07 June 2008

A New Imaginary 18th Century Campaign Joins the Fold!

Another wet and grey Saturday here in Central Illinois, which meant that our breakfast ride with the local bicycling club was cancelled this morning. Well, at least that meant we could return to bed for a while and drift back to sleep to the sound of rain and a light breeze. . . truly one of the nicest combinations of sounds there is.

Heard from Jeff Huddelson (the man behind Saxe-Bearstein) this morning with the news of a new imaginary 18th century wargaming campaign. I’m always happy to learn that there is another person out there who shares a similar wargaming vision as that enjoyed by many of us. Gentlemen, meet the Kingdom of Aschenbach and its contentious neighbor the Rheinstadt der Luftberg! Read more about the growing campaign a the following link: http://konigundkaiser.blogspot.com/ .

While tooling around the web late this morning, I happened upon a source on 18th century French uniforms. It’s link is: http://www.grosser-generalstab.de/lh/lh.html . Some of the French uniforms illustrated here have such interesting color combinations that I think they would make a good basis for various imaginary Germanic “statelette uniforms”. And don’t forget that there were a number of German regiments included in the French army, whose uniforms provided a striking contrast to Prussian Indigo blue. Ah, I could look at this kind of stuff for hours!

Finally, I’m just about there with my fictitious battalion of Irish grenzers, which I’ve discovered don’t resemble any single “Real” Irish mercenary regiment with dark greek facings, but rather incorporate various elements from at least three such mercenary units: The Dillon, Bulkeley, and Berwick regiments. Well, no worries there. That means that my unit is something of a unique anomaly of sorts I guess.

Finally, I think that I’ve worked out how I’ll do the wargaming table-to-be here in Zum Stollenkeller. Two 2x’6’ (approximately) folding tables, which I’ll get at our local Office Depot, and I’ll place 2” square sections of ¾” MDF board on top, to make up a 6’x8’ gaming surface.

The sections of MDF board will receive two coats of Olympic “Grassy Meadow” green, which is very close to the GW “Goblin Green” that I use for the bases of my figures. You Stollen regulars have seen the former color already on a couple of the Styrofoam hills I made last winter. It’s nice to have this worked out in my mind after several months of humming and hawing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take care of this in the next several weeks.

Ok, gotta get over to the painting table and finish up the current project since we’re having dinner with some friends this evening and the husband is preparing an Indonesian (or is it Maylaysian?) dish. Can’t wait!

***Update -- (6:45PM CDT) One half (plus staff) of O'Malley's battalion of Irish grenzers now stand finished over on the painting/radeio desk. They look pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Photos coming as soon as the other half of the unit is finished and all are varnished. Hopefully, tomorrow evening. Now, we're off to sample some South Pacific/SE Asian quisine. Yum!


abdul666 said...

A very pleasant start for a Saturday, indeed!
I was suspecting it, but I'm glad to have the most official confirmation that 1st (Colonel O’Malley’s) Most Honorable Grenzer Battalion received an original uniform!
What could you expect from an unit having to fight disguised as another (& initially better known) regiment?
PS: a very promising (converting and) painting shedule! A not-so-innocent suggestion: what about trying your uniform designs on some Tibbelbruder templates?

Bluebear Jeff said...

It sounds like the Grand Duchess feeds you well.

I'm looking forward to seeing your Grenzers finished.

-- Jeff

Der Alte Fritz said...

Stokes: would you be interested in 60 or so of the Huzzah Miniatures plus 2 mounted officers that I have. They are a bit short for my 30mm armies but they would be perfect with RSM figures. The figures are very nice, just the wrong size for me. My cost for the lot was $90 so I'd be looking to break even.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Jim,

Yes, please. See my latest comment at your blog for additional info.


Der Alte Fritz said...

OK, there're yours.


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