Saturday, November 26, 2011
I realize that this is a Renneisance era Russian Streltsy but I find this particular soldier looks remarkably 18th C. just the same. As Alcovia is a backward part of the world and also striving to create a national identity for itself, falling back to a regionally distinct type of uniform like this would make a bit of sense for King Ullo.
Right now I am trying to find suitable miniatures for them and have received several leads from other extremely helpful 18th C. imagi-nation enthusiasts. I must say that I am very grateful for their assistance.
As much as I like the sculpts and their casts, I think Old Glory's Eastern Ren. is out of the running and Essex seems to be the leader in my search. They already have an extensive newer range of Eastern Ren. minis including Streltsy (unfortunately no image on their site). By going with Essex I open up a lot more possibilities for cross compatible ranges. Essex are closer to true 15mm and mix well with Freikorps, Lancashire, Peter Pig and Irregular.
One step closer to putting metal on the table!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
For these, I'm going to have to do a little kitbashing. I figure I can take a period or slightly out of period wagon with a flat cargo bed and out a light pirate deck gun in the back. Maybe a Russian Tchanka might work though I'm curious if such a small wagon would be able to carry much of a cannon.
Taking a queue from the Middle Ages, the Alcovian army built hundreds of protected wagons. These heavy plank built wagons were meant to serve as mobile fortifications capable of protecting the Alcovian infantry when on the march and when encamped. Some of these wagons were armed with light swivel guns similar to those found on naval vessels.
In addition, such mobile fortresses could be used to set up semi-permanent supply depots without the need for building timber walls and towers. Against the crude horse clans that populated Alcovia, this proved an effective means of defense, even more so when the wagons could be further fortified by hasty works.
Included in these mobile fortresses were wagons loads of replacement planks and fittings packed and protected from the elements to allow for field expedient repairs and replacements.
I am pretty certain that Hussite war wagons or Eastern Ren. protected wagons will work for these, The addition of some pirate swivel guns will finish the models. Something along the lines of the wagons below but filled with musket-armed men.