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Offline AdamPHayes

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Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:20:56 AM »
The eventual arrival of some figures from the slightly delayed Empire In Peril range by Unfeasibly got me enthused enough to sketch out a campaign setting for Brits and Germans in Home Service uniforms to fight over...

The Heligoland Crisis will allow me to fight small skirmishes in a confined geography without the use  of a "the Royal Navy had a day off" Deus ex machina needed to get the Germans to England's shores. (Also the dubious idea that the German Empire would even want to invade Great Britain...)

http://wargamewarrior.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/44694329-the-heligoland-crisis-1895



I'm intending to use Donnybrook modified for 1895. The campaign is intended to generate interesting game scenarios but it will also be driven by what figures people want to get on the tabletop. Gunboats seem to be the focus of  the moment but I expect unicycling deathray pistoleers may not be far behind...

Offline The_Beast

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 03:34:55 AM »
 Seriously, who would complain about that set up?!? Especially Bill's noted off-hand comments, and Otto's way of winding him up.

As for what's next,  you know some German arms developer will be trying to find a reason to deploy dig-carried falke-mensch drop troops.

Doug

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 04:52:54 AM »
Seriously, who would complain about that set up?!? Especially Bill's noted off-hand comments, and Otto's way of winding him up.

As for what's next,  you know some German arms developer will be trying to find a reason to deploy dig-carried falke-mensch drop troops.

Doug

For a moment there I thought you were talking about a notorious gaming website. lol

Clever set up indeed, I like it a lot. Look forward to seeing the campaign unfold.
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Offline jambo1

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2017, 05:32:48 AM »
Super idea for a campaign, and whats not to like in fielding soldiers in home service uniforms. Look forward to seeing more. :)

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 01:31:16 PM »
Nice idea,looking forward to pictures and updates  :)


Offline Wargamer Dave

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 03:31:09 PM »
Great premise! Looking forward to hearing more!

Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 01:33:44 PM »
The first figures are ready for action and being tried out on some new "urban" area bases...



Figures are from the Empire in Peril range from Unfeasibly Miniatures. The long awaited Kickstarter packages have mostly been distributed so I would expect them to soon be available to all. (Probably via Black Hat Miniatures.)

Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 04:41:14 PM »
The first opponents of the invaders are the plucky Heligoland Garrison Regiment. Some background for the regiment is here:

http://wargamewarrior.webs.com/apps/blog/show/44798206-the-first-to-fight




Offline horridperson

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2017, 12:51:45 PM »
A really enjoyable read.  I appreciate history but playing hypothetical and fantastic scenarios is more interesting as you don't feel a prisoner to history.  Very cool!

Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 09:18:40 PM »
Steadily painting up the combatants for the two sides but I snuck in a couple of command characters (who might bear a resemblance to friends I game with*.)

First is Sir Leslie A. Rumbol-Smythe, Archie to his friends.



And his old sparring partner, Baron Nikolaus von Langenfordt



These two will have some backstory including previous encounters in other parts of the world. Archie is rumoured to be a handy chap in the sort of situations where Her Majesty's Government cannot get directly involved. The Baron is a fanatical patriot and hsa used his family fortune to support various schemes (dubious or not) that he sees as advancing the cause of Greater Germany...

I cannot for the life of me remember where the British office figure came from, maybe London War Room's old range of figures for battles on Mars. The Baron is a Westwind Miniatures chap from a pack called German Archaologists (I'm not sure how you use a sabre in a dig but there you go.)

(*no, just the names silly!)

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 10:33:09 AM »
Love that British officer,a real character  :)

Offline horridperson

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2017, 03:53:44 AM »
Good looking figures.  Looks like it would be a lot of fun.  I enjoy making, "avatars" in games I play giving my friends the joy of killing me if nothing else.

Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 09:52:44 PM »
Good looking figures.  Looks like it would be a lot of fun.  I enjoy making, "avatars" in games I play giving my friends the joy of killing me if nothing else.

I'm keeping my own avatar well in the shadows for that reason!

Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 10:02:07 PM »
Got the first batch of figures painted/ converted / rounded up from other duties on the table. Found we had quite a bit of appropriate scenery that could be used for the setting that would make a skirmish game a bit less of a turkey shoot...



The Germans under my orders got a bit of a pounding but my excuse is that I was busy thinking of the scenario and the changes to the rules. A poor deployment that they never recovered from really but it was interesting as games go. A new period for us and the amended Donnybrook rules worked well. Hiding behind solid things is a top tip and the machine gun wasn't overpowered. A brief write-up and more photos here:

click here

As the campaign setting is an island frequent use of Les's nice paddle steamers is almost guaranteed!



Hauptman Schultz pointing in which direction a retreat will commence.

Offline Tesla knight

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Re: Alternate History Campaign Setting 1895
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2017, 10:49:21 AM »
Great scenery!

I'm a great believer that scenery is key for really memorable games.
 

 

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