buildings, plus some sunken boats.  The buildings on the main quay are undamaged and the main granary is unaffected. 

What will Fenwick do in response ? It will take time for news to reach the capital - Duke Maurice although impetuous at times will surely do something to retaliate.  He must protect trade along the river Oudear.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Morning at Raddenwitz ...

On the northern stretches of the river Oudear on the side of the river in Duchy of Fenwick territory lies the small riverside port of Raddenwitz.

One sleepy monday morning .....
A small flotilla of boats has been spotted coming up the river by the harbourmaster and his assistant,  they cross to the other side of the harbour area for a closer look
 A runner is sent to raise the alarm ....
 The runner arrives at the guard house ....
 The first of the boats comes into view ....
 Meanwhile in the town the port guard has been assembled .....
The runner who brought the news has been sent to get re-inforcements from a nearby army camp; meanwhile more boats near the port .......

to be continued .....

Sunday, 11 December 2016

In a Janissary style ....

As part of my 40mm sculpt and cast project for my 17C armies, I had a spare slot in a mould and decided to use it for a 'fantasy' janissary (see the green for it here). The mould turned out well and I've cast up a unit of janissaries. Some castings have been modified to make up officers and a standard bearer.

Currently in progress is a drummer and a mounted officer...
These chaps are most likely going to be added to Wittenberg's friekorps, although I have another idea for them - more at another time if the concept comes to fruition.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Duchy of Fenwick Dragoon Regiment...

Duke Maurice inspects dragoon regiment von Katte outside its barracks, along with the King's horse grenadiers...


[Dragoons: various Irregular Miniatures figures, some converted; these have been in use for about 10 years in different guises and I've used them to form regiment for Fenwick. The Horse Grenadiers mix of figures mostly converted, re-flagged (from Wittenberg's guard cavalry)]

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Trees !

On a visit to a recent Toy&Train fair  I spotted a box of plastic trees - some part made, the rest in bits. After having a gander I could see that they were worth a punt and coughed up £15 for the box.

On return the box was emptied and an initial sort through done ...
a further hour of assembly, yielded 12 small trees, 3 small Britains trees, 16 Merit trees and 5 large Britains trees...
a great buy and worth the time assembling them. The large trees will find their way onto my 1/24 scale model railway layout.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Wittenberg River Marines ...

The river marines are on a route march, (must be breaking in their new boots and uniforms)...

[River marines: RAFM figures with some Old Glory officers]

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workbench uplift ....

Having had some new lino put down in the kitchen, the offcuts were kept and have been used to provide a better surface for my modelling desk...

clearing away, the old grey grubby rubber mat I had used is going to be replaced ....
 the offcut of lino offered up, a little wide ..  a quick cut needed
lino in place, everything put back and the workbench ready for action
oh so clean !

Friday, 11 November 2016

40mm: New Uniforms for the Friekorps artillery ...

Count Boritzy watches his friekorps artillery at firing practice, decked out in their new uniforms (which of course they must of got a tad dirty in the course of events)...

[new heads and a repaint for the artillery crew - uniform in the style of Saxon artillery in the early 1730s]

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A busy day for the King ....

The King had been working all morning to get through a backlog of paperwork; he had a light lunch and then continued on, he had nearly finished ( a clerk had already taken away the bulk of it), a few things remained.... he looked at the view out of the window for a while before continuing...

- authorisation for a new sun-dial for the palace gardens - signed
- authorisation of new boats for the river marines - signed
- new uniform for the river marines, he looked at the watercolour supplied
he scribbled some notes on the bottom of it (add collar, black buttons on gaiters...);  he signed the authorisation papers with a condition - make some minor amendments as per the notes on the watercolour.
- authorisation for special cold frames for growing pineapples - signed
- merchants request for an increase in trading tariffs on the River Oudear - rejected, added note - arrange meeting with representatives of merchants for discussions.

There was a knock on the door,  the King put down his quill pen and tidied up his desk; then he sat back and said 'enter', it was Count Hermann and one of his assistants.
Count Herman: Sire, an ambassador from Saxe-Jarlsberg has just arrived, he has with him a written peace offer from the Herzog and has requested a meeting with you...
King Leopold:  Tell the ambassador I will meet with him in one hour to receive his proposal.. ...

Monday, 7 November 2016

Duchy of Fenwick infantry regiment - on the march ...

A regiment of the Duchy of Fenwick marches towards Gugenstadt on northern the border with Wittenberg; they will replace one of the regiments currently on duty as part of the Wittenberg legion.
[figs: new regiment made up of mostly Jacdaw figures - the musketeers have had their heads swapped with some Front Rank ones]

Friday, 4 November 2016

Duchy of Fenwick jagers ...

Fenwick jagers in line formation....
these troops will join the Wittenberg legion.
[figures: Old Glory jagers, with some modified officers from other manufacturers]