22 July 2010

The Battle for Teodorstal Valley Commences. . .

Managing finally to lure the bruised Major von Topfsange back to the drawing room, Colonal von Adalnowski and his hapless guest begin Move One of The Battle for Teodorstal Valley. Here is a quick pencil sketch by the Colonel, showing the positions of the troops at the end of Move One. It seems Major von Topfsange and the Stollenians are on the offensive. Could this be a vain attempt by the Major to regain his battered honor?

No dueling yet, but von Adalnowski has rushed his remaining Irish Grenzers toward Crampas farm at the eastern end of the valley. You'll recall that the farm is currently occupied by an understrength company of Stollenian Jaeger zu Fuss.

Meanwhile, in the center of the valley, Major von Topfsange has sent a company of his 2nd (von Laurenz) Musketeers to reinforce the Jaeger zu Fuss and one gun, currently holding the village of Effibriest. The musketeers will occupy the two buildings to their front during Move Two.

Major von Topfsange has also raced the two remaining squadrons of his 3rd Cuirassiers, on his left flank, in the direction of Crampas Farm. Are their orders to ride down O'Malley's Irish Grenzers, or, perhaps, to charge the Zichenauer gun line from the flank?

And at the western end of Teodorstal Valley, it appears a sharp cavalry combat is shaping up. Major von Topfsange's 4th Dragoons were shown a shortcut through the woods by a local farmer (a random event), effectively doubling their normal 24" move distance, sending the brave horsemen crashing into Colonel von Adalnowski's Grenadiere zu Pferd just to the west of Instetten (held by a company of O'Malley's Irish Grenzers don't forget). Whichever cavalry regiment wins could, ultimately, determine the outcome of the battle in this sector of the field. Two salvos of mutual artillery fire at the tail-end of Move One resulted in 2-3 casualties on each side, but no further combat took place. From across the table, a brooding Major von Topfsange produced a new clay pipe filled with Turkish tobacco from his ornate sabretache and glowered at the beaming Colonal von Adalnowski, who jovially toasted the younger man with a recently freshened tumbler of Gin & Tonic.


Stryker said...

Hi Stokes - great to the forces of Stollen back in action again!


Bluebear Jeff said...

Wonderful images . . . your table, terrain and troops all look great!

-- Jeff

Der Alte Fritz said...

I see some new units on the table. The Huzzahs look nice.


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