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.

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...

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!..."