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My ImagiNation – The Burgraviate of Altefritzenburg

ImagiNation Update – Ayton 2011 Game Report

OK, so Ayton 2012 is only a couple of months away! However, I had hoped some of the content I’ve just published was going to appear in Battlegames magazine, but things did not work out so I’ve finally pulled together MY account of the weekend, as told by one of the participants, Private Rüdiger Lamm of von Donovan’s Legion, the Savage Swans! I’d also added the bulk of the photos I took over the weekend to two galleries. I’ve not been able to annotate them but if you’ve read the reports on here, WD3 and in Battlegames magazine they should provide some visual eye candy to accompany the texts.

As Henry points out in the introduction to Part 3 of the write-up in issue 28 of Battlegames, this weekend was about ‘the game’. The terrain may not have been display game quality. Some figure were on unpainted MDF bases. Everyone brought their own figures painted and based their own way. A lot of the figures were stunning. But it was the people and the game that made the weekend the success it was. I am really looking forward to this year’s game.

So, what do we have?

Altefritzenburg – I’ve added a little more backround and maps etc. are to follow soon.

Journal of Private Rüdiger Lamm – this I intend to continue as I chronicle events after the victory and prior to the next game. And introduce some new forces to the mix!

Ayton 2011 – a little background to the game lots of pics from both days. Day One and Day Two.

Hope you enjoy them all



Technical Rant: Thank you Google. I’ve spent quite a lot of time and effort on this blog and was really quite chuffed to find I had 175 Followers via Google Friends Connect. This month, Google decided to drop GFC for any non-Google Blogger blogs and it seems only a matter of time before they do so for blogger as well as they try and push people towards Google+.So the nice little Followers widget I had a bottom left is not blank. I am hoping that people will still pick up new posts and I suppose this will be the test. In the meantime I’ll be looking at linking more to Facebook with a page devoted to this blog, and other options as well.

So if you have come here via you Blogger followers and you are commenting please let me know the Blogger world still knows I exist!


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Ayton Game – some pictures

Arrived back from the Ayton game. It was an excellent weekend and much kudos must go to Henry and Peeler for all their efforts and to all concerned for providing a weekend of entertaining gaming in great spirit throughout. Well done all!

I’m going to try and do a proper battle report at some point and I have a mass of photos. However, a lot seem a little out of focus and the problem with using a camera and failing eyesight is that they look OK at the time!

Anyway, here is a selection of pics from the weekend. I’ll add notes where I can remember who’s is what and doing what but it’s more for just the pics!


A truly excellent weekend!

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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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‘Savage Swans’ return from the Colonies!

After four years in the Colonies in the service of a foreign king the valiant soldiers of Von Donovan’s Legion begin their return to the the service of the Burgrave. Called back with their brave leader Seamus Gunter von Donovan to prepare for the coming campaigns in the Spring they must now adapt to the traditional rules and regulations of the troops of the Burgraviate of Altefritzenburg. While in the Colonies they adapted their uniforms and tactics to cope with fighting a Rebel army that did not adhere to the Rules of War. Now, back home they must return to the traditional ways.

The first stage will be a new uniform, cut in the traditional styles. The Burgrave, wanting his troops to excel in the coming campaigns has commissioned several styles from the local suppliers but has yet to make a final decision. There are four styles in the traditional colours of the Legion:


As the first battalion of the Legion and it’s accompanying squadron of Dragoons are now in barracks, the decision must be made soon so that the uniforms are ready for the campaign season. The Oberstgeneral and the Burgraviate will be consulting their advisors over the next few days to aid in the decision process.

From left to right:

  • Green jackets and buff waistcoat with black facings and white turnbacks – the traditional uniform of the legion
  • Buff jackets and waistcoat, green facings and white turnbacks – rumoured to be the favoured choice of the Burgrave
  • White jackets and waistcoat, green facings and green turnbacks – opposed by Council leaders as too ‘Gallic’
  • Green jacket and buff waistcoat, red facings and white turnbacks – the introduction of red as an acknowledgement of the troops they had served alongside in the Colonies.

The decision is to be made by the next Council meeting in five days time.

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