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1879 - The Victorian Colonial Forces

As mentioned in my previous post, I am planning and invasion of the Victorian colony of Australia by Russia.

 Captain Darling very kindly sent me a link to information on Russian troops from the Russo-Turkish war to assist with some of the research I will need to do.

But, first of all, I am planning my Colonial forces.

What I would ultimately like to have is a small collection of figures to represent different troop types.

A couple of foot units, a mounted infantry type unit, a cavalry unit, some artillery (goes without saying) and even a Naval Brigade.

So, where to start.

Every army needs a good hero, so I am thinking this figure would make a very nice hero figure:

Figure from the Empress Miniatures "British Officer Types" pack
I am guessing by the uniform that my proposed hero is intended to be an Artillery Officer, but I like the pose. Combined with the patrol jacket and the pistol on the shoulder strap gives him an air of heroic potential.

The next chap would make a good commander for a unit of infantry. He is calmly reloading his revolver in the face of adversity; at least that is my spin on the figure:

Empress Miniatures British officer

The Empress Miniatures Natal Carbineers have a lovely mix of British and Colonial about them,so I feel they would be perfect for the unit holding the main focus of the game.

Depending on how many I need, I think I will have too many Sergeants looking at this pack

 and mounted:

Natal Carbineers

Natal Carbineers with Sergeant

Listed as "Auxiliary Command" on the web site, but can be used as a Carbineer Officer.

And these lads are intended to be 'standard' British infantry, but I think I might paint in a bottle green uniform with black facings to represent a rifle unit, which were often called "rangers" in the state of Victoria.

Empress Minaitures' British firing line to be painted up as rangers

The 'Imperial Mounted Infantry' packs are perfect for... err, well... mounted infantry:

Of course my forces have to have artillery, and here is a prime example of what is on offer:

 and these two Artillerymen (a mounted officer and a bombardier) would make nice leaders/characters for the game:

As the game will start near the coast line of Victoria, as any good naval landing should, I will also investigate what figures I can use to include as some Naval Brigade troops.

I am fighting the urge to add Lancers and Dragoons... but who knows, maybe at a later date.

When naming my units, I am steering away from naming them after townships, but rather using geographical features/areas instead.

Some names for proposed units are, but not limited:

Gippsland Carbineers (using the Natal Carbineer figures)

Strzelecki Rangers (using 'standard' British infantry with green uniforms)

Wyndham Volunteer Rifle Corps

 Latrobe Mounted Rifles (using the Imperial Mounted Infantry figures with nice red jackets)

Should I add lancers and dragoons to my Orbat, I have the following in mind:

King River Lancers 

Cumberland Dragoons


Zabadak said...

This is a very interesting project and quite a unique take on an imaginary conflict.
For units you should look at maybe using a local Police force (as per in South Africa and elsewhere) and there were many "Yeoman" named units in the colonial era too.
I'll be trackig this project with great interest.

Simon Quinton said...

They are fabulous miniatures. An ambitious project is afoot! As for the extra sergreants I'm sure they'll come in handy at some point.

Captain Darling said...

Wow Captain Darling is going to have to join the Kings Hussars and upgrade his uniform :-) !
Excellent selection of figures. Looking forward to seeing you get them and paint them up.
I'd stick with the names of real units of the time many were more outrageous than made up ones, wasn' t there a Geelong Volunteer Rifle Corps!!!!