Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Passing of Richard Ansell

I just saw the announcement on The  Miniatures Page that sculptor and wargamer Richard Ansell passed on Feb 11 due to a heart attack.  You can read more about the sad event on the Two Fat Lardies blog .

Many of us have figures sculpted by Richard and his passing will leave a huge hole in the miniature gaming world.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Command Zone VIRTUAL online live

A weekend of tabletop escape.

COMMAND ZONE VIRTUAL 17-18-19 April 2020

Online LIVE games that you may join in or just watch on:

Starting on 17 April: Victory Without Quarter: Alpian Wars, 7 pm Pacific Time (same as LA, USA)
  - another of the many meeting engagements between Alpia and Stagonia

Continuing on 18 April: Ripple Field, English Civil War, 11 am start, with a potential to run the game twice with different players (depending on time and performance)

Ending on 19 April: Napoleonic battle, SHAKO II rules set: 11 am start with a gentle paced battle between Austro-Russians and Italian-French forces.

If you are keen to join in, as an active player, contact Murdock via blogger mail and get the connection code.  Otherwise feel free to drop by on

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from the Duke of Tradgardland

Father Christmas has enlisted some help in delivering the presents this year in the Duchy. I do hope these fellows can be relied upon..
Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine. Remembering Blue  Bear Jeff without whom the hobby would be so much less for so many of us.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Great Blue Bear now on his way to the summerlands.

Emperor vs Elector readers, one of the originators of this group blog, Jeff aka Blue Bear of Saxe-Bearstein has passed away.

Jeff had been in hospital since July and moved to Hospice care in late September.

October 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm Pacific time, Jeff started on his journey to the summerlands.

a pictorial memorial for Jeff
On October 13, 2016 there was a celebration of life for Jeff and we all recounted many tales from the past 20 years.

Saxe-Bearstein shall be going silent as was Jeff's desire.  There is no reason to stop posting here and continuing a game-filled conversation.

Regiment Bauer Bar

Regiment Bauer Bar ,in Tradgardland  service, on parade in the forests of the Duchy of Tradgardland.
Rest in Peace Jeff and thanks for everything.

Friday, August 5, 2016

London war room North West Pacific tribesmen figures?

Does anyone know if the range of tribesmen and Russian fur traders are still available?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Building scale ships

Some hopefully refreshing pictures of my first ever serious painted sailships:

If curious to see some pictures else, please click on the caption above.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Wars of Stagonian Aggession

Finally after years of painting (and not playing enough), my friend Rob and I have begun a series of early 18th century battles between the vile Stagonians (Rob) and those much-beloved Saxe-Bearstein troops (me).

We are trying out the "Black Powder" rules (and making mistakes of course).  So far we have fought two battles:

The Battle at Bittewasser (clicky) and The Bridge at Kronstadt (clicky).

Early action at Bittewasser.

Early movement at Kronstadt.

And a bit to my surprise, I have been liking the "Black Powder" rules . . . so we hope to fight more battles as my health permits.

Future encounters can be found at "The Wars of Stagonian Aggression" blog (so you might want to bookmark it).

-- Jeff

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Sovereign takes Oath

Today 6th March 1714, Princess Elisenda has just taken oath on the Defiant Principality Constitutions as customary (not without previous harsh negotiations with the Commons, as it can be read here). Chancelleries of all around Europa are invited to the Coronation Ceremony event, which is due to be held on next 21st March at Saló de Sant Jordi (=Saint George Hall) in Catalonia's Generality Palace.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to downsize an already small army, and other musings

Sure that I would reveal no secret if I stated that Gibraltar was taken in 1704 by an Anglo-Dutch fleet on behalf of Archduke Charles Habsburg. By virtue of Utrecht Treaty (1713) it was agreed the enclave to come under British sovereignty, as most already know for sure.

OK so far. But, did you know that Gibraltar kept being ruled by an Austro-Catalan governor until 1719, when he was finally substituted? Besides, I've recently learnt that right after the rock conquest, a group of Catalan businessmen created there a West Indies trading company in 1709, that was christened as "Companyia Nova de Gibraltar" (=Gibraltar New Company).

We're going to combine and cook at will both curious stories as a starting point for an epic adventure in the Spanish Main, starred by an audacious band of Catalan settlers. Such campaign will be mostly RPG driven, with some wargaming sideshow around. If curious about this and other musings, please take a look into our blog latest entry.

While revamping that blog illustrations and broken links, I've taken advantage for posting a couple of early 18th century flag plates else. This time, some of the Holy Roman Empire states. Please enjoy them at will, if wished:

You can watch and download them from this particular page.

Friday, April 15, 2016

18 Cent. Flag plates

Hi, just a short note to acknowledge to anyone eventually interested that, while in the process of refurbishing The Defiant Principality blog, I'm taking advantage for restoring some flags and uniforms plates hosted there that went missing --whatever the reason why. Well, not just restoring them but rebuilding these at some extent. Besides of those plates directly related to the Principality itself, I have now online again a couple of plates else: for the Kingdom of France theone, and for the Kingdom of Spain the other. Just click on each to see it larger, if curious.

Plates themselves are a bit crude if compared to those professionally printed that can be found in market, but perhaps their uncommon subjects (land and state flags, as well as maritime ensigns) may be useful to someone. In any case, I'm getting a lot of fun at drawing them!

The whole flags collection will be posted on this particular page of my blog: what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com/p/flags.html

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A battle to help explain a peace

As announced a few days ago, I've already started to explain how The Defiant Principality manages to survive the War of Spanish Succession. A much needed piece of information on how and why it happens is the critical battle of El Bruc, fought between 8 and 14 December 1713 in a key pass in the route toward Barcelona City.

Well, we gamed it three years ago (some weeks before our will to keep gaming faded away) and was still pending an AAR. Now that we've happily agreed to resume the story, it becomes compulsory to tell what happened there, and how it affects our currently projected setting.

Wish you enjoy it, despite my poor English! what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com/2016/04/post-war-1-decisive-battle.html