Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Long time, no post

And it has been!

In the interim I have become acquainted with a small group of wargamers who intend to put on a "The Russians Are Coming" game over the Australia Day long weekend in 2009 at CanCon in Canberra.

The game will involve an entirely fictitious assault on Fort Nepean in about 1887 with, shall we say, "plausible" forces.

We'll be using largely scratch-built terrain and ships (there will be an amphibious element!), commercially available wargames figures and rules. The rules I refer to will be The Sword and the Flame, available here for Australian readers.

The figures will be a bit of a mixture, of which more in later posts. There are a few test shots I did a while back.

There is a YahooGroup where we are assembling our materials, please feel free to join up.

More as we progress.


Blogger Stryker said...

What a fascinating project. Victorian "what if" scenarios do hold a certain appeal. A couple of years ago I visited a late 19c fort near Plymouth (a real gem hidden away) and was amazed at the money and effort that must have been expended at the time. I hadn't realised that the French were still the feared enemy at that time. A French assualt on Plymouth - now there's an idea...

2:24 AM  
Blogger Bloggerator said...


One of the Palmerston Forts?

Lots of excellently organised information can be had here:


Think of the Fashoda Incident just after Omdurman, and think that the "Entente" had not yet come to be.

There are plenty of opportunities for pulling out the toy soldiers!



1:35 PM  
Blogger Stryker said...

It was Crownhill Fort which was indeed one of the Plamerston forts. The place is open only 3 or 4 days each year and I had a truly amazing day there (my 50th birthday!). The buildings have been well preserved because it stayed in MOD hands right up until the 1980's. Sadly their website now seems defunct but have a look at http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/otherOptions/crownhill.htm.

5:56 AM  

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