Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Return to the Fields of Mars - After far too long lounging at the peace negotiations (a pathetic excuse for french-speaking nobility to partake of Germanic delicacies), war has broken out yet again between the peace-loving and civilized folk of St. Maurice and the heavy handed and nasty thugs that pass themselves off as the ruling class of Ardoberg-Holstein.  Below are pictures of a most recent engagement, the Battle of Hiltonia,   
 Here we see the forces of the Grand Duck (sic) arrayed, with the ubiquitous English and Hanoverian contingent marshaling to engage most of the center and all of the Duckal left flank.
A close-up of the right flank, with all of the A-H cavalry massed to force the St. Maurician left.  We also observe the vainglorious Grand Duck (sic) confounded yet again by new fangled technology.
 Finally, the good guys.  The flower of St. Maurice, with the heavy cavalry anchoring the right flank and a mixed cavalry brigade opposing on the left.  Venerable infantry names such as St. Germain and Clare massed on the center and right bear witness to the old St. Maurician adage "Use the foreigners first."
 Here the Moliere Dragoons and Royal Musketeers advance to confront (and get mauled by) the English foot.
 ...and the English prepare to meet them.  All of the Ardoberg-Holstein brigades are seen here, advancing in great style, with their guards battalions in the fore.
 His Majesty's forces on the left were presented with a perilous situation.  One heavy cavalry regiment, the regiment Rohan-Soubisse, supported by the light cavalry Loncheney Hussars, to hold off two heavy brigades of the Grand Duck's (sic) horse. 
 "Into the valley of death rode .................."  And just as mister Kipling's poem would chronicle no one would ride out of this one either.
 Here we see the Irish regiment Clare anchored on the battalion's guns, with the regiments La Marne and Dauphin arrayed to their left.
 Last of the photos as Rohan-Soubissse confronts the first of no less than three A-H regiments, and would be victorious over each in turn.  How uncharacteristic of  St. Maurician horse!
   When the smoke cleared, St. Maurice stood victorious on the field, but as they say in the old Charles Grant and Peter Young books, it was a close run thing.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

From Out of the Cold - Hi guys. Sorry it's been so long. My father passed away back around Thanksgiving, and I haven't had much of an inclination to get back on here and post since that time. That said, I'm back for now and wanted to show off another addition to St. Maurician urban development.

This little home is called "Fixer-Upper," and is a project I've wanted to work on for some time. It deviates from most of my builds in that it has a roof with a much steeper pitch than the others, and is generally more stylized. I thought it would look good in some of our 18th century horror games, and generally anywhere a dilapidated house would be in order. There are things on here I wouldn't do again, but overall I kind of like the look. Hope you enjoy the pictures.