Welcome to Fictional Armies!
This purpose of this blog is to document the creation of the uniforms of the Royal Syldavian army circa 1938-1939 during it's crisis with it's arch-nemesis Borduria, one of two countries derived from Hergé's Tintin story: “King Ottokar’s Sceptre”. The story, for those sadly unfamiliar with the adventure, begins with Tintin uncovering a plot to overthrow the monarchy of a small and obscure country. Tintin foils the plotters who sought to create a crisis of confidence in the King and then annex Syldavia to Borduria, a neighbouring state ruled by a totalitarian Fascist regime.
This has remained one of my favorite books from childhood and which fired my imagination for castles and adventure immediately and for years after. As a result the inter war years are among my favorite periods in history, and I have often wondered what might have happened next. Does Borduria attempt another more forceful invasion? What happens to Syldavia during the second world war?
Since I enjoy the idea of reenactment, but I dislike the politics that usually accompanies them (by this I mean both the inevitable authenticity issues as well as the closeted fascist/hate group garbage). So I thought, "why not recreate an army that never existed", no politics-no authenticity issues. Other than the tiny detail that one cannot recreate what has never existed, this will be an ongoing venue for my plans and thoughts on (re)creating these uniforms.