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Saturday, 2 September 2017

A Home in the marsh


                         In the last two posts I dealt with The Electorate of Daederhoff.
Time to take a closer look.



                       The name of the state is a hangover from the old Principality when the ruler was indeed one of the electors of the royal house. It is still used today and the ruler is known even now as the Elector. The region sits on the south shore of the Zondersee and occupies the delta of the Tiefenwasser river. An area of marsh land rich in wild life and inhabited by a hardy collection of eel farmers and duck hunters. The area to the west of the delta is extremely fertile agricultural land left behind by the river as it moved its course eastward in the rapidly changing silted waterways  and streams it is made up from. The river itself is navigable to shallow draft vessels at least as far south as Lublich
                      The country ruled by the current elector Franz Von Helpgraz is as stated a large area of marsh land which is renowned for three things.
1/ Eels which abound in the waters of the delta and are partaken in a delicacy of chopped eel in
     gelatine or jellied eels as they are more commonly known.
2/ Thatch. The many miles of shallow waterways and inlets are covered in reed beds which supply
    fine quality thatching material to the whole valley and indeed to export outside the valley.
3/ Smuggling. The most contentious of the electorates industries which involve many of it's skilled
    watermen in a trade that has caused many problems between Daederhoff and it's two larger
    neighbours.

                      The armed forces are directly under the control of elector Franz himself assisted by his cousin major Karl Helpgraz, a fine commander of infantry..

                        First a reminder of the unit standards. The yellow grounds are the National standard, while the red blue and green are the unit colours.


 The constituent elements are as follows:-

On the left we see the arrival of major karl, while the elector himself dressed in green is in deep conversation with colonel von Ebbelberg the commander of the first infantry Rgt.




The first infantry Rgt resplendant in red facings. The figs range from WSS to AWI but all work quite well.






The second infantry Rgt. Blue facings and known for the piper of the first company famous for solving the rat problem in Daederhafen in which no children were harmed in any way.





The cavalry Rgt is a composite force of one cuirassier Sdn, two horse Sqdns and one Mounted grenadier Sqdn.
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         That completes the army at present but I am planning to add two light infantry units recruited from the marshmen (austrian genzer figures).  and one artillery battery.  Again a lot of fun to plan and execute.












Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Valley lives and breathes..

                       Whilst converting and painting the Daederhoff troops I thought it was about time I finally put my thoughts on the valley's geography into a more concrete form rather than the misty view I held in my head. I use profantasy's CC3+ for mapmaking and I now have a partially completed map of the region.

The former principality of Klagenfurt 



                                The Zondersee itself is the beating heart of the valley.  It's waters carry high volumes of trade within the valley and out to the wider world. It sees recurring instances of naval warfare over trade routes and imposed taxation. It is also a point of constant annoyance as the inhabitants of the Daederhoff marshes used it for smuggling into Daederhoff and later blackmarket sales into the two duchies via the marshes themselves.

                                 To the north lie the thick upland forests of Volgaroff, home to the wild horsemen and hunters of the nomadic tribes. They are controlled by the beachheads owned on the Northern shore by the two largest duchies.

                                 To the west the land rises to the peaks of the Shatterhoff mountains whose ranges hold rich seams of minerals that provide much of the wealth of  duchy of Gromstadt along with rich stocks of soft and hard woods.
                                 As the land descends from the mountains into the rolling countryside of Biehlberg it changes to the rich loam of the  farms and estates that form the agricultural base of Biehlberg's wealth. This is supplemented by a huge income from waterborne trade.
                        The south is a mix of poor agricultural and wooded uplands with some minerals and less productive agricultural lowland known collectively as the Schonewald. As we move into the far south we run into the Teufelwald a thick and dense forest area inhabited only by charcoal burners, Highwaymen and outlaws. An area of little economic value and very sparsely populated. The east leads on to the Richer major powers and to the sea which the valley has access to by the navigable Zoinder river.

                    Now I have to get down to detailing the two major states. 

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THE BISHOPRIC OF SCHONEWALD

                    I guess this map should have been posted along with the forces of the said state in my earlier post detailing their components but I guess better late than never.


                                Considering this area is the Schonewald I really need to add more trees ... heheheh.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The valley is slowly taking shape. (Daederhoff)

         I had an absolute ball designing and building the Schonewald forces and to be honest couldn't wait to start on another. I stared at my shiney new map of the valley for a while and decided to plant a small state on the southern bank of the Zondersee squashed between the two "super powers" set on the delta of the Tiefenwasser river. Daederhoff was formerly an electorate of the principality and it's ruler is still known as the elector of Daederhoff. The current Elector is a young liberalising ruler with extensive military experience. 

              The electorate has a thriving marshland economy supplying thatch and eels to the rest of the valley and a reasonable agricultural output from the rich soil of the delta periphery. It consists of one major town and several smaller townships and villages. The economy and population is strong enough to support a force of some 2,500 troops formed into two infantry battalions, one horse regiment and an artillery company. They are renowned for their toughness bred from a hard life on the waterways of the delta and their merchant captains are some of the best smugglers in the valley.

             Before starting work I decided that they would wear yellow uniforms because I have always wanted to paint uniforms of that colour  heheheh. Having decided on all that it was time for the flags..
A bit of searching on google produced a nice outer design and another gave me the central eagle in a shield.. Job done.. background colours on the design to be the facing colours..
From top to bottom , left to right
                  State Flag, First battalion of foot, second battalion of foot and the rgt of horse. 

                  I picked troops from a 70 year period with packs from Pendraken covering the WSS range to the American war of independance. The AWI range has some superbly animated figures that I have used as officers, drummers and standards.  Time to paint..  I produced some test bases and love the colours.. Watch this space.

Monday, 10 July 2017

A corp of What?... seriously?

                            In my attempts to model as much of the forces involved in the 1809 Franco Austrian war I decided to build The Austrian reserve landwehr corps. Not something you often see deployed in wargames.  It was this force I was building when my last bout of CBA kicked in (can't Be Arsed). I found them a couple of nights ago and realised that all that was needed was some basing so having finished the Schonwald troops I decided to do just that and add them to the collection. I have deliberately made uniforms and styles as diverse as possible and I think they have turned out ok.




 Once more all the figures are from commision figurines

I'm not sure when these will get an outing as Blucher is on hold for a while. My regular opponent having gone to England to work.

Schonwald the final chapter.

                     As promised I have completed the balance of the Schonwald forces. I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed it and really like the final combined forces. They wear basically white but with lots of colour variation.. The forces from Niehrfeld and Klienstadt are distinguishable only by the hat lace of on the horse and centre companies and the plates on the grenadier caps. Both use mid blue for facing colours

SCHONWALD-NIEHRFELD




Supplies one grenadier company from 1st battalion, 2x centre companies from 4th battalion and one horse squadron from 2nd horse.







SCHONWALD-KLIENSTADT



Supplies one grenadier company from 1st battalion, 2x centre companies from 4th battalion and one horse squadron from 2nd horse.







SCHONWALD-SCHLEMENFURT

                   They have the same basic white uniforms and use a dark almost navy blue for facing colours. 


                                                   Infantry General Klaus Von Belchinger


Supplies the entire 3rd infantry battalion, 2 squadrons of the 2nd horse and an artillery contingent.



All these units along with the troops from Lubliche form the archbishoprics army as shown below.



                   As I stated earlier I have enjoyed hugely planning both the state and it's troops. Can't wait to start on the next one and plans for a frigate to act as a capital ship in the Zondersee. It will be the largest class of vessel able to navigate in these waters. It's so good to have a plan again.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

God's chosen city... Schonewald-Lubliche

         The die was cast. Schonewald was now a firmly founded state in the Klagenfurt Valley. Over the centuries the archbishops (backed by many religious relics including the famed pickled foreskin of Walther the misguided)   claimed the cathedral built in Lubliche made it the chosen city of god. This was in fact one of the prime reasons for the religious wars spreading to the old principality. As an aside Walther was given his name after converting to Judaism and after a visitation from god reconverting to the Christian faith. He was said to carry the relic with him everywhere as a reminder of his deviation from the true church and after his death and sainthood it was said to have miraculous powers.   

        Returning to the states military forces, Lubliche was the largest contributor as a result of both it's importance and financial status. It's contribution consisted of
1 x general of cavalry
2 x Guard inf companies
1 x Fuss grenadier companies
3 x centre companies
1 x Guard Cuirassiers squadrons
2 x squadrons of horse
1 x grenadier a cheval squadron
1 x honourable artillery company

           I am immensely satisfied that i have managed despite a summer of biblical or more precisely hellish temperatures managed to collect, convert and paint the Lubliche contingent of the archbishoprics army. What follows is a pictorial review . Hope you enjoy them as much as I have during their preparation.

         The post of archbishop is owned by hereditary right by the family von Hertz who for centuries had been a driving force in the valley. A family of prolific breeders, the role of archbishop is held by the eldest son while the second son is the head of the armed forces. Unfortunately the current archbishop Magnus sees himself more in the role of Julius Caeser rather than John the baptist and as such always commands the army in the field.  The facing colours are the same for all the towns troops irrespective of role. The Lubliche colour being purple

A suitable archbishop figure proved elusive as I didn't want a figure in full regalia. I chose a semi clerical garb with a large round hat which was obtained by the use of green stuff and a slither of paper. He is kind of grand in his purple greatcoat and red hat isn't he?

The single figure is the personality Johann Kepperwitze  a renowned leader of cavalry who served in many of the armies of the great powers and earned a reputation if not of strategic genius then a man of  uncontrolled valour. 


The lubliche guard grenadiers part of the first battalion of infantry which carry the standard of Klienstadt. Initial organisation called for the lublichers to carry the state flag but as a result of an administrative error they were allocated the Klienstadt flag while the klienstadt companies carry the state flag (ie I stuck the flags on the wrong companies ). These are figures from old glory.


The second battalion Schonewald infantry manned entirely by units from Lubliche. These are mainly Pendraken with some old glory conversions. These carry the Lubliche standard and a state flag.






The guard cuirassiers. A somewhat outdated look belies the elite nature of this squadron.

Pendraken Austrian malburians here.




Horse grenadier squadron.










two squadrons of horse these along with the two previous units form the first Schonewald horse rgt.






The second Schonewald Foot rgt. these are manned entirely from Lubliche troops and consists of the grenadier company and remaining 3 centre companies.




The honorable Lubliche company of artillery.








Finally I took a shot of the collected force from Lubliche



                  I have already started on the other three contingents and hopefully I will in a short while post the force in it's entirety. I can't stress enough how satisfying imagin-eering is proving to be and is inspiring me to return to writing hobby based short stories once again to support my gaming.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

For god and Schonewald

              It seems the Bishopric of Schonewald is taking me more time to put together than I expected. At face value it should be simple but I want the states to have a raison d'etre. Even imagination must be built on some sort of "reality".

              I think I have the economy and standing of the bishopric sorted in my head now so I needed a few things on paper to get started. The state is wealthy and would have an armed force consisting of an amalgam of each towns contribution. They would have a combined guard and grenadier battalion, three line battalions , two horse regiments and two artillery companies. Each towns contribution would be as follows.

Lubliche:-    2x guard companies, 1x grenadier company, 3x centre companies, 1x horse grenadier squadron, 1x cuirassier squadron 2x horse squadrons and 1x artillery company.

Klienstadt:- 1x grenadier company, 2x centre companies, 1x horse squadron.

Niehrfeld:- 2x centre companies, 1x grenadier company, 1x horse squadron

Schlemenfurt:- 1x grenadier company, 3x centre companies, 2x horse squadrons, 1x artillery company.

            Having got all that straight in my head I realised I hadn't fixed on perhaps the most important factor of all. Yes the flags. I played around for hours and decided on a state flag to be carried by each battalion or horse regiment plus a city or town standard to be carried by one of the battalions.  The national flag would be the bishops personal standard. I wanted big and gaudy but without religious symbols. I got gaudy but did build stars into  the design.

The state flag. I really like the colours and the star would be a constant image on the individual flags 

The first battalion would carry the colours of the smallest of the four towns, Klienstadt. The original plan was for the klienstadt grenadiers to carry the town flag while the state flag would be allocated to the Niehrfeld grenadiers . Unfortunately the QMG who was also the brother in law of the commander of the Lubliche guard infantry allocated the town flag to the guards leaving the Klienstadt grenadiers with no standard at all . This "error" has been a source of much bad feeling within the battalion and the inns and taverns of the town often ring with the clash of bayonets.









The second battalion consists of the Lubliche grenadier company and the three centre companies. They of course carry the city standard and a state flag.

 
 The third from Schlemenfurt  consists of the towns grenadier and centre companies. Their standard is the rearing dragon  of Schlemenfurt.

 

The final battalion formed from the  two Klienstadt centre companies combined with those of Niehrfeld. Since the Klienstadt colours were carried by the first battalion . the fourth battalion was allocated the prancing horse of Niehrfeld. 

               So the infantry are be-flagged and organised and it is time to start painting. The first battalion is complete and the second battalion undergoing basing so hopefully my next post will contain pictures at last.