Saturday, 9 April 2011
It’s been along time in the waiting but finally a full game for those interested is taking place this weekend. So as a run up to the game a few pics and background.
The game is based at British station that still operates after the Shastapsh rebellion. For two years they have struggled by with loss of income due to the loss of trade on the Moeris Lacus- Shastapsh Canal.
Station 476 (Tunstel Station) East of Moeris Lacus-South of the South Shistomik tribal area off the Moeris Lacus- Shastapsh Canal
The site was once a small Canal Priest temple complex but was long abandoned. In 1875 a pioneer from earth call Robert Tunstel started a sheep farm here with his wife. Over time this homestead grew while surviving Hill Martian attacks. As the Crown Territory influence grew it was decided that a station was to be built at the site. Tunstel heard of this from government surveyors and wrote to the Governors office offering a plot of his land.
This already established settlement and good survey reports lead to the reoccupation of one of the old temple buildings by the British authorities. Soon new buildings were going up as the station attracted trade giving a boost for the Tunstels. But tragedy hit the family when Robert was killed by a Steppe Tiger in 1883. But his plucky wife Lilly remained on Mars and continued the farm and bring up their two daughters.
The station soon became known unofficially as Tunstel Station.
Lord Hulmutex is a competent Royal officer in the Oenotrian Imperial Army. Though of the Royal House he only holds the military title of Marchmaster. He has won every engagement he and his men have encountered with the earth men,when he has commanded them. He hates all earthers and while he follows the Canal Priest religion also secretly adheres to the Earth/Ground Cleaners doctrine and supports them with money, arms and sometimes with his own men. He is not alone in the Royal families in the Oenotrian Empire that share these sentiments. Being Oentrian by blood he looks down on non-Oenotrian Imperial officers which can sometimes lead to conflict on the duelling field.
In Shastapsh near the German Legation are buildings owned by the Oenotrian’s. One of these is a three storey house owed by Lord Hulmutex. From here he runs a covert war against the British. He has secretly brought into the city and region a force of Oenotrian volunteers. A band of well equipped and experienced legionaries now sits behind British lines waiting for the call to action. To harass the British supply lines, attack stations and homesteads. Most of all draw off front line troops from actions against the Oenotrian Imperial troops.
He has organised a number of raiding camps south of the Crown Territory in the Shistomik Mountains. He provides intelligence back to Oenotria about the area and those in the city and maintains a small but potent force around the Oenotrian enclave within Shastapsh.
When not in the city one of his junior officers and the official Oenotrian representative take over in his absence. The German Intelligence Service’s aren’t very happy with the Oenotrian presence in the city as see them as a rival for influence over Shastapsh. But the Oenotrian are well placed with their links in the city’s Canal Priests and underground Ground Cleaner movement. Some of whom took leading parts in the rebellion.
Human-British & Native Allies
Settlers (10- 5 armed)and armed Colonial Civil Service officers (9-all armed)-on the table-1st Objective-Survive and hold. Martians (12-2 armed)
British Engineers on survey mission (2). 2nd Objective-Secret Mission
Royal Martian Constabulary Captain (1). 2nd Objective-Secret Mission
British Forces& Native Cavalry(36)-enter from the West after 3 turns-3rd Objective-Relieve Station on part of 2nd Objective-Secret Mission but have not been fully informed of the plan.
Total=55 armed ,15 unarmed
Martians-Shastapsh Militia& Hill Martian mercenaries +Oenotrian regulars
Sun Flag Militia-enter from the Canal in the East-1st Objective-Kill or enslave all humans and take away anything of value. 2nd Objective-Destroy the settlement.
Mercenaries-enter from the Canal in the East-1st Objective-Kill or enslave all humans/Martians and take away anything of value. 2nd Objective-Destroy the settlement.
Lord Hulmutex's troops-enter from the Canal in the East-1st Objective-Kill or enslave all humans and take away anything of value. 2nd Objective-Destroy the settlement.3rd Objective to obtain intact British papers and senior civil servants for interrogation.
Total=120 armed+2 Rogue guns artillery pieces.