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Saturday, 18 October 2014

The War Comes to Leicestershire and Rutland


I have been doing a spot of thinking about the war in Leicestershire and Rutlandshire and this has led to thinking about the major players and characters involved in the conflict. Strangely though I have thought about this and have come from the Royalist forces angle first and I am not sure why. So I am planning to write up the Royalist characters, their background, motives and personality and then the Socialist characters. With this I will also add what has happened, whats going on and what the future will bring on the East Midland Front. But first of all here is the start and may I introduce the Duke of Rutland.

The Duke of Rutland, Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet

Lord Tredgast Strapleton-Mallet, is the 10th Duke of Rutland, personal friend to King Edward VIII and loyal supporter of him and Mosley’s Government. The Duke is a member of the King’s Inner Circle after arranging secret meetings between The King and then Mrs Simpson just outside of Leicester at Ingarsby Hall, before the war started. The Duke is a member of the British Union of Fascists holding the rank of Staff Officer 4, District Inspecting Officer. He has personally raised his own company of BUF troopers, The Duke of Rutland’s Own BUF, which is semi-independent, but is part of the BUF Legion VI “Ironsides” and is part of Severn Valley and Midlands Division regional command. He is one of the more capable Royalist commanders in the East, mainly fighting around Leicester, trying up the Socialist forces in the city, but also he has held commands in East Anglian and Lincolnshire.

The Duke is a rather ambitious man, seeing his way to advance his social standing by standing loyal to the King and to the King’s Government. He is a rather capable commander, even though he has had little actually military experience, mainly gained from his command of the Rutlandshire Territorials and Yeomanry. He is a gifted leader, with good interpersonal skills and a likable personality, but he does suffer from a bit of vanity and he does like to socialise more than perform his civic duties. However, people do like him and he is perceived as being a man of the people and rather like the King.

A part of the Dukes success he small group of commanders that he has around him, in which he give them freedom to carry out The Royalists plans, though at times this does bring him into conflict with them but he has the good sense to never sack again of them.

His motto Deo et Regi Fidelis, Loyal to God and King, and happily uses the symbols, history and legend of Richard III to help unify and installed pride in his forces.



Sunday, 12 October 2014

I am Alive and Richard the Third for Mrs PK

Yes I am alive but at the moment I am going though some intense training for my new job and it has been leaving me a little knackered its evening. Also there are other things going on in the VBCW world but more on that later.

Well this weekend I though it was time to get the paint brushes and pots out and paint this wonderful figure from the Perry's of Richard the Third for my lovely wife, Mrs PK. I think she is going to bring it to work and put it on her computer, thank God I have another one to paint, lol.

It was a dream to paint and it is amazing the amount of detail there is on it. Also I was surprised to see that he actually looks like Richard the Third and is a wonderful kit. I am so pleased with the results and I am thinking of painting the other one now just for me.

The other thing that I have been doing is thinking about moving forward the timeline but for many different, good reasons these have had there difficulties, the 50s to close to the original VBCW, the 60s, 70s and 80s all to close for most of us to play so what about moving the timeline to the near future to 2038?

After decades of broken promises from the British Government at Whitehall the Scottish people have had enough of the lies and declare Independence in 2036. While the British Government is still reacting to this and trying to think what the next move will be the Welsh Assemble follows Scotland and declares Wales Independence too in January 2037.

The Government in England now is thrown into turmoil and the Government is forced into a General Election. However timing is not always the best and with all this doubt about the banking system goes into meltdown and effects all parts of society. This has a knock on effect and a world wide depression breaks out, causing many foreign Governments to look inwards to themselves. Soon left and right wing militias are fighting on the streets across the Un-united Kingdom with the Government powerless to do anything about it.

In June 2037 with the raise of the Right Wings parties and the failure of the Coalition Government to stop the fall out of the break up of the UK, Cornwall declared itself Independence from the English Government which forces the English Government into action and sends a Police force from the West Midlands into the area. This sparks the fire of rebellion in Cornwall and the West Country as a series of Guerilla campaigns start off. Initially the Guerilla campaign works but the hard pressed Police require help and the Army is called in and the Guerilla action ceases after a couple of bloody encounters. But as soon as the Police and Army reduce there present in the area a fresh wave of attacks break out and the country watches to what is going to happen next.

In November King Edward IX makes a speech trying to united the country in which he states that He will personally taking control of the Parliament and the Country with the aid from "friends". This cause an very strong outcry from the Church under a strong and militant Archbishop of Canterbury about the very fabric of the Constitution of the Country is being destroyed by this action and the King should rethink His position and gives a deadline of 1st January 2038 to comply. Meanwhile communities across the country start to "gate" themselves and hire private bodyguards to defend their properties and wealth and the streets in the cities are left to the para-military and local militias.

What do you think? Is it a winner?

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Heavy Metal for the Duke

I bet some of you have wondered where I have disappeared too well I have been busy writing and rewriting rules for Went the Day Well. I have to say it has been a worth while project and it is nearing completion but I would like to see this does not mean I have written a 2nd Edition rules but rather added in some new rules and alternative rules for the game and hopefully the new additional rules will be in a book with scenarios and it will be released shortly.

Indeed the Duke of Rutland has invested in some serious hardware in the form of a Vickers Medium tanks, a Vickers MKVIb light tank and a Recce Carrier. I have painted these in the colours used at the start of the Second World War so I can use these both for my Early War BEF and for my VBCW forces.

I still have some more stuff that I need to add like a 3" mortar, a second section of infantry and some HQ extras. I have to say I am very pleased with the results of the armour.

Hopefully I should get around to posting again over the weekend and on Saturday I will be at Derby shopping and generally wondering around. So if you are there say Hi.

Also hopefully I will be receiving my copy of Mars Attacks the board game from Mantic games tomorrow or Saturday and when it arrives I will do my first unboxing.

Have a great time

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