Peshawar – The Combatants

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.

British

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

French

The Stylish French have been based around the colours of the French during the Franco-PrussianWar:

  • All arms – dark blue uniforms with red trousers

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Russian

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

Prussia

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)

USA

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:

 

Peshawar – The Continuation

Sometime back in 2009  started a project for 1/1200 scale Aeronefs. As is the way of wargamers, I then expanded it to include Land Ironclads. In both cases using rules from Wessex Games; Aeronefs and Land Ironclads and buildings from Brigade Models; and period(ish) infantry, cavalry and artillery (in 2mm scale) as well as buildings and scenery from Irregular Miniatures. As it also the way of wargamers, something else bright and shiny appeared in front of me and so the project was shelved. At the time of shelving, I seem to recall that I had expanded from the original two combatants (the French and English) to add the Russians and the Prussians.

Well, looking through the figure stock here in Manila I saw the 2mm terrain and Russian and British Crimean Armies sitting forlornly still in their plastic bags. Some Aeronefs were located as were most of the British Land Ironclads. 20 minutes online to Irregular Miniatures and I had expanded the whole Peshawar idea to add the Americans and maybe Japanese. These Americans are an easy add to the universe but the Japanese will be a bit more problematical – I will need to craft a good back story to justify Japanese ‘nefs but a mix of European Land Ironclads.

Whilst online I also looked at getting some 2mm Napoleonics. I have a plan for another little project (in 2mm scale, little is the operative word) but more of that later. I think I have found my Christmas project for Manila this year – Expand Peshawar!

I do have smaller figures Anthony

Anthony has often teased me about my love of 6mm figures, with the usual remarks about too small to paint, too small to see and so on.

I thought then I should show him some of my 2mm figures. These are painted for Land Ironclads and Aeronefs. The figures are from Irregular Miniatures and form part of the French contingent for my Peshawar project, when I get around to doing some more on that.

The grid in the pictures is 10mm square. There is also a beer bottle top there for reference to size.

 

Brigade’s Christmas Sale

Yes, I know it is not Chrimbo yet – but there are only 76 days left until Christmas 😛

Over recent years Brigade Models has had a Christmas Sale. I figured now was the time to start pouring (or is that pawing) through their catalogue to see what goodies Santa could secretly leave for me under the mistletoe … er … sorry … tree!

More Future War Commander stuff perhaps? Or more spaceships, after all, I am powering my way through the Lost Fleet series at the moment? Maybe some more 2mm buildings, Land Ironclads and Aeronefs.

Oh, so many good things to consider, now just to wait for the happy announcement of the sale!

A Little 2mm Middle Eastern Village

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

I had about 10 minutes spare the other day waiting so thought I would quickly put some paint to metal. A couple of my village blocks for the Peshawar project seemed the appropriate way to go as I had them prepared a while ago and they were already undercoated.

The buildings on the left come from Brigade Models and are really very neat, although I feel I could have placed them a little more randomly on the block. Still, they give the effect and work well with other blocks the same size.

The village on the right is from Irregular Miniatures which have a large 2mm range of scenery, soldiers and habitation (and also a pretty neat train). The Irregular village does look more village like – the trees add a little to the ambience.

Ground surface was painted just using a variety of desert sand type colours. I am not sure about flocking at 2mm scale – will maybe do a test piece later and see if it looks alright or not.

There is also a Brigade Models Facebook Page which is easier to get to on smartphones than the ‘blog and where they are happily announcing new stuff and such. Brigade also posted details of how various folks (including yours truly) were dealing with their 2mm models. Have a look at Out There in the Real World.

Irregular Miniatures also have a Facebook page with lots of pictures of their various offerings – not so much in the 2mm line though.

Hmm, modern 1/3000th naval vessels under paint – but the call of the Aeronef is getting louder.

The Postman Cometh

The package from Irregular that arrived in my mailbox today
The package from Irregular that arrived in my mailbox today

One of the nice things about the mail box in Singapore is that parcels like this fit in them. The postman open a door and he can place mail in all letterboxes even when those letters or parcels are too big to fit through the slot in the letterbox. Good design really.

I received a parcel from Irregular Miniatures today. I ordered some stuff (unlike Navwar, Irregular accepts orders by electronic means). I ordered on 12 March 2013. On 13 March 2013 Ian Kay of Irregular put my parcel in the post and it arrived in my letterbox here in Singapore today, 21 March 2013. I’m impressed and I do love the service from Irregular – they are one of the best.

I’d ordered some 2mm terrain for the Peshawar project (1/1200th scale aeronefs and Land Ironclads – Victorian Science Fiction). I also ordered some of Irregular’s 15mm ancient figures, in part because I have never painted any. I’ve painted their 2mm and 6mm figures (and I’ll be honest here, the 6mm were not my favourites – I was spoiled early on by first being exposed to Heroics and Ros too many years ago to remember).

The contents of the package from Irregular Miniatures
The contents of the package from Irregular Miniatures

The 15mm figures will make up a Khmer DBA army and I will comment on them further later.

The 2mm terrain was some villages and woods and again I’ll comment on those in a later post. The best was the 2mm train-set. I have painted some of that before in  Oz and they look fine. They will fit in well to then Colonial world that is Peshawar, my Victorian Science Fiction universe.

Now I am just waiting for my copy of Shipwreck which should arrive any day now, and my Indian and Chinese navies. Judging from the past performance of Navwar, my letter should arrive in their shop tomorrow or Monday then 7 to 10 days later a parcel should arrive here.

In the meantime, tomorrow night will be set aside for a serious planning session to work out how to handle the 2mm terrain. Until that post appears here, goodnight!

Painting and Wargaming Update

There has been a bit of a hiatus with this recently as the real world invaded and took up more time in the other world than I would have liked. As a result, I’ve really not managed any painting or gaming in the last couple of weeks. I have, however, managed to spend the odd minute planning and today (or rather yesterday by the time this posts), I did manage to work on John’s Austrian World War 1 fleet. They are almost complete now, just requiring labelling and varnishing. I’ll have those in the post to the US by the end of the week (and my PayPal account will feel a little happier).

With regards to my ancient purchases recently, today I started to paint a test Warmaster unit for the Parthians – undercoating a unit of archers.

I also managed to finish reading Simon Scarrow’s “The Gladiator”, the last published adventures of Macro and Cato. Of course, this then got me thinking about the Servile Wars and Slave Revolts so some time was spent today planning a Warmaster Ancients Army list for those wars. I will publish that list here when I finish it.

There are currently prepared and undercoated, a bazillion Prussians also requiring paint, as is the remaining World War 2 Italians. There are also two fleets of Aeronefs, three armies of Land Ironclads as well as a harbour full of 1/2400th ships to paint.

The good news, however, is that the paint was flowing today and will continue to flow this week. Finish the ships, finish four battalions of Prussian Landwehr, one unit of Parthian skirmishers and then finish the World War 2 Italians – well, that’s a plan!

Peshawar – The French – Part 3

French Aeronefs and Aerostat

P4262058 France still maintains a large and diverse empire and because of that she needs to maintain a large fleet of R-Matter Aeronef as well as a fleet of Aerostat bombers. The Empire is spread over a large distance, encompassing territory in Africa, the Americas and the Far East. The Service Aéronautique, as the traditionalists refer to it avoiding the more commonly used term in the popular press of the Armée de l’Aeronef, needs to maintain a large fleet of cruising type vessels to keep the peace in the far flung reaches of the French empire as well as to provide vessels large enough to withstand not only the deprivations of likely foes but also, and perhaps more importantly, be big enough to impress the natives.

To that end, the Armée de l’Aeronef tends to prefer lighter armoured craft than their other European opponents, lighter craft that rely on speed rather than armour to win the day. These craft, however, carry effective armaments and are capable of meeting the best vessels of the other European powers on an equal footing. The French are also at the forefront of the development of fixed wing craft as part of their Service Aéronautique force. As a result, they maintain several squadrons of these craft. They have also developed the means to carry these aircraft some distance, using converted Aerostat for that purpose.

These Aeronef are generally arranged into flotillas on an ad hoc basis, depending on the tasks that need to be undertaken. Generally a flotilla will contain from two to six vessels and several flotillas may be combined into a battle group to meet specific threats or operational needs. Fixed wing aerocraft are also organised into squadrons and assigned to the flotillas as needed.

Aerostat

That eminent publisher and commentator on matters military in Peshawar, Wessex, notes that

Blimps, Dirigibles, or similarly Aerostat are monstrous airships kept aloft by huge gas-filled bags, frequently encased in a solid structure. Neither fast nor manoeuvrable, these awesome craft can carry a payload that brings riches in peace time, or a destructive cargo of death in war… Most major powers use their Aerostat as ground attack bombers, though some powers (such as the United States and Germany) with limited R-Matter resources are forced to use Aerostat in other capacities.

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Vive la France et vive le Roi!

Peshawar – The French – Part 1

“ceux qui n’ont pas connu l’Ancien Régime ne pourront jamais savoir ce qu’était la douceur de vivre” … Tallyrand

 

As I mentioned previously, my Victorian Science Fiction play is set in the world of Peshawar. Currently, there are five major power groups in Peshawar, namely the:

  • French
  • British
  • Russians
  • Germans (Prussians and the other states)
  • Japanese/Chinese Confederation

I will deal with each of the power groups separately but will start with the French (if only because they are currently on my painting table). When complete, the French will consist of Aeronefs, Land Ironclads and more conventional forces. The organisation for these forces is based somewhat on that suggested within the Land Ironclad Rules as well as with the figures, vehicles and vessels I have available or are willing to purchase.

These then are the infantry, cavalry, artillery, R-Matter and digs and Land Ironclads of the Ancien Régime modified by a brief exposure to the Third Republic – caused by the loss of the war with Prussia by Napoleon III. As the Third Republic moved forward into the late 19th Century, the French themselves still found themselves longing for the glory and the times of the Bourbons and Valois and so the Ancien Régime was reinstated. France, in Peshawar, is a monarchy, albeit a constitutional one, with a Parliament and a people dedicated to the glory of France.

Conventional French Forces

The conventional forces of the Ancien Régime consist of Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery. After the losses to the Prussians in the second half of the 19th Century, the French reorganised their land forces.

Infantry

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Figure 1 – French infantry regiment organisation

French Infantry Companies are the largest in Peshawar, larger even than the Russian and Italian companies. Four companies of infantry together make a battalion of 1000 men and three battalions form an infantry regiment. Generally one battalion remains as a depot battalion whilst two battalions take the field. They may not always be deployed in the same theatre however. Also it is not uncommon for companies to be detached – usually two companies being detached together to meet specific needs. These organisations are a result of the reorganisation that followed the loss to the Prussians.

Within the game of Peshawar, each French Company will be represented by two bases (elements) of Infantry, so 8 elements of foot per battalion, 16 per regiment in the field. The light infantry, Chasseurs a Pied, will have the same organisation.

Cavalry

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Figure 2 – French Cavalry Regiment Organisation

French Cavalry regiments comprised of four squadrons, with 120 men in each squadron. The entire regiment took the field when required and the organisation is the same for Heavy or Light Regiments.

This gave French Cavalry regiments a strength of 480 troopers.

Artillery

French Mitrailleuse Battery - 2mm Figures from Irregular Miniatures
French Mitrailleuse Battery – 2mm Figures from Irregular Miniatures

French artillery consisted of the standard French artillery pieces as well as the more new fangled canon à balles or as they have become more popularly known, mitrailleuse. Artillery batteries were reorganised part way through the 19th Century dues to funding cuts and were now organised as six-guns per battery. However, the mitrailleuse battery was organised with a smaller number of guns, in this case three, per battery. Artillery operated as batteries on the battlefield with batteries grouped together for administrative purposes in depots. For Peshawar, the French batteries are organised as 6-guns for field or horse artillery battery, 3-guns for a mitrailleuse battery.

Next Article

The next instalment in Peshawar will look at the Developmental French Forces – Land Ironclads, those forces that have supplemented the conventional forces of the Ancien Régime – the Land Ironclads and contraptions.

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More Aeronefs and Land Ironclads

Over the past few weeks I have received a couple of parcels from Old Blighty. The first came in about 3 weeks ago, just a couple of days after ordering. This was the British and Russian 2mm Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry for the Land Ironclads component of Peshawar. Whilst the Prussians (Germans) and French were figures from the Franco-Prussian War collection, the Russians and the British are from the Crimean War range (thin red line and all that stuff). The nice thing about Victorian Science Fiction is that, well, if it is Victorian then it can be squeezed in – hence the use of Crimean War figures with those from the Franco-Prussian War.

One of the things I am considering when I get around to paint the British, is to base them at half the depth of all the other infantry to better reflect the thin red line.

The second parcel to come was the German Aeronef fleet. I am so looking forward to painting these guys up – a mix of R-Matter craft and some very large dirigibles. Next purchases off the rank here will be the Russian Aeronef fleet followed by some troops to fill in the missing ranks for the French and the Germans. I will then purchase some more British and French Aeronefs to bring their fleets up to the strength of the German and Russian Fleets. Lastly will be the purchase of the fifth nation – the Japanese/Chinese coalition.

The 2mm choo-choo steams across Thomo's desk at the office - poor photo quality is my telephone camera's inability to Macro

I bought a game board a couple of weeks ago as well – had a piece of pyneboard (chipboard) cut down to 900 mm square. I also purchased some sample pots of paint to paint the board. I’ll show it later when I get around to painting it up.

I will also be adding to the Peshawar background and timeline as time permits in coming weeks but perhaps the next post will explain the organisation of the French. In the meantime, to whet your appetite with the decorative side of 2mm coming up, the attached photo of poor quality is one of a 2mm train that will travel the length and breadth of Peshawar.