Monday, 19 October 2020

Under Wittenberg (1) down the steps and ...

After the discovery of a secret door in the crypt of St Barnabas,  a group from the Royal Society were sent to investigate. They arrived at the church in the middle of the afternoon ...

The door was opened quite easily, lamps were lit and they ventured down some steps into the gloom....
They moved along a short passageway, it was a bit damp with the odd rat running around...
Shortly they arrived in a small chamber, with a tomb at its centre. They studied the inscription, it was the long lost tomb of the medieval king Theoderic III.
One of the royal society calculated that they were directly under the preaching cross in the square in front of the church about 30 ft or more down. There were two passageways leading off the tomb chamber, which appeared to be dead ends. They decided to investigate further the next day, a guard would be put in the church crypt by the doorway, there were stories about the treasure of Theoderic - they did not want anything disturbed.


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Down town Wittenberg ....

 I recently invested in a 3'x3' cobblestone game mat from Deep Cut Studios. I had long wanted to do a sort of down town Wittenberg setup so I started putting down buildings and added in my civilian figures as well..


After a bit of fiddling about and using up all my suitable buildings I managed to get a layout I liked on the mat....

A couple of closer in views ...



I am planning to have a small solo game, where the the tunnels under Wittenberg are investigated - town setup on one side of the table and the other is going to be underground entrance and passageway sections on a black surface... 


Friday, 16 October 2020

A large church facade...

I had recent post on Duchy of Tragardland about seasonal scenery in mind when I was out shopping at a local emporium and wandered over to the Xmas section to see what they had in the way of usable items - most were the usual Xmassy stuff and not much use. I browsed the Lemax accessories and then the buildings - one item stood out a large church facade with towers.  I have an interest with church architecture and it was one of those 'thats mine' moments.....

Superb as a backdrop 'low-relief' items and goes right with my 28mm figs (and would be OK with my 40mm figs too 😀).  Was it a good match with my large church made with Pegasus gothic building kits (PKPG4923, PKPG4924, PKPG4925).....
Oh yes, just looks like a made-to-measure fancy west end facade...
a bit of work to do to make the front fit better- it needs a suitable back and some padding pieces to make a better join to the large church. A nice little modelling project..

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Zinzendorf - Uhlans (40mm)

Von Tiddenheim and Count Boritzy  review the re-equipped Uhlan regiment - they have been provided with new uniforms and brought back up to full strength after the rigours of the last Begovian campaign.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Begovian War - Campaign PDF

 I've put together a campaign PDF for the main Begovian war series of posts. It has an introductory section and includes all the relevant blog posts from Oct 2018 to Aug 2019 for the campaign (the pictures link to those on the posts so you can click and enlarge if you want to).



link to access the PDF is here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jD9syDanVEcaz2bWNVgmtjhpXYsrlM09/view?usp=sharing


(if you have any problems with the link then add a comment and I'll fix it - should be OK though 😀 )

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Zinzendorf - Kurassiers (40mm)

Graf Von Tiddenheim has travelled to the Zinzendorf province on a fact finding mission for the King, to review the state of defences of the towns and cities; then review the army and its readiness for future campaigns.

While at Pulverstadt, Von Tiddenheim and Von Hazant review the newly formed Kurassiers...



Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Wittenberg 40m Cavalry - castings prepped...

 All the 40mm cavalry castings prepped and ready for painting .. replacement Uhlans and Dragoons, plus new Hussar regiment.

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Wittenberg Staff (40mm)

 Completed my refurbishment of 40mm Wittenberg staff... 

The staff on foot....

and mounted ....



Saturday, 22 August 2020

Begovian Infantry...

 Have completed the last 3 units of my new look home-cast Begovian infantry. All four of the 'janissaries in field dress' shown together ...

thats the main core of the Begovian army refurbished ready for the next campaign. Have some work to do on the Wittenberg cavalry before the campaign can get started.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Begovian Cavalry and work in progress on the Wittenberg General Staff

Last week I finished reworking some units of my Begovian (Ottoman) cavalry. I cast some extra figures and equipped them with lance and mixed them with my existing ones with sword and bow. The aim was to have a more animated look.

Also in progress using some of my new 18C cavalry castings is an uplift for my 40mm Wittenberg Staff,  some have new heads either from Front Rank or Sash & Saber with some green stuff work.

Friday, 14 August 2020

Emperor V Elector - Whos-Who website ...

I have been looking after 'Who's Who and Whats What' website for, a compendium of information about the 18C Imagi-nations which are mostly listed on the Emperor V Elector blog.

The content has not changed much over the last couple of years.  The layout has been revised for new Google Sites. 


All I intend to do in the future is maintain it in a frozen state for those who wish to access it, the site can be accessed from here

https://sites.google.com/site/evewhoswho/

(Note: EvEWhosWhos site link view share settings amended to Public, link should work now (15/Aug/2020)

Sunday, 9 August 2020

40mm 18C Cavalry - first metal ....

I made the new moulds for my 40mm 18C cavalry over the last few days and did some trial casting today, first metal ...
a few extra air vents had to be added to the moulds to improve flow and casting quality. Most figures have come out reasonably well, I'm especially pleased with the hussar.

Now I'm planning which cavalry unit to do first and any additional accessories that needed to be ordered (probably some sabres and swords from Front Rank). Initially I am going to refurb my mounted and dismounted staff.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Work in progress on 40mm armies.....

Getting my 18C cavalry masters ready to go into moulds, a few last correction needed ...
will be casting replacements for my existing 40mm Wittenberg army. 

Work on an uplift of the Begovian army is getting near the end, two more infantry units to complete and some extras for the cavalry to make 3 existing units into 4 units with a mix of sword/lance/bow.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Begovian infantry unit completed ....

Completed the first unit of my new look Begovian (Ottoman) janissary infantry in field dress. Comprising my own home-cast figures (using moulds from masters made in April)

three more to do ....

Monday, 22 June 2020

Book Puchase - Ottoman Army ....

Obtained a copy of this excellent book from Helion ....Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1719....
I have the two volume Italian edition which was fine for the uniform plates, looking forward to reading this english publication 😀

Monday, 15 June 2020

In defence of Ruttenhof ...

continued from the previous post ....

The corsairs try to fight their way past the barricades into the town ....
The Begovian galley turns, opening fire at the river marines who are landing ....
The corsairs fall back from the large barricade and concentrate their attack on the one by the crane ...
The Begovian galley slowly swings round and opens fire on the Leopold ....
The bow gun of the Leopold is put out of action .....
The Leopold swings round and brings its port guns into action .....
a second attempt by the corsairs on the main barricade fails and they fall back down the quay ...
The river marines reach the town quay...
The Leopold and the Begovian galley exchange fire .. the river marines row-boat bow gun fires at the galley too...
A broadside from the Leopold creates mayhem on the deck of the Begovian galley scything down the crew ....
The Begovian galley having suffered much damage & crew casualties turns slowly to start to head downstream....
The river marines have surrounded the corsairs on the quay, the corsairs on the wharf are dis-engaging, some are heading back to their boat..
The King and Captain Bidekker watch the Begovian galley as it makes to getaway...
The Begovian galley is now moving off downstream.  The Leopold stands off and continues to fire its port guns...

The Begovian attack has been thwarted. But much damage has been done to the warehouses on the wharf.

The Leopold starts to list slightly to port, having taken much hull damage it is now taking on water. Bidekker decides not to pursue and moves in closer to Ruttenhof to make repairs....

---oXo---
Summary of Damage & Losses

Wittenberg
- shore battery guns damaged and out of action
- wharf warehouses destroyed by fire
- customs house damaged by fire
- Militia casualties - 20% (3 figs)
- River Marine Casualties - 10% (2 figs)
- galley Leopold 
Bow gun damaged and out of action
Crew casualties - 10%
Hull damage - 45%
Rigging/Oars damage - 10%

Begovia
- one corsair boat captured
- corsairs captured/killed (8figs) - 50% 
- galley
Starboard gun damaged and out of action
Crew casualties - 60%
Hull damage - 25%
Rigging/Oars damage - 50%

Friday, 12 June 2020

Ruttenhof ... the Leopold arrives ....

As the Begovian galley continues its fire against the gun battery, the corsairs are landing ...
The corsairs set the warehouses afire .....
The galley fires its side cannon at the centre of the town, trying to damage the barricades ...
The gun battery is hit and out of action due to fire from the galley....
The corsairs move to attack the defenders of the town .....
The Wittenberg response force has arrived, the Leopold bow gun opens fire .....
The shot falls just short of bow of the Begovian galley....The commander of the Begovian galley sizes up the newly arrived opposition ....

to be continued...

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Ruttenhof under attack ....

The Begovian galley rounds the bend in the river, accompanied by two small corsair boats...
 the galley takes up position as the corsair boats head to the wharves to disembark...
 The bow guns on the galley open fire on the small shore battery ....
 the shore battery returns fire ....

 ---oXo---

Meanwhile, the Leopold had moved slowly downstream,  being careful not to get grounded as the river was low. As they cleared the shallower section,  two river marine row-boats caught them up... the sound of distant cannon fire could be heard in the distance ....

to be continued .....
---oXo---

Keeping track of things for the game ...

The movement of the Leopold and river marine row-boats down-stream is tracked on paper.....
 a play sheet to keep a record of casualties and damage ...
game rules are a mix of my own ship-to-ship skirmish game rules and some bits from some simple naval rules I had - we'll see how it goes