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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Prussian architecture: Kartoffelbefehl in a village


Preparing for the summer warfare, when my nephew arrives from the US, we plan to enrich the gameboard with some new buildings and civilians. As a difference to the Silesian farmhouses in stone, the West-Prussian villages were more rough, smaller and poorer than the Silesian ones. Dued to a hard and sandy soil, Prussian villagers shared a hard destiny with their neighbours in the Eastern countries. The "Kartoffelbefehl"of Frederick the Great in march 1756, the order to plant the potato, was a watershed for the rural population:
„Circulare an sämtliche Landräte und Beamte wegen Anbauung der Tartoffeln“: „Es ist von uns in höchster Person in unseren anderen Provinzen die Anpflanzung der sog. Tartoffeln, als ein sehr nützliches und sowohl für Menschen als Vieh auf sehr vielfache Weise dienliches Erd-Gewächse, ernstlich anbefohlen.(...)"
(source: Wikipedia).
Building this scenarios, I tried to catch the atmosphere of this epoch a little bit. The farmhouses are mostly in cardboard and wooden sticks, the figures are from the marvellous medieval serie of Peipp in 40mm and from Sash+Saber, serie "AWI civilians".


A Sash&Saber-boy with a Peipp-donkey

Peipp-mum with children beside her timbered house in clay and wood...
...and her small garden for vegetables and herbage...

a dusty image

the second building in wood construction. The Milk Maid sitting and milking a cow is a jewel of the Trident villagers serie.


behind the house, the Peipp-girls are playing with the dog...
The "Kartoffelbefehl" by her Majesty, the King

























a good source: Bernhard SCHMID; Das Bauernhaus der nördlichen Grenzmark. Bäuerliche Architektur in der ehemaligen deutschen Provinz Grenzmark-Posen-Westpreußen. http://bauernhofarchiv-literatur.blogspot.de/2012/03/das-bauernhaus-der-nordlichen-grenzmark.html 






Das Isergebirge. Bad Flinsberg – Bad Schwarzbach – Marklissa, 1933. source: http://ekologia.yum.pl

15 comments:

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    1. Thanks. Stokes - I adore your output in the last post- great!

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  2. You have really captured the look and feel of 18th Century Silesia. Nicely done ! I like the milk maid civilian figures--a great idea.

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    1. Thanks, Alter Fritz - your kingdom has its own charm, totally different of Silesia and Saxony. Yes, the Trident figures - grace of your advice - enrich our sets!
      Peter

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  3. Vraiment splendide, une fois encore! L'atmosphère est géniale!!
    Phil.

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    1. Merci, Phil - tu m´encourages toujours de continuer! malgré au tribut à la vie professionelle....
      A bientot!
      Peter

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    1. So nice, tradgardmastare! it´s such an honour to read your opinion - encouraging!
      Peter

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  5. Lovely work, could almost be there

    -- Allan

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    1. It is your blog which inspires me often - your wonderful sets and short stories around them. Thanks for all that!
      Peter

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  6. Beautiful atmospheric pictures !

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  7. Thank you, Mosstrooper - I hope to support your 40mm collection a little bit also, you do such marvellous things!
    Peter

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  8. Hi Peter,

    I love the realistic style of your buildings and how wonderful they are placed within the photos. The pictures show a lot of atmosphere. I´m sure you will have a lot of fun gaming with your nephew. Enjoy this great time. :)

    Greets
    Mike

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  9. The fourth picture down, from the garden, brings me back to the 1960's on a farm much like that where I was attacked by the giant horseflies,(I was smaller then) it looked a lot like that still, centuries later and time zones away, and that was here in what are now suburbs of Chicago. But your photo is almost a photo of that day in real life. Very good artistry.

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  10. Beautiful models extremely well presented and photographed, and thanks for the old photos and drawings which are good inspiration for my own modelling.

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