Friday, November 28, 2014

Image of French military mules, WAS

A detail from an engraving reproducing the painting of the Battle of Assietta during the War of Austrian Succession by Hyacinthe de la Pegna. A zoomable version of the whole painting is available here; full of 'authentic' looking details such as the ersatz gaiters of canvas.

Unfortunately it seems that the only images in full color available on the web are incomplete, showing only the upper right part with the death of the French commander the Chevalier de Belle-Isle:
 The place where the original painting is exposed is unfortunately not given on Wikipedia, so the colors of the mules' harness, decorated eyelids, bells... remain so far a mystery.
As far as I know no manufacturer offers such gloriously decorated military mules (which according to a contemporary text were 'punished' by being deprived of their bells and plumes if disobedient!). Of course they would look more 'warlike' without their eating bags!

Thanks to 'Ralphus'who posted the link to the engraving on the 'Wars of Louis XIV' blog . I already knew this image from "L'histoire universelle des armées', Laffont, 1966,

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Meet the new Duke of Tradgardland

Gentle readers and fellow devotees of imaginations you are invited to drop by the Tradgardstadt Palace grounds and meet the new Duke of Tradgardland- http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reichsarmee training question

Morning all!
I looking for information about the Reichsarmee. How often did they meet as batts/regts for training?At what level did they train -company,batt or what? Information re the different contingents and how often they came together and the officers and their background. Did the soldiers practice on firing ranges/pardadegrounds/wasteland/heaths in their local communities? The more I think about it how little I know about the day to day working of the reichsarmee at a low level...
Thanks in anticipation
Alan

Sunday, October 5, 2014

London War room Spanish figures

Does anyone know if the London war room 18th Century Spanish are still available?
thanks
Alan

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Free Campaign Map

The following map is FREE for any who would like to use it for an Imagi-Nation campaign:


 How I plan to use it can be found here.

-- Jeff

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fife & Drum 3rd Continental Dragoons or Your Imagination's Light Cavalry



3rd Continental Dragoons - New Fife & Drum Figures



3rd Continental Dragoons (L-R) Trooper, Officer, Std Bearer, and Trumpeter (click to enlarge)

Fife & Drum Miniatures recently added the 3rd Continental Dragoons to its range, along with the previously released 1st Continental Dragoon, the British Legion (Tarleton's) dragoons, and the British 16th and 17th Light Dragoons. 

The group of four figures are done in "charging" poses and are shown on some of the new horses that Richard Ansell made exclusively for our AWI range of figures. They can match up against our British Legion and British 17th Light Dragoons in either the Pennsylvania - New Jersey theatre of operations or with General Greene's command in the South.

Along with our other AWI dragoons, the Fife & Drum cavalry would make for colorful light cavalry in your own Imagination's army.




Officer (left) and trooper charging (right)



Standard bearer (left) and trumpeter (right)

The new product codes for the 3rd Continental Dragoons are as follows (sold as single figures including the horse):

AC-018    3rd Continental Dragoon Officer
AC-019    3rd Continental Dragoon Trumpeter
AC-020    3rd Continental Dragoon Standard Bearer
AC-021    3rd Continental Dragoon Trooper, Charging

Figures, including horse, are $6.00 

To order, just send me an e-mail at: 

fife_drum_minis(at)yahoo(dot)com
Paypal Accepted



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jacdw30's

Soon to be available via Left Bank Workshop

face book for updates on progress HERE




nice album of the civilians and courtiers HERE

Store/blog to follow soon for those who don't face book

Monday, June 16, 2014

Villanous stirrings ...

Count Boyarisov starts his move ...
Dark rumblings from the darkness of a Moscou night.

The Boyarisov clan has a young, vibrant leader seeking to be more than just another Russian Prince.

Follow developments at The Duchy of Mieczyslaw.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Pop over to -
http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/
to see an amazing Father's Day gift...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ladies Pettygree and Silhouette At The Gallop


Date: May 3, 1757 (2014)
Location: Hamelburg, Westphalia (fictional)
Situation: In The Midst of A Battle
Cast: 
Lady Belle Silhouette in a radiant adaptation of the Bercheney Hussars
Lady Diana Pettygree wearing her striking interpretation of the Royal Carabiniers
Ladies Maid Martha adorned modestly
Prince de Soubise wearing his Marshall's uniform
Lieutenant Général l'Duc de Fitzjames in the uniform of senior generals 

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Prince de Soubise: "I am sorry my dears, but you must depart Hamelburg. The enemy approaches rapidly and as you see -- this village has suffered already from their long shots. Ride south along the road where you will see our cavalry and infantry approaching."

Lady Belle Silhouette: "Certainement Monsieur l' Maréchal."

Lady Diana Pettygree: "We shall. Merci."

Martha: "My hat is...."

Lady Belle Silhouette: "There in the distance - our horsemen are arrayed in line of battle."

Lady Diana Pettygree: "Oui! --- I see them too. Ride at the gallop! HA!"

l'Duc de Fitzjames: "My ladies, what are you about?"

Lady Diana Pettygree: "We've come from l'Prince de Soubise."

Lady Belle Silhouette: "He remarked the Allied Army approaches fast. Hamelburg is already under fire of their cannons. You must ride to the sound of the guns! I wish we knew more."

Lady Bell Silhouette: "What about you --- dear reader? What do you know?"

For the entire story see:
http://campaignsingermania.blogspot.com/2014/05/battle-of-hamelburg.html

Respectfully,
Bill P.
Gallia
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lady Diana Pettygree Returns and More - Lots More

Lady Belle Silhouette (pink): "Diana! What are you doing?"

Lady Diana Pettygree: "You'll see my dear. Hurry or all will be lost!"

Colonel Beckermann: "Halt the column! Ladies, how may I be of service?"

Diana: "Captain, we beg your assistance or we will be lost. You see...."
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Please repair to the Campaigns in Germania to find out more. Lots more.

http://campaignsingermania.blogspot.com/2014/04/beginning-syw-again.html

Respectfully,
Bill P.
Gallia

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who will be a Villain ???

Much of the interaction amongst our Imagi-Nations a number of years ago was driven by the "vile Stagonians".  They were a rather nasty country always looking to do cruel things to other states.

They were my "counter" to my Principality of Saxe-Bearstein . . . and truth to tell they were a lot of fun to play.  However due to my health issues (and the fact that I can no longer access them since Bloggers takeover by Google) I can no longer act as the "bad boy".

So who will step up and become the "villain" of EvE?  They don't have to be your main established fictional state . . . remember that there is always room in our fictional world for more Imagi-Nations.  I can assure you that playing the villain can be a blast.


-- Jeff

PS,  Also there need not only be one villain; there can be several . . . are you up to the challenge?