Saturday, 22 April 2017

Imagi-Nations. Second pair of artillery done, work commencing of third.

Cadesh now has its two 8 pound artillery pieces and crew.

Violet uniforms with lemon cuffs.

Also in tricornes, rather than the round hats that come with the kit.

The bases turned out pretty good.

Very happy with these two units.

Basing work started on the two Karacian eight pounders.

The crew are built, primed and now receiving base coat colours.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Imagi-Nations. Two artillery pieces and crew done.

As I still had the sky blue of Walivia on my palette after painting their cavalry, so painted up their two artillery crews.

I went with black cuffs and hat trim.

The bases are a little tight, 60 x 60 mm. I probably should have gone slightly larger.

I still managed to fit everything on, and a little scenic work on the bases too.

The figures were fairly simple to construct, just getting arms and poles to meet and stay in position is always a challenge.

Now this gun line is complete, I shall begin work on the next artillery units, Cadesh and Karacia will also have two 8 pound cannon and crew each.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Imagi-Nations. Walivia's first cavalry squadron.

Completed a unit of cavalry, a bit fiddly but well worth it. Lots of parts in the box, the horse is in five parts and the mounted figures in six. Multiply that by twelve and you have 132 pieces to deal with, a turn off for metal figure buyers for sure.

The set does not include a standard pole, so I used a cut down metal spear. It does however, have a couple of right arms with open hands, for the trumpeter and a standard bearer.

The unit doesn't have a name or designation number yet.

Just a simple base of a few small stones, flock and tufts.

Next up will be the crews for the six artillery pieces I have already built and painted. That will allow me to base them up.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

More work done on the Imagi-Nations armies.

I have managed to complete one foot regiment for each of the three nations that will feature in the Imagi-Nations campaign. They all still need flags designing and affixing, but the figures are based in fours on 40 x 40 mm bases and are now flocked.

I also built the six cannon from the two starter boxes, I gave to each to each nation. I went for the 8 pound option rather than 12 pound. I will add the larger calibre at a later date.

Each regiment has 24 figures, one base of each being grenadiers.

I am very pleased with the look so far.

Currently working on the first of six regiments of cavalry.

A box full of reinforcements to add to the two starter box sets. I am going to be busy for quite some time.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Imagi-Nations. Basing the Foot regiments.

I have been unable to paint of late, due to the bulb in my illuminated magnifier giving up the ghost, a spare bulb will be fitted later this month. But I am able to do some basing.

Three regiments of foot, one for each of my Imagi-Nations. At the rear in sky blue is the Kingdom of Walivia. They are fully based and ready to go. In the centre in violet and black, is Queen Josephine's Regiment of Foot, of Cadesh. Finally, in the front is a regiment for the Republic of Karacia, they wear burnt red.

The leading two regiments still need their bases completing, I hope to finish that today.

Notice the swords laid ahead, the buggers fell off when I was painting the bases, Grrrr. you only have to look at them and they fall off. I will reapply them when the flocking is complete.

I am pleased with both the colour schemes and how they turned out, It will be some horse regiments next, I have begun the first, but the aforementioned blown bulb, is holding up proceedings.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Third foot regiment now done.

Queen Josephine's Regiment of Foot ready for basing.

As with the earlier two regiments, the swords will be added once based. This is the first infantry regiment for the country of Cadesh, so now all three of the initial Imagi-Nations have one foot regiment.

Just as I was completing the gold on the officers and grenadiers, the bulb in my illuminated magnifier gave up the ghost! Will have to do without for now, I do have a spare bulb at home, so will collect it on my next visit.

Drummer in reverse colours and this time with a feathered hat.

The national and regimental flags have yet to be designed and printed out.

24 strong, six bases of four.

My wife chose the colour scheme, right down to the tan earth facings. I think they look brilliant.

I should have my MDF bases delivered tomorrow, so I can get down to some basing, I can manage that without my magnifier.

Cavalry reinforcements should also arrive tomorrow, so a break from infantry, as three regiments of cavalry will be next up.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

First group of infantry for Cadesh.

The first eight members of 'Queen Josephine's Foot, minus swords, are now ready for basing. The striking violet and black colour scheme is my wife's creation, and I actually quite like it.

Another eight musketeers are now on the painting board, prior to the final eight, consisting of command and four grenadiers.

I hope to have my MDF bases at the weekend, along with four boxes of cavalry, This regiment should hopefully be completed by then, and along with the two regiments already finished, can be based.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Imagi-Nations. Line Regiment 'Barbeck' ready.

Kiracia's first foot regiment is ready for basing. Line Regiment 'Barbeck' named after the region from which it was raised.

24 man regiment with 16 musketeers, 4 grenadiers and 4 command.

I have not yet glued on the sword scabbards, as they fall off if you so much as look at them. I shall attach them when the figures are based.

Ready for action, or they will be, once based up.

Next will be the first foot regiment for Cadesh, in their violet jackets and breeches.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Imagi-Nations - A little more progress.

The first eight figures, one being the original test figure, are close to completion. This regiment in the burnt red coats and hats, are the first regiment for the Republic of Kiracia.

A test figure for third country that will initially be involved in my Imagi-Nation world, an infantryman of Cadesh. My wife has adopted this nation and so chose the colours. Violet coat and breeches, black hat, bag and shoes, with facings of tan earth.

A roughly sketched map of the south-western area of Culm, with the three main players and their next door neighbours shown. I haven't decided on a scale as yet, but as these are all countries as opposed to the counties of Ireland, this is a pretty large chunk of real estate.

A closer look at the three main players. The smaller Kingdom of Cadesh, hedged in on all sides by larger neighbours. However, only the Kingdom of Walivia and the Republic of Kiracia will be involved initially.

I have drawn up a list of fictitious place names for Cities/towns etc. very English sounding as opposed to the often tongue twisting German names often associated with 18th Century Imagi-nations.

I have worked out a currency which will be standard throughout the whole continent of Culm. Being pennies, crowns and sovereigns. Each country may or may not have mines, depending on the topography, Areas will be divided into cultivated, woods, hills, plains etc, each having a value in sovereigns per annum, and the population occupying such tracts of land. This will serve for tax purposes.

Important and not so important characters will all have character traits, determined by percentage dice. These will be based on intelligence, initiative, charisma, courage, strength and health.

I am also considering producing a newspaper, the 'Culm Courier,' which will contain articles, battle reports, photographs (not sure how they managed that, possibly very life like paintings), gossip columns and downright slanderous insults! The editor would be pleased to accept contributions from readers.

So as you see, even when not painting, I am still thinking and researching for the project.

I will keep you all informed.

Monday, 13 March 2017

First regiment for the Imagi-Nation project completed.

Well sticking to my schedule of only painting for an hour or so each day, though I did increase this to a couple of hours, with breaks in between. Now that the evenings are staying lighter for longer, I hope to maybe increase to three hours a day. So far no problems with my eyes.

So let me introduce the 1st Regiment of Foot 'The Queen's Own.' of Walivia. 24 figures strong, comprising four bases of four musketeers, a single base each of grenadiers and command. No flags yet as I have still to design them and also need to have access to a printer.

The grenadiers have brass fronts on their Mitre hats.

The unit facings are blue, (Royal regiments only, have blue facings in Walivia) The drummer is in reverse colours.

The figures are very easy to assemble and paint, with barely any extra lace, packs or bags to worry about.

I have ordered some MDF bases which will be given a scenic style with stones, grass and tufts, all on top of textured paint, which is a first for me.

I am now building the next 24 figures, they will be the first regiment for the Republic of Kiracia.