Sunday, April 13, 2014
|His Excellency the Count of Bragdenburg-Gotha|
"What news from Berlin, my Lord?" asked the Duke. "Grave news I'm afraid." Said the count. "Austria?" inquired the Crown Prince. "Yes." came the reply. The Count continued, "Austria has signed an alliance with France and Saxony against us. The King wants you to end this annual war you have with Bittburg, at least for the time being, and help secure his Western flank from the French. I travel to Bittburg tomorrow with the same orders. Both sides will return their troops to their pre-war borders, recruit more, and muster your men to await further orders from Berlin."
The Duke did not like having regal interference from Berlin, and this was the second time he was ordered to end his operations against the rebels in Bittburg. However the Duke knew what he had to do and thus said "Of course. Tell the King he has our everlasting loyalty." "It's your army he wants." smiled the Count. "And your son." he said while turning to face the Crown Prince. "Prince Heinrich wants him back as his adjutant for the duration of the war. If you can spare him?" Before the Crown Prince could speak Duke Augustus broke in and said "I need him here. He is one of our military commanders now and I have no one, at present to replace him with. Perhaps in time I could send him back to Berlin but at present it appears I will need him to command men in battle against the Kings enemies." The Count nodded and after further discussions, wine and pipes Duke Augustus summoned General von Vorbeck, send word to our soldiers at once, to end their operations and return home immediately."
I contemplated switching this campaign from 15mm to 10mm and expanding to a greater force on the table. However as I have yet to complete my 15mm armies I decided against this. Instead of incurring more expense and time spent painting new armies all in a new scale I will keep 15mm and add more to it. I want a grittier feel than what my ficitonal campaign against Bittburg is giving me. So I think it's time to actually begin the SYW in earnest. Now with that said let me be clear SYW with imaginary forces. I will be swapping out some of my current forces for others and probably rebasing all of them.
Friday, September 20, 2013
|Colonel Franz von Kleist, Baron of Lentz|
Upon hearing the news of the Munchhausen Brigade's victory in Lentz and their continued advance in Northwest Bittburg, Duke Augustus discussed plans with his council to raise Colonel Kleist as Franz von Kleist, Baron of Lentz. This is of course would be dependent upon the Royal Army's completion of a successful campaign and the secure addition of the Lentz territory to the Ducal Estate.
Further Colonel Kleist recorded in his letters to General Vorbeck that the conduct of the Grenadier Guards under Captain Werner Brach was excellent and courageous. General Vorbeck passed this on to the Royal General Staff at Fortenbras Palace resulting in Captain Brach's name on the list for future regimental commanders.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The day after capturing the village of Goetz the Royal Munchhausen Brigade set out on march towards the town of Lentz. Upon entering the outskirts of town they were met by Major Haus's Freihauble Regiment supported by four companies of local militia. The two sides deployed their forces as shown in the artist rendering below.
|Initial deployment with the town of Lentz directly behind the Freihauble Regiment of the Union Army.|
|The royalist forces advance while the union line holds firm allowing the cavalry and militia to capture their objectives.|
|The Guards and the union cavalry fight it out in the bad going, with the Guards quickly overcoming their enemy.|
|During the advance both artillery batteries lob shells at the other sides forces.|
|Union infantry fire on the Guards only emboldening their resolve to bring the fight to the enemy.|
|Close up of the militia and jaegars in combat while Colonel Kliest directs the battle.|
|Close up of the Royal Infantry shooting at the Union Infantry while the Grenadier Guards fight a desperate contest on the flank.|
|Final straw, the Royal Infantry hails lead down on the Union side destroying the resolve of the enemy forcing them to abandon Lentz to Royal mercy.|
|Close up of Colonel Kliest and his staff.|
|Close up of the Royal Infantry firing upon the Union line.|
|Final disposition of troops as the enemy begins to break. Major Haus unable to rally his men orders a general retreat back to their barracks at Freihauble and dispatches an urgent message to General Brendel and the Union Assembly.|
|The unit's in the painting above distinguished themselves and the Royal Army in battle and have earned battle honors.|
|Major Godfred Haus, Freihauble Regiment, Union Army|
As you know our enemies have captured the town of Goetz, you must muster your regiment and save the town of Lintz. You are all that stands between the enemy and the fall of Northwest Bittburg...."
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Mustered and ready to march forth to defend the Frei Stadt is my General Brendel's Army of Bittburg. The army is 3 points shy of the full 25 I want it to have to field against Saxe-Huack. Not sure where I want to spend those points. Probably 1 more regular infantry and 1 militia.