Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A little bit of figure tweaking ....

I've been working on some 40mm pirate figures I picked up off Ebay; three were OK with a minor retouch and were put straight onto plastic clear bases - the rest have been tweaked slightly. These chaps will crew a small ship I have and will also be useful to use as civilians.
 I put two of the same pose aside to use to make a 'female blade' for my musketeer games; these two have been suitably reworked ....

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Trouble at the crossroads ...

continued from the previous post ...

the Traveller was moved out of the town of Ingelwitz by the shortest route possible...
 a man who spotted the Traveller meets with an unsavoury character at the edge of town ...
 all going well on their way to the crossroads...
 some men block their way and a couple more come out of the trees on their right - 'looks like trouble ahead' says von Messing and they draw their swords...
blades clash ....
von Messing has his opponent at his back foot, the others hold their ground - they try and keep the traveller in the middle out of harms way ....
von Messing's opponent falls back wounded, another man steps in; Scharfe dispatches his opponent and Hofler gets a wound;
 the traveller is moved up by the barn by Fischer; while the rest fight on ...
 von Messing and Scharfe dispatch their opponents, while Hofler inflicts a wound on his opponent...
Scharfe comes to the aid of Hofler while von Messing deals with the last man in his way ....
 access to the road is secured ...
 Scharfe's opponent has had enough and runs off ....
 safely onto the road and not far from the Inn...
 they arrive at the Inn and the Traveller gets into the coach ...
they are soon off on their way to Ottenheim ....

[ the first outing for my new musketeer chaps; I wrote up a simple combat scheme and tried it out for this game, needs a little refinement but it worked well]

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Traveller arrives ...

Fischer, Scharfe, Hofler and their servant Limburger had eventually reached Wittenberg and joined the Kings Dragoons. They had been taken under the wing of one of the captains - Von Messing, It was not long before they received their first orders - they were to go down to Inglewitz and ensure the  Traveller (a mysterious person who had a number of aliases) was safely conducted to his coach and then escort him as far as Ottenheim.

At Inglewitz von Messing and Fischer have gone down to the wharf;  Scharfe, Hofler and their lackey Limburger keep a watchful eye out for trouble elsewhere on the edge of the town.

At the wharf the Traveller has a last word with one of the crew of the small boat he arrived on ....
Von Messing and Fischer meet the Traveller ...
they will escort him discretely on foot to an inn about half a mile away where he will get on the coach.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Musketeers and the like (2 of 2)

The musketeer figures are now finished and based.  They were made using a selction of my castings (foot officer, ensign and man walking), with heads from Sash & Sabre.

In non-action mode...
 Ready for action ...

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Musketeers and the like (1 of 2)

over the last couple of months have been casting, accumulating and painting up suitable figures for musketeers skirmish style games ...

I've used my man in tabard castings to make up the Cardinals' guard, there are four with halberds ....
and ten with swords ....
A few sundry figures, these are Redoubt 28mm, they are a 'larger' size 28's and useable - some have had head swaps
 one of my ensign castings modified with a sword and the Redoubt 28mm Rochefort figure
I now have three cardinals,  looks like this monk is in luck - there are no comfy chairs in the immediate vicinity.
'table for three please'

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The armies go into Winter Quarters ....

With their army in tatters the Monrovians have been unable to do much;  what troops are able to take the field are camped at Vertdorf about 10miles west of Rumsdorf. Recruiting parties are out signing up men for the army, but there are only a trickle of volunteers

---oXo---

Meanwhile the Wittenberg army has strengthened its hold on Rumsdorf - building new defences on the western gate and repairing the east gate and adding defences there. A regiment of foot, a regiment of dragoons and a regiment of horse now provide the garrison.

The King has prevaricated and no incursions into Monrovian territory have been made, he seems happy enough to have gained Rumsdorf. The King has been staying at Poswitz - he has decided to leave the army in the care of his generals, he will travel back to the capital for the Christmas festivities.


---oXo---

The weather is changing, the first snow has fallen; both sides decide to move their armies into winter quarters - troops are dispersed accordingly - it is the end of the campaign season.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Croats are paid off ...

To further reduce the threat from Monrovia, after a some negotation Wittenberg has come to an agreement with the Croats - they have accepted a sum of money for them to return home - they have also agreed to provide men to join the Wittenberg army in the future (with suitable payment of course ...)

The Croats receive their payment ....