06 January 2008

Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers on Parade

Today is the Day of the Three Kings in the Latin world! Since we cannot be in Mexico, where my parents have their retirement home, the Grand Duchess has been busy in the kitchen baking a Rosca de Reyes – a ring of sweetbread with candied/dried fruit baked into and on top of it. These are delicious with fresh, strong coffee and something we discovered a few years ago when we visited my parents in Merida, Yucatan over Christmas and New Year’s.

On the soldier front, Stollen’s Leib Grenadiers (aka Grand Duchess Sonja’s Own) have gathered for parade in a handy town square somewhere in Krankenstadt. Colonel von Spasticus has ordered these maneuvers for two reasons. First, to honor and entertain his Spanish concubine, the ravishing and enigmatic Maria Ophelia de Cartegeña, on the Day of the Three Kings. Second, so that his entire regiment can drill together and prepare for the next time they meet Zichenau’s army in the field.

Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II, his closest ministers, and generals are hard at work in the palace where they are developing a hopefully brilliant counterstroke to Zichenau’s victory at Zollamtstadt last week. Next time the two forces meet in battle, the Grand Duke has decided that he will command in person rather than leave things to General Hermann von Drosselmaier. For his part, von Drosselmaier has been put on half-pay and released to his family estate outside of Reval in distant Estonia where he is reported to be deeply engaged in ice fishing on the frozen Drosselmaierzee.

9 comments:

MurdocK said...

Will the Duke command in his LOBSTER COSTUME?

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Murdock,

It's a distinct possibility!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Der Alte Fritz said...

The Duke is a little bit hard on his generals, don't you think? You don't want them living in fear and looking over their shoulder with each decision.


It's nice to see the Duchess' Own turned out on the grand platz.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Oh my, THAT I've got to see . . . pictures are an absolute MUST!

Meanwhile your Grenadiers look great.


-- Jeff

tradgardmastare said...

Looks great - more power to your elbow. Where can one buy Stadden figures these days in the UK?

abdul666 said...

"Lobster" 3/4 armour would be an agreeable compromise....

tidders said...

A parade - nice idea; I may get the Household troops of Wittenberg out for a stroll

-- Allan

Stokes Schwartz said...

Stadden figures are available from Peter Johnston of Spencer Smith Miniatures in the UK, or you can deal directly with Tradition UK, who also sell this range. My unit of grenadiers is made up of the more affordable RSM95 figures although the resemblance between the two is striking.

Best Regards,

Stokes

tradgardmastare said...

Stokes
where do I post my thoughts etc on wargaming as mentioned by you on E v E ?

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