Thursday, June 28, 2007

Flags

We are examining candidates for the flag of the Soweiter League. This will be the "national" flag. The member states have their own flags.


A



B
C


We could use all three, each for different purposes. What do you all think?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ballyfoole Grenadiers

The first soldiers of the Ballyfoole Grenadiers make an appearance. The Ballyfoole Grenadiers are lead by Colonel Kelly.
In case it's hard to tell, the coats are medium green, while the facings, turnbacks, etc. are white.

Friday, June 15, 2007

A Little Lesson in Geography

  • The Duchy of Grand Thidwick

Capital: Mutton-on-Wry

Principal exports: wool, woolen goods

  • Principality of Saxe-Goldberg

Capital: Goldberg

Principal exports: clocks, gadgets, contraptions, toys

  • Saxe-Urquhart

Capital: Gunderburgh

Principal exports: beef, haggis, bagpipes

  • Hesse-Pfeffernusse

Capital: Pfeffernussestadt

Principal exports: baked goods

  • Pfennig-Pfarthing

Capital: Zwei Pfennig

Principal exports: bicycles, carriages

  • Hesse-Offenbach

Capital: Offenstadt

Principal exports: musical instruments

  • Ober-Umlaut

Capital: Umlauterburg

Principal exports: wigs

  • Ballyfoole

Capital: Ballyfoole

Principal exports: fine linens, Donnybrook ale and root beer

  • Saxe-Waldorf

Capital: Waldorfstadtburg

Principal exports: walking sticks, carved wood

  • Santa Sofia

Capital: Aroma

Principal exports: ice cream, confections, chocolate

  • Hasenpfeffer-Heisenberg

Capital: Heisenberg-Hasenpfeffer

Principal exports: cookware

  • Jingleheimer-Schwartz

Capital: Jingleheim

Principal exports: glassware

  • Mayeux

Capital: Mayeux

Principal exports: tapestries, sauces

Here endeth today's lesson.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Batrachian Empire

The Batrachians are sometime opponents, sometime trading partners, and (rarely) sometime allies of the nations of the Soweiter League. The Batrachian Empire (in spite of the grandiose name) would be more than a match for the League, but is usually partially tied up with other matters.
The country of Batrachia is a kingdom to the west of the League, ruled currently by King Leroy the XIVth (or is it XVth?).
The kingdom is divided into a number of provinces, such as -
  • Bordelleaux, with its famed red wine district
  • Haute Cuisine
  • Haute Couture
  • Provenance
  • Savory

The capital is N'est Pas

One of the most noted generals is General Napoleon Soleau. Some say he is a little too ambitious.
His brother Hans is a noted admiral of the Batrachian navy; many have tried, but so far no one has been able to sink Soleau.
One of the least noted generals is General D'Zastre, a political appointee.

Some of the units of Batrachia:
The Black and Blue Curassiers ("looks more like purple to me")
The King's Own Royal Gendarmes (part of the Corps du Roi)
The Chevaliers de Poupon
The Hussars de Panache (Colonel Marquis de Panache commanding)
The Wild Goose Chasseurs (Errant* cavalry commanded by Colonel Padraig "Paddy" de Fois Gras - they can be found anywhere there is a good Donnybrook**)

In the past the Batrachians have invaded nations of the Soweiter League by way of the Faux Pass and the Pass de Deux

* Errant - from the island of Errland or Ere as it is sometimes know
** Donnybrook - an excellent ale from Errland

Monday, June 11, 2007

Ballyfoole Grenadiers

While I am trying to clear my painting desk of other miniatures I have prepped my first unit for the League.
These are the Ballyfoole Grenadiers (from Foundry). The commanding officer is Colonel Kelly. The uniforms will be medium green jackets, probably with white or yellow facings.
Due to space and time and cost I prefer to keep units small. This unit will have around 14 figures, including officers, musicians, flag-bearer and all.
Also trying to figure out ranks. I assume the overall commander of a nation's army will usually be a general (or equivalent term), but what would the commander of a unit like the Grenadiers be? For that matter what would the unit itself be (a regiment?)?
I enjoy reading history (stress on the "story"), but I don't want to get too hung up in historical facts and minutiae. This is all in fun after all! :-)
I suppose the League could institute its own organization. :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The famous painter, Peter Paul Rubenstein, from Saxe-Goldberg, has been commissioned to illustrate the formation of the Soweiter League.

Breaking News

The Heisenberg Observer

Thirteen and One Half League

Soweiter - The Soweiter League, named after the village in which the details were hammered out by delegates from 13 small states, has been formed for mutual defense and trade. Soweiter, by virtue of its location in the midst of Hasenpfeffer-Heisenberg was the meeting place for this historic event.

The particpating charter members were:
  • The Duchy of Grand Thidwick, Sir Argyle Fitz-Basset representing Her Grace Catherine Zeta Figg-Netwon
  • The Principality of Saxe-Goldberg, Furst Rudolf von Saxe-Goldberg and Prinzessin Ruby
  • Saxe-Urquhart, Earl Angus MacHaggis of that ilk
  • Hesse-Pfeffernusse, Graf Hansel von Pfeffernusse
  • Pfennig-Pfarthing, Prince Peter Pfeiffer von Pfennig-Pfarthing and Princess Penelope
  • Hesse-Offenbach, Graf Georg Friederich "Fritz" von Offenbach
  • Ober-Umlaut, Markgraf Otto von Ober-Umlaut
  • Ballyfoole, Prince Seamus O'Toole and Princess Caitlin
  • Saxe-Waldorf, Hofmeister Wolfgang von Stadtler-Waldorf
  • Santa Sofia, Conte Luigi Funiculi-Funicula and Contessa Rafaella
  • Hasenpfeffer-Heisenberg, Herzog Werner von Heisenberg-Hasenpfeffer
  • Jingleheimer-Schwartz, Burgermeister Johan Jakob Jingleheimer-Schwartz
  • Mayeux, Comte Louis-Carroll de Mayeux and Comtessa Virginia "Fifi" de Mayeux

As part of the historic agreement Soweiterstadt has been set aside as the independent seat of government for the League.