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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Country guest house late summer 1756

On the eve of the Prussian invasion to Saxony, in august 1756, which ended so unhappily at the siege of Pirna for the Saxon army, we find this little scene in northern Lusatia (Lausitz): a country guest house, which shows us a moment of idyllic atmosphere - or better, typical atmosphere... As we can see, there is already an ugly fight in full swing. A young adolescent, having tried the Saxon Schwarzbier, could not do with it - he provoques the other guests with abusing words and has to be calmed down by a Prussian officer of the Freikorps "Le Noble".
The young rowdy looks a little bit like the young Klaus Kinski..
Officer of the Freikorps "Le Noble" - wearing the most beautiful uniform of the Prussian army, in my opinion.

Klaus Kinski provokes the officer and stands ready for a duel - we hope, the officer will succeed calming him down or giving him a good pounding..

The set I built is a new addition to the tabletop and should decorate the battles as a backdrop. The building has the typical 18th century rural architecture style. The them of a guest house is to be found in the famous scene of Frederick the Great after the battle of Leuthen, stopping for a bite to eat at the Gasthof Saara in Deutsch-Lissa. The innkeeper did not recognize him.

The famous inn, Saara bei Deutsch Lissa on an old postcard.

The miniatures are of different manufacturers: Trident (man with pipe and officer), Eureka (3 Musketeers) and Sash-and-Saber (AWI civilians). The building is made with styrofoam and cardboard.

Madame Bonnacieux with her husband in the background - We imagine, they are huguenots settling in Prussia - this explains the baguette and the bottle of red wine on the table....

The maidservant in the ambulatory

This maidservant brings beer and wine.

A Sash-and-Saber farmer with a Frontrank head

Front view of the guest house.

The entrance to the "Etablissement": The font of "Etablissement" should be the original typography of this period. It is called "Blankenburg" and is available for download as a free font.