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Nap Campaign: Battle of Grazzbenn 2nd April 1808 – Prequel

With lighting installed in the garage its time to return to wargaming on the tabletop. In advance I provide a recap of the events leading up to the next game to be played in the Napoleonic campaign – the critical battle of Grazzbenn:

On 24th March, Napoleon decisively captured the Prussian capital Grissburg. 
Grissburg
Grissburg

Continued –
Following the battle the Prussian army survivors were split into two (green 1 and 3). Blucher was among the troops who successfully broke through the surrounding French lines and escaped capture to the east (green 1).

As the Prussians continued to withdraw, Napoleon invested the capital and reorganised his forces.
Von Ziethen’s 1st Corps (green 5), having been recalled from Holland, was now approaching the rear of Napoleon’s position. Napoleon however, was still preparing for the next stage of his advance.

For his part, Blucher with a cavalry escort (green 4) races to rejoin his main force.

It is now 28th March and Napoleon makes his move. He strikes north aiming for the main Prussian military base of Grazzbenn. The second most important settlement after its capital. Having defeated the Prussians in every previous engagement he is confident that he can deliver a final knock-out blow against the main Prussian army. He is unfazed by the potential amassing of Prussian forces, in fact it is his preference as it will signal the end of any significant Prussian resistance! It will then be just a matter of mopping up the remnants.

As the French advance north, the Prussians hurry to gather their forces.

Following the road slows the French momentarily further allowing the Prussians to congregate in defence of Grazzbenn.

Units of the Prussian 2nd Corps (green 2) and 1st Corps (green 3) begin to take up position around Grazzbenn.

At the end of 1st April the scene is set for the crucial Battle of Grazzbenn.
Given the anticipated length of this battle I will break it down into bitesize chunks beginning with the Introduction. This will include orders of battle and photographs of the initial dispositions.
NEXT: The Battle of Grazzbenn – Introduction

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Showcase: Warhammer Underworlds Sepulchral Guard

How does anticipation and excitement turn to guilt so quickly in the Warhammer hobby? One minute, I’m super hyped and can’t wait to paint the best looking skeleton models Games Workshop has ever released and then a blink of an eye it’s 5 years later and i’m looking at a dusty box on the shelf feeling bad I never painted them.

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The Price of Crowns 2 Kingdom of Wurttemburg Kickstarter delivers… and another begins!

 Several days ago, a rather large and quite heavy box arrived from Germany, containing the spoils of this great Kickstarter by Lucas Luber and Piano Games. It was well packed in eco-friendly shredded paoper4 and cardboard to protect the figures. It was quite a treasure hunt searching through it for the goodies, and I could easily have missed a smaller pack or two, but ultimately the weight of the metal gave them away, and they were all tracked down, including a single figure that had escaped from his baggie somehow! 

I then set about the pleasant task of organizing the figures into the units that they will ultimately become!

I got enough line infantry to make 6 units (my usual Napoleonic infantry units have 18 figures). The gap in column 3 above was left by the figure who had deserted from his company but was later successfully found, and returned to the ranks! 

An unfortunately blurry photo of the Grenadiers with the transverse crests; I don’t know anyone else who makes these. There has been speculation as to their reality, but Rawkins book and drawings by Faber du Faur. I will include three of these in each unit.

Because I only use 1 flag per unit, I got three of command set 3 and one of set 2 (from the 2nd Kickstarter, which has only Officers, NCO’s, and a drummer). I now see that I need a second of set 2.  Like the rest, these are really excellent figures. At the toop is the infantry casualty set as well. 

I went all in on tjhe cavalry, too; these are the Leibjager Guard – green and black uniforms, bearskin, etc. There was only one squadron of them!  They may get repurposed as pre 1810 French Carabiniers Cavalry in the bearskin, which I don’t have in my collection. 

These re the Grenadier Guards – blue coats, cuirass, bearskin. The Leibjagers also wore the cuirass on occasions, so I think I may wind up doing 5 figures as them, and 5 as the Grenadiers (borrowing a spare from those above – my cavalry units have 8 figures). 

These are the Wurttemburg Chevauxlagers – excellent sculpts… not sure if the standard bearer in helmet is correct, but maybe! There wwere two regiments wearing dark blue coats, one with red and one with yellow facings. 

These are the Jagers zu Pferde, green coats, once again 2 regiments  with one faced rose pink and the other yellow. Rawkins gives interesting details about the crests (white over green and yellow over green respectively), and trumpeters wearing yellow jackets faced as per the troopers coats. From 1805 – 1810, the second, yellow faced unit, also wore “scharawaden” breeches, yellow from the waist to the mid thigh, and dark green in the lower portions!

The Gar4d du Corps, once again only a single squadron existed, yellow jackets, black facings. 

Wurttemburg Artillery. I got 2 each 6 lbers and howitzers, and one each of the horse and foot crews  in loading and firing poses. I use 2 guns with 6 crew for all but heavy batteries, so there will be a few crew left over. I like to include a mounted figure for Horse batteries, and thus will use spare figures from the Jagers zy Pferde and perhaps the helmeted figure in the chevauxleger pack for that.

Command figures in their baggies; Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm with his Great Dane, French General Vandamme, who commanded the Wurttemburg Corps in 1809, and 3 mouinted officers, one in bicorn, one in helmet, and one in light infantry shako.

There were 2 Jager units – dark green faced black, shakos with green cloth turbans. Snazzy!

Wurttemburg Light infantry; green jackets faced light blue, with yellow crossbelts; quite striking. The light infantry performed especially well at the battle of Eckmuhl; the line infantry were not engaged. 
Finally, we have the Garderegiment zu Fuß; dark blue coats faced black, piped white. Looking suitably relaxed in camp; most of the time these chaps remained in Stuttgart! 
The only criticism I would make about these otherwise superb figures is that the muskets and bayonets are quite slender, and thus prone to breakage. This is particularly true because the white metal alloy used is quite stiff and not very malleable; most likely it is lead free given its relatively light weight and stiffness, as well as origins in the EU (less lead in the environment is unquestionably a Good Thing). It might be worth considering making these a bit more robust in the future.  I won’t be using the flagpoles provided for the same reason, replacing them with floral wire,
There are uniform guides and flags for free download at the Pianowargames site; my copy of Rawkins e-book on the Kingdom will come in handy as well. When completed, the force will have:
Infantry
6 Line Battalions (regiments to me)
1 Light Battalion
1 Jager Battalion
1 Guard Battalion
all of 18 figures each, plus a small handful (6) of skirmishers and the Casualty figures (5).
Cavalry
1 Chevauxleger regiment
1 Jager zu Pferde regiment
1 Guard du Corps “regiment”
1 Leibjager/Grenadier Guard combined regiment
all of 8 figures, except 10 for the last one 
A few extra figures, likely to be used as Cavalry brigade commanders 
Artillery
1 Foot Battery
1 Horse Battery
each of 6 crew and 2 guns
a few spare figures, possibly for use as sappers/for command bases. 
Command:
General Vandamme
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
3 additional mounted command
Total: 173 Foot, etc,,  34 Cavalry, 12 Artillery with 4 guns, 6 command.
Not content to have completed this project, with the last of the figures mailed out, Lucas has started his 3rd Kickstarter, this time dealing with the armies Hessen-Darmstatdt and Wurzburg. I’ve already pledged for 4 Hessian units, a battery, and High Command, and am eagerly awaiting the availability of the Hessian Chevauxlegers! The base project was funded within 3 hours!

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Wargaming – The Return!

With the finishing touches all that remains in the new home, wargaming is on the verge of resumption. Moving house certainly gets no easier as age takes its toll! 

The first to complete towards the hobby was my new painting/study room. This enabled figure painting to resume but it has been far too long since the last wargame leading to serious withdrawal symptoms!

At the time of writing this, the garage modifications have mostly been completed with just new lighting to be installed. There are restrictions where I live on garage conversions. It must be capable of parking a car within and therefore the main garage door must remain. I therefore sealed it as much as possible with draught excluder and gaffer tape around the mechanism. An insulated ceiling was added with a rubberised tile floor. The breeze block walls and ceiling were painted white. 

The garage is left open plan with the half nearest the main door given over to household storage and the rest becoming a wargaming area. The lighting immediately above the wargames section are 5 spots on a single bar housing adjustable daylight bulbs. It will allow me to have a playing area of 4’6″ in width and up to 10′ in length although I doubt if I will ever exceed 9′. More table supports would be needed! 

All being well, the lighting will be installed within a few days and wargaming can resume. I will shortly be introducing the first game in my new retreat!

 

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The Price of Crowns 2 Kingdom of Wurttemburg Kickstarter delivers… and another begis!

 Several days ago, a rather large and quite heavy box arrived from Germany, containing the spoils of this great Kickstarter by Lucas Luber and Piano Games. It was well packed in eco-friendly shredded paoper4 and cardboard to protect the figures. It was quite a treasure hunt searching through it for the goodies, and I could easily have missed a smaller pack or two, but ultimately the weight of the metal gave them away, and they were all tracked down, including a single figure that had escaped from his baggie somehow! 

I then set about the pleasant task of organizing the figures into the units that they will ultimately become!

I got enough line infantry to make 6 units (my usual Napoleonic infantry units have 18 figures). The gap in column 3 above was left by the figure who had deserted from his company but was later successfully found, and returned to the ranks! 

An unfortunately blurry photo of the Grenadiers with the transverse crests; I don’t know anyone else who makes these. There has been speculation as to their reality, but Rawkins book and drawings by Faber du Faur. I will include three of these in each unit.

Because I only use 1 flag per unit, I got three of command set 3 and one of set 2 (from the 2nd Kickstarter, which has only Officers, NCO’s, and a drummer). I now see that I need a second of set 2.  Like the rest, these are really excellent figures. At the toop is the infantry casualty set as well. 

I went all in on tjhe cavalry, too; these are the Leibjager Guard – green and black uniforms, bearskin, etc. There was only one squadron of them!  They may get repurposed as pre 1810 French Carabiniers Cavalry in the bearskin, which I don’t have in my collection. 

These re the Grenadier Guards – blue coats, cuirass, bearskin. The Leibjagers also wore the cuirass on occasions, so I think I may wind up doing 5 figures as them, and 5 as the Grenadiers (borrowing a spare from those above – my cavalry units have 8 figures). 

These are the Wurttemburg Chevauxlagers – excellent sculpts… not sure if the standard bearer in helmet is correct, but maybe! There wwere two regiments wearing dark blue coats, one with red and one with yellow facings. 

These are the Jagers zu Pferde, green coats, once again 2 regiments  with one faced rose pink and the other yellow. Rawkins gives interesting details about the crests (white over green and yellow over green respectively), and trumpeters wearing yellow jackets faced as per the troopers coats. From 1805 – 1810, the second, yellow faced unit, also wore “scharawaden” breeches, yellow from the waist to the mid thigh, and dark green in the lower portions!

The Gar4d du Corps, once again only a single squadron existed, yellow jackets, black facings. 

Wurttemburg Artillery. I got 2 each 6 lbers and howitzers, and one each of the horse and foot crews  in loading and firing poses. I use 2 guns with 6 crew for all but heavy batteries, so there will be a few crew left over. I like to include a mounted figure for Horse batteries, and thus will use spare figures from the Jagers zy Pferde and perhaps the helmeted figure in the chevauxleger pack for that.

Command figures in their baggies; Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm with his Great Dane, French General Vandamme, who commanded the Wurttemburg Corps in 1809, and 3 mouinted officers, one in bicorn, one in helmet, and one in light infantry shako.

There were 2 Jager units – dark green faced black, shakos with green cloth turbans. Snazzy!

Wurttemburg Light infantry; green jackets faced light blue, with yellow crossbelts; quite striking. The light infantry performed especially well at the battle of Eckmuhl; the line infantry were not engaged. 
Finally, we have the Garderegiment zu Fuß; dark blue coats faced black, piped white. Looking suitably relaxed in camp; most of the time these chaps remained in Stuttgart! 
The only criticism I would make about these otherwise superb figures is that the muskets and bayonets are quite slender, and thus prone to breakage. This is particularly true because the white metal alloy used is quite stiff and not very malleable; most likely it is lead free given its relatively light weight and stiffness, as well as origins in the EU (less lead in the environment is unquestionably a Good Thing). It might be worth considering making these a bit more robust in the future.  I won’t be using the flagpoles provided for the same reason, replacing them with floral wire,
There are uniform guides and flags for free download at the Pianowargames site; my copy of Rawkins e-book on the Kingdom will come in handy as well. When completed, the force will have:
Infantry
6 Line Battalions (regiments to me)
1 Light Battalion
1 Jager Battalion
1 Guard Battalion
all of 18 figures each, plus a small handful (6) of skirmishers and the Casualty figures (5).
Cavalry
1 Chevauxleger regiment
1 Jager zu Pferde regiment
1 Guard du Corps “regiment”
1 Leibjager/Grenadier Guard combined regiment
all of 8 figures, except 10 for the last one 
A few extra figures, likely to be used as Cavalry brigade commanders 
Artillery
1 Foot Battery
1 Horse Battery
each of 6 crew and 2 guns
a few spare figures, possibly for use as sappers/for command bases. 
Command:
General Vandamme
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
3 additional mounted command
Total: 173 Foot, etc,,  34 Cavalry, 12 Artillery with 4 guns, 6 command.
Not content to have completed this project, with the last of the figures mailed out, Lucas has started his 3rd Kickstarter, this time dealing with the armies Hessen-Darmstatdt and Wurzburg. I’ve already pledged for 4 Hessian units, a battery, and High Command, and am eagerly awaiting the availability of the Hessian Chevauxlegers! The base project was funded within 3 hours!

Blunders On The Danube