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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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Principality of Huack: Royal Navy Gunboat SMS Auston & Naval Landing Party

I bought these models on eBay back in December.  I still have to touch them up a bit, paint the sailors back cloth blue and find some guns for the "gunboat" and then give them all a wash.  But I am anxious to show them off.  Consider this the "before" picture.  Anyway, the Royal Navy is ready to do their part to take the fight to the vile Turkoslavians!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Principality of Huack: Royal Naval Officers Uniform.

Commodore von Bach also designed the new Naval officers uniform requirements for the Royal Navy which was readily approved by Prince Karl.

Principality of Huack: Royal Navy Sailors Uniform

Commodore von Bach designed the new uniform requirements for the enlisted men of the Royal Navy which was speedily approved by Prince Karl.  Keenly aware of the Naval requirements of the Principality on Lake Hreshta (Ohrespa in Turkoslavia) the Commodore submitted a request to Prime Minister Jagow for 100 rifles, infantry belts, pouches, boots, leggings and daggers in addition to the new uniforms.

Principality of Huack Royal Navy Officer Sleeve Insignia

Desiring that his navy should have comparable uniforms to other European Navies, Commodore von Bach designed and submitted the sleeve insignias shown below to Prince Karl, whom gladly added these to the Royal Navy Uniform Instructions 1881.

Principality of Huack - First Officers of the Royal Navy

Prince Karl created the first 6 officers of the Royal Navy today at his lakeside palace in the town of Auston. Prince Karl appointed Siebrecht von Bach formerly a Captain of the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy as the head of the Principality's Royal Navy and bestowed upon him the rank of Commodore.

Commodore von Bach's first task is to setup bases in St. Jamestonia and Auston; design, and build the first ships and finally recruit and train sailors for the Royal Navy.  The Commodore is also tasked with coordinating the coastal defense of the Principality with the Royal Army.

Commodore von Bach, far right with cigarette, poses with the first Royal Naval Officers.

Principality of Huack - Naval Officer Insignia

From his palace in Aleshirejvo and addressing the his court and both the Royal General Staff and the future senior Naval Officers, Prince Karl signed the Navy Act formally creating the Principality's Royal Navy.  Part of the Navy Act was the creation of a standardized rank structure.  The ranks below were approved as insignia for the Royal Navy Officer Corps.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WWII: North Africa: DAK: 7th Panzergrenadier Brigade Schlieffen Painted and Based

7th Panzergrenadier Brigade Schlieffen
Painted and based up the first 10 elements of the 7th Panzers of the DAK.  I have ordered more reinforcements and they will be field ready by the end of the week.  Next up Italian Allies of the DAK and then on to the British 8th Army.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

WWII: Stukas Up in the Air

Working in 3mm can be tricky.  However I was able to mount my two Ju87 Stuka Dive Bombers on wire flight stands.  All the Afrika Korps models are glued to their bases now and are ready for priming tomorrow.

VSF: All Quiet on the Martian Front

I jumped in on this Kickstarter campaign: All Quiet on the Martian Front  at the deluxe invasion level a few months back.  Earlier this week they released the pledge manager.  After all the bonus levels that were achieved I'm going to receive enough miniatures to make 2 full VSF forces using whatever rules I want.  Not to mention several posters that I can further decorate my war room with.

WWII: 3mm Forces for North Africa

The start of 2 new 3mm forces.  The Afrika Korps and the British 8th Army.  I am in the process of basing up what I have and researching what I want to order next.  I am toying with the idea of recreating both units on company level in 3mm.

Start of the Afrika Korps.

First elements of the British 8th Army.

Friday, August 16, 2013

WWII: Two 60 point games of COMBAT: WWII

Played two quick games of COMBAT: WWII today with my son-in-law Barry.  Barry played Germans while I commanded the US Army.  Both games resulted in American victories but the second game was much closer.  60 points or less is a very fast and small game.  Both games played out in 20 to 30 minutes each.  A standard game is played at 100.

OOB Germans
10 Regular Infantry
1 HMG Squad (Regulars)
1 Mortar Squad (Regulars)
1 Pz I Tank (Regulars)
1 Pz VI Tiger I Tank (Veterans)

OOB United States
11 Regular Infantry
1 Ranger Squad
3 Jeeps with HMG (Regulars)
1 M4 Sherman (Veterans)

The battlefield.

Barry deploys his Germans.

American Deployment.

Jeep takes cover behind destroyed building.

American troops using farmhouse for cover.

The valiant crew of the Sherman advance on the field in search of targets.

Barry moving the Germans up.

Americans coming up using the buildings for cover.

The Sherman takes out the Pz 1 but the big Tiger is lurking around the hill.

The Tiger's crew is confident of a quick kill on the Sherman but they rolled a 1.

The Sherman spins and takes out the Tiger's main gun.

American troops enter the destroyed building for cover against the advancing Germans.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

WWII: More 6mm German Elements

Four more elements for my 6mm WW2 German Army the 7th Panzergrenadier Brigade Schlieffen.  An infantry company on each end, with an armored platoon and a field artillery battery in the middle.  These are more of the models that I bought off eBay and rebased and flocked for Brigadier.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

WWII: HQ Element 7th Panzergrenadier Brigade Schlieffen

I bought some painted models on eBay and rebased and flocked them for my upcoming Brigadier WW2 wargame rules.  I printed off a description of the element to attach to the base and gave them an insignia.  More to come tomorrow.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

2nd Wargame Room

While this is our third home since the Duchess and I wed; this is my second wargame room.  Alas though we will be moving again early next year but the good news is that I will another wargame room there.