EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rebellion Reappears in Rosmark

With the latest invasion attempt by the Pragmatic Coalition having been handily repulsed at Portland <click> in May, the always simmering civil unrest has boiled over again in Rosmark.

New recruits, just off the boat from Ireland, begin training as a Light Company is added to the Irish Regiment. They have removed the red uniform coats to facilitate the rapid movements required by skirmishers. In the background a rebel volunteer in civilian dress can be seen following along.


The root of the problem lies in the 2nd marriage of the current King's father to the Duchess of St. Lambert, capital of an area commonly called The Maritime Provinces. Upon the death of the old King, the new Crown Prince claimed the provinces, referred to in Rosmark as the Dowry Provinces, as part of the Kingdom of Rosmark by inheritance. The provinces rebelled claiming independence and were initially joined by the Dowager Queen who maintained her right to the title of  Duchess. The young King besieged the Queen in St. Lambert, <click> reaching a negotiated truce before leading a Northern Alliance expedition to capture the fortress of Adelheim <click> in retaliation for the  previous year's invasion by the Pragmatic Alliance which was repulsed at St. Michel.<click>



 After a few clashes <click>  the Dowager Queen and the Young King reached an agreement by which she was to retain the title for the rest of her life after which it would fall on King Michael. To everyone's surprise the Maritime Provinces disagreed and the war went on. <click> Two years later the threat of yet another invasion by the Pragmatic Coalition led the rebels to acknowledge the King's right to inherit and a contingent of troops in the pay of the Maritime Provinces contributed to the victory at Portland. Soon after it became clear that the two sides had not understood each other. The king claimed that the Provinces were now part of Rosmark and thus subject to his rule while the Parliament of the provinces declared that they had merely assented to allow him to inherit the honourary position of Duke  with purely ceremonial duties and no right to make laws or levy taxes.

Both sides are raising new troops.

17 comments:

  1. We await more uupdates from the front...

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    1. More troops over the next few weeks, battle next month I think.

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  2. Figures very nice, very good picture and a very interesting story! Greetings from the far south, Carlos

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  3. Are those the new Prince August figures ? - look good , Tony

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    1. Thanjs, Yes, the new Russians in summer uniform.

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  5. Tony - they are the new PA Russians in summer uniform.

    Ross - the figures look good, I think the troops in waistcoat will have a lot of uses. It might be an idea to do some artillery the same.

    Steve

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    1. Steve, I'm quite taken with them. It struck me that an open handed figure with option of a barehead and selection of tools inc rammer, pick, coil of rope etc might be useful as a labourer, soldier assigned to arty etc. After the Brits cone out if course :) but one artillery crew in vest woukd be a good idea.

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  6. Damnation - you've sent me pack to look at my moulds collection.

    I think you better post some updates to distract us!

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    1. Action shots of casting? Hordes of freshly painted csstings?

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  7. Looks and sounds like a good start to a new campaign.

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    1. Trying to get the past story straight as I get set to start getting the 6 remaining "campaigns" documented and rolling.

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  8. The Russians in waistcoat are very handsome, indeed. Blue waistcoat and breeches with white, summer gaiters is a good combination.

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    1. Very similar to the summer dress of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine in Canada, all I changed was the hat lace.

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  9. I too like the new figures very much, Ross. I agree, figures in waistcoats would make for fine artillerymen, having shed their coats for hot work with the guns.

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  10. This are the new Prince August moulds and they look terrific! Especially the blue tone you chose makes them extremely beautiful and fresh! Bravo, I so enjoy this post.
    Peter

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