30 December 2008

Move Nine -- The Musketry and Artillery Fire. . .


We are fast approaching the end of Move Nine! And things are finally getting really interesting in the ongoing Action at Pickelhaubewicz. After a month, most of the respective troops are all gathered around this key coach and postal stop along the road leading to the Greater Zwischen River and the Stollenian capital Krankenstadt beyond that. Many of the troops concerned are finally in a position to contribute something to the battle as well, a struggle which promises to be fierce.

With that aim in mind, my esteemed opponent in North Carolina, the good Major Wolfgang von Hirschbiegel, has asked me how many figures he has positioned within each building in Pickelhaubewicz, so we can determine the casualties from musketry and artillery fire. Judging from the photograph above, it seems that the Major has nine of the Newts occupying the warehouse on the lower left, eight more from the same unit in the pink coach stop/post office on the lower right. Moreover, there are eight grenzers in the village church on the upper right and five in the double-townhouse on the upper left. Hmmm, I must get those remodelers in to finish painting and detailing the ruins!


On an entirely different note, the Grand Duchess had her research grant applications for next summer in Berlin come through just before Christmas, and I will have the chance to join her there for three weeks in June! Best of all, we just managed to find me a round trip airline ticket for an UNBELIEVABLE price given that it will be high tourist season. I'm so excited since I haven't been back to Germany for almost twenty years. 1990 was the last time I was in the northwest of the country (Luebeck and Flensburg). And this coming visit will give me a chance to brush up my German language skills over the next six months before we leave. Potsdam, Frankfurt an der Oder, Checkpoint Charlie, and Berliner Zinnfiguren here I come!

9 comments:

Capt Bill said...

You really must visit Frederick's summer palace, Sanssouci. I was able to buy a bust of the old boy there and smile each time I see it. Of course, not understanding German, my trip was more far more challenging than yours will be. Best regards...Bill

Bluebear Jeff said...

The last time I was in Germany was . . . uhn, I've NEVER been to Germany (nor am I likely to ever get the opportunity) . . . so you'll just have to enjoy it for me.

Good luck in the game.


-- Jeff

Der Alte Fritz said...

Yes, San Souci, the Zug Haus, the Pergamum Mueseum, Berlin Zinnfiguren and numerous other museums are worth seeing. I'm not sure that there is anything left of Checkpoint Charlie, maybe a small museum at the former site. All traces of the divided city were gone when I was there in 1998.

Der Alte Fritz said...

Those Newts are damn fine looking figures. I really like the pose. I may steal the uniform design of the blue dragoons with yellow turnbacks.

Snickering Corpses said...

Great congratulations for the Grand Duchess! That sounds like a marvelous opportunity.

Der Alte, you must be careful. I'm quite sure you could greatly insult Horse Grenadiers by calling them Dragoons. ;)

The Newts are, I believe, the Revell SYW Austrian marching grenadier pose.

tradgardmastare said...

Give you joy of your coming trip Sir! It should be fantastic - not going to pop over to the UK whilst you are in the area by any chance/
I was last in Germany as a boy -Bavaria actually! Loved Ludwig's castles even then - explains a lot I guess...
Alan
p.s keep up the good work with the game reports !

Martin said...

Hi Stokes,

Nothing like a visit to the Old World to get the creative juices flowing. Be sure to take plenty of pictures and an empty suitcase for all the plunder/miniatures you'll be lugging back!

Yours,

Martin

Snickering Corpses said...

Fans of Stollen shall appreciate the next blog update, I believe!

littlejohn said...

Beautiful game! Mr. Grant would be most proud!
--Dave

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