Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A Change of Pace --

After reading Stephen Luscombe's Jarania Campaign rules, I've decided to put together a somewhat similar campaign using my troops . . . and, yes, that means that I intend to concentrate on Colonials this year -- although be assured that I will not be forgetting the 18th Century (or those vile Stagonians).

By the way, Mr. Luscombe is the author of the extensive "The British Empire" website . . . which is well worth some time spent exploring it.

To the left you will see an early version of my heavily revamped campaign map. Each player will be responsible for one of the "rivers" (roughly a quarter of the map).

Each "river" command will contain nine territories . . . only one of which is truly under the control of the ruling Pasha.

The rest will, as in the Jarania rules, need a constantly roving Imperial presence. The longer a territory goes without being visited by Imperial troops the more likely it will be that they will rise in a revolt and attack.

If you look closely (click on image for a better view), you will see that each river has two settlements in a single territory . . . those are the "loyal" ones. You will also see some purple-outlined triangles . . . those are missionaries (and you KNOW that they'll get in trouble).

Each player will have some starting troops and slow replacements (sort of per Jarania) . . . and will have to try and keep the peace in their territory. Of course, when a battle does happen, the other players will get to play the Natives.

Of course there is a lot still to do. I'm painting more Pathans at the moment; then I'll have to paint Zulus, Dervishes and Egyptians . . . so it looks like I'll be spending more moola at Great Eneavors as I get a bunch more Ral Partha Colonials (via their subscriptions, which also allow one to get existing figures at a substantial savings).

I should have enough troops ready soon, so I'm hoping that a "learning battle" can be set up soon.

-- Jeff


Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Sounds like an exciting start to the year Jeff. Those Ral Partha's are lovely little gems. Have you seen the new additions, in the style of?

I hope planning and executing this campaign will provide hours of entertainment.


abdul666 said...

As long as you don't have enough 'Victoria's Boys in Red' painted, but already various 'natives', why not 'trying your hand at the rules' -and *playing*- in the meantime with 'forces of civilization' (as they wrote by Victorian times) in tricornes?

Phil said...

Good luck with your new project Jeff. There's nothing more exciting in the hobby than this moment when you are setting out on the pathway to a fun campaign.
Looking forward to seeing updates and reading about your progress.
Best wishes

Prince Lupus said...

Sounds like fun Jeff

MurdocK said...

Looking forward to the invitation.

littlejohn said...

Looks like great fun Jeff, I'm contemplating a resurgence of colonials this year as well and your campaign is just the inspiration I need.