I mentioned that Peshawar was a Victorian Science Fiction campaign or game. If you click on Peshawar in the tag cloud or search Thomo’s Hole for it you will see that it was inspired by a VSF book, the Peshawar Lancers. I needed a universe for my Aeronefs and Peshawar provides it. Of course, it was then a small step to add Land Ironclads and as wargamers do, expand, expand, expand. Now I have six belligerents, all playing a variety of the Great Game. We have British, French, Prussians, Russians, Americans and the inscrutable Orientals, a mix of Japanese forces and Imperial Chinese.
I have enough 2mm forces to take care of Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry for the Land side of the game. I also have Land Ironclads for some of the forces. As far as ‘nefs go, I have six fleets awaiting paint. I have been considering organisations for these forces for a while and they will be the subject of a future post. In the meantime, I was considering colours for the various land forces and came up with the following basic plan.
The forces of Perfidious Albion, being located on the sub-continent, will be based around the British in India in the 19th Century. To that end, the following colours will apply (with some variations later):
- Infantry – red coat, white trousers, dark forage cap with buff/white next cloth
- Artillery – in blue
- Cavalry – red jackets, dark grey breeches, brass helmet. Some variation with some native lancers
The Stylish French have been based around the colours of the French during the Franco-PrussianWar:
- All arms – dark blue uniforms with red trousers
Britain’s main competitor in the Great Game:
- Infantry – buff or light grey greatcoat, white straps, dark blue or black hat, black bots
- Artillery – as the infantry
- Cavalry – Heavy cavalry in brass breastplate, white coat, white breeches and brass helmet. Lancers in dark blue coat, yellow breast (maybe), light grey breeches and white lance pennants (based around Crimean War Colours). I may add some irregular cavalry later
Japan and Imperial China
The Asia contingents:
- Infantry – White coat and trousers or dark blue coat, white trousers with a grey blanket roll. Chinese forces in black (Boxers?).
- Artillery – as for infantry
- Cavalry – mid-grey coats, red breeches, grey hats
As the Germans try and carve an empire in the sub-continent, they sent their troops in colonial colours:
- Infantry – mid grey coat and trousers, black boots, dark helmets or mid green coat, grey hat, grey trousers and black boots
- Artillery – in mid grey coat and trousers, black boots
- Cavalry – as er the infantry (they are Germans after all and are therefore very uniform – based on late 19th century or Boxer Rebellion Germans)
The Americans are playing the game as well. The forces are based around those of the American Civil War with a touch of Teddy Roosevelt:
- Infantry – mid-brown/khaki all over or blue grey shirt, khaki trousers and hat. US marines in dark blue coat, light blue trousers and khaki hat and gaiters.
- Artillery – same as the infantry
- Cavalry – same as the infantry
And to leave you wit a taste of more 2mm, the remaining two armies – USA and Japan – are pictured below: