07 December 2008
The Situation at the End of Move Seven. . .
After much delay, both Major von Hirschbiegel and Colonel von Grundig have completed their respective moves. Here is the first of two pictures of the battlefield close to the end of Move Seven before any fire effects have been assessed. You will recall that von Hirschbiegel's forces have driven the enemy Stollenian's from Pickelhaubewicz and formed a line to the east of the village, marked by the red-coated O'Malley's Irish Grenzer, at center right of the photograph above.
Above, is a second photograph of troop positions on the field outside of Pickelhaubewicz. Here, a company of Stollenian jaeger and a slightly stronger company of musketeers oppose von Hirschbeigel''s grenzers. To the west of the village, his squadron of the 11th (Prinz Albrecht's) Hussars have rallied and await further orders, while to the south, von Finknottle's redoubtable Newts are poised to enter the houses lying on the outter edge of town, and the Grenadiere zu Pferd astride their massive black steeds have rallied. At the far left, a second company of O'Malley's Irish Grenzers approach the copse directly to their front as rapidly as possible.
And from the southwest, an independent company of Pillau-Zerbst's Wollmar-Bock Regiment, currently in the service of Zichenau, has been ordered to advance in line, anchor itself to the hill south of town (just to its right front), and act as a reserve for Major von Hirschbiegel's variegated force.
Here is a closer shot of Major von Hirschbiegel's troops just to the south of Pickelhaubewicz. Don't they look martial? Why, you can almost hear the drums, fifes, glockenspiels, and jingling johnnies! Figures here include a unit of plastic Revell 1/72 hussars, another of grenadiers in bearskin bonnets, a unit of charging Spencer Smith cavalry (which also contains a Holger Eriksson bugler and guidon bearer), and a unit of RSM95 musketeers in the firing position. While there are minor differences between the four brands of miniatures, they all work remarkably well together once painted and grouped into distinct units on the table.
Last, but not least, here is a close-up of the firing line just east of Pickelhaubewicz. A hush has fallen over this part of the battlefield, as the NCO's and officers on either side dress and steady their men. Listen carefully, and you might hear a Stollenian officer raise his voice, wave a handkerchief, and invite the Zichenauer line to fire first.