Anyway, Bill asked what I wanted/needed. Not wishing to come across as greedy, I asked whether he had about 30 Austrian dragoons (enough for a three-squadron regiment using Young and Lawford’s rules). “Yes,” replied Bill, and then he asked if I wanted some Prussian infantry too. “Hmmm,” thought I. . .
Well, to cut a long story short, the figures arrived today, and Bill included much more than I asked for. So, I now have enough Austrian dragoons to eventually form three full regiments of 30 figures each – plus a large squadron (15) of dragoons firing their carbines from the saddle. I’ll paint these as Jäger zu Pferd in green coats with red facings one day, much like the reenactors pictured above.
On the infantry front, Bill sent a whole bunch of Prussians, including drummers and officers/NCOs on foot. With what I already have here, I’ve been able to assemble these into a two-company battalion of Jäger zu Fuβ, a two-company battalion of pontoon troops (guess that I’ll have to make some balsa pontoons and bridge sections like Charles Grant’s), and a two-company battalion of engineers. And then there are a whole bunch of grenadiers plus other assorted infantry and a few extra horses, officers/NCOs and the like. Enough figures to keep me painting for quite some time in fact.
Bill, I want to thank you again for your kindness and generosity. There are too few like you in the world. On those rare occasions when I either experience, or hear about someone doing something like you have, simply out of kindness, well, it renews my faith in people. I and the entire cast of characters here at The Grand Duchy of Stollen send a hearty “thank you” for your wonderful gift.
And by the way, the figures did stand to attention and click their heels smartly together when I opened the package containing everything and set 'em up on the kitchen table. ;-) Here’s to your planned Big Battalion game in fall 2008. I’ll be following your collective planning and progress closely during the next year. Charge!
Almost forgot to mention the neat letter that Bill sent along with the Revell SYW figures. Not only was it from the point of view of the plastic "mercenaries", but the letter was primarily written in German in an old-fashioned font. Very creative! The Grand Duchess and I had a great deal of fun reading through it together as I prepared dinner Friday evening, and it's something I'll keep in the binder where I have other items relating to military history/wargaming. Thank you again Bill!