My site for the Herzog to vent his views on his ongoing efforts to return the breackaway lands [Schwabian League] to Harzburg's control.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The painting of the Harzburg Jaeger Corps begins

Tonight I was able to start painting the Harzburg Jaeger Corps.
The boys received their green coats and pants. I am one of those reprobates who does not undercoat their figures.

The Jaeger officers lead their companies.

The rank and file Jaegers follow their officers.

The mounted Jaegers officers lead their squadron.

The rank and file follow their officers with their pistols foreword.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The Lead pile is gone and the casting will cease. I was able to cast the following units for this seasons campaign. Once the lead pile is replenished and the present units are painted I will return to casting.








Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Planning the reply

A tierd Minister Gerissenheit entered the Herzogs meeting room. "My appologies for being late to this meeting, Your Grace. I revieved troubling news this morning and I had to gather all the information to present you with the facts."

Herzog Fredrick looked from his chair at the head of the table, "Minister Gerissenheit make your presintation then I will decide if appologies are warented."

Minister Gerissenheit related the news of the raid by the Schwabian Jaegers across the river. Then he told of the availability of spare horses and equipment to return the troop of Mounted Jaegers to the field in a matter of days. "I need you Grace permission to pull 2 companies from a couple of regiment and 2 companies of grenadiers to fill out the regular infantry for a raid."

Herzog Fredrick thought a moment and replied, "I will allow you to approach Thalber's regiment, Lewe's regiment, and my Herzog's regiment for the regular infantry. You do plan to send the Jaeger Corps in so that they may repay the kindness shown them."

'Your grace is most astute. Even now the Jaeger Corps is being assembled and equipped. I expect that they will re ready to cross the border in 3 days."

"I have a squadron of Dragoons accompanying me. I will have them made available to you to add some cover for the infantry. Send an artillery company with the raiding force to deal with any stubborn defences. I accept you apologies for being late now we have much to discuss and my ministers will need to work together to make this raid an effective first action of the season."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Jaegers tale I I

Leutenant Klink cleared his throat and tried to organize his thoughts. After a moment of silence Klink begins his tale, " I was ordered to examine the fords along the river and make notes on their depths and condition. My troop started at the northernmost ford and continued south taking note of the rivers depths and the condition of the footing at the fords."

"Along the way south I was meet by a gentleman in a red cloak with a plume in his hat and a patch over his left eye. This gentleman passed letters to me for delivery to your office and I placed them into my pouch."

"You had letters from an operative in your possession! What happened to those letters." Minister Gerissenheit asked. "Please answer at once before you continue."

Leutenant Klink hesitantly answered, "Those letters were in my pouch with all my reports. They are in the hands of the Jaegers."

Minister Gerissenheit sighed and said,"Continue your report and I shall try not to interrupt."

Leutenant Klink gathered himself and continued, "The day after the gentleman handed me the letters we arrived at the ford commonly known as the Smugglers Ford. I ordered my men into the ford and observed the depth from how high the water rose on their horses. When their horses reached the middle the water was deep enough almost cause the horses to begin swimming. I called them back to the bank and since it was late i had my men make camp with the intention of double checking the condition of the ford in the morning."

"It was a routine evening and following taking care of our horses the men and I settled down for an evening repose. Following supper I worked on reports on the condition of the fords and routine daily reports of the troop. Once my official duties were finished, I made a routine examination of the camp and the condition of the horses and equipment."

"With the examinations complete I ordered the fires kept large enough to keep coffee for the sentries but small enough to not draw attention. I went to sleep and ordered that I be awakened at 3am to begin the day. I place the time around midnight when I was awakened by gunfire and a rush of men in our camp. I reached for my weapons but found a soldier with his bayonet pointed at me menacingly. At that point I was compelled to surrender."

"The Schwabian Jaegers gathered us and quickly began to gather all the papers from the entire troop. Their officers kept telling them to gather all papers and they will be read at a later date. I must admit that they were thorough in their search and not a scrap of paper was left possession of the entire troop. They even seized bills from the merchants where I purchased my new boots and saddle."

"Following the search their commander ordered that we remove our boots. Then I saw them throw our saddles and horse blankets onto the fires. Then they threw all our supplies while they gathered our mounts and arms for transport. Then those damn Jaegers threw our boots on the fires and when we tried to protest bayonets brought our protest to an end."

"Keep away from the fords and we will not have to return. Tell your superiors that the League is vigilant in it's observation." their commander yelled at us then they withdrew to the river, I gathered a couple of my men and followed while the rest of the troop tried to salvage what they could. The Jaegers on the opposite side of the river kept over watch while they crossed. The name of their commander Was Fuchs and I swear that I will pay him back.

Since the moonlight allowed travel I gathered my troop with what we had salvaged and headed to our nearest outpost. Upon arrival I had my men rest and I commandeered a horse and headed to Oberst Schultz to inform him of the situation. He ordered me to accompany him here to report to you in person.

With that Leutenant Klink paused and stood back. Minister Gerissenheit asked, "Did you open any of the letters?"

"No sir. I thought that they were private and did not open them."

"Oh well, I wonder what that gentleman wanted to tell me. Albert where are you!" called the Minister. A clerk entered with a tray on which was a bottle of brandy and three glasses. "Place that here on my desk then you may leave," ordered the Minister.

"Gentleman I want a complete report on those fords. Can you remember most of the information."

"Minister the fords are not passable to wagons or artillery but infantry and cavalry can use them. Infantry would need to carry their guns and ammunition over their heads. A raid by the Jaeger Corps is feasible once my men have new mounts and equipment," Leutenant Klink stated.

Minister Gerissenheit bade the Jaegers to stand with him as he handed them each a glass. "Glory to Harzburg and the Hertzog! Gentlemen we have a long morning before us. Klink You must recount all the fords heights as best you remember them then your commander and I will see what can be done to repay the Schwabians. Albert !" called the Minister.

The clerk entered and was told to send for food, quills, paper, and messengers. "This is going to be a long morning," Albert thought as he scurried to comply with his orders.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Jaegers tale I

Harzburgs Minister of Information, Albert Gerissenheit started the day as is his custom, reading the latest intelligence reports from sources in Schwabia. Midway through a knock on his door stopped him. "Come in!" he shouted as he put his cup of coffee down.

His clerk hesitantly entered and timidly spoke," I am sorry to bother you Minister, but there is a messenger here for you. He is a Mounted Jaeger
Leutenant Klink. He is accompanied by Oberst Schultz, commander of the Jaeger Corps."

"Might as well show them in then bring a bottle of Brandy as this does not seem to be a good day. Now hurry I still have to attend a meeting with the Herzog's council." With his clerk hurrying out the Minister cleared his desk by placing his papers in his desk.

Oberst Schultz entered with a disheveled Jaeger with dirty shoes. "Your companion is out of uniform her Oberst. Is how Jaegers come to meet a Minister of the Herzog."

"Minister Gerissenheit the condition of this officer is what this is about. I am sad to say but this Leutenant had a bad night and you need to here it. Klink if you want to stay in the Jaegers you will give your report and leave nothing out."

"Just calm down young man. It looks like the worst has already happened and all you can do is bravely carry on. Remember a officer must report failures as well as success," Minister Gerissenheit motioned the men to chairs by his desk as he sat down. "Begin your tale young man and be assured you will not be interrupted."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jaeger Corps

the two Jaeger companies of the Jaeger Corps

the squadron of mounted Jaegers

The painting will commence when I return from gaming Saturday with the Jackson Gamers.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jager Corps

The Jaeger Corps is near finished and after my trip to Jackson this Saturday to game I plan to complete the Corps and begin on the Column it will be screening. The Jaeger Corps will consist of a squadron of mounted Jaegers and 2 companies of foot Jaegers.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Harzburgs Minister of Information, Albert Gerissenheit started the day by reading the latest intelligence reports from sources in Schwabia. He almost choked on his morning coffee when a report stated that a company of Jaegers had taken position at the town of Zwilling-Eichen. He read the report again to make sure he had gleaned all the facts he could then threw the report on the table.

"Damn those Jaegers" me muttered as he reached for the final report. Midway through the report he started to smile as he read that the Jaegers were training a large influx of new recruits. " So the Jaegers want to play near the border with recruits do they. Well we will have to give them something to do" He mumbled before returning to his coffee while the wheels started turning on a plan in his head.

"What news have you this morning Minister," Called the Herzog as he entered the Minsters office. Herzog Fredrick then sat in the chair reserved for him and reached out his hand as his assistant prepared a fresh cup of cofee.

"Your Grace there is news of Jaegers positioned at Zwilling-Eichen which means their operational area could interfere with our intelligence operations. Might I suggest that the Jaeger Corps move their operations to test these Jaegers as fully one third are new recruits."

"The Corps is occupied verifying the state of the fords along the river. Until the fords are suitable operations can not begin. You remember the fiasco my father had when he tried to force a crossing with pontoons.
I was just fourteen but swore that day that those rebels would be brought back under the control of Harzburg before I die."Herzog Fredrich stood and began to pace while sipping his coffee. Stopping he turned to the Minister and said, "One third recruits you say, well who command them?"

The Minister started fumbling through the reports and finally stated, "None of the reports mention the Jaegers commander. I will send messages to our contacts to find out and for them to observe the Jaegers routine."

"You do that and I will see that the Jaeger Corps keeps an eye out for any interference . Increase your surveillance as the ford near there is the best hope of an early operation with our artillery and supply wagons accompanying the infantry.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Artillery Company

I plan to amend the War Games organization for Harzburg. I am planning to organize their guns into Artillery Companies. Each company will be made up of
3 guns and limbers
15 gunners
12 artillery guard
4 foot officers
1 mounted officer