Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

The 3rd Bittburg-Saxe-Huack War Begins

Emboldened by his new veteran army and desiring to see a return of Bittburg lands captured by Saxe-Huack, Albert Brendel, General and Lord Protector of Bittburg invades southern Saxe-Huack with the aim of taking back the towns of Lentz & Freihauble both of which had been lost to Saxe-Huack just months prior to the outbreak of the SYW. General Brendel knew his army would be outnumbered but he would depend upon his armies experience and his leadership to win the day.

General Brendel and the core of the Protectorate Army.

Colonel Kleist and the Munchhausen Brigade.

Saxe-Huack Line Regiment with a Jaeger Bn and an attached Captain.

The Grenadier Guards Regiment with a Jaeger Bn and their own attached Captain.

Protectorate Cavalry with attached Captain.

Lord General Brendels Protectorate Army of Bittburg.

The Royal Munchhausen Brigade of Saxe-Huack.

Both sides deploy for battle.

Colonel Kleist despite having the initiative thanks to an early warning does not initially advance but decides to get the "ball" rolling with a cannon shot from the Royal Artillery Battery on the center hill. The shot decimated the lowly Bittburg militia in the woods. General Brendel held the Protectorate Army back waiting to see the first moves of his opponent.

Colonel Kleist orders a general advance and feeling most splendid decided to leave the baggage camp on its own. This was too much of an inviting target for the young Bittburg Hussar Captain so he moves his regiment on the extreme right flank at breakneck speed to capture the enemy baggage.

The Guard Captain pushes his regiment force marching them across the field as the regiment stoically faces cannon and mustket fire from the Bittburg lines.

The 2 main Saxe-Huack regiments advance but Colonel Kleist orders a battalion of Muskets to turn back and attack the advancing cavalry threat in their rear. This would prove too late.

The brave Bittburg militia open fire up on the Line regiment dispersing two units of jaegers.

The hardened Bittburg line of SYW veterans disperse a unit of Saxe-Huack jaegers.

Cannon fire inflicts more casualties on the poor jaeger battalion. But they served their purpose.

One unit of muskets attempts to target the fast moving cavalry but to no avail.

The Line Regiment opens fire and pours out death to a militia company.

The dreaded Saxe-Huack cannon rains more lead on the hapless militia unit on the left. This would prove too much for them as the survivors turned and ran from the field.
The Bittburg Protectorate Guard opens up a volley at the Grenadier Guards.

The lines engage as the 2 units protecting the Bittburg artillery leave it and advance to flank the enemy.

The last Jaeger unit boldly charges the last Bittburg Militia unit and chases them from the field.

The Grenadier Guard pushes back the Bittburg center line.

The Bittburg Hussars capture the baggage camp killing most of those within it.

The Line Regiment attempts to rush to the aid of the Grenadier Guards while the lone Line Musket Battalion led now by Colonel Kleist engages the Bittburg Hussars.

General Brendel sees an opportunity and jumps into the melee leading the Bittburg Guard in a ferocious assault on the Grenadier Guards.

The Bittburg Line Regiment takes heart and fights back savagely, the heretofore undefeated Grenadier Guard regiment is in trouble.

The Bittburg Hussars smash their enemy, Colonel Kleist is caught up in the fray.

In the melee Colonel Kleist was killed his head cut clean off by a sharp Hussar sword.

Having seen the Guard suffer great loss and now losing their commander, the Munchhausen Brigade leaves the field in defeat. The first military loss for Saxe-Huack.

Lord General Brendel arrived as a conquering hero to the people of Lentz and Freihauble personally going to the town square of each to hoist the Bittburg colors. Lord General Brendel is making a reputation for Caesar like force.

At Fortenbras Palace the Duke and the Royal General Staff learn of the defeat of their largest brigade and the unfortunate death of its commander with no small measure of bewilderment. However Marshal Prince Albrecht is quick to react and promotes Manfred Paulus to Colonel and gives him command of the newly formed, at least on paper if not in reality, Southern Brigade. Colonel Paulus is to round up the survivors of Colonel Kleists brigade and augment them with fresh troops and troops from other Royal Army units. Upon reaching full brigade strength he is ordered to march south and destroy the enemy.

I was as surprised as some of you may be as to the outcome of this battle. My new wargame rules are coming along nicely. No headaches from tedious small math done over and over. Clear mechanics and gameplay though things were a bit slow at first as this was my first BIG playtest.

Also I am so happy that I took the time to rebase my two forces. I love the look and the fact that it allows me more complete forces to field.  I have more troops coming for both sides, in fact after posting this I am going to go scrub them down to remove the old paint from them.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Army of Bittburg: Rebased, Flocked and Field Ready

Here is a picture of my Bittburg force rebased and ready for battle. I do have some expansions in mind for it to bring it up to about 20 units or so. I am so glad I heeded Mr. Bob Cordery's advice to "Keep your armies small." My current basing goes as follows. All bases 1" square except officers, baggage and BUAs. Officers based on skirmish bases, pennies for captains and a quarter for the general (he has more cents.)(sorry.) 2 foot soldiers per base except for skirmishers at 1 per base. 1 cavalry per base.

I have the future additions out in the garage now soaking in "Simple Green" to remove their old paint. All my SYW minis were purchased cheap and second hand, most were broken (i.e. no bayonets, some broken horse tails.) and had been painted with no primer.  The future units include more guards, cavalry, one more militia and muskets.

Army of Bittburg

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rebased Both Imaginary Armies for New Wargame Rules.

I have finished rebasing my fictional armies for the new wargame rules I am developing based on my Brigadier General wargame. Unit base sizes are 1" square with the DSH baggage camp on an 1.5" square base. All these bases are pre-made wood pieces bought at Hobby Lobby in small bags. Each bag comes with 135 pieces for $2.99 retail but you can always slap their 40% coupon on that. As you can see the Bittburg Army is smaller but has enough to field a good game. I am in the process of cleaning up some old models to add to them. The models on the round bases are officers with the larger base holding the general and the smaller bases holding captains. The square bases with a single foot model are skirmishers. Units in my new game are thus far Army General, Captains, Muskets, Guard, Cavalry, Artillery, Militia, Baggage and Skirmishers. Nothing fancy and very abstract.

Army of Bittburg.

Royal Army of Saxe-Huack.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Old Enemies Die Hard...

With the Treaty of Hubertusburg signed those forces of Saxe-Huack and Bittburg involved in the Seven Years War returned home. The result on the homefront from the war for both these countries was pretty much the maintenance of the status quo. The only noticeable changes are that both states now have militaries with hardened veterans and that General Albert Brendel has become the de-facto ruler of Bittburg placed into power by his army with critical acclaim from the populace. The Bittburg Revolutionary Council had little choice than to declare him "Lord Protector of the Union of Bittburg." His first act was to dissolve the hated Revolutionary Council. The Lord Protector prefers his own advisors.

General Brendel proclaimed Lord Protector.
In Saxe-Huack there was some loss at the top with Generals von Bach and von Vorbeck being killed in the war along with Colonel von Brach formerly of the Grenadier Guards. Upon the armies return to home Duke Augustus makes his son Crown Prince Albrecht, the new rank of Marshal of Saxe-Huack and the new commander-in-chief of the Royal Army and Royal Navy as well as the head of the Royal General Staff. Duke Augustus has made all matters military the Princes responsibility. The first act of Marshal Prince Albrecht was to reestablish the Leib Grenadier Guards to protect the Royal Family and Fortenbras Palace.

I have my 15mm forces for both sides rebased from their former DBx basing to new 1" square bases based upon my new homegrown rules. The command elements for both sides have been shrunk and placed on skirmish size round bases as they can move about to enhance or rally their army.

Saxe-Huack now has 3 full regiments of infantry. 1st Huack Regiment (line troops) the Grenadier Guards and the Jaeger Regiment.  Cavalry models are in the process of being prepped for painting. I will post pictures of the forces once I've completed flocking their new bases. I believe these changes as well as the fictional changes will allow the grittier campaign feel I've been longing.