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Maxshadow14 Mar 2019 5:02 p.m. PST

I'm approaching the point where I need to paint some Imagi-Nation local militia Regiments. Especially to use in some Grant teasers. I was wondering how others have approached them. Full strength or understrength? Uniforms or civilian cloths or mixed and matched?

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

My 1700's era militia are under strength compared to regular units with a mix of uniform and clothes. My regular battalions are usually 4 or 6 bases in strength, my Militia are 2, 3 or 4 bases.

A militia battalion will have one base fully uniformed, the second and third one half to one third uniformed and the fourth, if there is one, 25% uniformed. Uniforms in the front rank, other stuff behind.

If it's a non-standing militia, hastily raised by a town for it's own defense, it's got everything including priests, nuns, gentry in medieval armor, guys with pitchforks and scythes a falconer and a guy with a wheel barrow carrying around a pair of bee hives (don't ask).

It's an ImagiNation, let your mind wander.

21eRegt15 Mar 2019 5:58 a.m. PST

Yes, in civilian clothing except for the odd officer and are half-strength compared to the regular army units. I also have garrison regiments in out-dated uniforms.

Maxshadow15 Mar 2019 9:26 a.m. PST

Thank you very much for your help gents!
I'll do the same.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

My ImagiNation has a fairly small standing army, so it relies heavily on its militia formations. I use Minden Miniatures in SYW uniforms for the regular army, and Crann Tara Miniatures in older, WAS uniforms for the militia to reflect a "hand me down" appearance. Since both miniature lines are sculpted by Richard Ansell, they fit perfectly with each other.

The militia is issued a simple uniform coat, a weapon, a pair of gaiters (either summer whites or winter blacks depending on what's available) and a set of accoutrements. Everything else must be furnished by the militiaman.

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 11:52 a.m. PST

It depends on the type of unit intended.

For Sometent armed peasants units I build them as if in full strength for the ruleset I use to play (Beneath the Lily Banners), leaving to each particular set whether to use them at complete or not.


If Miquelets/Mountain fusiliers, I build them at 2/3 the strength stated by BLB, due to their fighting style and tactics nature.


Old Contemptibles15 Mar 2019 3:04 p.m. PST

Mine are mostly in civilian clothes but some are veterans and wear their military coats and/or hats.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 6:18 p.m. PST

@Lluis, who makes the figures? Are they 15s?

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Mar 2019 4:03 a.m. PST

Yes they're 15mm.

The figures in the first photo are from Peter Pig's pirates range, as well as Minifig's 17th c. catalan peasants. Otherwise, those in the second one are Eureka miquelets mainly, except for the standard bearer who is from Essex.

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