Monday, December 22, 2008

Wilhelm II dons Pilsner Horse Grenadier Uniform

Gen Graf Rupert von Pilsner has offered Wilhelm II the command of his Pilsner Horse Grenadiers. Lady Louise seems very pleased with her father's decision.Young Wilhelm has offered his friend, Ritter von Meltzer of the Markgraaf of Raubenstadt, the Captaincy in the Lieb Squadron of this new regiment.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Young Wilhelm II home for the holidays

Wilhelm II arrived home from the University of Pabst with a lovely young lady in tow. The Lady Louise von Pilsner is the daughter of Gen Graf Rupert von Pilsner and a favorite at Court. Humors abound that she has frequently visited young Wilhhelm keeping him from his studies. Ritter von Meltzer of the Markgraaf of Raubenstadt, a fellow classmate, will also be spending the holidays at the Beerstein's hunting lodge.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

British and Hanover troops exercise near Brewswick

British and Hanoverian Infantry on the march near Barony of Brewswick

British Guard and Grenadier Brigade lead a British Line Brigade

British Guard and Grenadier Brigade on the move

British Cavalry Brigade lead a Hanoverian Cavalry Brigade during maneuvers

Lumley's 8th Horse, Essex's Dragoons, and Horse Guards form the British Brigade

Dragoons von Voight, Horse Regt von Hammerstein, and Grenadiers zu Pferde form the Hanoverian Brigade

Hanoverian Infantry Brigade: Foot Guards, Regt Mechlemburg, Regt von Tozin, and Regt Goden

Guards and Grenadier Brigade: British Foot Guards, British Grenadiers, Hanoverian Grenadiers, and British 42nd Highlanders

British Infantry Brigade: Argyll's 3rd Foot, North's 10th Foot, Royal Irish 18th Foot, and Hamilton's 34th Foot

Maj Gen Coors monitors allied maneuvers

British, Hanover, and Dutch troops are exercising near our protectorate, the Barony of Brewswick. Maj Gen Adolph von Coors, Commander of the Corps of Observation has arrived on the scene and is keeping a close eye on his potential adversary!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ein Appeal zu der Volksrad

A personal message from the Hurtshog Stanken Fahrtz v. Frankfurter to the Deutsche Adelborn (German nobility):

My dear Cousins:

It has come to our attention that some consider Frankszonia to be an imperialist, aggressor state. This seems to have arisen due to our campaign to create a Super Sized Fry Stadt.
Ironically, this mis apprehension devolves from our desire to create a less plastic situation in which the dignity and freshness of our Folk is swallowed up by some six million strong ogre. Indeed, even though we in Frankszonia are ourselves perforce occupied by the Gallian hordes, one may notice that our struggles are often with our soi distant allies therein who have been caught undermining the autonomy of a local franchise.
Indeed, unlike other self proclaimed defenders of the Deutsche Mark, almost before the furor of conflict has fallen silent, the leaders of our neighbors have found themselves in the Frankfurter Bun, with the flavor of their office and authority enhanced rather than reduced.
Come, the Kreis are sounding for the defense of the Empress and our Graftsen. We are one Folk. Let us all go together in one Folk’s Wagon!

Hzg. F v Frankfurter

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

F.M. Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein reviews plans to defend the Barony of Brewswick

Reich Graf James reports that British, Hanoverian, and Dutch troops were massing on the border of our Protectorate; the Barony of Brewswick. Although the Prussians have long claimed ties to the Barony of Brewswick, the terms of their recent defeat precludes them from directly intervening in the Reich Duchy of Beerstein’s area of influence. Clearly the Prussians have sent their allies to do their bidding. While this disturbing report was immediately sent to the Reichstag for action, Reich Duke Wilhelm has ordered all military units to begin mobilizing.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Time Frame...?

Hello everyone.

I know that many of us are working from a mid 1700's time frame, working towards various 7 years war games using tricorned troops.

I have also been working on a 1809 based campaign and thought it might be interesting to establish something of a 'talk shop' here at Österreich Über Alles, which could represent the Aulic Council. A body of Imperial nobles and notables that 'counceled' the Imperial Court on matters military...

If any might be interested, the first order of discussion would be set in 1806...just after the Emperor has signed the Treaty of Pressburg, making peace with Bony the Ogre.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Admiral Hopstadt retires to his estate in the Duchy of Beerstein

Admiral Graf Rupert von Hopstadt retires to his county estate in the Reich Duchy of Beerstein. F.M. Reich Duke Wilhelm was aware of the Admiral's naval action against the pirate and invested him into the Military Order of the Golden Crown, Beerstein's highest award for military prowess against the enemy. All of Beerstein wishes the Admiral well in his retirement and expects him to be active at court.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Board of Inquiry for Commander of Naval Actions against Barbary States

The investigation into the actions of the recently-launched Mediterranean squadron must be of great concern to the entire Imperial court.

Wagers may be placed at your local coffeehouse as to the ultimate outcome...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Msgr. de Chiaroscuro Takes His Leave

Having been apprised of an imminent state visit to Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn by a Prince of the Church, Msgr. Baldesar de Chiarocurso, S.J., minister plenipotentiary to the Imperial court is obliged to take his leave for some weeks to return to Hunsruck to supervise preparations for the visit.

Departing by the soonest available coach-and-six, he hopes earnestly to return to the court of Her Imperial Majesty before Michaelmas.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

F.M. Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein hosts farewell dinner for our heroes

F.M. Reich Duke Wilhelm gratefully accepts the toast of his Generals. Maj Gen Reich Graf Adolph von Coors Baron von Blatzberg from the Principality of Saxe-Bearstein, Maj Gen Reich Graf Lothar Blutundedonner Baron von Alesgarden from the Elector of Hunnunter, Generaloffizer Reich Graf Picklemany of Frankszonia, and Gen Reich Graf Mackay of the Duchy of Tradgardland were the guests of honor at this farewell dinner. All of Beerstein rejoices in the triumph of these heroes and wishes them well on their journeys home. Wihlhelm asked each General to express his deepest appreciation and affection to their sovereign for sending such distinguished officers to aid the Reich Duchy of Beerstein in our hour of need!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Empress Maria Theresa's Grand Victory Ball

A Grand Victory Ball was held at Schonbrunn Palace to honor the newest heroes of the Austrian Empire. It was an opportunity for the Empress to introduce them to Viennese high society and to formally recognize them before the court. The honorees were Field Marshal Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein, Prinz Wilhelm II von Beerstein Baron von Brewswick, Maj Gen Reich Graf Adolph von Coors Baron von Blatzberg, Maj Gen Reich Graf Lother Blunderdonner Baron von Alesgarden, General Reich Graf Pickelmany, Generaloffizer Reich Graf Mackay, General Reich Graf Joffery Lista Baron von Lista, and Colonel Honking Thirst.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Empress Maria Theresa summons Reich Duke Wilhelm to Vienna

Empress Maria Theresa summoned Reich Duke Wilhelm, his son Wilhelm II, and the heroes of the Battles of Alesgarden and Blatzberg to Vienna. During their presentation, Empress Maria Theresa promoted Reich Duke Wilhelm to Field Marshal, invested him into her newly constituted Order of Maria Theresa, and proclaimed him "Lion of the Empire." Duchess Lynda was heard to say, "Thrice a knight at his age is something to behold."

Wilhelm II was elevated to Prinz and Baron von Brewswick. Maj Gen Adolph von Coors Baron von Blatzberg, Maj Gen Lother Blunderdonner Baron von Alesgarden, General Pickelmany, Generaloffizer Mackay, and General Lista Baron von Lista were all invested into the Order of the Golden Fleece and named Reich Graf (Count of the Empire). Colonel Honking Thirst was also invested into the Order of the Golden Fleece and presented a regiment of his choice.

In a private audiance, Empress Maria Theresa explained that the Barony of Brewswick is a very contentious province. Austria, Prussia, and Russia all have claimed the mineral rich area and her appointment of Wilhelm II as Baron will no doubt raise the ire of Berlin and Moscow. Since Wilhelm II is still attending the University of Pabst Field Marshal Reich Duke Wilhelm will serve as "Reich Protector" against all adversaries!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reich Duke Wilhelm wins Great Victory over dreaded Prussians at Blatzberg, Maj Gen von Coors vindicated

Maj Gen von Coors deployed his Corps of Observation in a strongly prepared position, in front of the village of Blatzberg, to await the on coming Prussians. Although greatly out numbered, he was willing to fight to the death until Reich Duke Wilhelm's reserves could come to the rescue. The Corps of Observation avoided battle for nearly a week while Maj Gen von Coors sought the perfect battlefield. Anchoring his right flank on the River Blatz and his left flank by dense forest, he positioned his infantry and artillery on the high ground. His cavalry and grenzers blocked the main road that could force him to retreat yet again. As the Prussians deployed, they were hampered by the narrow valley and strong position of the Beerstein troops. After several hours of deploying, they had no choice but to conduct a frontal attack. The first brigade was repulsed with heavy casualties forcing the second line to regroup before they could attack. In the meantime, Maj Gen von Coors' cavalry counterattacked capturing a battery and destroying a Grenadier unit. As the second line advanced, Reich Duke Wilhelm arrived on the field behind the Prussians. Panic ran through the Prussian army as their second attack also failed. Maj Gen von Coors watch as his cavalry captured a howitzer battery and engaged the Prussian Cuirassiers. As the Prussians tried to retreat back toward their supply line, Reich Duke Wilhelm's re-enforcements closed in. The Prussian Commander, realizing he had no were to go asked for terms. With minimal casualties, Wilhelm captured 12 Flags, 4 Standards, and three batteries. Maj Gen Kieth and his dispirited troops were paroled on written promise that none of the officers or troop would participate in any further hostilities against The Reich Duchy of Beerstein. For his courage, valor, and tenacity, Reich Duke Wilhelm invested Maj Gen von Coors into the Military Order of the Golden Crown, proclaimed him Baron von Blatzberg, and presented him with a local estate. Major Honking Thirst was recognized with a battlefield promoted to Colonel. General MacKay's artillery severely punished the advancing Prussian lines and was recognized for his exceptional skill. The unparalleled efforts of these heros presented the Reich Duchy of Beerstein it's greatest victory. Reich Duke Wilhelm proclaimed five days of thanksgiving and rejoicing! Photos of the battle are posted on my site.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

On the Border...

The Austrian Military Border- Sunday morning , mist sweeps across the heath outwith the military settlement...

Two battle hardened veterans converse as they mount guard on a typical Sunday morning. They talk of the price of pigs, target practice, the merits of Orthodoxy and rumours of a new officer being sent all the way from Vienna who is due to arrive tomorrow. A crack causes them to turn round only to see wood pigeons taking off and alighting once more...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

General von Coors and Major Honking Thirst keep a close eye on Prussian maneuvers

Major General Adlolph von Coors and Major Honking Thirst have been monitoring Prussians maneuvers near Hopsberg. General von Coors believes the Prussians are making final preparations to reinvade Beerstein. He has sent an urgent appeal for Reich Duke Wilhelm to bring all possible reserves immediately. His plan is to pin the Prussians and allow the Reich Duke to enjoin the battle in the Prussian's flank. Speed and stealth could mean victory!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Rumors flying around the court indicate that many courtiers are upset with Frankszonia.
In recent battles, Frankszonian forces have fought against Vile Stagonia, Hesse Homburg, and other loyal Imperial / Reich stadts. Furthermore, they note that the economic rivalry between Frankfurters and Wieners continues unabated.

Is some plot to discipline the rash Gallian puppet Hurtzhog in progress?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nobility gather to honor wounded generals

The nobility gather at the Reich Duke's hunting lodge to honor wounded generals.

Duchess Lynda is regaled with the recent adventures of General Picklemany and Maj. Gen. Blutundedonner, Baron von Alesgarden.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Beerstein "Beer and Pretzel" Rules

Beerstein's "Beer and Pretzel" rules are posted on the Beerstein site. Please note the two charts, Movement and Fire, did not space correctly. Line up each column under its heading and all will be right with the world. Also the game sequence is: artillery fire, infantry fire, movement, combat, and recovery. Nothing new or original here, just simple and quick to play. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Beerstein Boys Defeat Dreaded Prussians at Alesgarden

Reich Duke Wilmhelm von Beerstein is pleased to announce his brave army soundly defeated the dreaded Prussians at Alesgarden! Although all Beerstein rejoyces, the battle was hard fought and their were many casualties. Baron von Brewski was killed while leading his valiant cuirassier brigade against the Prussian heavy cavalry. His son Col. Ludwig von Brewski led his Corona Cuirassiers in a desperate charge that forced the Prussian heavy cavalry back across the ford of the River Ales. Duke Wilhelm immediately promoted Ludwig to Brigadier of his fathers beloved Cuirassiers and invested him into the Order of the Goblet. Lugwig will hence be known as the Third Baron of Brewski. Generaloffizer Mckay's transfomation of our artillery was a major factor in our victory. He was invested into the Military Order of the Golden Crown, our highest award for victory, gallantry, and daring do on the field of battle. Gen der Brigade Lothar von Blutundedonner was serious wounded while leading his third gallant charge of the Dragoons. His brigade completely routed the Prussians who managed to cross the south bridge. Duke Wilhelm was so impressed he named Lother Baron von Alesgarden and he will be forever known as "Blutundedonner of Alesgarden."Lothar was invested into the Military Order of the Golden Crown and is recovering at the Duke's hunting Lodge. Duchess Lynda is also overseeing the medical treatment of General Picklemany who was thrown from his horse. Both generals are expected to fully recover, however, General von Blutundedonner may lose the sight in his right eye. General Picklemany's Hungarians were roughly handled with two units routing. The Warsteiner Fusiliers stood like a wall and covered the withdrawal of the rest of the brigade. General Picklemany's actions were instrumental in holding the line, and was invested into the Order of the Golden Crown. Another hero was General Lista who brought his brigade up just in the nick of time to save General Picklemany's Hungarians from being overrun. General Lista was invested into the Order of the Golden Crown and named Baron von Lista. The fighting was so difficult that Baron von Lista and General Picklemany's brigades were only able to pursue the routing Prussians as far as the River Ales. Photo of this glorious victory will appear on the Beerstein blog. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reich Duke Wilhelm and the Duchess meet to welcome foreign generals.

Four Foreign Brigade Commanders have arrived to serve with the Reich Duchy of Beerstein's army in a campaign against the dreaded Prussians. The Reich Duke and Duchess have met with these brave heros and their commands. Photos are on the Reich Duchy of Beerstein blog. Enjoy!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Beerstein Recruiting

There's a lovely exchange on the Empire vs. Elector blog in which Beerstein is recruiting foreign generals ... given that the intent is to resist Prussia, I hope that it will be copied here!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Prinz Robert (the) Axe

early dawn...home of minor noble family in Wein.

A decorated carriage rolled up to the front steps, the footman had leapt off the running board even before the horses had been reigned in. This footman holding his hat and wig on with one hand dashed up the steps and pulled the elaborate ringer.

He entered the home, while the horses stamped and champed sweating in the early morning air, no one else departed from the coach which had curtains drawn closed.

From the home another servant dashed, buttoning his coat quickly he smothed his coat-tails and approached the coachman at the reigns. With practiced grace he took the lead for the horses and stood by the front of the animals, producing a few apple pieces from a pocket so as to calm the animals more easily. The coachman then got down from the front and arranged the steps for the coach door.

All stood waiting for some time.


Presently from within the home a woman in a simple frock dress and a young man in a red military cut coat came out to the coach. Both of them deceded the stair and bowing low before the side of the coach waited for response.

"Robert." said a womans voice from within the coach, "Come in."

The young man looked to the older one in the simple dress next to him and smiling he entered the coach.

There was little room within the coach and Robert was face to face with Marsha, the Countess Dawn at the moment he entered.

"M..Majesty." he blurted out and tried to embrace her hand as quickly as he could upon entering the coach.

"Well Robert, you have been accepted and the Empress supports your decision." She had a sour look on her face. "I do not." Then she of those smiles that can part the clouds on a rainy day. "I will be certain to send you off properly though!" She then embraced him quickly.

Robert was smiling and enjoying the embrace, when a male throat cleared outside the coach.

"Yes Countess," Robert managed to kiss her gloved hand this time better composed.

"Go fetch your needs and I will transport you to the court and your commissioning."

Robert had a confused look, Marsha, the Countess Dawn continued.

"Go, GO. Quickly now."

The smartly dressed young man then vaulted from the coach, nodding a greeting to his father, whom now turned a pale shade on seeing Marsha; he did not interrupt the man as he dashed up the stairs three at a time flying to his chambers.

"Prince Blade." Said Marsha, the Countess Dawn holding out a scrap of paper with a bright blue ribbon attached. "This is for you."

Taking the note the older man then carefully opened the note:

Prince Blade,

By the order of the Empress, Prince Axe request for attendance with The Prince of Wales Troop Depot has been granted.

Prince Axe is to travel at once with my agent.

Maj. General Done

The elder Prince nodded curtly to Countess Dawn, knowing of her favor with the Empress, he decided to only encourage the others of the family that were now appearing to see the strange visitor, to return into the home.

Prince Blade then embraced his son Robert before he boarded the coach, as his travel trunks were loaded by the puffing footman.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Military Maneuvers ... part one

Gideon Lewdon, newest Knight of Marie Teaser, surveyed the columns moving in the valley below.

His task was to break the Altmoranian siege of Oldmütz, currently being lead by their young arch-duke jungmeister "Fritz".

The fortifications would easily hold for the summer, whether or not they could weather all of autumn or into winter was another question altogether.

The Altmoranian attempt at storming had not worked and now siegeworks were in progress, ultimately the Altmoranians were also not ready for an extended siege it would seem as their heavy ordinance was not in place and the supplies for keeping such a large force static were going to have to run thru some mountain passes.

This was where Brigadier Lewdon came in, Maj. General Done had set him the task of harrassing these supplies. First the Hussars would have to work with local Jagers and Grenzer formations in determining the routes of Altmoranian supplies. Once these were found then his new columns could be brought into action!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Interesting developments

Over on the EvE blog, there's been some interesting discussion about the Ottoman situation.
Now I've had another interesting idea ....

From the Baron V. Kluggelhande, representative of Frankszonia ....
Now since the real trouble obviously originates from the Grand Wazoo of Instant Bull, why don't we search for a connection with the P'Shaw of I Ran of Purses?
Also, I suspect that the Sultanate would be vulnerable to the agitations of provocateurs among not only the various subjugated peoples, such as the Geeks, but also among the various regional Bey and Beylerbegs who might find a bit of creative confusion in "complying with Imperial commands" quite profitable and liberating.
On the other hand, we must guard against the nefarious schemes of the Elector whose heretical leanings might lend itself to using the Turks in his own ambitions ... further, I suspect that we need to be alert for the ambitions of local potentates, such as Hesse-Homburg, siphoning away the Imperial forces for their own aggrandizement.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Otto men?

I think this has been asked already ...
but ...
does anybody actually HAVE any Ottoman units ready for gaming????

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Who's on First?

“Murdock” on EvE blog posted a comment:
(actually, two, the first one of which pointed out that no single player seems to be playing the Empire at the moment).

In my reading of the 'near end' of the Habsburg 'empire' there were at least 4 factions vieing for control of the Imperial Court.

The Empress' was generally neutral, wiht a mind to using less absolutist means to gaining control, or at least influence, in the European courts outside Vienna. She would rather have used marriages (in the Feudal tradition) and open alliances rather than the, relatively newer, written treaties.

The Hawks were ready to fight -> seemingly all the time to gain their ends.

The Doves held sway over much of the populace and they also tended to support the Empress in 'slower' (read older) diplomatic methods.

The Absolutists, a bit of a mixed bag really, but primarily concerned with maintaining the supremacy of the Catholic faith and in keeping the 'monarchic' rule in power. This small and politically nebulous group could switch from Hawks to Empress to Dove's factions as fast as a battaltion can load and fire.

I say all this to point out the difficulty in having a 'single' entity 'speaking' for Austria, quite often the Historical Austria was speaking out of three sides of its collective mouth at the same time!

March 29, 2008 8:42 AM

to which I reply: ;

Perhaps, I think we each should take the role of one of the ministers etc. at the Imperial court then ....
Indeed, I hope this gets copied back on the Oysterrich blog ...

These days, I don't actually own any of Duffy's books except for Fire and Stone which is temporarily inaccessible.
I remember reading at least one of his books on the Empress and her army ... and recall that there were also several factions we need to be aware of as wargamers ...
There was a sort of manipulator who tried to run the Empire for her singlehanded, whose name I forget ...
There were the few good generals, Brown and Daun being prominent that she relied upon for independent ideas.
There was some sort of military council which seemed dedicated to preserving whatever didn't work and inhibiting any effective innovations.
All this is quite dim ... suitable for me, I suppose, as my friends imply that I'm quite dim on occasion.
Now obviously, I'm playing more for the yucks than the solid history at the moment, so I'm not the guy to draw up a list ... and there is the roster of characters I created for the Wieners ...
How's about somebody drawing up a set of ministers or whatever and we each stake out a position ....
BTW, Frankszonia, while obviously loyal, wishes that the Germanians and Wieners would get their act together so the Gallians would go home ... on the other hand, we'd also LOVE to see everybody occupied with somebody nastier than us so we can quietly continue to enhance the qualities of local sovereignty ...

Some thoughts about the Vienna Court...

In my reading of the 'near end' of the Habsburg 'empire' there were at least 4 factions vieing for control of the Imperial Court.

The Empress' was generally neutral, wiht a mind to using less absolutist means to gaining control, or at least influence, in the European courts outside Vienna. She would rather have used marriages (in the Feudal tradition) and open alliances rather than the, relatively newer, written treaties.

The Hawks were ready to fight -> seemingly all the time to gain their ends.

The Doves held sway over much of the populace and they also tended to support the Empress in 'slower' (read older) diplomatic methods.

The Absolutists, a bit of a mixed bag really, but primarily concerned with maintaining the supremacy of the Catholic faith and in keeping the 'monarchic' rule in power. This small and politically nebulous group could switch from Hawks to Empress to Dove's factions as fast as a battaltion can load and fire.

I say all this to point out the difficulty in having a 'single' entity 'speaking' for Austria, quite often the Historical Austria was speaking out of three sides of its collective mouth at the same time!

This means that we...all of the posting contributors to Österreich Über Alles, whom may have some current active interest in the story(ies) unfolding should feel free to place some of their thoughts and action plans into being here on Österreich Über Alles -> if only so that the others can either bugger it up, ignore it, join in with it and really mess things up, or start on a pathway of their own!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A letter

A letter from Istanbul...
To their florivorios Majesties of Europa,
Greetings in the name of Right ! To her fragrentness blossom Maria Theresa and the heads of states insignificant and petty I send the greetings of my master Mustapha Sultan of the East and master of all!
I write,once more and with the greatest urgency demanding that ambassadors be appointed and sent forthwith to His Excellency's Palace in Istanbul that relations may be made known regarding the handing over of what land is rightly ours since 1739! We have waited long and desire only peace and land that is our by Laws divine and human! The land once known as the Banat of Torgoras is once more under our control and so we wait upon the border of Austria and Europa herself!
An ultimatum is being sent forth to Europa - if no ambassadors are forthcoming by the next Full Moon , accompanied by endeavours to surrender lands once more to us then we shall call the full force of our armies will be asked to meet, from all the ends of the earth, with a view to war !
We wish peace and justice to flow between our lands and Europa as well as the Eastern territories of the Austrian Empire to be ours once more . Failure to do so will regretfully mean the sounding of the shrill flute of conquest! That which was stopped at the gates of Vienna will not be stopped this time!
Evidya Secretary to the Vizier- blessed be his name for ever!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A letter to the Austrian Court

A letter from Istanbul...

To their florivorios Majesties,

Greetings in the name of Peace! To her fragrentness blossom Maria Theresa I send the greetings of my master Mustapha Sultan of the East and master of all!

I write to ask that an ambassador be appointed and sent forthwith to His Excellency's Palace in Istanbul that relations may be made known regarding the handing over of what land is rightly ours since 1739! We have waited long and desire only peace and land that is our by Laws divine and human!

We wish peace and justice to flow between our lands and the Eastern territories of the Austrian Empire to be ours once more . Failure to do so may regretfully mean the sounding of the shrill flute of conquest!


Evidya Secretary to the Vizier- blessed be his name for ever!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Rat des Krieges

The spring campaigning season is fast upon us.

A time for action comes.

Will the hawks of the council step forward to advise Her Majesty on the needed course of action?

Certainly the early gains in central Germany effected by the General von Stein should be a point of focus of this Rat des Krieges?

Grand Parlour of Mercure Imlauer Wien

Late afternooon as the great and near-great potentates of Österreich are arriving.

now shall the Rat des Krieges commence?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Arms of Österreich

While my white coated Austrian collection has still much more expansion to do, you can see the latest artillery train to join these growing ranks at Murdock'S MarauderS.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Uniform Plates

Leuthen Journal has posted two sets of wonderful prints of the uniforms of Österreich.

Find the early ones here and a great set by Knötel.

Special thanks go out to Ioannis!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reichsexecution in Hess-Homburg

Part of a dispatch note from one:
Blei-Sammeln, Feldmarschallieutenant...stationed in Hess-Homburg

However, despite the Landgraf's legal exercising of the patents granting his family the right of independence from Homburg, the Imperial court in Vienna has declared a Reichsexecution against Hesse-Fedora and provided armies, funds, and a certain General von Blei-Sammeln to the court of Hesse-Homburg.

This would then form only the first of opportunities for 'well-placed' families to maneuver those 3rd and 4th sons into positions needed by the good Blei-Sammeln.

While the Wieners may not feel so inclined to direct their offspring into the greater Reich perchance a small force could be dispatched so as to ensure the 'proper' actions are taken with regard to this Hesse-Fedora?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

That was then,,,,,

I am posting this photo of my Austrians on Phil Olley's wargames table around one year ago. I thought it might inspire you all to come up with some super Austrian postings . Looking forward to our first council meeting....

Monday, January 21, 2008

General Mackay

4 Schottland Strasse Wein : home of the Obrist-Land-und-Haus Zeugamt

The two seater mule litter pulled up outside 44 Schottland Strasse. It was the start of another day's work for General von Mackay at the administration for ordinance and the arsenals ( obrist-land -und-haus zeugarant) .The General lept up the stairs and opened the highly polished door. A servant took his gloves and cane. Up the stairs to his office went the General and into the first door on the right. The daily cry of Cake and Coffee Herr General was met by the daily Of course Ludwig , and bring some for yourself !
It was an even more delightful confection than yesterday - a combination of the visual and taste sensations the staff had come to expect here at 44 Schottland Strasse.
The morning wore on with more coffee ,cake and more annual powder returns for the Grenzer Regiments - each written in almost unreadable script . Soon the Midday bells chimed from the Cathedral. The mule litter turned up outside and Von Mackay got himself ready for his next engagement - it had been a rather busy morning indeed.

Mackay wished he had a rich and successful patron to turn to. The Empress had posted him to command once more and he was in no hurry to return to active service. His glory days in the Turkish War of '37 had been eventful but that was then and this is now.Still how to avoid the joys of command.He would have to think well and fast.....

Sunday, January 20, 2008


With this superb picture of Von Trenck I say hello and that I am looking forward to joining in the Imperial fun- now what happens next....

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn Sends Envoy to Vienna

Msgr. Baldesar de Chiaroscuro, S.J., lately returned from his travels in the Banat on pastoral matters, has been delegated to serve as special envoy plenipotentiary to the Geheimer Rat of her imperial majesty in Vienna.

Saxe-Bearstein's Reasons

Well, I've decided that since Saxe-Bearstein occupies the area sometimes known as Bohemia and that the history I created for them began with an Italian Swiss mercenary unit (almost certainly Catholic) and that I've got some Grenzers in my army that I probably would be siding with Austria.

So, Saxe-Bearstein has joined the O.U.A. -- but that doesn't mean that they will always agree with it -- for example, our infantry wear red uniforms and are proud of it (our Swiss heritage and all that).

-- Jeff

Wien participates:

Let's see, there's Alte Fritz, TragardMaster, and my Wieners ... who else?

I'm going to have start a new blog anyway, I'd guess ...
But here's the primary people for the Weiners, who are the major competition for the Frankfurters ...

B: Wieners:

* Empress Teaser Hopsbier (flirtatious and tends to throw expensive parties, but really
cherishes her folks ... and her soldiers, especially the tall, young, athletic ones) ...
* Her protégé: Marsha, the Countess Dawn, considered by most to be an harmless coquette (who actually is a brilliant military tactician) who masquerades as a man in order to be:
* Maj. General Done: (2) Seems reserved and standoffish to his staff. He is extremely private
in his personal life and upholds very high standards of behavior. However, he often is
mysteriously gone when not on active campaign, and at these times nobody knows where he is.
He is known to be a confidante of the Empress and very influential in her program of military
* Feld Marshal Brownale (2) Boisterous and enthusiastic when in contact with the enemy. His
enthusiasm is shared with the troops with whom he likes to unofficially socialize. Has a
reputation for being able to rally units and to encourage dangerous assaults. He is a friend of Gen
Woad, the Baron Sipcup, or is that Hiccup?
* Prinz Joesipper: (0) hangs out with the cafe crowd. \
* Oberst Hasenpfeffer: (0) Impatient and peppery.
* Oberst Katzenhaus: (1) has also risen in the Wiener ranks due to exceptional services rendered.
* M. Gen. Schnitzelen: (0) classic case of prospering by being kicked upstairs.
* Oberst Spam: (0) is raising a jaeger regiment which he intends to flood into hostile areas.
* Waddle: (0)
* Schlogger: (0)
* Snorzen: (1) (a Baltic SoF)
* Wilhelm von Shlickt (1) : A freikorps leader, he avoids open combat.
His dubious reputation in small wars leaves a stain on the honor of the army ... Likes cigars.
A real Wiener ....
** Unfortunately, I did not get the citation for these, but I was reading something on the net and
ran across Graf Otto von Botelauden and Henrich Wallpot von Passenheim. So ...
* Graf Blotto von Bottleladen: (0) Middle aged, subject to wild mood swings, uses a prince nez
as it reminds him of the view through the bottom of the bottle or stein. While flagrantly
promiscuous on campaign, when at home or on any non-combat mission is notoriously
passionate about family and Frau. Actually, his income is derived more from a successful
tavern and inn chain / franchise than from the minuscule hereditary lands.
und ....
* Ernst Hallpot von Pissenhelm.: (1) soldier of fortune. Works on time limited capitularies
only. While rigorously loyal during period of contract, he has been known to refuse renewals at
the last moment. Otherwise, a good jack of all trades militarily. He has excelled at organizing
supply trains, depots, and hospitals. Details of his lineage seem curiously fluid.
* Riergard v. Rottenbrat: (0) Irritable, duelist, pettifogging administrator.
* Picklemany (2): Competent. Good leader, but tends to be conservative in approach to
* Blumentwit: (0) (Inspired by real, WWII German, Blumentrit).
* Grimsnifter (0)
* Sauerputz (0)

The Hungry forces include:
* Gen. Naggy (1)
* Eaterhasty: (1)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Imperial Ambition

As a part of the Emperor vs. Elector blog rolls this place is set aside for the collective efforts of those 'Imperial' flavoured realms to co-ordinate and collaborate in a variety of popular 'fictional' timeframes.