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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.