Skip to main content

Colonel von Grudig Takes Stock of the Situation. . .

This photograph gives you a very good sense of how close in size the Revell 1/72 SYW figures are to the classic 30mm Spencer Smiths.

Stollen's Colonel von Grundig calls a quick consultation with the officers commanding his various regiments. In view of the general carnage experienced by both sides, and the futility of the situation in and around Pickelhaubewicz, the Colonel and his officers agree to concede the battle. Von Grundig has no wish to squander the rest of his army against a foe so firmly ensconced within a defensive position. The Colonel and his officers propose a solution to Major von Hirschbiegel. Beneath a banner of white, the Stollenians agree to grant control of Pickelhaubewicz to Major von Hirschbiegel and his Stollenians, ask to collect their dead and wounded from the field, and request that they be permitted to withdraw from the field unmolested in the gentlemanly spirit of the age.

Colonel von Grundig, in the meantime, sends another courier to the Grand Duke and government in Krankenstadt, informing them that the situation at Pickelhaubewicz has been lost. It is in the best interest of the Grand Duchy of Stollen, he further advises, to cede the resource rich and historically contested Duchy of Schleiz, in which the village of Pickelhaubewicz is located, to the Electorate of Zichenau. Von Grundig has the idea of preserving, at the very least, the territorial integrity of the Grand Duchy of Stollen itself and preventing any furhter embarrassment of his ruler, the Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II.

A young mounted officer waving a white flag is sent across the field toward the Zichenauer lines. Will the galant Major von Hirschbiegel accept the proposed terms of concession from, and the sword of, Colonel von Grundig? Watch this space to find out!


Keith Flint said…
The morale of some of those officers will surely be lowered by their possession of unpainted bases! Oh the shame of it! How could you do it to them Stokes?

But seriously, I guess you can tell from the various posts you've had along the way how much visitors have enjoyed this battle. The Old School style is impeccable, and a fine visual spectacle results. A real inspiration.

Cheers, Keith.
A J said…
A sound defeat and an early pension for Colonel von Grundig. A shame the Duchy has to concede such a lucrative province. At least it will give a raison d'etre for the next campaign.
Bluebear Jeff said…
*sigh* . . . we were hoping for a Stollenian victory.

-- Jeff
Capt Bill said…
A remarkable battle, well enjoyed by all. By the way which figure is the 1/72nd. How do you think they would compare to old glories?
Thank you men! Happy you enjoyed the spectacle. Even though Stollen lost the battle, I had a blast too. The only Spencer Smith figure in the photo is Colonel von Grundig (pink facings and turnbacks) on the right. All others are 1/72 Revell Austrians and Prussians. The Old Glory figures might be slightly bigger and stockier, particularly if they are of the smaller "true" 25mm size. However, I'm unsure since I have no firsthand knowledge of this particular range.

Best Regards,

Der Alte Fritz said…
Does a mere colonel have the power to cede the ducal territories to another nation? That could be construed as a treasonable action in Hesse Seewald. Don't give up, keep persevering.
I, too, had a blast, even though I admit to having partly hoped for a Stollenian win. Although one likes to be the victor as the gamer, one does hate to see one's Stollenian ally falter.
Fitz-Badger said…
I think using the same painting style on all helps tie them together and more than makes up for any small discrepancy in appearance between the 2 manufacturers' minis.

I have enjoyed this series of reports, too, although I was cheering for Stollen (along with most others, it seems!). It's been a pleasure and an inspiration to follow along with you guys.
andygamer said…
Thanks to you both. I much enjoyed the battle too.
Gallia said…
Prodigious bravos, applause and thanks to both players!
Votre Serviteur,
old-tidders said…
Lovely little battle, shame that Stollen lost - but I'm sure they'll be back to reclaim their province

-- Allan
johnpreece said…
I have really enjoyed following this battle.

I am very surprised how close the two types of plastic figures actually are. It just shows how much of what we regard as fact is just preconception.


Popular posts from this blog

Post-Christmas Excitement by Post. . . and a Brief Review

Can't wait to retire to bed this evening with this new arrival!
Earlier this afternoon, Digby Smith's Armies of the Seven Years War arrived with the mail.  A quick glance through the book -- after wrestling it from its Amazon packaging -- shows it to be chock-a-block with information on the various combatants who partook in the conflict, their uniforms, standards, etc.  While I've been aware of Mr. Smith's book for a couple of years, I only got around to purchasing it with some of Mom and Step-Dad's Christmas gift on December 26th.  I cannot wait to examine it more closely later this evening, and might hit the sack right after supper with some fresh coffee and the book, leaving the Grand Duchess and the Young Master to their own devices for the remainder of evening.  Weeeeeell, maybe not quite that early. . .  but all bets are off by 9 or 10pm!

Thursday, January 4th

I just wrote my first review for on this book.  It reads:

A highly interesting title on the v…

Back in the Painting Saddle. . .

It's hard to beat the richness of oil-based metallics.  The Minden mounted colonel that I worked on yesterday evening.  He ought to look pretty good when finished.

I spent a pleasant hour or so last night, following The Young Master's bedtime, carefully teasing tiny bits of Winsor & Newton, or perhaps Grumbacher, gold and silver oils onto the mounted Austrian officer, who will oversee the composite battalion of Minden Austrian grenadiers.  They, of course, are the fellows in the foreground.

Those of you with longer memories might recall that these miniatures have been on the painting table since January.  Real life, however, has meant that progress has been at a standstill since late February.  I even put them away in a box for a couple of months to reduce dust and cat fur build-up!  

However, I managed to get my seat back into the painting chair last night, and here we are.  A steady hand, despite the usual after dinner infusion of strong dark roast coffee, meant only one m…

Stuart Asquith RIP. . .

 The now departed author and hobby personality playing a colonial game in 1978.  No hiding the width of neckties from that era!

Another one of the hobby greats, Stuart Asquith, passed away during the weekend.  While we never met (I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic), I was fortunate enough to exchange a couple of short emails with him 10 or 12 years ago when he was involved with a blog about all things Charge!

Said blog was managed by four or five UK hobbyists during the wave of enthusiasm that followed the 2006 Sittangbad and 2007 Mollwitz refights at Partizan in the U.K. just as hobby and imagination blogging took off in a big way.  Sadly, the blog disappeared pretty quickly, but it was a real blast interacting with Stu even if only briefly and in passing.  He was very personable and humble in his emails to me, expressing surprise that a stranger in the U.S. had an inkling of who he was.

Stu Asquith's writing years ago in Military Modeling, various books, and magazines like Prac…