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Author Topic: The Lohwand Campaign - the Legions of the Tharkallan Empire  (Read 964 times)

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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A little bit of progress with the latest iteration of my Lohwand Campaign. This time starting in the "Age of Magic"*, and if plans and energy/interest last, on through the six other stages of the World.

Read about it here:

https://lohwand.blogspot.com/search/label/Lohwand

* "Magic" includes early gun powder, being "sufficiently advanced as to be indistinguishable" as the saying goes.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2020, 06:19:04 PM by Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye »

Offline Mister Frau Blucher

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2020, 12:30:49 PM »
Cool reading about your campaign. Nice to see Bath's Setting Up a Wargames campaign still being used!

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2020, 01:42:30 PM »
Thanks!

I've just added a bit more info: a look at the Southlands map (unfinished).



Also, I've started looking more closely at some regions and factions:





More here: https://lohwand.blogspot.com/2020/07/lohwand-first-look-at-southlands.html

Offline King of Umbar

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2020, 04:05:22 PM »
A lot of names that I recognise. :D

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2020, 05:35:20 PM »
Stolen from a broad swath of Science Fiction and Fantasy!  ;D

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Lormyrian League
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2020, 06:28:40 PM »
Here is the Lormyrian League, which is my version of Greek City States/Trojan War cities.



I've used the Everway Fortune Deck to help me flesh out the background to the region:



For my initial results, please see my blog:

https://lohwand.blogspot.com/2020/07/lohwand-lormyrian-league.html



Offline King of Umbar

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Lormyrian League
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2020, 08:28:22 PM »
Have you considered using Wonderdraft for your maps? It's really good at giving fantasy mapping.

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Lormyrian League
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2020, 11:29:05 PM »
Have you considered using Wonderdraft for your maps? It's really good at giving fantasy mapping.

I'm trying to squeeze as much functionality as I can from PowerPoint.

Just think, if I did each turn as a slide, I could run the slide show to have an animation of the entire campaign. Wouldn't that be something?  :)

Offline Storm Wolf

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Lormyrian League
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2020, 06:26:09 AM »
I'm trying to squeeze as much functionality as I can from PowerPoint.
 ::) lol lol
Just think, if I did each turn as a slide, I could run the slide show to have an animation of the entire campaign. Wouldn't that be something?  :)

It would, and as a plus it would be so much more interesting than what Powerpoint usually gets used for lol
Knowing my luck, I would throw the pin and still be holding the grenade - gulp!

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Lormyrian League
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2020, 03:22:56 PM »
I've been trying to decide how much fantasy and magic is going to be involved and what form it will take. I'm thinking: no orcs, goblins or elves. At least not GW style. Or Tolkien.  Something along the line of Thane Tostig I might do. And Morlocks or other sub-humans. Giants, yes. I've sourced some already, about 6" tall if I've worked it out right. And probably Minotaurs. I've sourced one of those from D&D or Pathfinder, only I think it might also be about 6" tall.

Reaper makes Hill Giants (or Mountain Giants?) that make good abhumans. I might turn them into Fungus Eaters, another Tekumel reference.

Undead, but not for Stygia. The Ito - who are stolen from Tekumel - will have undead armies as part of their worship of Sarku, the Lord of Worms. Stygia will have older, darker magic.

Pan Tang will obviously be much like that of the Elric sagas, with giant War Tigers, for example. I picked up a Safari tiger from Michael's but it is so large I am wondering whether something in between would be better.

I think I've sourced boars suitable as Tusk Rider mounts, but when I went looking for rideable giant birds the best looking one turned out to be almost 10" tall!

Magic I hope to keep to a minimum. There will be limited gunpowder: the Cannon Cult and some units with handguns/arquebus or jezzails. Maybe the old kind of grenades and petards. For magic in general I think if there is a physical effect then that should be represented on the table. The D&D plastic Spell Effects are great, I just need to work out which ones will work for 60mm figures.

The work continues...

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Tharkallan Empire - a First Look
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2020, 06:20:26 PM »
Some thoughts on the Thakallan Empire, my main "bad guy".

https://lohwand.blogspot.com/2020/08/lohwand-tharkallan-empire-first-look.html

« Last Edit: August 01, 2020, 06:22:11 PM by Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye »

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Tharkallan Empire - Some Dates
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2020, 02:11:52 AM »
I've started thinking a timeline, and some dating...

The Provinces, in order of incorporation into the Empire:
Jharkor: 605 BP, 0 AF;
Dharjiin: 590 BP, 15 AF, (15);
Dharijor: 563 BP, 42 AF, (27);
Doblian: 482 BP, 123 AF, (81);
Dorel: 390   BP, 215 AF, (92);
Bisset: 275 BP, 330 AF, (115);
Voria: 205 BP, 400 AF, (70);
Kostaddi: 125 BP, 480 AF, (80);   
Karasal: 120 BP, 485 AF, (5);
Nemedia: 60 BP, 545 AF, (60);
Filkhar: 15 BP; 590 AF, (45);
Granbreton: 7 BP; 598 AF, (8 );
Arolanit: 5 BP; 600 AF, (2);

Current Year: 0 BP; 605 AF

BP = Before Present; AF = After Founding

So the current year is '0' - in My Reckoning, the "Year of the Comet" perhaps? - and in Tharkallan reckoning it is the 605th year of Imperial Splendor.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2020, 02:36:33 AM by Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye »

Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Year of the Comet
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2020, 04:17:28 PM »
Moving forward, last night I worked up a simple timeline for the Tharkallan Empire, and with that started to think about a campaign calendar for the first time. For one thing, using "Before Present" to measure backwards from Year "0" of the campaign wasn't going to work for very long.

Inspired by the Neowise comet, and that old movie "The Night of the Comet", I had an idea and decided to run with it:

https://lohwand.blogspot.com/2020/08/lohwand-year-of-comet.html


Offline Sir Barnaby Hammond-Rye

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Re: The Lohwand Campaign - the Legions of the Tharkallan Empire
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2020, 06:26:29 PM »
I have been admiring the 60mm plastics produced by Expeditionary Force (XForce) of Singapore for a while now. I was especially impressed by the different Early Imperial Romans with the slight variations in helmet and shields. When I started building this iteration of Lohwand I had the XForce Romans for Tharkalla right from the start.

There are six variants, including the Praetorian Guard and Auxiliaries. And then there are three types of cavalry, a dedicated "Legion Command" set plus artillery support in the form of Scorpio bolt-throwers.

https://lohwand.blogspot.com/2020/08/lohwand-legions-of-tharkallan-empire.html







Pretty impressive looking, eh?!   :)

http://www.expeditionaryforce.com.sg/catalogue-c-9.html 

 

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