A blog detailing the travails of the Imagination of Blagovia, a small country in the 18th Century Balkans, as it strives to overcome its hated arch nemesis the Banat of Tôtûn-Bey, vassal of the Sublime Porte, and the machinations of its greedy neighbour Leutonia -an erstwhile ally against the Turks, enemy of Blagovia's ally Nabburg, and a fellow client state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The New Year approaches, and there is a sense of excitement in the air. The rumours of an imminent invasion of Nabburg by Luetonia are rampant. Even Blagovia has heard that something is afoot, and the coffee shops of Starigrad are rife with speculation and conspiracy theories, to borrow a contemporary term. However, the one thing no one has been able to answer is how Luetonia will invade, seeing as they do not share a border with Nabburg...
I would like wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I hope that 2020 is a grand year for all visitors to Blagovia.
As winter settles in it's time for feasts, a gathering of families, and reflection. Although it has been quiet on the blog front, things have been busy in Blagovia, Nabburg, Luetonia, and all the other Imagi-Nations in that part of Central Europe where Duke Borislav, and King Schmenge call home. Rumours of war, and intrigues are ripe, and it looks as the upcoming year may be one of conflict. More on that later... For now, His Grace wishes all of you, and yours, a wonderful holiday, and a Merry Christmas!
A quick update tonight. I received my order from Baccus today, -24 Prussian Musketeers, 12 Jaegers, and 8 cannons and crew. With these, new troops I now have enough miniatures to complete all of my Imagi-Nation armies in 6mm. I have begun gluing the miniatures to painting sticks, in preparation for priming and final painting. My terrain board has been prepped, and is ready for painting and flocking; hopefully this will be done by Friday. Not much longer now and I will be able to start fighting some battles!
After a slight delay, due to some
construction and repairs at Festung Borislav, my 6mm project is progressing at
full steam. Having finished basing another 8 units -5 battalions of infantry, a
regiment of dragoons, and two batteries of artillery, I decided to tackle some
terrain. A first for me as I have never bothered to build any in the past,
being content to use books, boxes, and whatever else was at hand to represent
the required features. I first built a series of rural houses out of blue
insulation and card stock, enough to make a village, and a couple of single
farmsteads. They look quite nice if I say so myself, and I am certainly happy
with them. However, I think I will probably switch to 3mm printed card
buildings going forward, as they provide a better "strategic scale" aesthetic
in relation the 6mm troops, and have exquisitely printed features that make the
tabletop setup really "pop." I next made a good sized hill with Styrofoam,
and some modular river and road pieces using pieces of linoleum tile, and card
stock, respectively. Once these are painted I will turn my attention to a
bridge or two, and then the actual game board. I think that I will just do a
single 2'x2' board for now, and add further boards as needed. The beauty of 6mm
is that 2'x2' is plenty of room to have a relatively large battle on, with
enough room to manoeuvre.
All in all I am quite excited with how this
project is coming along, and I hope to have my first game with all of the newly
painted troops and built terrain in the next week or so. I hope to get around to
posting some photos in the next few days, but if truth be told I am not happy with
most of the pictures I take, as I only have my cell phone camera which often
leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to clarity at such a small scale.
The 6mm project is proceeding full steam ahead. As of this evening I have finished 4 regiments of infantry, each consisting of 3 battalions, and a regiment of Hussars. Amazing how quickly these paint up. I have 3 more infantry regiments, and another hussar regiment primed and waiting in the paint queue, and when these are done, I'll focus on artillery and limbers, dragoons and cuirassiers. That will leave me with about 3 battalions of grenadiers, and another regiment of infantry to prime and paint. Not bad at all. I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I will post some pictures once I have gotten the finished units properly based.
Lately I have been doing some cleaning up at Festung Borislav, and today I discovered a bunch Bacchus 6mm Russian SYW troops. My idea, when I initially purchased them, had been to build up an army of Russians, but the lack of local opponents caused that idea to fall by the wayside some years ago. Also, my disinterest in painting and creating an actual historical pushed them even further back on to the shelf of shame.
However, looking at the unpainted horde this morning gave me a wonderful idea. There are more than enough troops, including cavalry and artillery to make two, or three, wonderfully sized Imagi-Nation armies. I think I might prime some up and see what I can do with them. It sure would make playing a quick large-sized battle a lot easier...