Monday, 9 July 2012

It is alive, after all...

Well it's been a lot more than just a week over. Guess one can't really plan for the unforeseen. Really, the whole reconsideration of the Imagi-Nation has finally taken further than I thought, and new projects got started.

Gaming pals brought two instant hits to our schedule: Flames of War and SAGA. Both games are (judging from what people generally says about) exciting, fun to play and to collect, and obviously they stepped into with strength enough as to make the main Imagi-Nation project to be sidetracked. Besides, existing (accumulated, I mean) stock of minis played for it because now at last I could find an excuse to tackle those games from the very start.

The result is that at this time I'm readying not one but three SAGA warbands at once, one being of Vikings/Anglo Danish/Normans, such flexibility allowed by combination of Wargames Factory, Gripping Beast, Conquest Games and Crusader plastics and metals (so really I am readying a few warbands and not just a morphing one), other being a Skraeling one ("official" Gripping Beast one) and the last a Dark African one (Nguni themed-call it Zulus if you want). Working out the SAGA bands has had the side effect of building up a Dark Ages western army and a Dark African one (this one is lost in time as I have no colonial enemies for it, so I won't give it any firearms and will keep it as kind of African pregunpowder Imagi-Nation) so it's been a bonus after all.

For Flames of War, a German mid-late war heavily mechanised kampfgruppe (Panthers, PzIVs, StuGs, SdKfz 251s, even Opel Blitz trucks!) is also in the works, although I guess its painting will need time. Soviets are in the waiting list with a battalion with tanks and selfpropelled support of their own, so there will be no lack of enemies. The gaming pals are playing the western Allied card, with one doing USA paras and the other 1st SSF, and some tank support between both. As the game is being probed by the LGS, there will be more players to it (I know one is already preparing a Soviet battalion).

In the meanwhile, reading about the WSS and WAS and starting the Game of Thrones saga got me again into considering the first half of the XVIIIth century and the second half of the XVth one. While the Low Medieval army will have to wait for sometime until I get grab of the magnificent Perry plastic men at arms, the early lace boys are already at home so it's been just a thing of taking the dust out of them and then reconsider their share of the Imagi-Nation project. So now they will star as Imagi-Nation troops, WSS and WAS time, to give me time and experience before starting the daunting task of painting the Minden miniatures to a nice degree...

Cheers!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Retconning?

I remember the use of "retconning". If you wiki it, it says (partly) that "a new storyline explains or changes a previous event or attaches a new significance to it". You know, GW uses it extensively and without much sensibility...

But now it is my turn. These last months(s) I have been reconsidering several projects. With hoplite and Roman, early and late medieval, thirty years war, war for spanish succession, seven years war, napoleonic and American civil war armies in diverse building stages, I had to keep a plan, even if a kind of uneven one.

While the Roman legio is half built and in standby, the Johnny Rebs are on the wait for priming and the late medievals and SYW ones are almost ready, just some days of steady work ahead and they're done for priming. Hoplites will come to the building table and then ut will be priming time for a lot of tiny people.

Thing is that after some consideration I chose to retcon the history of the ImagiNation I run and it called for rewriting a lot of posts and redesigning a good many things. Now that work is almost done. This coming week I'll restart posting in The Holy Thorn (link by the side) and readying things anew. I think this effort will add more deep to several projects spanning several eras and give me the motivation I was seeking to be able to keep up with it. At the very least it has done so for myself restarting filing and glueing hundreds of miniatures again.

Now let's get into it again. Cheers!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Holy Thorn

So it is done! The XVIIIth century ImagiNation project has started and, while keeping this one as a generic blog, the project's got its own blog. Its name is The Holy Thorn (http://theholythorn.blogspot.com/, although you can see the link in the sidebar in this page). The reason behind the name is that it's the name of a well known Catalan song (specifically a sardana, a traditional Catalan dance) which is also a patriotic hymn. Its lyrics speak about the Catalans' love for their motherland, which they say was walked on by God in spring time, when the whole land sang as God passed by, and it sang to the Montserrat (the mystic center in Catalunya).

The name has a multiple meaning. While the one I just mentioned refers to the land and its people, the other refers to Catalunya being a real thorn in the side of the bigger Spanish and French states. Historically, both took pains to smash this thorn, partition it and erase its singularity. Finally and in this very particular case it refers to a holy, magical character of the land itself. Indeed the world it is sitting on is one of a more (if not overly) magical nature than ours.

More on this will come along later. In the meanwhile, I leave you with a link to the song and its music:

La Santa Espina (The Holy Thorn)
La Santa Espina, sung

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Going on, and another start...

Work continues steadily on the Catalan Napoleonic Army, with the infantry just needing some heading. Literally. Still doubtful about headgear, I was thinking on Austrian type shako but finally I'll keep British stovepipe as main item. British marine round hats will be common too, as peaked low forage caps and, surprise, French style shako. For a pause, I've started building the French  army. They will be nemies for the Catalans but, as their "recruiting" will be faster by far, they'll be likely to be chosen for away gaming, if I get to do it soon...

Anyways, another project has started (...) with Minden Miniatures for an ImagiNation army in the XVIIIth century, the age of reason. Bulk will be Wargames Factory War of Spanish Succession infantry and cavalry (which will play too as the Catalan army of their own era) while Mindens will be guards or elites (at least until they are in enough numbers as to play by their own). I've chosen several types: Hanoverians for the infantry and French dragoons for the cavalry, with French Legion d'Hainaut playing as light infantry. The uniforms look alike with all that buttonhole lace, and they are close enough to WSS types as to be their evolution and to Napoleonic ones as to be their precedents. Of course they will get a blue coating instead of their historical blue. I'm willing to put these to service soon; the miniatures (Minden Miniatures) are gorgeous...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Artillery

  Artillerymen of the Catalan army are pretty much identical to British ones. Equipped and dressed by British standards, their uniforms are of a dark shade of blue and facings are red. Horse artillery even wear Tarletons. Guns are almost universally of British procedence, with heavier pieces obtained from looted Spanish arsenals. Carriages are painted

  The Catalan artillery is a small arm with many foreigners in their ranks who compensate the lack of local personnel such trained. Its mobility is reduced both by the difficult blue or greyish blue, guns are not geography and lack of horseflesh dedicated primary to cavalry units. As a result artillery is used exclusively at a divisional level. Artillery units are numbered but all of them share uniforms and facings. Only exception is the Guards Artillery for which please refer to the Guards entry.

Infantry

  Line Infantry is composed by the so called Fusellers regiments (Fusileers). They wear blue coatees with white turnbacks and buttonhole lace. Facings are worn on collars and cuffs and shoulder straps. These have a white woollen tuft in the edge and there is white edging on collars but none in turnbacks or cuffs. Pantaloons or trousers are buff or pale brown, worn with dark greyish gaiters, although different shades of brown and grey are actually worn. Headgear is a stovepipe shako with a brass frontal regimental plate bearing the Catalan flag.

 Light Infantry is made up by Fusellers de Muntanya regiments (Mountain Fusileers). They wear brown coloured Line Infantry uniforms substituting wings for the woollen tufts on the shoulder strap edges. Said wings are brown with white lacing and edging.. Facings are on collar, cuffs and shoulder straps. Turnbacks, buttonhole lace and collar edges are white. Trousers are brown, gaiters dark greyish. Headgear is a stovepipe shako with a brass frontal Light Infantry device in the form of a bugle.

 Four battalions of Light Infantry were trained and equipped as riflemen, dressing like their British counterparts. These are called Tiradors (Tirailleurs). Their coatees are green, the trousers grey and facings are on collars, shoulder straps, turnbacks and pointed cuffs. Headgear is like British Rifles.

 Militia Infantry is scarcely uniformed but for minimal kit (haversack, cartridge pouch, backpack, canteen et al) and jackets. These are single breasted, round in cut with no tails whatsoever, plain cuffs and collars and no lace anywhere, just like sleeved waistcoats. Facings are on collar and cuffs. Trousers, although uniform in cut, can be of an array of shades of grey or brown. The Militia battalions are called Sometents and are temporary formations recruited from different locations and divided by Vegueries (which being a sooner Catalan territorial division form, followed the former Corregimientos for easeness) so those recruits belonging to places within one such region will be part of the correspondent Sometent battalion.

 Sometents were ancient local militias called for in times of extreme danger or when unknown or undesirable people were found in the vicinity, acting both as an autodefense and as a police force. There were at least twelve Sometent battalions, one each for every corresponding Vegueria except for Viella, which Sometent was to be included in the Talarn one: Barcelona, Vilafranca, Tarragona, Tortosa, Lleida, Talarn, Puigcerdà, Girona, Vic, Manresa and Cervera.

 There are four battalions of Caçadors a Peu (Foot Chasseurs) who dress in dolmans with black sashes, pale brown breeches and espardenyes (local laced sandals), with shakos or low caps as headgear which are too commonly discarded in favour of barretines (local headgear consisting of a woolen sleeve like cap). The dolmans are brown with white braid and facings on collar, pointed cuffs and shoulder straps.

 Officers of Line, Light, Chasseur or Militia units dress the same, with long tailed double breasted coatees, breeches or trousers and bicornes. They wear yellow-golden sashes. Colours are the same as in their units. Tiradors officers dress like their men, with pelisses like their British colleagues. Caçadors a peu officers dress like their men but wearing bicornes and golden braid in their dolmans.