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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #135 on: June 07, 2021, 09:46:14 PM »
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Brill! Who are the guys in the photo and what was the source please?

Mike, sorry for the misunderstanding. The photo is captioned Bandits in northwestern China, around 1915 and comes from a Wiki article on the Warlord Era in China.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warlord_Era

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For a brief, crazy moment, I thought Mike was referring to the 3 gents in the Much Piddling photo

 lol  ...surely, no one could have failed to recognise The Three Gentlemen of Much-Piddling?


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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #136 on: June 10, 2021, 11:30:47 AM »
Thanks
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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #137 on: June 20, 2021, 01:35:41 PM »
The first three on the left all form part of the Court of the Emir, but as yet have not been identified by name. Monty Bottomley-Throppet (the local SIS man) has put his second-best agent (the best being old Zebediah Vaggers) on the case to identify them. This is the renowned but highly-secretive Barrington Lovett-Behind.

In the centre, we have Mrs. Goggins from Greendale. She answered an advert in Postmistress Weekly, to assist the Emir to set up a postal service in Djelibad. However, on arrival she found it was a terrible scam to recruit British Postmistresses as Nautch Dancers in the Emir’s court. I think the Emir has some sort of grudge against the Royal Mail.

On her left is Appah Rao, a huge Jetti from Mysore who specialises in pounding large nails into prisoners' heads using only his bare hands. He it is, who is about to torture Chippy Minton to extract any knowledge Chippy has of the Golden Jhamjarh of Sticky Gods.

The three on the right are Gunga Al Djelibeybi, the Emirzade of Jhamjarh, Faqir Al Djelibeybi, the Emir of Jhamjarh and Lakshmibai Al Djelibeybi, Emira of Jhamjarh.


Also, we now have a mountain gun for the Basmachi. Here they are in training whilst the local Imam reads them the training manual. What can possibly go wrong?


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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #138 on: June 21, 2021, 11:40:55 AM »
Due to the lack of heavy weapons in Gräfin von Zeppelin's Zeppelin Korps as they land in Jhamjarhistan, I have been working on a support arm for her Korps.


Hella Amalie Gräfin von Brandenstein-Zeppelin

These will be two (still working on the second one) special Luftballons from the Aufklärung Luftballon Staffel. Mainly for reconnaissance but they may be carrying some small bombs which can be dropped by hand, with what accuracy, we are yet to see!

I would normally use a sort of CD size weighted base, with either a telescopic rod or an acrylic one. However, I thought that this covers too much of the ground and would not be stable on undulating terrain. I have been experimenting with a plastic wine glass.

This does allow the model to straddle terrain and even figures, but it does look a bit odd.


...and now with a bit of jiggery-pokery:



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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #139 on: June 21, 2021, 12:41:42 PM »
Oh my... what an imagination! Love it

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #140 on: June 21, 2021, 01:25:24 PM »
Very kind of you to say so, Mike.   :)

I've had two Lee Scoresby airships hanging about for ages and I suddenly thought of them. Two Pulp Figures pilots later and the Aufklärung Luftballon Staffel are in business!

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #141 on: June 21, 2021, 01:34:57 PM »
Great. I must confess I have a Playmobile Airship ready to roll out for our BoB Germans too!  The snag is that the 'balloon' is fine but the 'cabin' is too obviously a converted rowboat! The challenges of TOTS.

One of the things which makes yours so good is the German designations! I must steal create something similar

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #142 on: June 21, 2021, 03:08:40 PM »
Great. I must confess I have a Playmobile Airship ready to roll out for our BoB Germans too!  The snag is that the 'balloon' is fine but the 'cabin' is too obviously a converted rowboat! The challenges of TOTS.

One of the things which makes yours so good is the German designations! I must steal create something similar

Mike, I'm really interested in what you do with that Playmobile Airship, I've looked at it on eBay a few times but can't see what to do with the gondola 'rowboat'.

Feel free to steal create from my craziness!

I have finished the other recon balloon now:


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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #143 on: June 22, 2021, 07:56:03 AM »
Very nice air ships.  This thread just keeps getting better.

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #144 on: June 22, 2021, 04:07:03 PM »
Very nice air ships.  This thread just keeps getting better.

Very kind of you to say so, trev. Many thanks, much more in the pipeline if I can keep the enthusiasm going!

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #145 on: June 26, 2021, 09:39:39 AM »
Two snipers, a heavy machine gun and the Basmachi flag.


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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #146 on: July 03, 2021, 10:54:45 AM »

In true Hollywood fashion, we now have a flashback to the momentous events leading up to the mobilisation of Snapforce. Lieutenant Chippy Minton (of the Honourable Regiment of Felpersham Peculiars) if you recall, had decided to participate in the Great Game. This was a bid on his part to bring promotion and perhaps also honour to the Minton name. The Mintons were a very old family harking back to Norman times when they were awarded the Manor of Trumpton by William the Conqueror. Army officers were known in these difficult times, to take ‘shooting leave’ and set off into the wild and woolly hinterlands of Central Asia. Living as a native and spying on all and sundry, the successful officer would return to Peshawar with valuable information, hopefully in time for tea and medals! The unsuccessful officer would obviously, never return at all.

Chippy had managed to infiltrate the palace of Faqir Al Djelibeybi, the Emir of Jhamjarh in Djelibad. He was posing as a potential tutor to the young Emirzade of Jhamjarh, Gunga Al Djelibeybi.


The ancient Palace of the Emirs of Jhamjarhistan in Djelibad

Chippy, as has been mentioned before, is not the sharpest tool in the box. Indeed his old mater used to refer to him as “not quite the full jar of Marmite!” before packing him off to his boarding school, St. Cake’s.

Upon seeing the vision of lovliness that is the Emira of Jhamjarh, Lakshmibai Al Djelibeybi enter the room during his audience with the Emir, Chippy forgot his surroundings and raised his hat to the Emira. Chippy is a gent of impeccable manners and was acting automatically. The beauteous Emira was astonished to see a mop of blond hair revealed, accompanying the blue eyes of the Mintons. Realising that he was an impostor, the court of the Emir reacted in horror. Even Mrs. Goggins was agog!

The denouement of this gaffe is shown below, in this artists impression. The Emira was the first to act, drawing her revolver and Chippy followed suit. A Jhamjaristani stand-off! Thinking it through (a slow process for Chippy), Chippy came to the conclusion that he was somewhat outnumbered and surrendered his side-arm. Chippy realised that he was now in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun!


This then, is the moment that Faqir Al Djelibeybi came to the erroneous conclusion that Chippy was on the scout for information relating to the location of the legendary Jhamjarh of the Sticky Gods. Maybe the Jetti from Mysore, Appah Rao would be the very person to extract the truth from Chippy?

To be continued…
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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #147 on: July 10, 2021, 07:22:53 AM »
A quite fantastic array of back stories, names, figures, terrain (I recognise some of those hills) painting and photography.  Quite utterly mad and brilliant in equal measure.  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Love the recce balloons.  Hopefully I'll get my hands on them at some stage. ;D

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #148 on: July 10, 2021, 02:54:11 PM »
Many thanks, Gary.

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(I recognise some of those hills)

You do indeed, I think I remembered to move the wickiups out of the way of the photo!

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Love the recce balloons.  Hopefully I'll get my hands on them at some stage.

That's a definite, you will be using these to recce the terrain around Djelibad.   ;)

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Re: Setting Jhamjarhistan Ablaze!
« Reply #149 on: August 06, 2021, 10:28:56 AM »
The Krasnyy Sotnya (Red Hundred), Trotsky’s personal armoured train guard are now complete and ready for the game in November, this year.


As mentioned before, Ivanka Kozyrnyy, the famous Russian explorer will be the Krasnyy Sotnya’s guide. Ivanka has spent many years exploring Jhamjarhistan and its surroundings, secretly on behalf of the Cheka. She is a close personal friend of Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, or ‘Iron Felix’ as she refers to him. She was part of the original party which discovered Scythian artefacts and remains at the dig site outside Djelibad.


Leon Trotsky has arrived at Djelibad in his armoured train. His train, the massive, armoured rail-cruiser named Revvoyensovet, is staffed by the Krasnyy Sotnia, an elite and oddly dressed group of Bolshevik soldiers who are charged with defending Comrade Trotsky and his armoured train.


The train carries everything needed onboard, including a telegraph and radio office, a power station, bathhouse, and library. The club car is used by Trotsky to entertain Ivanka and he is very proud to be able to offer 35 different varieties of vodka to his guests. There is also a fully functioning garage onboard which houses three armoured cars.


The Krasnyy Sotnya were formed in 1918 as Commissar Trotsky’s train crew and mobile guards. As such, the Krasnyy Sotnya are uniquely dressed and heavily armed to protect the chairman of the Red Army and his personal staff while aboard the Pullman cars of Revvoyensovet. Tasked with defending him with their lives, they are considered elite soldiers.


Their uniform and equipment consisted of a dyed red leather overcoat and red leather trousers and boots. Leather was highly sought after by Red Army officers, cavalry troopers, and armoured train personnel. Besides the obvious style, the leather offered some protection from the brutal Russian weather. Trotsky once remarked that they made the Krasnyy Sotnya look "heavily imposing."


Thanks to the Warfare History Blog for all this very useful information.

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