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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Battle 2: Paleiten in East-Prussia

After the arrival of Anselm, what was long-timed expected, we immediately build up the tabletop and deployed a scenario, located in East-Prussia: A little village, called Paleiten, is in the hands of the Russian Corps (me), which installed itself after the victory of Gross-Jaegersdorf in the countryside, not without looting the population and the villages around....
The goal of the Prussian general (Anselm) was to take the village and to expel the Russians from this area.
Prussian Commanders (left) supervise the deployment. In the foreground our new Cuirassiers regiment, The Berlin Gensdarmes

Prussian officers discussing the range of their artillery pieces..

Anselm decided a clever strategy: approaching to the battle zone, he didn´t show his true intentions and moved in march columns a long time through the fields. Suddenly, he changed the formations of his regiments and build a right wing with Jaegers and Hussars and a left wing with 90% of his infantry, followed by horse artillery and Cuirassiers.
The Russian base camp in Paleiten

The Russians waited and waited, still in hope to lure the enemy to the reach of their own artillery.
It was a long, tactical manoeuvring, and both sides needed nerves of steel - hesitating, who will do the first mistake....
The first approach: the artillery is checking the distances and fires... In the background: Paleiten.

Right wing: Prussian light cavalry and Jaegers prepare to charge the Cossacks (right, in the center)


Brown Hussars galloping...

Cossacks´reaction: the leave the fortifications around the village and advance 

Russian general gives some orders

2 Dragoon regiments, Pskov and Tver, ready in the second line...

Russian fortified the village

Some hits of the Prussian artillery made them nervous - here the Novgorod infantry (Nuernberger Meisterzinn - still in duty...)

Also this faces show some anxious emotions....
Then, the Russians, under pressure of Prussian´s left flank,  made a sortie with the red Hussars - who were pulverized by the Prussian horse artillery in 1 turn...
At the same time, some skirmishes between Prussian Jaegers and Hussars and the wild Cossacks took place on the other flank, without any decision.
Prussian Cuirassiers von Kyau

Hungarian Hussars begin the attack

... against this Prussian infantry, already changing the formation

The Russian Ulans started a manoeuvre to the center, charging the Prussian Cuirassiers, accompanied by the Slobodski and Yellow Hussars from the other flank.
But the Prussians had no mercy: The infantry formed a square and Cuirassiers and artillery destroyed this attack.
Russian Ulans charging...

...this enemy: Prussian Langermann Dragoons

Berlin Gensdarmes and artillery already awaiting the attack

Russian reserve is mobilized, but enclosed between village and forest - they cannot deploy

The Russian beauties (in my opinion) in reserve - The Leibdragoons, which I prevent normally from damage...

No chance for the Russians, and they retired....

28 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning photos!
    Cheers, PD

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    1. Thank you, Peter - it was also a splendid game with Anselm, in a sunny afternoon. Nice to have you here!
      Peter

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  2. Photos, 1 4 & 5 are probably the best I have seen in the hobby.

    Absolutely Wonderful.
    Hopefully, one day you will share your skills on the AMG Forum.

    Kindest Regards
    John

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    1. Dear John, thank you so much for this words - it´s a honor for me.
      I fancy with the AMG Forum - and will contact you, ok?
      Peter

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  3. Je suis un fan depuis longtemps, mais là je crois que tu t'es surpassé! Ces photos sont magnifiques, impressionnantes de réalisme...On y était! Bravo, mille fois bravo...

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    1. Merci, Phil :-) trop gentil. J´aime bien cet atmosphère en été, la poussière, et les uniformes colorées en ligne.. c´est pour ca, je fais tout ce travail fou... - je me comprends meme pas...
      Bien ravi de recevoir ton commentaire,
      Peter

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    1. Thank you, Ken, so appreciated!
      Peter

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  5. Excellent photos as usual !!! . Tony

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    1. Thank you, Tony - so glad to read your comment!
      Peter

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  6. Admiré Peter: bien qu'il semble impossible, vous effectuez toujours de meilleures présentations. Contempler vos superbes photos, avec cette atmosphère unique et de belles figures dans votre collection, vous me donnez l'occasion de profiter d'un moment de grande joie et de plaisir. Je vous remercie de l'effort que vous mettez dans faire ces présentations magnifiques et surtout de partager avec la communauté des amateurs de jeu de guerre historique. Cordiales salutations de la lointaine République Argentine, Carlos

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    1. Cher Carlos, je suis bien touché de ton commentaire et me sens très heureux. Merci beaucoup pour ces mots - c´était, en effet, une grand joie de jouer avec mon neveu Anselm en plein air, et de bouger les petits soldats sur ce tableau - on jouit de ce hobby. Tu es toujours bienvenu ici!
      A bientôt, Peter

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  7. I never tire of looking at your photos. Absolutely inspiring...Bill

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    1. I am so glad to share this fascination with you, thank you very much, Bill!
      Peter

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  8. Your photos look so realistic. Wonderful!

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  9. Breathtakingly beautiful table - the fake-fur mat really does wonders for creating a smooth and realistic nature.

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    1. That´s true - the fur mat is the best underground for this kind of figures - they never can be damaged. This time, we put some towels under the mat for making smooth hills.
      Thank you for this kind comment!
      Peter

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  10. Lovely game and fabulous photographs

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    1. Thank you Allan, it was a great game - too short, unfortunately..
      So glad about your words!
      Peter

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  11. Terrific Peter. I think Photos number 5 and 6 must be the best photographs of a wargame ever, anywhere, brilliant! Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris! I always try to find a good composition for a picture and expirience every time newly...
      I highly appreciate your opinion, so glad about it!
      Peter

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  12. Splendid, Peter ! The photography is top notch, somehow you created a really spacious look to the battlefield as well.

    Nice to see the old Meisterzinns still in action. Maybe the new Prince August molds will serve in the future ?

    Regards,
    Steve

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    1. Thank you, Steve - I hesitate to exempt the Meisterzinns from action - too many memories on old battles played with the family... The PA moulds are on my wishlist, indeed...
      Peter

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  13. Beautiful and very real-looking, as always. You must have a time machine! :-)

    Cheers,

    David.

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  14. Großartige Fotos und toller Modellbau! Wunderbare Inspiration, um die lange gelagerten Gießformen wieder auszupacken und ein paar Figuren (oder auch ein paar mehr) zu gießen und zu bemalen. Auch tolle Anregungen für die Table Top Gestaltung. Fantastisch, habe alles gelesen und werde sicher öfter vorbeischaun.
    Viele Grüße, Stefan

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