Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mustering in Recruits to the Artillery and Infantry Part I

As the Sara Sampson riots enter their second day in the seething streets of Hunsruck, a grim urgency catalyses the drillmasters of the vom und zum Riesling regiment, and of the Herzoger Artillery regiment as they muster in their new recruits.

With the dismissal of the Krantz Stahlwerke appeal, the new guns arriving from B√ľnde are unpacked and readied for their new gunners, as well.

The first order of business in forming these raw misfits into men capable of defending the honour of His Grace is stripping them of their disreputable civilian aura and attire. Removed from their civilian habits, they are exposed as the raw matter of future greatness.

Personal hygiene amongst the new recruits is often lamentably lacking, and a good scrubbing is usually necessary as part of the degreasing and delousing protocol introduced into the army by the Duke's new technical counselor. Note the use of a soft bristle brush with a suitable degreasing agent, such as dishwashing soap.

Properly rid of the ordure of their industrisal and mercantile past, the men take a quick rinse in the bracing waters of the Kernerfluss.

A quick march back to the barracks, and the men are permitted to refresh themselves and dry their kit.

Then, issued their bedrolls, they are allowed to recover their bearings before moving to the next step of their indoctrination.

3 comments:

Snickering Corpses said...

Beautifully done, sir. I love the way you've turned it into a narrative.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Very cleverly written . . . and informative too.


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hey, I really like the imaginative way you describe your prep and painting steps for those Revell Austrians. Glad to see another gamer using them -- they have much potential. Very eager to see how your figures shape up as you complete the painting steps.

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz
(The Grand Duchy of Stollen)