22 November 2008

Gameday is just one week away!

Gosh, only a week to go until that start of the play-by-e-mail game between Jonathan Broadus and me! And still so much to do in preparation.

Five of the hills are now complete, painted on both sides to prevent any warping of the styrofoam sheeting. The four remaining large hills/ridges still need two coats of paint on their edges and bottom sides, but I'm waiting for the second coat on the topside to dry overnight before taking care of that.

Work on the second squadron of hussars continues, and they might actually be finished in time for two squadrons to take the field, if Jonathan so chooses. I finally got around to adding an appropraiately sized sewing needle to the right hand of the standard bearer, and it will work nicely as a pole (just right) onto which I'll glue a hussar guidon. The eye of the needle even looks like a finial at arm's length! Expect a photo here in a day or two when I get it all finished.

So, next week, I must write a short narrative to personalize Charles Grant's scenario a bit relative to the Stollen-Zichenau campaign and add a few items to the Charge! quick play reference sheet that I found on the Yahoo Old School Wargaming group some time ago, so that we minimize referral to the book in the midst of play. Of course, I'll need to forward that to Jonathan before Saturday too.

And then, there is setting up the table and scenery on Friday afternoon. before deciding on the precise composition of my force (Stollenian) and figuring out it's starting deployment.
Ah, and I must make sure to have fresh batteries in the digital camera, so that can seend Jonathan frequent photo updates. . . and post them here too. I feel like the white rabbit at the opening of Alice in Wonderland, checking his pocket watch and running toward the hole in the groound.

Oh yes, and the latest issue of Battlegames arrived in the mail early this afternoon. Haven't really looked at it yet, but a cursory glance at the table of contents suggests that it's another exciting and packed issue. I'm sure I've said this before, but the magazine seems to get better and better with each new issue. So, while the Grand Duchess drifts off into slumberland late tonight, I'll be reading away over on my side of the bed with the cat comfortably perched on my stomach just behind issue #15 og BG.

But first, the Grand Duchess and I are heading out for a treat this evening. "Bjorn Again", the Australian-based ABBA tribute band is in town, and guess who has tickets? Yes, yes. . . We are shame-faced fans of ABBA, and now I've outted us!
But it should be fun. . . "So, ring, ring, why don't you give me a call?" ;-)


Snickering Corpses said...

Just remember, butter and the best jam will help the watch run better. But don't less be silly...no mustard.

Fitz-Badger said...

I'll be sitting on some comfortable hillside under a tree watching the battle unfold! :-)

(was wondering what the pic of ABBA had to do with the upcoming battle! lol)

tradgardmastare said...

I can hear the drums Fernando,sorry Stokes, and look forward to the forthcoming game...
best wishes
p.s which is your favourite Abba song of all time / I think I would vote for Mama Mia...

A J Matthews said...

I'm sure the new hussar squadron will prove to be Super Troupers, and anyone would need the eyes of an Eagle to spot the needle guidon staff. In the upcoming fight, Take a Chance, and let the cavalry ride On and On and On to give their enemies their own version of Waterloo. That's the Name of the Game. ;)

A J (Another ABBA fan).

Stokes Schwartz said...

Thanks for the comments, men. My favorite ABBA numbers would be either S.O.S., Dancing Queen, of Honey, Honey -- each of which I remember hearing on the radio as a boy, when I used to sneak a small transistor radio into bed and listen in the dark after my mother had tucked me in for the night. ;-)

Frankfurter said...

I remember "I can hear the drums, Fernando" ... but what was the title ...
and I wondered why the band looked so 60ish ... okay, I lived in the 60's, but I can only remember a few bits and pieces ....
Where and how can we monitor your battle???

Stokes Schwartz said...


You can monitor tha coming battle -- The Action at Pickelhaubewicz -- right here at the Grand Duchy of Stollen Blog! The festivities begin next Saturday.

Best Regards,


tradgardmastare said...

Any chance of a copy of your quick reference sheet for Charge - I would find it very useful?

Stokes Schwartz said...


You bet! Just remind me again in a few days after I've had a chance to make a few minor additions.

Best Regards,


Bloggerator said...

Phew, those overalls are a bit tight in the region of the fork of the road, aren't they?

Greg Horne

Stokes Schwartz said...


Yoooouuuch! ;-)

Best Regards,


MurdocK said...

No need to be 'shame faced'

Keep on Dancing!


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