25 January 2009

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!

12 comments:

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 Matthews 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?

Stokes Schwartz said...

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,

Stokes

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.

Snickering Corpses said...

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,
Bill

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.

John

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