A couple of 18th century grenadiers -- Not Prussian but Hessian (Shock! Horror! Gasp!) -- with some jaeger standing in the background in honor of Zvezda's forthcoming release.
Another week has just finished, and while it didn't strike me as particularly packed with activity or terribly busy, it's sometimes amazing how little seems to have been accomplished in any given seven-day period. . . on all fronts! But, my recent opponent, the good Major Wolfgang von Hirschbiegel, and I have been discussing the preliminaries of a joint project that is related to the recently concluded battle, so I guess things have not been entirely inert. More on this later when we have a bit more direction. And as a taste of other things yet to come, I thought I'd mention just a few additional points of interest this evening before the Grand Duchess and I sit down to dinner.
First of all, look for an after action report of sorts on the recently concluded Action at Pickelhaubewicz, in which you'll learn how the conflict between the Grand Duchy of Stollen and the Electorate of Zichenau was concluded in January 1769 follow the defeat of Stollen. There will also be a few more photos of the battlefield as the tactically inept, and now much maligned, Colonel von Grundig leads his remaining men away to the north under the watchful eyes of Pillau-Zerbst's Wolmar-Bock Regiment, currently in the service of Zichenau. Next, it seems high time to include another snippet of conversation between grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II and his English manservant Hives, in which the former waxes philosophically about his country's recent bad fortunes on the the field of Mars.
Third, remember to stay tuned for a second play-by-email game right here at the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog. This time around, it will be version of the Grants' Sawmill Village, perhaps with a tiny bit of cavalry added just to add some visual and/or tactical interest. Of course, this will mean that the Grand Duchy of Stollen campaign calendar will have to be advanced a few months with some requisite preliminary events and dilly dallying before open hostilities resume between the two countries. My e-opponent this time will be a certain gentleman from Stagonia. Or was that Saxe-Bearstein? I can never keep all of these Central European "statelettes" straight! ;-)
And of course, there will be some more painting progress discussion/description and photographic updates as I continue on those 80 or so RSM95 Prussian fusiliers, which have been sadly neglected over on the painting desk recently. But Phil Olley's recent update over at his War Cabinet site coupled with Jim "Alte Fritz" Purky's progress on his Minden Austrians and his fictitious 18th century campaign have just about shaken me from my post-Christmas lethargy. I'm going to sit down and pick up the brush again tomorrow morning!
Last but not least, Guy Barlow sent me an e-mail earlier today, informing me that Zvezda are due to release a SYW Prussian grenadier set sometime this summer (thank you again Guy!), which is wonderful news to say the least. No box art to pirate and post here, but the prospect of some new period specific plastic figures is exciting. Zvezda's figures are true 25mm in size, so they aren't as big as some of the so called "heroic" 28mm metal figures on the market today, but the company's sculpting and molding, in most cases, seems to be first rate from what I've seen online and in the flesh. You can read a little bit more about the planned release over on The Miniatures Page (link at right). And now, enough shilly shallying! It's off to dinner for me.