Saturday, November 24, 2007

Anti-Gravity Device

Doctor Benjamin Franklinstein has invented an anti-gravity device for the movement of soldiers.

But seriously, I have been making movement trays out of black styrene with thin rare earth magnets sandwiched between 2 sheets of plastic. I made 20 2 inch by 2 inch trays for infantry (holds 4 miniatures) and have enough plastic left to make 11 2 inch by 4 inch trays (which would fit 3 of my cavalry), but need to order more magnets before we can move cavalry on the anti-grav devices.
The black plastic is ok as is, but I think I'll try painting some trays green to better match the minis' bases and my terrain pieces. Have to see if the paint rubs off over time sliding minis on and off the trays.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Evening News

Hear ye! Hear ye! Here is the evening news!
The Soweiter League wants to give thanks to our brave militia who recently defended Offenbach from foreign invasion. Pictured here is one of the brave lads, who had to return to town for musket repair. The rest of the militia are currently residing in the land of M'Wockie.In other news:
scene: marketplace -
Diminutive figure spotted running from the scene of an altercation, silver pig tucked under one arm
local 1: "Was that the piper's son?"
local: "Tom-Tom? Looked like him, but the clothes look odd and does he have five-o-clock shadow?"
Scene 2
Later, in the backrooms of a royal palace somewhere in eastern or central Urope -
dim. figure: "Da, I haf brought it, ze zilver pik."
Boris the Boar, King of Bossanova: "Ekzellent, Vizzini! And no one zuzpected anyzing?"
dim. figure: "Nein, I am, as zey say, ze master uf dizguize."

Foreign troops spotted in the area around Offenbach by local farmers. From the pale uniforms with yellow facings it appears these are members of the 2nd Battalion of the Batrachian Observation army. Members of the 1st Battalion were spotted previously in the same area.

Local Farmers Spot Foreign Troops
1st farmer: "Yup, they wuz furriners. Talked all funny like."
2nd farmer: "Ja, dat is correkt. And dey wore white uniforms."
3rd farmer: "Zees ees treu."
1st farmer: "They said they wuz just looking. Maybe they wuz tourists."
2nd farmer: "Ve told dem you can't get dere from hier. ha ha"
3rd farmer: "Hi, mom."

Farmer's wife: "Hay."

This edition of the evening news has been brought to you by the Dairy Farmer's Association KUHE. "Gott milch?"

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Uniforms and a Flag

Just to see what a coat or vest and trews might look like if done up in plaid...
The flag of Bossanova, known as the "Boar Sinister".

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


The first tartan here is similar to a "real world" Urquhart tartan as shown in one of my reference books. Other possibilities are shown below.

Next up, some possible uniforms for the regular infantry of Bossanova. The actual cut/style is unknown at this point, but as they are described as "foreign" Soweiter artists chose to use the same Tippelbruder templates as are used for the Batrachian forces.

Finally, some of the Batrachian forces. The first 2 (the light blue and the light yellow) are confirmed from actual examples (that is, I have painted toy soldiers in these colors or close facsimiles thereof).

As always, the Soweiter League offers much thanks to David Linienblatt (sp?) of Tippelbruder for generously providing wonderful uniform templates for all and sundry!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Batrachian Vexillology, part deux

Here it is, ze national flag of Batrachia.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Batrachian Vexillology

Work in progress (needs cleaning up quite a bit):
2 variations on infantry flags, with the famous Batrachian golden fox. I like the version without the black outlines (and I know it violates the rules of heraldry to have metal on metal, but rules were made to be broken - ha ha). Also thinking of other variations...

Naval/marine flag? ;-)

I also have a somewhat fancier national flag in progress...
Input is welcome, as always, but we reserve the right to follow our own quirks :-)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Batrachian Observation Corps and Highway Robbery

First up, the (in)famous husband and wife team of highway robbers, Dennis and Amanda Moore. (could they be in the pay of the Soweiter League as scouts/spies?)

Next, the first regiment of the Batrachian Observation Corps ("we're just looking..."). Those with sharp eyes may notice some of the men are wearing bandages (such as the drummer). That's to show they are veterans and have seen action (even if they aren't actually wounded).
Their flag has not been delivered yet (which is to say - I haven't designed it yet, but have ideas I just need to try out).