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"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Royal Geographical Society & Royal Africa Company

The Royal Geographical Society & The Royal Africa Company was established today with both academics from the Royal Academy, merchants throughout the realm and adventurers within the royal court. It's charter granted from the Duke allows for the exploration & colonization of Africa. The Society shall operate as an independent institution within the company and serve it's scientific and exploration duties. The company shall be entirely self-sufficient in all overseas endeavors.

The Board of Directors, Royal Africa Company
Governor: Baron Paul von Vorbeck, 10% share holder.
Director: HRH Duke Augustus von Lettow, 56% share holder.
Director: Baron Wilhelm von Bach, 10% share holder.
Director: Herr Heinrich Kiettell, 7% share holder.
Director: Herr Joseph Bonn, 5% share holder.

I have on my drawing board an idea for an 18th century African pulp adventure. I think I will go with 28mm figures for this project since it will be entirely skirmished based action. Of course I will post more once I decide upon the figures, rules and adventure synopsis.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Fortenbras Palace Officer's Mess

HRH Duke Augustus von Lettow

Chief of the Royal General Staff
Major General Wilhelm von Bach
Note: General Bach was formerly the Royal Army Field Commander during the Eschian War. It was his brilliant strategies and tactics in that campaign that led to his elevation as both the Baron of Drax and the Chief of the Royal General Staff.

Adjutant of the Royal General Staff
Major Prince Albrecht von Lettow
Note: Prince Albrecht was called to Berlin and is currently serving as the adjutant to HRH Prince Heinrich General of Infantry of the Prussian Army.

Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Colonel Romulus Paul von Vorbeck
(Son of the Baron of Diekirch) Has lead the Royal Army as Field Commander during the whole of the 2nd Saxe-Huack-Bittburg War. Colonel Vorbeck has established himself as both an able commander and shrewd diplomat in dealing with the conquered towns and baronies of Bittburg. Colonel Vorbeck fought with distinction in the Eschian War as the commander of the Grenadier Guards.

Commanding Officer, Huack Regiment, 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Lt. Colonel Manfred Paulus

Commanding Officer, 1st BN, Huack Reg., 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Major Manfred von Jagow
(Son of the Prime Minister Baron Alexander von Jagow)

Commanding Officer, 2nd BN, Huack Reg., 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Major Heinz Aleshire

Commanding Officer, Grenadier Guards, Royal Army
Lt. Colonel Frederick von Kliest
(Son of the Baron of Mertert)

Commanding Officer, Lieb Grendier Guards, Royal Army
Captain Wilhelm Rommell
Note: The Lieb Grenadiers are the palace guards of the Duke. The Lieb Grenadiers are a rotational company of the Grenadier Guards. Each company selects candidates on an annual basis. On one occasion the Lieb Grenadiers were ordered from Fortenbras Palace to serve in the field as bodyguard for the army field commander during the Eschian War. During this war they saw action and served with distinction setting themselves as the elite unit of the Royal Army.

Commanding Officer, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Lt. Colonel Alfred Sielditz

Commanding Officer, Artillery Battery, 1st Brigade, Royal Army
Captain Sepp Dresden

Commanding Officer, HMS Diekirch, Royal Navy
Captain Baron Siebrecht von Stueben
Note: Captain Stueben is the father of the Royal Navy. He used his close friendship with the Duke to persuade him to invest in the purchase of a frigate. Captain Stueben arranged the purchase, sailed and lead the scientist, merchants, explorers and crew of the HMS Diekirch, expedition to the dark continent of Africa, the first Saxe-Huack exploration of the continent. This journey more than paid for both the vessel, the trip and future treks back to Africa and beyond. This first adventure has established the Royal Navy as an indispensable asset to the Duke and his government and Baron von Stueben as a power within the royal court.
First Officer, HMS Diekirch, Royal Navy
Lt. Commander Wilhelm Riekker

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saxe-Huack Royal Army - 1st Cavalry Regiment

Here is an early template for my 1st Cavalry Regiment, I can't seem to find one with an armoured breastplate. The regimental colors are ultramarine blue & white. Haven't decided on a regimental motto or the name of the commander yet. I did, however, finally sit down tonight and paint up my first model of the year. A 15mm armoured cuirassier for this regiment. I'll post pics once I have at least one stand or two completed. Thanks again to Not by Appointment for the awesome uniform templates.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Malady at Mafeking Kinto

Lt. Geoffrey Arthur Charles Butler was ordered to lead a small patrol into the Mafeking Kinto plains just north of Fort Aleshire. Colonel Stanley was concerned that the zulus were possibly scouting the Mafeking Kinto for invasion. Lt. Butler's orders were to march out, find any enemy scouts and destroy them; then report the patrols findings back to Fort Aleshire. "Take a section of 7 men with you Geoff, the fuzzies routinely send out 3 men scout patrols. You will be more than ample to take care of any threat, from man or beast." "Sir!" our hero replies as he snaps to attention and smartly salutes.

Cpl. Beorn, was the first to spot the enemy just over the rise. "Sir, zulu, there, coming this way." Cpl. Beorn spoke while pointing to the first three zulu coming over the rise. "I see them, Cpl., form the men into 2 lines, back of 4, front of 3." "Sir!" the Cpl. snappped while quickly turning to order the men. "Just as the Colonel had feared, the zulus were interested in the Mafeking Kinto." "Wait, what is this...." The men all drew a hushed breath as not 3 zulus raced towards them, but 4, then 5, then within seconds, 16 were racing to their line with spears shining and shouting their war chant, "BOOM FASI" "BOOM FASI".

Lt. Butler drew his sword and pistol, and with sword raised, gave the command. "Front Rank, FIRE!" "Rear Rank, FIRE!" "Independent, FIRE." Our lads took out 10 before the zulus reached them and joined them in fierce hot combat. But in the end, the zulus ferocity and lifelong hand to hand combat skills won out.

You can see Lt. Butler up front with his sabre and pistol ready to strike down the enemy upon the plain! Lt. Butler was found barely hanging onto life after the ambush by the dastardley Zulu warriors. Our hero is recovering at the army hospital in Cape Town.
I played this skirmish with house rules that I was tinkering with. By the way, I played this game with the Zulu soundrack music in the background. Chin Chin!

Prussian Defense Force Rank Structure

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Final Results for the Pledge of 2009.

Last Updated: 12.24.09
Painted / Purchased
15mm: 45 / 305
25mm: 3 / 19
54mm: 1 / 0
Scenics/Terrain: 10 / 17

Total Painted: 59

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Prussian Chancellor issues statement....

(CNN) Koenigsberg, PRUSSIA. Prussian Chancellor Conrad Hekel addressed an emergency joint session of both the Council of Prussia and the National Assembly. The Chancellor's speech:

"Citizens of the Republic, greetings. I'm sure you are all aware now of the recent declaration by the government in Poland towards our new country. All republic services are carrying on. Our ambassadors in Moscow & Brussells have been in contact and I have been briefed by our military and intelligence services. We have to ask ourselves this question. Will Poland refuse annexation of southern Prussia? We must proceed on the assumption that they will. Arrangements are being made both diplomatically & militarily to, hopefully, prevent this from happening. Militarily we are preparing for an Polish invasion to overthrow our government and install a Polish puppet administration. Every assurance has been made to us from Moscow and no doubt they will be made good. We are a young state, but we are not defenseless. Many of our PDF forces have experience in the Russian army and several of our officer corps once served in armies from Germany and France to the United States. In fact our Special Operations Group are all former members of Spetsnaz and German KSK. These past three months we have steadily trained and equipped our defense forces for just such an event, invasion by a hostile force. For the past month we have had 1 battalion of infantry on special duty in Chechnya serving under Russian allied command, they are being rushed home as we speak. We have much Russian equipment, such as tanks and the anti-air and ground attack missiles which our allies saw fit to bequeath us on our creation. We will meet any invasion with the full force of our military capabilities, which I believe more than suffice to hold the nation until help arrives or cooler heads prevail and Poland is forced to find a seat and sit down."

Indeed the mood in the streets of Koenigsberg seems to be a serious one, machine gun armed Police are patrolling the streets, alongside military vehicles and tanks. We've been told that a curfew is in force and that citizens & civilians are being warned for possible attacks from the Polish military. Lights Out procedures are being streamed on Prussian radio and TV networks. It is an anxious night. Back to you Wolf.

Poland Declares Prussia a Rogue State

(AP) Warsaw POLAND. Three months after the rise of the new Baltic nation of Prussia from the former Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Poland's Foreign Minister declares that Poland views Prussia as a rogue state. This is casting doubt on the planned July annexation of lands that are currently inside the borders of Poland that voted for Prussian independence.

Tensions on the Polish side are rising as people living in the planned Prussian lands are protesting the Polish governments declaration.

The Prussian government has yet to respond to the Polish declaration. The Russian Foreign Minister called the Polish decision foolish and likened it to a spoiled child while the Russian Prime Minister Putin said that the annexation of the Prussian lands should continue as planned.

Russian economic and military aid to Prussia continues as Russian scientists and engineers arrived in Koenigsberg today to begin construction on a planned nuclear power plant and Russian fighter jets were seen landing at the Koenigsberg International Airport this morning.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Prussian Republic Service - Police Officers Uniform

As the Republic Police Service Corps march on parade in Koenigsberg one can get a good look at their uniforms. On a side note, Prussia has no prisons, only local jails. You don't want to get caught committing a felony in Prussia. Most misdemeanors result in a public whipping, anything that would result in a long term prison sentence in most countries will get you a public hanging in Prussia.

2010 Master Paint Plan

I have removed my former paint tracker titled "The Pledge, 2010" and replaced it with a better catalog of my planned SYW painting activities for 2010. This represents steps toward a goal which is markedly more sustainable. A much better measure of progress. I have titled it "2010 Master Paint Plan" and it can found on the left under our awards.