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Sunday, 20 January 2013

What is Very British Civil War?

Given that I do a lot on this blog about VBCW, okay thats all I manly do I thought that it would be good to explain what this crazy little period is all about so here it is.

VBCW or Very British Civil War is an alternative history created by Messers Jones, Mortimore and Douglas and published by Solway Crafts and Miniatures.

In this scenario Edward VIII refuses to abdicate triggering a constitutional crisis which divides the nation and results in Civil war. As a result instead of going to war in Europe Britain is facing a very British crisis.

The main players or factions are

The Edwardian Royalists- supporting King Edward

The Reactionaries-Mainly far right organisations who are supporting Edward to further their own agenda

The Anglican League- 'Middle England' at war, traditional liberals or Conservatives who find themselves unable to support the King and his Prime Minister

The Liverpool Free State- Faced with troops trying to break strikes in the City, the Mayor declares Liverpool an Independent Free State

The Yorkist Front- The City of York declares its support not for the King but his brother Prince Albert

The Peoples' Armies- socialist groups seeking revolution rather than just reform of the monarchy and government

The Scottish Republic- angered by the imposition of paramilitaries and the activities of the King's Prime Minister, Scotland succeeds from the union and declares a republic

Nationalist Independence Groups- In Wales and Cornwall groups are fighting for independence of the King's government

The Albertines- The democratic parliament in exile, elect Prince Albert Lord protector and invite him to return from self imposed exile in Canada and take all necessary means to restore order

The Red Clydesiders- Radical socialist groups in Glasgow aiming to bring about a socialist revolutionary government

The Jacobites- Angered by the failures of the Scottish Republic this group of mainly conservative highland landlords have invited Prince Ruprecht of Bavaria, last claimant to the Stuart line to raise a revolt

The League of St Andrew- the pro unionist party in Scotland seeking an alliance with Prince Albert

The Lord of the Isles- A Scandinavian aristocrat distantly related to the English Royal family revives an ancient claim on the Western Isles

One of the best things about VBCW is its creativity, its your civil war, you can create a history in your back yard or somewhere you know well. VBCW blends local history and your imagination. Be warned its adddictive. Most people start with this thinking its a nice idea for a skirmish game, which it is, but soon enough you are not only creating the odd unit but forming companies and battalions- just because its fun!

If you want to know more about this delightfully quirky, and fun period head on over to the http://vbcf.freeforums.org/ where a group of friendly chaps are always ready to answer any questions you may have

28 comments:

  1. Thanks! Although I know this game would never go over here locally, at least I can link this page to let them know what the hell VBCW is in the first place. :-)

    Massively jealous of this game though, as I could totally see the addictive nature of creating units, characters, and vehicles. Plus, I need an excuse to place an order from Hinterland Miniatures!

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    1. Hi Jason you would be surprised to find that there is a following in the states for VBCW and even a home grown A Very American Civil War too. They are even a few chaps from across the pond on the forum

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  2. Thanks for this. I kinda of had the gist of what was going but the explanation of the different factions has upped my knowledge immensely thanks dude

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    1. I am glad that you liked it Brummie

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  3. Like Simon Q I had a very (in my case very very) vague idea of what was going on but this has very much improved my understanding at least of which factions there are and there "rough" political stance. With this explanation I am much more likely to get involved than before. Thanks for the explanation.
    Now my questions mostly revolve around scale, and is it just the background or are there a dedicated set of rules and if so which ones? (I hope I have not opened TOO big a can of worms!)

    All the best Clint.

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    1. I am glad I have added you your depth of knowledge there. Most people use 28mm not surprisingly as they look nice but there are people using 20mm, 15s and even 10s. As you rules there are two types that reflex the two styles of games, there is skirmish level games, up to Company level and people using their own home brew rules or And Jerusalem was Built Here, which are free at Empress's website, link http://www.empressminiatures.com/page19.htm. There is also World Aflame that has a VBCW section and Solway have some new rules Went the Day Well, which most use. For larger scale games, brigade size people use all manner of different rules, but most use Solway's Brigadier 38.

      At the moment I have been using Flying Lead for very scale games, with about 10 to 20 figures a side but now I am trying to adapt 7Tv rules and that TV/Cinematic feel of the rule should work well with the boy's own stuff of the 30s.

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  4. Thanks much, PK. Finally I have been brought up to speed on the what, when, where, why, who, and how of VBCW! Hurray!!!...I'm in the context!

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    1. But there is a lot of stuff that has not been covered too Jay, lol. But I am glad it has helped.

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  6. Pete a good general reminder to all.
    I hope you don;t mind but I have pinched your link to the forum and posted on my own blog.
    Cheers
    Stuart

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  7. Thanks Pete, this is very helpful for a Canuck who has been following this blog for a while and trying to piece together the bits and pieces.
    I think if one is British, the charm of this period is a little more obvious, because it is as you say happening in your own back yard. The 1930s are also a wonderful period, both romantic, ideological, and with military technology very much in transition. As an Anglican vicar myself my sympathies would be very much with the Anglican League, but as a Canadian vicar I suspect I would be backing the Lord Protector. So complicated! I can see the charm.
    This seems to me to be a period crying out for some good fan fiction.

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    1. Well, if England (and Scotland, wales and Ireland) are in civil war, surely that would extend to the Empire and Commonwealth? Plenty of opportunity for Canuck, Anzac, South African, Indian etc versions.

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    2. There is no reason why a Canadian Vicar has coming over to Merry old England with some "friends" to help the Anglican League or anyone else come to think of it. But as Tamsin says it is going on all over the Empire, if fact there is a Sourcebook about that very subject. The truth is that you play it how you want to and no one is going to say otherwise as it never happened, lol

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    3. Thanks for your input there Tamsin and you hit it on the head its all over the Empire and indeed the world if you want expand it further, like Italians trying to take a weakened Egypt or Kenya, you get the idea.

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  8. Great post Pete, I've still not given up the idea of dipping my toe in the VBCW world, but just not yet.

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    1. Your resolve is slow failing and Mr Hick's figures are so nice, lol

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  9. Michael you should have a go at VBCW if nothing else its a good excuse for you to paint some more figures with your great skills.

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    1. I have to agree with you Mr Smillie

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  10. Thanks for the round up. like other I wasn't exactly sure what it was all about, but this post explains all. Nice one PK!

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    1. Thanks there Ray, just doing my little bit to spread to word of VBCW, lol

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  11. Thanks Pete. Answered some of my questions!

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    1. I am glad I could help out there Rodger

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  12. A nice succinct explanation. I'm glad to know I'm not far out in my interpretation of events. ;)

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