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Author Topic: Dorking etc: UD 4/8 Terrain & Units try out (20 images)  (Read 18606 times)

Offline Silent Invader

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Dorking etc: UD 4/8 Terrain & Units try out (20 images)
« on: April 06, 2021, 10:38:21 AM »
P.1 Intro re background and terrain
P.2 Thoughts on using Home Service Helmet in 1875
P.4-5 Beginnings of more houses
P.6 Civilians
P.7-8 Bavarian Jšgers
P.8-9 First game using Rebels & Patriots
P.11 35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment
P.12 Bavarian 12th Infantry Regiment
P.14 Discussion of project locations
P.14 Alternative Essex landings & brickyard research
P.15 Essex Yeomanry plus recap of other finished figures
P.17 Terrain test with all units to date



I regularly say that I wonít be starting new projects and then I do  ::). But this one isnít entirely new as it will (mostly) redeploy terrain from my Gothic Horror and ECW projects. Also, for the bigger games the heavy lifting will be shared with others.

Btw, I pondered where to place this project as itís not Victorian Science Fiction but Victorian Military Fiction (steam tanks etc arenít my thing  :o). But itís here as here is where most of the British Home Service troops seem to hang out.  ;)

So, itís 1875 and the German Invaders have landed near Worthing, advancing north through Horsham to what could be a decisive battle near Dorking. Meanwhile thereís been a feint landing at Harwich and an attempt will be made to seize the Woolwich Arsenal. So far, so ďReminisces of a VolunteerĒ.  8)

This side project follows a separate landing, by a Bavarian Corps, on the north of bank of the Thames. The plan being to seize intact the London docks while taking out the Artillery ranges at Shoeburyness and the fort at Tilbury. Thus a role for my Whitechapel and rural Essex terrain.

The terrain has threads of its own, but here are a few tasters, some unpainted:















My starting forces comprise:

GERMAN
The Bavarian infantry by Eagles of Empire, plus a Krupp gun from Outpost.

BRITISH
The plastic Perry Zulu British Line Infantry in Home Service Helmets, various armed civilians for a resistance, and Iím having a go at creating Rifle Volunteers by combining/converting plastic Perry Sudan British and Nappy British, plus a 3 pounder manned by Artillery Volunteers.

There is much to do!

More to follow soon.

Rules will be Rebels and Patriots, with the starting rosters already drawn up.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2022, 11:22:29 PM by Silent Invader »
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Minis finished in 2021 = 123
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Offline Spinal Tap

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2021, 11:23:15 AM »
A great start. I will be watching this with much interest.

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2021, 11:41:12 AM »
Likewise will follow this closely.

I have Guards, Line and Scots in Slade Wallace eqt converted for Home Service and had thought to use the Perry Intervention Force Canadian Militia as Volunteers.

Stunning terrain!! :o



Offline Silent Invader

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 12:00:04 PM »
Thanks folks

... had thought to use the Perry Intervention Force Canadian Militia as Volunteers.

Yes, that is a great idea.The real kicker for me though is that to some extent my East London and Essex terrain are connected to my family roots so I want to do as good a job as possible - recognising that there is very limited information - in creating specific Volunteer Units from the areas to which I have a family connection.

Thus the 7th Tower Hamlets etc
« Last Edit: April 06, 2021, 12:08:02 PM by Silent Invader »

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 12:31:55 PM »
You certainly aren't put off by a challenge, are you? I'm fascinated to see where you take this. Excellent start though.

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 12:59:02 PM »
Interesting alternate history stuff, nice setup.

Good work on your Volunteer conversions.

Ironclad Miniatures do wonderful British infantry in home service helmets and Grenadier Guards in mighty bearskin caps for this period and some cool looking Prussian infantry.

Iíd put this in the Age of Big Battalions but clearly state alternate history in the topics.

Carry on!
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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 01:24:20 PM »
Another fascinating idea for a project  8)
     

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 01:52:12 PM »
Fascinating idea, will follow with great interest.


Offline Mad Gadgeteer

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2021, 02:17:41 PM »
I like it...

Have considered something similar, but set in the year 1901.  Have you heard of the novel '1901' by Robert Conroy.  It is an alternate history novel, but as wiki states:

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The plot is based on an actual diplomatic crisis that nearly brought the United States and the German Empire into war during the early 20th century. Conroy was inspired by the publication of the actual German invasion plans.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1901_(novel)
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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 03:13:14 PM »
You were very easy to persuade  ;D

Iíve already got two, 24 man battalions of regular Brits and some terrain started but Iíll do my own thread towards the end of the month.

Iíll be using Perryís BIF mainly, without any conversion work as I donít mind some historical inaccuracies  :)

Offline FreakyFenton

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2021, 03:50:20 PM »
Going to follow this with interest!
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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2021, 04:46:47 PM »
Madman.

:D

Agreed that itís not really VSF, more alternative history. Donít get suckered into all that steam tank nonsense ;)

lol

Offline Silent Invader

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2021, 09:16:09 PM »
Thanks all

Agreed that itís not really VSF, more alternative history. Donít get suckered into all that steam tank nonsense ;)

Yes, after reflection I also concur with Captain Darling.

Mods: can you please move this to Big Battalions please

« Last Edit: April 06, 2021, 09:19:49 PM by Silent Invader »

Offline Silent Invader

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2021, 09:19:05 PM »
Have considered something similar, but set in the year 1901.  Have you heard of the novel '1901' by Robert Conroy.  It is an alternate history novel, but as wiki states:

I hadnít heard of it but have now read the Wiki entry. In some ways the alternate history reminded me of the non sci-fi bits of The Man In The High Castle. Very interesting.

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Re: German Invasion 1875: SIís new project
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2021, 10:03:57 PM »
Interesting plan. Looking forward to seeing where this goes. You can tell it doesn't belong in VSF. If it did the title would be 'Prussian Invasion 1875.'  ;)






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