Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Cheer Boys Cheer," A Parade And Surprises

Location: Frank Am Main
Date: 07 October 1759/2009
Situation: Three Days Before The Battle of Schaumburg.
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Inside the Old Guild Hall, food and beverages are being set out for important personages.

While outside a parade commences and finely-dressed people congregate to observe.

The central figure raises a sword and sings, Cheer BOYS Cheer and....
Frankzonians left to right: Count l'Beauchamp, none other than the Hurtzshog of Frankzonia and 'lMarquise de Hottatrot. The tall man rightmost is Gallia's l'Intendant l'Comte de Bastille directing the bar maid to bring drinks to his guests.

Flags come into view. It is Régiment de Albanie en-route to join the Army of Gallian Lieutenant Géneral de Chevert now just past (northeast) of The Fulda Gap. Albany/Albanie was one of three Scottish émigre battalions raised to support Bonnie Prince Charlie recover his throne. The gentleman in a purple coat is you.
Bastille: "Régiment Albanie, HALT!"

Another important person, Tradgardland's Prinzessin Alisona. Intendant Bastille has arranged for food and beverage to be brought to her apartment next door.

Moments later Bastille and the three Frankzonians appear in the street. To the right you also see our elegant ladies, Cherish Masquerade (pink ensemble )and Diana Pettygree (in carabinier blue) speaking with --- you. And behind them unseen is....

Bastille: "My dear and honoured friends. I offer you the opportunity to march to Lt. General Chevert's Army. The Albanies will guard you along the way. I've taken the liberty to assemble your baggage at the rear of the column. The soldiers will await your pleasure here."

Régiment Albanie halted as ordered.

Frankzonian baggage at the rear.

Hurtzhog, "Ja we must ... err... are honoured to attend the General.
Bastille: Trés bien mes amis. (Very good my friends.)
And dear reader there can now be no confusion in ol' Frankfurt Am Main to discombobualte our tormented Intendant and the vital Gallian magazine for which he is responsible.
Closing Remarks:
1. Frankzonians generously on loan from Arthur. Thank you!
2. Buildings kindly on loan from Randy. Thank you!
3. Albanie is mostly new Seven Years' War Crusader 28mm French, with three Minden command personnel sprinkled within given to me by Der Alte Fritz while the Highland garbed fellows are RSMs. They all fit in nicely, don't you think?
4. It is remarked in Volume II of Lawson's, A History of the Uniforms of the British Army, that Scottish émigre grenadiers wore kilts. See page 83. Now that's fun!
5. Flags are Vaubanner Graphics.
6. Buildings, most furniture and bar employees are from Miniature Building Authority.
7. Régiment Albanie was completed this week - just in time for Der Alte Fritz's 4th Annual BIG BATTALION SYW BAR wargame scheduled for 10 October 1759/2009.
8. Der Alte, Randy, I and the rest of our BAR group paint historical uniforms. However, in the fashion of Brigadier Peter Young and Charles Grant, Sr. we place them in fictional settings without national characteristics for fun.
9. YOU can do any of this too!
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  1. Another splendid regiment, Bill, and I wish them good fortune in the forthcoming battle.

    Steve Gill

  2. Superb stuff, lovely regiment. Looking forward to the next installment.

    -- Allan

  3. Your 'photo-novellas' are always of top level.

  4. A splendid regiment, Bill. Gives me even more impetus to paint my Old Glory Royal Eccossais.


  5. In a whispered conference on the road, the Hurtshog bemoans Bastille's impudence ... Doesn't he realize the potential disaster in bringing Hottotrot in close contact both with troops and to a battle ... the guy is impulsive, bold, and excitable ... no telling what sort of bloody attack he might get the men to spontaneously make!
    Beauphaup commiserates with the Hurtshog of course, but he is also carefully checking their pistol loads, flash pans, flints ...

  6. Wonderful scenes with colorful characters and good-looking troops! Excellent, sir . . . as usual.

    Enjoy the game.

    -- Jeff

  7. Sounds good -and fun too.
    Just one thing for you, my dear American friends. We, noble and pure French, who invented red wine, modesty and sex during the day have a very simple grammatical rule for "sniping" the "e" from "le" or "de" that most anglo-saxons seem to ignore : If the first letter of the following word is a vowel, you snip the "e". Otherwise, you don't.
    Some examples :
    Cul (ass) : de cul, le cul.
    Idiot : L'Idiot, d'Idiot.
    Bastille : La Bastille
    Armée : l'Armée


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