Category Archives: Altefritzenburg

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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Ayton – On the workbench 3

A little more progress on things. Nearly finished the 12 RSM cavalry. One more good session should see them done and ready for basing. Still not 100% on the colour scheme but they ain’t getting changed now! The six Uhlans still await flocking but I’ve started the two extra figures I want to make two full squadrons of six plus the officer and bearer. I’ve also started the 18 infantry to add to those shown below. And a few of the ‘specials’…

On the workbench
On the workbench

These are the first three stands of the infantry along with their European officer.

On the workbench
On the workbench

And finally a shot of the Altefritzenburg artillery and a few natives to unsettle Goat Major!

On the workbench
On the workbench

Feeling a little better on progress now. If I can get the load shown done I’ll only have two batches of 12 left and a few ‘extras’ and I’ll be there. I’ve sent my list in to Henry so I’m committed and prevented from adding to it! More soon..

 

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Ayton – On the workbench

I had hoped to post a decent update last week with a another chapter in Private Lamm’s Journal but things have got delayed a little. I’m still painting for the Ayton game which is now a scarily six weeks off! Still planty to do! So I’ve been cracking on with things and the bulk will make their appearance in the Journal ‘in context’. But in the meantime here are a few pics from the workbench.

More Uhlans for Von Donovans’s Legion and the Royal Guard of the Sacred Camel, part of the forces of the Pasha Sultan Abdul Seyfi, Guardian of the Blood Red Moon and Protector of the Sacred Camel.

Cheers for looking. More next week with a bit of luck!

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Cry “Havoc!” And let slip the swans of war!

Just about to depart for the big WD3 ImagiNation game in Ayton. Managed to grab some quick pics of the force I’m taking. Will fill in details later as my lift is due any moment!

Die Alte Giezerer Altefritzenburg:

 

The Legion Dismounted Dragoons:

 

The valiant Legion Uhlan Squadron:

 

Captain Georg Heinrich Ewald and his loyal native war party:

 
 

The Legion Grenadier Company and battalion gun:

 

The Legion Musketeers – the core of the Savage Swans:

 

Lead by Count Vladimir Belisarius and his trusty dog, Justinian:

The Legion standard:

All ably lead by Oberstgeneral  Seamus Gunter von Donovan (center):

And his trusty Aide de Camp, Major ‘Huff’ Huffington-Mainwaring, late of His Majesty’s Britannic Army:

The finally, the Legion mascot, Ganymede the Swan, with his handler, Sargeant Hans Veppers:

 

And all of the above in the service of the Burgraviate of Altefritzenburg under Otto Fritz von Hesseburg:

Will try and post pics over the weekend….

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ein wilder Schwan

For the upcoming WD3 Imagi-Nation game I am painting up my ‘Savage Swans’ (see earlier posts). Although I’ve got twelve figures ready to go I had a chance to escape the kids for an hour this afternoon and decided to just finish one figure to see if I was happy with the look. The figure is an RSM Austrian Musketeer:

Overall I’m quite happy with it. Main revelation for me was that I’ve decided I just cannot paint eyes! Although I managed them on some WW2 28mm I did a while back, the casting is much more prominent on Black Tree Design, the RSM being more in proportion. I tried. But my eyes just can’t cope with their eyes!

I’ve gone with green for the turnbacks, smalls and trousers. I MAY vary each company for one of those but I’m not sure yet. All paints are Vallejo, bar the main green. This is an old Ral Partha green from their AD&D range. I have about a third of a pot left. It is my favourite green! I haven’t found one to match it yet and I’m just hoping there’s enough to do all the Swans!

Anyway, a start has been made!

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