A computer scientist accidentally unleashes a supremely intelligent sentient A.I. named Archos R-14. It becomes self-aware and immediately starts planning the elimination of human civilization and building a new cryptic ecology, where the organic is being merged with robot technology. Over time, Archos R-14 infects all penetrable networked electronic devices, such as cars, airplanes, smart homes, elevators, and other robots, with a "precursor virus". Robopocalypse
What better way of learning about the British Empire than recreating battles or campaigns. There are myriad companies producing board games and miniatures so that pretty much any campaign can be reproduced. Games and figures manufacturers agree that the British Empire makes a wonderful backdrop to set their products within. The products on offer are constantly improved and updated. It can be hard to keep abreast with all the developments, but if anyone would like to add any additional information about games or figures then please do not hesitate to email me so that I can add the necessary links.
Colonial wargaming has a long history, you can go back to HG Wells' Little Wars or Donald Featherstone's Skirmish Wargaming. Wargaming heritage doesn't get much better than that. It can be done in any scale from 2mm to 54mm (and probably bigger for all I know).
Of course, there are many different periods that can be covered in Colonial wargaming. Most people would probably instinctively think of Victorian era games but of course it could encompass anything from the time of Sir Francis Drake to the Falklands War. The geographical reach of colonial wargaming is possibly the widest of any genre out there. So there is a lot of choice out there.
This section is to try and help narrow down that choice and provide a map for those who want to launch in to their own gaming experiences. I also have my own campaign system that you are free to use, adapt or inspire to create your own. It is called Jarania
I personally like to use 15mm figures and have ranges that cover the Indian Mutiny, the Sudan, the Boer Wars, Afghanistan and the North West Frontier and a lot of Zulus! I personally like 15mm as I feel that they are good value for money, and provide a good balance between skirmish and larger battles. Having said that, if you want to fight huge battles - such as Isandlwana - then 6mm is probably the way to go. The advantage of 25/28mm figures is that there is much more characterisation and variety available which makes them particularly well suited to skirmish games. There is an interesting development with hard plastic figures being produced. These are much cheaper than the lead figures and are easier to modify or convert. You have been able to get soft plastic figures for years, but they have a tendency to flake off the paint over time. Hard plastic figures do not suffer from this problem.
As for rules, I have to say that I am a huge fan of The Sword and the Flame rules which I have used with students at school and at various conventions. They are not that common in the UK but they are well worth seeking out! They are much more popular in the States where they are easier to source.
For those who prefer more modern rules for the Decolonisation and End of Empire era, Ganesha Games publishes a set called 'Flying Lead' which provides good low intensity simulations. You can read a battle report of one such example from the Borneo Confrontation here.
It an annual tradition here at the Brazos Evil Empire for members of our group and whoever else that wishes to join in to send a card/provocation from their faction to everyone else. With the loss this year of one of our founding members as well as a life long friend FPPR Comrade Bill, I wasn't going to keep the tradition up but, I thought better of it as a way to honor someone we here will and do miss...
Reverse Engineering the Martian War Machine – The Heat Ray and HMS Thunder Child
This article is a “history” of H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel, “The War of the Worlds”, as if it actually happened, complete with technological assessments, logistical evaluations and strategic analyses. Naturally, the first subject will be prominent given the vast technological superiority of the invading Martians.
MobileSuitGundam0083: StardustMemory is a 13-episode anime OVA series set in the Gundam universe. The first volume containing two 30-minute episodes was released in Japan on May 23, 1991. Subsequent volumes, containing one 30-minute episode each, followed every one or two months; the final volume went on sale on September 24, 1992.
The challenge is simple: create a unique sci-fi tank within 365 days (ending date December 9, 2020). This will allow all members across the world ample time to progress on their work due to seasons varying in time across the aforementioned world.
(1)The 2020 Tanksgiving Challenge will run from December 9, 2019 and end on December 9, 2020 at 9:00pm Central Standard Time. No entries will be accepted after 9:00pm Central Standard time.
Entries may officially be submitted between November 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020 ending at 9:00pm Central Standard Time. Work In Progress pictures may be posted during the 365 days of the challenge however no official entries will be accepted.
(2)An Official Entry Thread will be posted on November 1, 2020. At this time contestants may post one (1) image of their entry. Contestants may post a link in their submission post to a gallery of other images of their entry however only the one (1) image posted in the Official Entry Thread will be counted.
(3)Entries must be 15mm(ish) in scale. Models can vary greatly in size from entry to entry. Some may be the size of a football (American Pigskin or Soccer, take your pick on the meaning) or a true 15mm scale model. For example one may have an entry the size of a small Ogre (which could be over 24in in length) and another the size of a Flames of War model.
(4)Entries must show at least one 15mm infantry model to show scale in the entry photo.
Models must be a UNIQUE CREATION. No out of the box models that are unmodified!! A "Unique Creation" is defined as a model that can not be purchased from a company, vendor, maker, or other retailer be it national, online, boutique, etc.
(5)Models may use an off the shelf model as a base for their entry. "Off the shelf" includes but is not limited Warhammer 40,000 Rhino, Flames of War Sherman, 1/72 Tamiya Hetzer, and so on. The base model must be modified in such a way that only a hint of its origin can be made.
(6)Entries must have three individual weapon systems and must include one of the following: Ray Gun, Laser Gun, Missiles, Grenade Launcher, Flame Thrower, or Machine Gun. The size of said weapon is left to the contestant.
The Evil Empire on the Brazos (BEE) chronicles the on going wars (games) and the diplomatic efforts (Posts/GNN Reports) of all the known nations (wargame collections) in my little area of the galaxy.My goal is to both entertain
and inform those new to art of miniature wargaming, and have a few laughs with it. This Blog is open to all and also welcomes comment from all and I hope that many will come to join in the madness.....)