Thursday 6 August 2009

The Grande Duchy

First many thanks to those individuals who have left encouraging comments. Whilst the painting continues, I hope to start the Talisker command this weekend I thought it may be useful to provide a brief outline of the Grande Duchy of Comyn.

The Duchy is joined to the mainland of Scotia Albion by a neck of land some 50 miles wide, over the centuries the nations have been at war with each other this region has suffered the most, it is subject to an almost constant state of raids and counter raids and whilst Scotia Albion has started to build small fortifications at strategic points along the border no one really expects them to prevent any determined foe.

The Duke, Charles de Comyn has governed the region for the last 5 years, this was following the death of his father at the battle of St. Edouard. A major action in defence of Edouard island following the invasion by the armies of Scotia Albion.

Due to the severity of the defeat Charles has been unable to launch any strong offensive against his enemy or indeed contemplate any form of attempt to retake the island, that is until now.

His Minister of War Phillipe d'Olley has produced a plan which would allow the Duke to regain his glory and his Island. Phillipe, on behalf of the Duke, has managed to secure the support of the King who has promised to send a Regiment of Guard Horse and a Regiment Of Foot to supplement the army.

Head of Intelligence Barrie d'Ilton has sent spies deep into Scoti-Albion with the intent of causing dissent and spreading rumour. One particular success is in the Highlands of Scotia where they have managed to encourage a number of Clan Chieftans to talk of independence, this has gone further where it is suggested that the young Prince Charles has been having secret conversations with these Chieftans and is warming to the suggestion of being the ruler of an independent province.

The Duke hopes that he can create a diversion with a strong raid into Scotia-Albion, this to coincide with an uprising in the Highlands, at the same time being aware of the superiority of the Scotia Albion fleet he would aim to land the main army on Edouard Island and retake the Island in a swift and decisive campaign.

Like all plans it sounds good, now was the time to raise the forces and bring that fat King to his knees.


abdul666 said...

A very promising start for your blog and your campaign! Looking eagerly forward for the developments.


ColCampbell50 said...

Is the Duke of Comyn a redhead (as in the Darkover novels)?


Graham C said...

Of course, runs in the family. When the miniature is painted up he will be sporting his red hair.

CWT said...

Just found your blog, which seems to be full of promise! I like the description of the Scottish-themed lands: any chance of a map in some future post?

All the best,


Graham C said...

Map Coming shortly, got a generic one nearly finished and then I will work on the more detailed maps. Away at the weekend so most probably next week.

Capt Bill said...

Greetings and felicitations from the Reich Duchy of Beerstein!

Fitz-Badger said...

Welcome to our Scotian brethern! (well, one member of the Soweiter League, my ImagiNation, is of Scottish persuasion, Saxe-Urquhart)
Interesting start. I shall follow with interest!

BaronVonJ said...

Good Luck and Welcome fro Unkerlant.
-zee Baron

Douglas said...

Will watch developements with interest.

Frankfurter said...

Hmmnn ....
Unless you've a buddy with a great collection of ships for the inevitable sea battle (think of the Battle of the Nile that almost trapped Napoleon in Egypt), I'd suggest that you launch a raid on the island but make the main effort the reduction of those pesky border forts (big thorns from little trees can grow) ...
Ah well, since I've not been in a big campaign myself for decades ... I can out blunder anybody!
Good start!