25 April 2009
Turn One -- Troop Movement. . .
Here, we can see what the new Stagonian position is following General von Drednoz's inital moves. As General von Drosselmaier suspected, his foe is not only heading right for the village, but also attempting to defend his flanks and, to the north, encircle the Stollenian Jaeger zu Fuss and 4th Dragoons stationed there. . . or at least pummel them mercilessly with his guns.
And here is another general view of the new Stagonian positions, taken from a slightly different perspective. This particular photograph shows how, when miniatures by different manufacturers are kept within their separate units, your eye no longer notices slight differences in height, chunkiness, and the like. What you see, instead, is the size of the various units involved. Among others, the shot above exhibits 1/72 figures by Revell (small 25mm really), 30mm Spencer Smith (with a Holger Eriksson trumpeter and guidon bearer) cavalry at the rear, 30mm RSM95 figures, plus a few 25mm MiniFigs cannon and standard bearers. I originally purchased a bunch of these from Tom Dye at GFI in late 2006 to use with my Revell figures and continue to use the latter with my units of RSM's too. Some insist on calling the RSM's 28mm, but they were originally advertised in the early 1980s as "True 30mm, or 1:60 scale" when they were marching under Mr. Hezzlewood's Pax Britannica banner.
On the far north of General von Drednoz's line, you'll observe that he has kept his dark blue-coated cuirassiers where they are, but he has moved the third squadron into line with the first. Hmmm. . . What's he up? It can't be any good.
Meanwhile, on the far south of his line, von Drednoz has kept his hussars more or less on the same ground, but he has placed them into a much looser formation.
And here is a view from the north, showing the Du Lepp's Fusiliers and part of the Grosfurzen Grenzers as they move toward Saegewerkdorf. You can also see part of von Drednoz's battery of artillery, which is marching behind the other company of grenzers, who are just off camera, er, just out of sight of the artist providing the "sketch".
But things have not been entirely quiet on the Stollenian side of te battlefield either! Here is an aerial view of the new position of General von Drosselmaier's front line. You'll note that von Drosselmaier has been very careful to keep his cavalry and second line of infantry in reserve at this point. Incidentally, Von Drosselmaier's artillery is within 24"-30" of two companies of Stagonia's von HIrschbock Grenadiers, just off camera to the left, needing a 5+ on a D6 to hit the battery's target.
The stalwart 11th Engineer Battalion, a recent addition to the Army of Stollen, march boldly forward to test their taste for gunpowder smoke and, perhaps, cold steel. . . or at the very least, tumbling dice! Their advance brings them within 12" -- long musketry range -- of two companies of Stagonia's von Hirschbock Grenadiers.
And to their right, Stollen's regiment of guard infantry -- The Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers -- march with considerable panache right to the very edge of Saegewerkdorf.
Just outside of town, a company of von Drosselmaier's Jaeger zu Fuss has come into close contact with a company of Stagonia's Grosfurzen Grenzers. Both bodies of troops are well within the 12" musketry range of each other, and it looks like a few members of the respective units might even be within close -- 0-6" -- range. . . It loooks like four Jaeger zu Fuss to seven Grosfurzen Grenzers at 6"! This picture shows, in particular, how well Revell 1/72 plastics work on the table along side RSM figures and others. The Revells are slighter in build, but there is hardly any difference at all between the two as far as height is concerned.