Wargaming the Seven Years War with 40mm miniatures, done by: Johann-Peter Scheck and Anselm Scheck

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Russian General Staff "Oberkommando"

In the serie of making command structures for all armies, today Russia got a new vignette, containing general, staff officer, standards and a "Trommelbursche" or "Barabanshik", an example of the oftenly seen trend, using adolescent drummer boys as decorative "accessories" in the armies of the 18. century.

Fortunately, the gorgeous Irregular Miniatures produce such a figure, out of the Marlburian range, and now placed between the standards and the officers (Manske Zinnfiguren).

As you can see, I tried to give them a "supra-flag", an outstanding motive for the whole army, which is in difference to the regimental flags. So, I found in russian sources examples of an original zaristic flag of the 18. century:

the original flag

It shows the Russian eagle on orange-yellow background. After this, it was easy to build my own flag with a black eagle in the center on the broad, yellow rectangle. On the backside the emblem of the Russian monarchy with the coat-of-arms of all bigger cities. Having flags twice or more, it gives a better visual effect. So, 2 standard bearers were placed, just for outlining the impressive color.

my own interpretation
Mr. general got one of the marvelous heads of Trident.

My little helper at the set. The upset princess Elsa is my daughter..

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saxon generals

This Saxon generals are - in correspondence to the Prussian ensemble of officers around a map table - now placed as a CinC-vignette. The figures are Manske Zinnfiguren, the heads are changed and modified (from left: Manske, 2x Trident, Sash-and-Saber). The classical uniform of Saxon generals changed in 1753 from white coats to red ones. The exception is the general on the right - he is an artillery/engineer general with the typical green coat.
Lagebesprechung - briefing

I like the monocular very much - so stylish!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saxon Regiment Graf Brühl

Here is my end-of-summer regiment, made completely of the fabulous Trident miniatures in US. Originally they are of the AWI Hessians range, but here you see them as Saxons in the SYW. It is the infantry regiment "Graf Brühl", a reinforcement to the brave Saxon army - in preparing the next summer battle, which will be a 1745 Kesselsdorf scenario against the Prussian invaders...

View from behind a hedge in a small Saxon village...

The officer detected the hidden camera, it seems...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prussian officers around map table

A wonderful, new set of Manske Zinnfiguren contains Prussian officers, discussing the strategy and standing around the table with maps. I will use this as a CinC for our wargames, so the officers got a vignette, 2 guards and a cadet, holding additional material. The cadet is of Irregular Miniatures (an artillery man of the Marlburian range), the hand cart of S+D Miniatures.
The heads were changed to give the persons more individual characters. I used heads of Trident (left, center, right), Frontrank (2nd from right), Sash-and-Saber (2nd from left), Manske (guards). The maps are just printed and mounted wet.

The officer on the left seems to be a little bit sceptic with the proposals of the Herr Offizier in the center...

"Meene Herrn, ick schlaje vor, wir ziehn da lang und dann rüber mit de Batterien! "

"So wird's jemacht und da will ick nüscht mehr hörn!..."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

French Coach: O là là, mon général!

This is my newest project and also a long desired wish: a French Coach for Monsieur the General of our French army. He is sitting in this elegant coach, made by Irregular Miniatures. Its a pretty cute piece, easy to assemble and to paint. As usual, I changed some details as the coach box and placed 2 former artillerists on the rear platform and dressed them as footmen.

A view to the cabin, Mr. General seems to be in an intensive discussion....

Aaah, c´est comme ca... he is with his maitresse on the road.. This I call savoir vivre during a warfare!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Battle: Sturm in Pomerania

The long absence in this blog becomes evident by showing you this pictures of our annual summer battle last weekend; the last weeks were full of hasty preparations. First, we extended the tabletop format to 4m x 2,50m which means also to build a solid static foundation for the table, shearing and painting the fur, checking all the bases of the miniatures, if suitable for the convocation of the General for his next warfare...
The scenario is located in Western Pomerania, late summer, and a battle between the Russian invaders and the Prussian defenders protecting the Eastern flank of Brandenburg. The village is kept by the Prussian Corps, consisting of 7 infantry regiments, 4 artillery pieces and 3 heavy, 3 light cavalry squadrons and a Jaeger Corps - in total 700 men. The Russians had 6 infantry regiments, 1 heavy, 6 light cavalry squadrons and marauding Cossaks.
We used the "Black Powder" rulebook, but modified it a little bit.

The Russians opened the fire and moved attacks on both wings: on the left, the cavalry circumvent the forest attacking the open right flank of the Prussians; on the right, the Cossaks advanced through high grass to the village, accompanied by the Leibdragoons cavalry.

The opening

The Prussian Generals: Anselm and Matthias - very seriously discussing the situation...

The Russian Generals: Peter and Levent - so extremely confident...

The Charkow Hussars on the right wing in gallop..

... and stopping in secure distance to the Prussian Gardes du Corps Cuirassiers....

The Gardes du Corps (good old Prince August moulds..) expecting the Russian attack....

The Prussian center going into charge formation

and the Russian battery, flanked by the Tver Dragoons , expecting the Prussian cavalry attack in the center...

same scene, from above

What an amazing look, this Prussian yellow hussars, the "Canaries"! It was the first wave...

..and this is the second wave: the green hussars "Von Kleist"... In the background: the third wave, 8th and 12th Cuirassiers...

and the melee with the Novgorod infantry regiment....

Prussian General encouraging his troops...

"An die Geschütze, Jungs!!!"

Bloody fights in the center with heavy losses on both sides

Prussian reserve advancing

The center fights, seen from the Prussian side..

Russian artillery

Tver Dragoons did not retire against Prussian 12th Cuirassiers "von Kyau"

On the right side, the Russian regiments Piterbourg and Perm begun their attack of the village..

same scene, panoramic view (and modified background)

The Prussian defenders awaiting this attack, well prepared...

The Russians advance and advance....

... and got heavy casualties - they are "shaken"

This is the moment of the Russian Leibdragoons for a counterattack!!

The left wing is defended by a Prussian Grenadier regiment

Cossacks and Leibdragoons charge!

The following minutes will be terrible.....
Cossack detail

Leibdragoons detail

The howling Cossacks in charge

But the Prussians sent their Jaegers in the field, followed by the brown hussars

Charge in gallop

The Prussians will eliminate the Cossacks with 3 dices....

Who was able to flee, did it...

I took so long time for painting them - and they died in 10 minutes....

But the left wing remains in Prussian hands....
 Finally, we got a heavy storm and had to leave the garden, packaging all miniatures in their boxes - and the end of this battle day, both sides complained a lot of casualties, but no winner....
Next campaign will be more successful!°