Sunday, May 29, 2016

Building scale ships

Some hopefully refreshing pictures of my first ever serious painted sailships:

If curious to see some pictures else, please click on the caption above.

Lluís
what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wars of Stagonian Aggession

Finally after years of painting (and not playing enough), my friend Rob and I have begun a series of early 18th century battles between the vile Stagonians (Rob) and those much-beloved Saxe-Bearstein troops (me).

We are trying out the "Black Powder" rules (and making mistakes of course).  So far we have fought two battles:

The Battle at Bittewasser (clicky) and The Bridge at Kronstadt (clicky).

Early action at Bittewasser.

Early movement at Kronstadt.

And a bit to my surprise, I have been liking the "Black Powder" rules . . . so we hope to fight more battles as my health permits.

Future encounters can be found at "The Wars of Stagonian Aggression" blog (so you might want to bookmark it).

-- Jeff

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Sovereign takes Oath

Today 6th March 1714, Princess Elisenda has just taken oath on the Defiant Principality Constitutions as customary (not without previous harsh negotiations with the Commons, as it can be read here). Chancelleries of all around Europa are invited to the Coronation Ceremony event, which is due to be held on next 21st March at Saló de Sant Jordi (=Saint George Hall) in Catalonia's Generality Palace.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to downsize an already small army, and other musings

Sure that I would reveal no secret if I stated that Gibraltar was taken in 1704 by an Anglo-Dutch fleet on behalf of Archduke Charles Habsburg. By virtue of Utrecht Treaty (1713) it was agreed the enclave to come under British sovereignty, as most already know for sure.

OK so far. But, did you know that Gibraltar kept being ruled by an Austro-Catalan governor until 1719, when he was finally substituted? Besides, I've recently learnt that right after the rock conquest, a group of Catalan businessmen created there a West Indies trading company in 1709, that was christened as "Companyia Nova de Gibraltar" (=Gibraltar New Company).

We're going to combine and cook at will both curious stories as a starting point for an epic adventure in the Spanish Main, starred by an audacious band of Catalan settlers. Such campaign will be mostly RPG driven, with some wargaming sideshow around. If curious about this and other musings, please take a look into our blog latest entry.

While revamping that blog illustrations and broken links, I've taken advantage for posting a couple of early 18th century flag plates else. This time, some of the Holy Roman Empire states. Please enjoy them at will, if wished:


You can watch and download them from this particular page.

Friday, April 15, 2016

18 Cent. Flag plates

Hi, just a short note to acknowledge to anyone eventually interested that, while in the process of refurbishing The Defiant Principality blog, I'm taking advantage for restoring some flags and uniforms plates hosted there that went missing --whatever the reason why. Well, not just restoring them but rebuilding these at some extent. Besides of those plates directly related to the Principality itself, I have now online again a couple of plates else: for the Kingdom of France theone, and for the Kingdom of Spain the other. Just click on each to see it larger, if curious.


Plates themselves are a bit crude if compared to those professionally printed that can be found in market, but perhaps their uncommon subjects (land and state flags, as well as maritime ensigns) may be useful to someone. In any case, I'm getting a lot of fun at drawing them!

The whole flags collection will be posted on this particular page of my blog: what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com/p/flags.html

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A battle to help explain a peace

As announced a few days ago, I've already started to explain how The Defiant Principality manages to survive the War of Spanish Succession. A much needed piece of information on how and why it happens is the critical battle of El Bruc, fought between 8 and 14 December 1713 in a key pass in the route toward Barcelona City.

Well, we gamed it three years ago (some weeks before our will to keep gaming faded away) and was still pending an AAR. Now that we've happily agreed to resume the story, it becomes compulsory to tell what happened there, and how it affects our currently projected setting.

Wish you enjoy it, despite my poor English! what-if-catalonia.blogspot.com/2016/04/post-war-1-decisive-battle.html

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Revenant Principality

The Defiant Principality is going to ride again. Yes, I know --that's right what I said two years ago. "Let's re-take the story", I said. Sadly it didn't happen, due to incidences and problems in our lives –-such kind of random events no one expects.

However, now I'm confident enough to announce it publicly, for the original team of gamers have gathered once again and are excited to re-start the game, after some planning already done. If anyone willing to learn more, please check our latest post at The Defiant Principality blog.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Which (if any) state did you base your Imagi-Nation on?

Was wondering about how y'all decided how big/what type of troops/etc your Imagi-Nations would comprise of? Was it a consciously planned structure or did you just start painting, or a bit of both?

For what its worth mine was roughly based on the idea of providing a Reichsarmee Brigade sized force + a few cavalry, light infantry etc units for my French army, and calculating a state & population size to maintain that.  I found the state of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel fitted the bill as a model", with a small Garde du Corps, 4 Infantry, 1 Fusilier & 1 Jager battalions, and for cavalry a Dragoon and a Hussar  regiment. (It also had the rather interesting "Voluntaire Auxiliaires" which I'm finally getting round to recruiting for myself in my own Imagi-Narrative.)

 *though my Imagi-Nation only has 1 battalion per regiment, not 2 as it is 1/2 the size of Brunswick population & land wise

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In Patagonia

In Patagonia
The history of Aurikania and Pathagounia
The complete unabridged history in four volumes
With copious notes on the manner of the original manuscript

Excerpt from Treachery Strikes House Patagonia
There is treachery in house Patagonia.  The house guard has been struck down with the death of all five standard bearers.  The dead bodies of several house Aurikanian Officer corp from Prince Blake’s retinue were found on the palace grounds.  This was not immediately brought to the attention of neither the king nor his counsel but in due time it was discovered that a gruesome scene had unfolded on the parade grounds of the royal palace.  The Patagonian house standard-bearers were found dismembered with their regalia torn from their command stands. Upon further investigation it appears that insurgents from house Prince Blake’s entourage  had killed the entire Patagonian standard-bearer core. Replacements were immediately found and put in place.
Marching to the sound of the guns the Patagonian army formed up and gave battle to Aracania in a battle that lasted a full evening.

Patagonia on the frontier 1762. This is the story of two imagi-nations Set in a time long ago.
Table of Contents Volume I-III:
I  The foundation of the territories and the naming of the provinces.
            A. Ancient Times, see The Island of Marnon and other historical fables.
            B. The War and the division of Auricania and Patagonia
II Early Naval Architecture
III  The Royal families: Prominent Families and Individuals
IV The Lineage of the House of Patagonia
V  The Armies
VI The Armies Part the Second
VII  The Rules of Warfare
VIII  The Naval Atlas of the Western Sea and the colonies
IX  The Island of Marnon and early histories including fantastic stories and myths from long ago
X  The solar calendar of the Auricanian and Patagonian hemisphere
Illustrations:
Plate 1: Maps
Plate 2 Illustrations

Plate 3 Photographic engravings 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Generating Families & Personalities?

Several months ago someone posted a system for generating Families and Personalities for the major families in an imaginary country.

It was different from the Tony Bath version (which I have) but I do not recall who posted it.  Would someone please direct me to it?

-- Jeff

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jacdaw30 figures

Assembled Kings, Queens, Electors, Lechers, Despots and Ne'er do Wells, for those of you that have been wondering.

Left Bank Workshops is continuing to work on getting these figures back into production. To stay up to date on when they will be able to start producing I suggest you bookmark or follow the blog and/or follow the facebook page.

blog link https://miniaturecreation.wordpress.com/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Left-Bank-Workshop/239669452901207?ref=hl

the facebook page is open to public so no need to join fb if it is not your thing

some samples of the recruits available my assembled majesties




Adieu

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Velikye Byelgorodniya Court Circular

The Grand Prince of Velikye Byelgorodniya, Dmitry IV Dmitrovich of the House of Mikhailov, Duke of Kapusta Zemlya, Count of Novi Byelgorod, Hereditary Hetman of the Cassock Horde, and Grand Master of the Order of the Golden Cockerel, wishes to apprise his fellow sovereigns of his wedding anniversary gift to his beloved wife, Her Royal Highness Grand Princess Olga Anastasia Nikolayevna of Velikye Byelgorodniya, Duchess of Kapusta Zemlya, and Pfalzgräfin of the County Palatinate of Standarten-Pudel.

Let it be known that our Most Noble Grand Prince has bestowed upon the Grand Princess the Honorary Colonelcy-in-Chief of the 1st Novi Byelgorod Grenadiers, a title in his gift.


The Regiment will henceforth be known as The Grand Princess' Own 1st Novi Byelgorod Grenadiers.

May Our Friends Take Heart and Our Enemies Tremble!