More 6mm ImagiNation – here come the cavalry and the enemy!

Been a little while since the last post but I’ve been pottering along with my 6mm ImagiNation project and finally have something to show. The mounted arm of my Savage Swans in 28mm were composed of RSM Austrian Dragoons but fitted with lances.

02 - The Legion Uhlans
The Legion Uhlans

I had only done a single squadron for last years Ayton game but added a second with red edged pennants for this years game. Re-creating these presented a problem as neither Baccus or Adler did a lancer/uhlan in tricorn. Peter at Baccus suggested possible figures for conversion but to be honest I didn’t fancy the job! I then emailed Leon at Adler to see if he had any suitable figures. I got a reply. ‘Hang on. I’ll get back to you’. Couple of weeks passed so I dropped a reminder. ‘Still looking. Will get back to you soon’. Couple of days later I got an email. The only suitable figure was the Austrian Dragoon standard bearer.

Adler Austrian SYW Dragoon standard bearer

However, the pole was too short for a lance so Leon was going to remove it, re-model the hand to make it drillable to take a lance and how many did I want? Now that is what I call service! I ordered forty as I still wasn’t sure what size units/bases I was going to go for. Leon suggested that 0.5mm brass rod would do for the lances and that a twist drill would do to ‘hole’ the hand. So the figures arrived (it must have took him a while as there was only one to a mould) and after a few weeks of summoning up the courage to tackle the lances I finally made a start. The drilling was fiddly and a few hands didn’t quite drill through cleanly. However, they came out OK. I fitted the lance before painting as I wanted a good bond.

SYW Uhlans
SYW Uhlans

And then it was only a matter of painting them! I decided to stick to the 40x30mm bases, 4 figures to a base, 2 bases to a squadron. And a command base. So here we have Von Donovan’s Savage Swan Uhlans!

Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans

I’m quite please with them.

Some Opposition

To give my main ImagiNation troops some opposition I intended to re-use some 1806 French I have but also to paint up some SYW French. My backstory has a ‘French’ officer training ‘Ottoman’ types so it makes sense for me to have a French themed opposition. I had chosen the ‘basic’ Baccus French with no turnbacks to speed up painting. And to speed things even more I thought I get someone else to do it! I have some Total Battle Miniatures buildings that I was going to sell to Ian Willey, the author of The Blog With No Name and a fellow ASL player. He offered to paint some 6mm figures for me in lieu of cash so I painted up a sample strip and then mailed him enough to do a full unit. These he duly did and mailed back. I’m quite pleased with them and will be getting him to do more. I still needed the mounted officers which arrived this week from Adler and allowed me to finish basing the unit and paint up the standards. So many thanks to Ian and I present the first unit of the yet to be fully ‘Imagined’ French type opposition!


Again, I’m really pleased with Ian’s work and how the whole unit has come out.

What next?

I have Grenzers and Indians to do. And some Ottoman types. And the first of the Altefritzenburg regiments, though whether I do them in 28mm or 6mm first is yet to be decided!



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Russians – Have I got enough now?

Well, the final batch of my Russian micro armour arrived today courtesy of Martin (aka Slug Balancer on TMP). They were, as expected, very well packed and not a single item or barrel was bent never mind damaged! Here’s a few pics:

The first lot have a pile of OT-64Cs which will be forming part of a Czech force. And a interesting selection of missiles! Some good possibilities for diorama bases there I think.Then we have a lot of BMP-1s which will either go Warpac (more likely) or as they have a seperate turret I may look at these as a base for doing BMP-1Ps? Also, ferries, BMDs and assorted odds and ends.

Transport, BMDs and T54s.

ASU-85s, and a few odd companies of armour.Overall a nice little(?) haul and now I need a little time to plan what to do with it all!

The following shows what assorted Soviet kit I have waiting to be dealt with! You can also see the pile of bags of unpainted kit! Apart from some T-64s that is mostly assorted recce stuff and models to add to HQ stands and specials.So, what is the plan? To be honest I’m not 100% sure. Having done a lot of T-80s recently and with at least four battalions of T-64s to do I’m thinking of moving my T-72s and T-62s to Warpac forces and then using the bulk of this lot (the older kit and APCs, OTs) to provide the Mech and Motor stuff. Some of the OT models are quite nice. The T-54s may get shipped to the Middle East in ’73 though!

There’s kit there as well to do airborne.

I really must get round to the NATO stuff soon!

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WIP – 6mm ImagiNation – test figures

Following on from the completion of the first of my 6mm ImagiNation troops I’ve been looking at what to do next. As I’ve tried in the past, my main aim is to paint the bulk myself but get a few units of ‘opposition’ painted for me. Although I have yet to work up the background I envisage the SYW themed opposition for my Altefritzenburg troops would be ‘French’ based and enable me to use the Baccus SYW French with no turnbacks etc. to keep painting simple and faster!

I’ve just done a test strip to see what they’ll look like. Although my Swans have no hat lace I think these need it to add a little contrast to the figures. Possibly yellow would be better…

Sorry for slightly blurry image but I couldn’t get my phone to focus properly I think these will look of. Drummers will be in reverse colours and with a sashes etc. on the officers they should look OK I was concerned that with only the cuffs showing a different colour there would not be enough difference in the units? Suppose I could always do the breeches and gaiters in a brighter colour as well?

I sense another test strip coming on…

…and here it is!

Side by side by side shot. The new chaps were done with a white undercoat and to be honest once the black wash was applied it didn’t make a lot of difference.

I think the red leggings and yellow hat lace does more to brighten up the figures.


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More Savage Swans – in 6mm!

Over the last two years I have been slowly painting up 28mm RSM SYW figures for my ImagiNation of Altefritzenburg and it’s famed fighting force, von Donovan’s Savage Swans. These have seen service in the last two Ayton games run by Henry Hyde. The core of the force was the main battalion shown here with grenadiers detached.

Savage Swans - 28mm RSM figures

Now I really love the Ayton games but I am a slow painter when it comes to 28mm and I can only really see myself using my 28mm ImagiNation forces for Ayton or related games. I am firmly in the ‘paint both sides’ and ‘do my own thing’ camp and getting enough together for a full game myself is never going to happen in my lifetime! So the solution? Recreate my entire ImagiNation forces in 6mm! I then stand a decent chance of painting up enough for a game…maybe…

Although I’m undecided on rules long term I do want to try Maurice so that was my starting point. Basing was an issue though and I looked at several options (see earlier post). The ‘convention’ for Maurice in 6mm seems to be to use the Polemos 60x30mm basing, two bases to a unit. For column, people just turn the bases sideways. Now, I wasn’t really happy with that, and also because I wanted to add some extra figures to each base, the option of using 30x30s (which solved the column ‘problem’) still didn’t look right. So the end result is…. 40x30mm! I really think 4x 40mm stands LOOKS right for a battalion in line. I’ve also added a command stand (equally 40x30mm) so that when they are all in column I am only 10mm out in the line/column lengths.

So here they are. The Savage Swans in 6mm!

The Savage Swans
The company officers lead the way
Count Vladimir Belisarius, the Colonel of the Regiment, along with the Colours

Now, because I’ll be using these for Maurice and I still wanted to keep the option of playing other people open, I can remove the grenadier company and still have a unit with the ‘standard’ 120mm frontage.

NCOs and Drummers keep the troops in line and in time

And placing the command in the front when in column gives the same column/line length when using 3 stands t oa unit and only 10mm out when using the lot.

In column

These were fun to paint. All foot figures are Baccus. The mounted officers are Adler. Foot officers are standard bearers with the pole cut down to sword length. And painting the Swan’s standards was a bugger in 6mm!

Officers and Colours to the front

I tried a different technique to pain these. Light grey undercoat, black wash. This REALLY brings out the detail on the figures and I have to admit to being surprised at how much there was that just got lost with a black undercoat.

I have the figures for the Grenzers, Indians and cavalry lined up as well. More to come…

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Border Reiver 2012 – Show Report

First Saturday in September brings the annual Newcastle show, Border Reiver. I set off early for this one as I was giving someone a lift and arrived in plenty of time. I’ve created a gallery for the show here so if you just want to look at pretty pictures jump straight in. If you want a little more info, please read on!

The Venue

This year the show has moved south of the river to Gateshead Stadium. For the last few years it was based at the Newcastle Arena using the foyer area. Although this was a big enough space the layout was sometimes a little awkward with staircases breaking up the space and the lighting was never that good. Fine for normal browsing but hard work when it came to taking any photos. The new venue is the sports hall at Gateshead Stadium. This brings the whole show into one large space with much better lighting. The only caveat being that it is that peculiar sports hall lighting that casts a yellow tinge over all. Much better but harder work getting the colours right in any photos.

There was plenty of space for the traders and demo games. The bring and buy was to the left as you came in and had plenty of room so no scrum to see things. The big downside on the day was that the cafe wasn’t open! The organisers had asked for it and were expecting it so very frustrating for them and a little annoying for visitors as the only other options were the vending machines, the nearby ASDA or the burger van parked opposite the Stadium. I was lucky in that to save money I had brought sandwiches! I’m sure this will be resolved next year and the venue should really get a slap and should rue the business lost on the day. Oh…and it was very warm at times in the hall. I’m just glad it wasn’t a hot day outside.

Other than that it was a great venue and I hope the show continues there.

The Games

There were a good few demo games on. All were good quality and I think I managed a quick word with most of them. It was good that all I spoke to were friendly and happy to chat. And the games seemed to be ‘active’ so no dioramas! There were a lot of SF games in evidence. Possibly reflective of the makeup of some of the local clubs and helped by Critical Mass attending the local shows with some very nice 15mm figures. Of the games that stood out for me, the Flames of War game (forget by who) had some lovely terrain:

And the Shot and Shell Gamers 10mm SYW games had some nicely painted Pendraken figures:

I’ve not played (or been tempted by) Dystopian Wars but I was quite impressed with the models!

All in all, a nice selection of games. I’ll update the gaps in the info as people point things out!

Bring and Buy

My main aim for the show was to clear a little lead and some books. I’d downloaded the requisite form and being a geek at heart I had entered all the info, printed it out and printed labels for all my boxes! Booking in was quick and painless so I left my stock there and hit the show. I was shifting a pile of historical fiction (Allan Mallinson, Christian Cameron) and a few other odds and ends. Only about six of the books went… I’d also decided to offload a HUGE pile of unpainted 15mm AWI. Fourteen packs of Peter Pig and a lot of Freikorps, Essex and Old Glory. The Old Glory went but NONE of the others. There were nearly 80 packs in the box and nothing. Bit disappointed there. I got rid of some 20mm Modern as I finally accepted that my Force on Force dreams were just that. A few packs of 15mm ancients went. I still walked away with £54 but would have liked more! 🙂

So to look at the BUY part, what did I buy? Sod all really! I bought 3 packs of MDF bases. And half a dozen Hero-Clix figures for my kids to play with (two broken already!). And that was it. I don’t think I could justify buying any lead as I’m trying to clear stuff. I have enough paint for now and more books than I can ever read. And I’ll be at Derby next month so will need cash for that. But most importantly, I don’t get paid for two weeks and I feel  I should really feed the kids as well!


I enjoyed it. Nice chats with assorted people. Much better venue (despite the yellow light!). Lack of cafe annoying but not the end of the world. A bit warm.

I’m already looking forward to next year.

If you missed the link above, the gallery is here: Border Reiver 2012 Gallery


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