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1879 Alternative Australian History gaming

One thing I love just as much as a campaign game is Alternative/What-if history game. Being able to create your own conflict based on some historical facts as a basis is a lot of fun.

 A number of years ago I made a list of Colonial alternative history, purchased a couple of figures, and promptly did nothing about it... as usual.

 Well, a fellow Aussie is living the dream and actually playing an Alternative History game where the Russians invade South Australia. Those interested in reading the background and the AARs can click here to do so: click me

Now, some of my readers might laugh at the idea of Russia invading Australia, but during the Crimean war it was actually believed that this might occur. Despite a small force of Colonial units had been raise in 1842, it wasn't until the Crimean War that these forces were increased in size and number.

The increase of these forces lead to the creation of militia units, some which provide the lineage of today's Army Reserve Units.

Some such units created in 1854 were  the Melbourne Volunteer Rifle Regiment and the Geelong Volunteer Rifle Corps. Other branches of service, such as cavalry, artillery, engineers, signals and torpedo units were raised after this, with the funding for many of these units being derived from private sources.

When British troops were no longer sent to Australia to protect the Colonies as of 1870, the need for our own troops was even greater.

Those actually interested can read more on these web sites: Click me & Click me too

So, with all of the above in mind, the astute reading can probably see where this is all going.. into a planning process!

Captain Darling, of "Captain Darling's Miniatures Emporium" (see the first link above) very kindly sent me a copy of the rules he is using for his games. The rules are not a lengthy tome, but they provide plenty of scope for some entertaining games.

So, what will my setting be?  The Russian invasion of Victoria, set in the same 'Alternative' World as Captain Darling's work.

My next post on the topic will most likely be about the figures I want to use and the units they will represent... I find choosing figures and deciding what the uniforms will look like a good way to fire up interest in a project, and it can be easier to weave the alternative history with units I have designed rather than coming up with the history and then matching the units to events.


Captain Darling said...

Well ShellDrake you're now on the same slippery slope as me 😄!
Looking forward to seeing your story developes and the games coming out of it, this topic has become so interesting to me my other projects are just limping along on the back burner!

Simon Quinton said...

This sounds great looking forward to reading more of this.

Chris C. said...

This sounds really cool. I've always been tempted to do some alternate history myself -- looking forward to your future posts.

Stu Rat said...

I suppose Russians invading in 1879, makes a bit more sense than the Zulu invading. Although, maybe not as interesting.