11 August 2016

The Battle of Doltz: Turn Three. . .

At the far eastern edge of the field General de Latte's Flickenhoffer's Fusiliers and Provinces' Provisional Infantry Regiment continued their slog forward in a bid to outflank their enemies.  Above, you can see the former unit begin wheeling its companies into some semblance of line under the watchful eye of their colonel.

By 10:45am that morning, the action now remembered in the history books as The Battle of Doltz was taking shape with fevered maneuvering, thundering cannon salvos, and exchanges of rattling musketry between the respective commanders' grenzers, croats, and jaegers.  Stay tuned or updates later in the day.

-- Stokes

General von Bauchschmerzen has not been blessed with competent unit commanders to quite the same degree as his adversary.  After misinterpretation of earlier orders, he gave the colonel of the Hanseatic Regiment a severe dressing down, explaining the meaning of proper drill and obedience, pointing out that the regiment needed to turn to face the enemy approaching from the east.  Here, said regiment has rushed to correct the situation and left a platoon in reserve under the care of a trusted sergeant.

Nearby, General de Latte's Irish Grenzers (left) and Warshawski Croats (right) have all emerged from Hasenpfefferwald and are taking careful aim at von Buachschmerzen's Corps of Jaegers.

Following his heated exchange with the colonel of the Hanseatic Infantry, General von Bauchschmerzen and his retinue returned to the center, just north of Doltz, where they bumped into the Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II (the crimson coated fellow), who flagged them down and exclaimed, "Oh, I say!  Von Bauchschmerzen?  Are there any coffee shops about where we might find a soy cappuccino?  We can't make heads or tails of this blasted map from the Travelers' Aid Society!"

Meanwhile, the fiendish General de Latte has dispatched two aides with orders for his cavalry regiments on the western flank of his line.  WHat could he be up to?  You know how it is with these 30mm French mercenary-adventurers who are veterans of the Seven Years War.  Nope.  Can't trust 'em for a moment.

Amid the din of cannon fire, Major di Biscotti (in white) was heard to ask of his superior and their remaining ADC, "Gentlemen, isn't it about time for elevensies?  I am parched.  Simply parched, you hear!  I have a day-old bearclaw pastry in my valise that we can share with our espressos."

Here is another photograph to illustrate where General de Latte's detached right wing is located early during Turn Three.  In the distance, we can also make out that his Ermland Garde have impetuously moved forward to the crown of the ridge on the southern edge of the battlefield.

General von Bauchschmerzen's Corps of Jaegers initiated a hot exchange of fire with General de Latte's Irish Grenzers and Warshawski Croats as they emerged from Hasenpfefferwald during the latter part off Turn Three.  Thus far, it is unclear which side is suffering more casualties.  The Young Master does love cotton ball musketry and cannon fire smoke by the way.  He asked me about it all day until we carefully added this particular feature to the tabletop battle.

 And here is a handy aerial shot of how the Battle of Doltz has developed during Turn Three.  You can see that things are heating up at the eastern end of the field.  How much longer will it be before the entire front line is ablaze we wonder?


CelticCurmudgeon said...

My Dear Heinz-Ulrich, Greetings!

A wonderful display as always! It is a joy to the spirit to see such wonderfully painted miniatures "in action" on the table top.

Do you think that this will be fought to a conclusion before resuming your university duties?

All the very best,

Gerardus Magnus
Archbishop Emeritus

Si Bath said...

Great to see the manoeuvres unfolding and that the Stollenians have got a grip of their left flank.
Best wishes,

Allan Tidmarsh said...

Delightful, nice to see your armies in action.


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