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The Moving Forward Mindset. . .

After the Battle of Hohenfriedburg by Carl Roechling.  Just about my favorite illustration of 18th century troops.  An argument in favor of oversized standards, colors, and guidons for our tabletop troops if ever there were one.

Sadly,  this particular weekend -- as feared since the school year kicked off for all three of us here in The Grand Duchy two weeks ago -- leaves little time for soldiering here after about three delightful months of, for yours truly at least, a reasonable degree of painting, modelling, and actual gaming.  As will, no doubt be very familiar to many of you coming out of summer holidays and vacation time, you still have to get the same amount of things done with 35-40+ fewer hours of formerly free time each week.  

For me, it's mowing the lawn when it dries out enough outside and prep for Monday's classes, plus all of the usual family stuff, which have left precious little time for myself over the last couple of days. Sigh.

Still, onward and upward, e…
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The Action at Sägemühledorf. . .

The situation by the end of Turn Two sees the Zichenauer defence (right) to the east of the various built up areas, more or less deployed to meet their Stollenian attackers.  The latter are still marching onto the field and have not yet deployed for action.

The morning of 1. September 1769 dawned gray and rainy but cleared somewhat and dried out by midday although the threat of additional rain hung in the air.  The Zichenauer rearguard had retreated to the village of  Sägemühledorfand environs since losing to the Stollenians at Blasthofheide on 12. August.  

The Zichenauers, commanded by Colonel von Kohlkopf, withdrew southward where they were  caught by a Stollenian advance guard just outside the small village of Sägemühledorf.  Von Kohlkopf, not wishing to incur the wrath of his commander, the notorious General Phillipe de Latte, reluctantly decided to give battle and let the chips fall where they may.  Here then is the account of the resulting action.

The Stollenian OOB (Colonel Karto…

The Table Has Been Set. . .

The field of battle, basically laid out, though I need to add a small river and mill run for the mill.

Spent a pleasant few hours yesterday evening, after the usual post-dinner long walk around the neighborhood, applying acrylic gloss to some cavalry figures until about 10pm.  I then thought it was time to set the table for the planned Action at Sägemühledorf, aka Sawmill Village.  So, here is what we have minus a few forthcoming last-minute details.

Since each side will have an element of light infantry added to its order of battle this time around, it made sense to have a slightly larger playing area available.  What you see above is a 6'x8' surface covered with a single Hotz matt.  Atop that are roads and fields, also by Eric Hotz.  The trees are cake decorations that I've had since 2006, affixed to Litko terrain bases back in 2016 with The Young Master's help.  The various houses were scratch-built at different times by yours truly. The mill is the most recent model …