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Friday, 22 December 2017

The cost of a bottle of rum....


                         On the 14th day of February in the year of our Lord 1722 ten ships returned to the Zondersee from the NEW WORLD. Their holds were filled with molasses, dark rum, sugar and the new wonder material asphalt from the tar lakes of the sugar islands. All of the ships were the property of the honorable Heinze  son of  Duke Albrecht of Biehlberg. The cargo was worth a kings ransom and Heinze meant to profit by every pfennig..

                                   The arrival coincided with the absence of the Duke and most of the army who were currently campaigning against the northern nomads in Volgoroff whose incursion in the Northern holdings were becoming increasingly bloody. This of course meant Heinze was nominally in charge of the Duchy in his absence. 

                                  The cargo took some weeks to catalogue and store carefully as Heinze tried to force a shortage. He finally went to market with his dark rum and sugar which he saw as high earners some Five weeks after the ships return. To his eternal rage he found the market had recently been flooded with those same goods at 30 percent cheaper than he intended to market them and all of which were smuggled stock.  It didn’t take long to ascertain that the goods source was Daederhoff and that they probably came from his own vessels originally, having probably been skimmed off by the many Daederhoffians he had been forced to employ due to crew shortages in the Duchy.   He rapidly sent an embassy to the elector who laughed in his face and said he could not be responsible for the people the duchy employed in its merchant vessels. Heinze decide as a result to mount a punitive expedition against against the Daederhoff river port of Hoogenblatt which many sources reported as the supply centre for the illicit trade.

                                  He calculated that the guard, the marine battalion and a summons of the local militia would be more than enough to defeat the meager Daederhoff forces and he proceeded to assemble his force at the riverside town of Blottenhafen. Because of his lack of military skills and appalling organisational ability it took over three weeks to achieve this  and they set off North for Hoogenplatt at a pace which could only be described as perambulatory and in full sight of the Daederhoff light troops sent to observe and harass them.  So it was that Heinze spent the night of  the 10th May  in a warm and comfortable inn in the town of Boozenberg while his troops advanced in the dark on Hoogenblatt and his general deployed his army in the dawn-light to begin the assault on the town. The heir to the duchy rose early and by eight am was with his troops watching as the sun came up on what would as far as he could be concerned  simple stroll in and burn the warehouses. 

                                 Thus the scene was set for an encounter in the annals of Klaggenfurt. the first for a very long while. The two generals were given views of the table to plan their setup and prepare for the coming fray..

 An overall view of the battlefield from the west

 various views from the South side of the field on the Biehlberg start line.



 Alternate views from the opposing side of the field

Before the battle started the Biehlberg commander assured of a swift victory laid out his forces. He was then handed his brief as was the Daederhoff elector.

Biehlberg info sheet..

You have under your command     1x guard battalion                  vet guard
                                                           1x grenadier battalion            vet
                                                           1x marine battalion                  vet
                                                           1x Eiran mercenary battalion trained
                                                           3x militia battalion                  conscript
                                                           1xguard cavalry                        vet guard
                                                           1xhorse                                       trained
                                                           2x gun batteries

When you arrive you army has been deployed by your underlings and are fired up and ready for battle.. You decide to wait till the river mist disperses before advancing. As the battle field clears you are concerned to see that not only do you face the forces of Daederhoof but they have taken advantage of your slow speed of assembly and advance to ask for the support of their allies from the Schonewald confederation who stand by their side. It is obvious from the number of barges at the wharves that the Schionewald force had been rushed north on the river probably passing your forces as they marched to Blottenhafen. You are now faced with a force that will give you many problems. 

Somewhat disgruntled he watched as the Elector read his brief and laid out his troops in turn..

Daederhoff info sheet

Having taken advantage of your opponents incredibly slow reaction time, you appealed to your Schonewald allies who have sent you the bulk of their regular army in support.

You have under your command  1x Schonewald  grenadier battalion vet
                                                            3x schonewald  Inf battalions            trained
                                                            2x Schonewald Horse                           trained
                                                             2x daederhoff  infantry battalions   trained
                                                             1x daederhoff Horse                           vet
                                                             3xgun batteries

And so it began.. This was very much a pre-Xmas battle between 3 friends seperated by time and large chunks of our planet. The Biehlberg force was commanded by Erik now working in the UK and Daederhoff  by Albert who works in China. The game was filled with much laughter and cursing of die rolls but finished with a marginal win by the Biehlberg forces with both sides near to breaking. The warehouses remained unburnt but the battle was certainly over through lack of troops.. A good day. Among all this we did take some pictures which confirm my love of tricornes. 

I have no idea at what point of the game we were when these were taken.  Somehow because of the fun involved it didn't seem to matter.

 I do remember the action on the right when the Daederhoff  cavalry totally ignored the rules of war and charged the fresh and undamaged Biehlberg guard grenadiers. The infantry rolled a one the cavalry needed only 3 or more to win. The result is plain to see. It was this action that more or less decided battle from there on 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Oh dear. I so relate to this...

  Couldn't resist hanging this here..  I may have said this many times...

What more can you say really?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A new awakening... I hope

                            Feeling a tad bored last night I indulged in a bit of shiny shopping.. You know what I mean, a quick look at web pages looking for inspiration.. For the first time in a long while I was smitten.. While looking at the Pendraken  site I found his newly released LOA command figures in tricornes and freshly painted picture of the austrian 7 years war grenzers.. ..

I had felt for a while now that my Imagi-nations deserved better than the somewhat stereotyped commanders I had given them. These were just the job. Lots of character , wonderful over exaggerated wigs etc etc .. MUST HAVE..

Meanwhile my newly painted saffron coloured  Daederhoffians were still without their famed light troops. There among the beautifully painted Austrian /yrs war troops I spotted the Austrian grenzers..
Again MUST HAVE......

yellow jackets, red cloaks .. Gorgeous.. ok not exactly wonderful camouflage but hell's teeth this is imagineering..

                           Somehow I found my fingers hitting buy and paypal,,   Job Done

  Not been this fired up for months..
Come on Leon its 8 hours since I ordered. Stop Pfaffing and send em.................. ;)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A hole in the fabric of time..

Oh dear such a long while since I had stuff to post..

I'm afraid my gaming has been secondary to personal health problem of late.. As a result I can't seem to settle and concentrate on gaming stuff. I have been experimenting with "Hollow towns" for troop occupation but not got there yet.. I have some more tests and scans and all that technical stuff to go yet and a decision made to see if treatment is necessary just yet but I will be fine I am sure. It's not a new problem but one I have been living with for the last 13 years, so I consider myself very fortunate compared to others. I'm very much a glass half full type of person and am very seldom "DOWN". So rest assured I'm not dead and I will be back in action ASAP

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

                      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.

         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. 



                    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.