Peshawar Re-Imagined

Way back in 2009 (yep, 11 years ago) I first made mention of S. M. Stirling’s Peshawar Lancers, which, as described in Wikipedia, is

“an alternate history, steampunk, post-apocalyptic fiction adventure novel […], with its point of divergence occurring in 1878 when the Earth is struck by a devastating meteor shower. The novel’s plot takes place in the year 2025, at a time when the British Empire has become the powerful Angrezi Raj and is gradually recolonizing the world alongside other nations and empires that were able to survive’.

It was a great read and certainly fired up my imagination and it looked like it would suit Brigade Models Aeronef’s and by extension, the Land Ironclads. I decided build a series of Imagi-Nations for that period. The forces contained would be a mix of Aeronefs, Land Ironclads and Contraptions, as well as standard infantry, cavalry and artillery. As the Aeronefs and Land Ironclads are nominally 1/1200 scale, it meant that 2mm figures were the perfect size to make up the ground forces. Irregular Miniatures make a great range of 2mm figures so they were perfect for the land forces.

Historic Peshawar

I had some Aeronefs already, painted, for British and French and that fit rather well with the world of the Peshawar Lancers. I decided then to call the project Peshawar and clicking on “Peshawar” in the Tag Cloud to the right will return a list of posts here related to this project.

The real Peshawar is a city in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan – an area better known perhaps as the North West Frontier and the Khyber Pass. This was the area of the “Great Game” of the 19th century, where the principle players were Russia and Britain – Britain with India in the time of the Raj behind her and Russia looking to expand and open and control the path to India. The Khyber Pass was also the location for those famous movies such as Errol Flynn in the Charge of the Light Brigade (well, at least the start of the movie); Kenneth More in the North West Frontier; and perhaps the best – Sid James and Kenneth Williams in Carry on Up The Khyber – with Kenneth Williams playing the infamous Khasi of Kalabar!

A French raiding force of ‘nefs

The French have a small force of Aeronefs painted (and it will expand). The Aeronef models from Brigade are lovely models and as I have had some of them for 10 years, many have been redesigned and remodelled.

Some of the French – what they look like painted

I also used the French for testing the infantry and painted some and based for future use. I am not certain currently whether for the basing I will flock or just paint the bases a dry, Khyber Pass sandy brown. I did originally start with the prospect of lining up the British against the French and a green field seemed appropriate. Peshawar grew on after that.

Some French Battalions and Cavalry Squadrons formed up on flocked bases. In the background is a large British Land Ironclad as well as some scenic items such as a small wood in a hill and an English village. A couple of trains are also present. They may be small but they are great models. There is an Australian $2 coin in the photo for give some perspective, although I suspect that perspective will only be apparent to Australians and those who have visited Australia

Speaking of models, the little village in that background in the photograph above is from Irregular Miniatures as well. So are the trains. These have been painted for Europe rather than the Khyber Pass. I will amend in due course – or maybe keep as is … the joy of a long planning session, one gets to change one’s mind several hundred times.

Russian Aeronefs in Production Factory

The image to the left is some of the Russian Aeronefs waiting construction. These will be one of the main opponents to the British (along with the French, both opponents to the British and the Russians).

As you can see from the still to be constructed group here, they look significantly different to the French Raiding Force above.

Brigade also supply “spare parts” such as turrets, masts and cranes etc so that the models can have some gilding of the lily.

The Japanese form part of another of the nations in Peshawar.

Japanese Aeronefs in Production Factory

The image to the right is a Japanese Aeronef fleet waiting in the construction yards as well. The Japanese have a natural opponent in the American fleet and both the American and Japanese fleets were the first to introduce fighter carriers to the Aeronef world.

The six contesting powers in this Imagi-Nation world therefore are based around the following:

  1. Britain
  2. France
  3. Russia
  4. Prussia
  5. USA
  6. Japan and other Asian groups.

In addition to the above, I have Aeronef fleets for Italy, Spain and a few others. I keep promising myself to start working on them  and then something else bright and shiny pops up and I get distracted.

When I first started painting the Aeronefs, I glued them to the clear flight bases. I am thinking now to start to use the 3mm, 4mm and 5mm rare earth magnets to fix them to stands. Being able to break them down and lay them flat for transport is a driving consideration there.

As for the Land Ironclads, Contraptions and Land Forces, I do not have so many of the Ironclads and Contraptions so I am planning on starting with the more traditional forces initially, and will expand to the Ironclads and Contraptions later.

Some 2mm villages – Brigade Models on the left and Irregular Miniatures on the right

So, as I am finishing up the 6mm Anglo-Saxon army for DBA, and as there are books, rules and figures tied up somewhere in the postal system, and have been tied up there since early March (it is currently late June), I am thinking I should break out some work on the Peshawar project.

I will probably start with the rest of the Brigade and Irregular Middle Eastern village stuff (see photograph to the left). I am thinking that I may reconsider the basing process here as well and maybe set the buildings a little closer together and on larger bases. The Irregular villages are groups on bases already (village to the right above). Dunno! Stay tuned for updates.

Once I decide on then approach to take with the Peshawar project, pictures of progress will appear on my Insta-Twit-book feed (See below). With that, gentle reader, good night!


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6 thoughts on “Peshawar Re-Imagined

  1. christinecaddy 20 June 2020 / 2:21 pm

    I enjoyed reading Peshawar Lancers so was delighted to come across this post. All the best, Stephen Caddy

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  2. John@justneedsvarnish 20 June 2020 / 7:11 pm

    Oooh, oooh, exciting stuff! 🙂 I have now added that book to my Amazon wish list! I think I maybe went along similar line to yourself, bur decided to build my aeronef forces around my 20mm Boxer Rebellion armies, so I’ve got Russian, Japanese and Chinese air fleets under way, and French still to start (cannot decide what colour to use for the upperworks of French Aeronefs). I can maybe recommend getting a pack of the new Russian twin heavy turrets to replace those on the Borodinos (or using the open Russian twin turrets added on top of the older Borodino turrets).

    The eventual plan was to also add Victorian Science Fiction elements to my 20mm armies for the period. I’ve accumulated bits and pieces for this, but to date not moved anything forward. Since I now also have a lot more 19th century historical armies I now have the options to steampunkify more of them.

    I also have plans for an anarchist element in the form of the Crimson Dawn, a force based around Nepal/Tibet and dedicated to the overthrow of the Western Powers and subsequent world domination (you’ve got to really). The Crimson Dawn embraces the application of science to further its aims, so attracts such nefarious characters as Fu Manchu for example.

    So I’ll be following your progress with interest indeed!

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