VICTORIAN OUTPOST GRIMSBYS NUMBER ONE  GAMING VENUE

  THE  COLONIAL AGE OF EUROPEAN EXPANSION

UPDATE 25TH AUGUST - LATE ROMANS V BARABARIANS - GALLERY
UPDATE 12TH AUGUST - SASSANID ARMY - WORKBENCH
UPDATE 10TH AUGUST - MASAI TRIBE - WORKBENCH
UPDATE 5TH AUGUST - SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN WAR PT 2 - GALLERY

The First Schleswig War (German: Schleswig-Holsteinischer Krieg) or Three Years' War (Danish: Treårskrigen) was the first round of military conflict in southern Denmark and northern Germany rooted in the Schleswig-Holstein Question, contesting the issue of who should control the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The war, which lasted from 1848 to 1851, also involved troops from Prussia and Sweden. Ultimately, the war resulted in a Danish victory. A second conflict, the Second Schleswig War, erupted in 1864.

1848

Wishing to defeat Denmark before Prussian, Austrian, and German troops arrived to support them, 7,000 Schleswig-Holsteinish soldiers under General Krohn occupied Flensborg on March 31. Over 7,000 Danish soldiers landed east of the city, and Krohn, fearing he would be surrounded, ordered his forces to withdraw. The Danes were able to reach the Schleswig-Holsteiners before they were able to retreat, and the subsequent Battle of Bov on April 9 was a Danish victory. At the battle, the Prince of Noer, senior commander of the Schleswig-Holsteinish forces, did not arrive until two hours after fighting had started, and the Schleswig-Holsteiners were more prepared for the withdrawal they had intended to make before they were attacked than for an engagement.

Although the tabletop game was not Bov we decided to game the 1848 period and see how would the Holstein army supported by Prussians would stand agaist the Danish army.

Plenty of figures on the table as always and rules were Victorian Steel with minor adjustments.



UPDATE 30th JULY AFRICAN SCENARIOS 1838-1884 VOL ONE  - PDF DOWNLOADS


All play tested at the Victorian Outpost Grimsby.
Victorian Steel are pleased to make available a free PDF featuring three scenarios for the African wars 1838-1884, complete with maps, army lists and some great colour photos of the battles taken at the Victorian Outpost Grimsby


UPDATE 29th JULY - INDIAN MUTINY WARGAME SCENARIOS VOL ONE - PDF DOWNLOADS

All play tested at the Victorian Outpost Grimsby.
Victorian Steel are pleased to make available a free PDF featuring three scenarios for the Indian Mutiny, complete with maps, army lists and some great colour photos of the battles taken at the Victorian Outpost Grimsby.



UPDATE 27TH JULY - WEB STORE - BOSHIN FLAG SHEETS

CONVERSIONS - WORKBENCH
UPDATE 26TH JULY - WEB STORE - 28MM AUSTRIAN FLAGS
UPDATE 20TH JULY - GALLERY SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN WAR 1848
The First Schleswig War (German: Schleswig-Holsteinischer Krieg) or Three Years' War (Danish: Treårskrigen) was the first round of military conflict in southern Denmark and northern Germany rooted in the Schleswig-Holstein Question, contesting the issue of who should control the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The war, which lasted from 1848 to 1851, also involved troops from Prussia and Sweden. Ultimately, the war resulted in a Danish victory. A second conflict, the Second Schleswig War, erupted in 1864.

1848

Wishing to defeat Denmark before Prussian, Austrian, and German troops arrived to support them, 7,000 Schleswig-Holsteinish soldiers under General Krohn occupied Flensborg on March 31. Over 7,000 Danish soldiers landed east of the city, and Krohn, fearing he would be surrounded, ordered his forces to withdraw. The Danes were able to reach the Schleswig-Holsteiners before they were able to retreat, and the subsequent Battle of Bov on April 9 was a Danish victory. At the battle, the Prince of Noer, senior commander of the Schleswig-Holsteinish forces, did not arrive until two hours after fighting had started, and the Schleswig-Holsteiners were more prepared for the withdrawal they had intended to make before they were attacked than for an engagement.

Although the tabletop game was not Bov we decided to game the 1848 period and see how would the Holstein army supported by Prussians would stand agaist the Danish army.

Plenty of figures on the table as always and rules were Victorian Steel with minor adjustments.

UPDATE 6TH JULY - WORKBENCH

New Government building 28mm in size available from http://adrianswalls.co.uk/ have put a number of pictures of this beautiful building in the workbench, it truly is a work of art and would fit in a number of historical periods around the globe

UPDATE 29TH JUNE JAPANESE BUILDINGS - WORKBENCH
28mm Japanese buildings created

Been very busy painting up the Crusades over the last few weeks, sometimes things get abit boring, so last week as i was painting up miniatures i thought i was in need of Japanese buildings for my Boshin war of 1868, very quickly put together i created four buildings and still manage to paint up around 70 Crusades.

All not perfect and as always a number of small mistakes but on a tabletop 28mm game it represents what i want it to be and adds to the period.

I have also began on my Boshin war battalions and i got my soldering iron kit to create the crossbar on the flag bearer, i have also been busy creating alot of those Boshin period flags, which will soon be available on the website.

UPDATE 27TH JUNE - ISLAMIC SARACENS PAINTED - WORKBENCH
More 28mm miniatures of the Crusade period are put into the collection, alot of the miniatures are from Black Tree Design, which i think are probably the best place to get bargains and great discounts.
UPDATE 22ND JUNE - CRUSADES PAINTED - WORKBENCH.

Been pretty busy creating and painting over the last couple of weeks, here is another batch of Crusades completed, which can be viewed in the "Workbench" tag.

Have yet to put up more photos of the Saracens, Boshin war of 1868 and more of the WOR,
plus a number of  Japanese buildings i have created
UPDATE 15TH JUNE - RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR PT 2 - GALLERY
UPDATE 6TH JUNE - RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR - GALLERY

The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

The civil war between the Bolsheviks (Reds) and the anti-Bolsheviks (Whites) ravaged Russia until 1920. The Whites represented all shades of anti-Communist groups, including members of the constituent assembly. Several of their leaders favored setting up a military dictatorship, but few were outspoken czarists.

Armed opposition to the Soviet regime centered at first in the south, where the volunteers under Kornilov (succeeded by Denikin) joined forces with the Don Cossacks. The Ukraine was the scene of fighting after the Germans evacuated it following the general armistice of Nov. 11, 1918; it was seized by the Bolsheviks (early 1919), by Denikin's forces (Aug.–Dec., 1919), again by the Bolsheviks (Dec., 1919), and finally by the Poles (May, 1920), with whom war had broken out over the Russo-Polish frontier question. Denikin in the meantime had turned over his command to General P. N. Wrangel, who after the conclusion of the Russo-Polish armistice was driven by the Bolsheviks into the Crimea and was obliged to evacuate his forces to Constantinople (Nov., 1920).

The civil war in the east was equally fatal to the Whites. A government was organized at Samara by a group of Socialist Revolutionaries who had been members of the constituent assembly. It received the support of the Czech Legion, which controlled the Trans-Siberian RR, but it merged (Sept., 1918) with a more conservative government set up at Omsk, in Siberia, and a few weeks later fell under the dictatorship of Admiral Kolchak. Although at first successful, Kolchak's forces were eventually driven to the Russian Far East; by Jan., 1920, all Siberia except Vladivostok and some other Far Eastern territory was in Bolshevik hands.

The civil war was complicated by Allied intervention. In N Russia, British, French, and American forces occupied (Mar., 1918) Murmansk and later Arkhangelsk with the stated purpose of protecting Allied stores against possible seizure by the Germans; they were evacuated only in Nov., 1919. In the Russian Far East the Allies occupied Vladivostok, which the Japanese held until 1922.

The Bolshevik military victory was due partly to the lack of cooperation among the various White commanders and partly to the remarkable reorganization of the Red forces after Trotsky became commissar for war. It was won, however, only at the price of immense sacrifice; Russia by 1920 was ruined and devastated. Atrocities were committed throughout the civil war by both sides.

Victorian Steel rules came about as a result of us not being able to find a set of rules that captured the spirit of Victorian Colonial Warfare. The aspects we wanted to capture included the European ability to deliver a volley and follow it up with cold steel whilst  also giving the natives a chance to use their natural advantages of climate and familiarity with the terrain often accompanied by rapid movement which the European forces could rarely match.
We both wargame at Grimsby Wargames Society where large battles are the norm, but these rules give a perfectly good game with only an eight stand European force taking on three to four times its number of native opponents ,so for the cost of a few boxes of Perry Ansar ,Warlord games Zulus or Wargames Factory British and Zulus the Colonial World will come alive! For those of you with a bigger budget there are some superb figures out there in metal and troops of all types will be shown in the rules and the soon to be released Scenario books.
We wanted to add to the value of both the rule set and the scenario books so along with the rules we will include a full colour flag sheet for the rule set covering the British and for the scenario books covering the flags of all the protagonists (assuming they had some!)
We both have years of experience in the hobby starting in my case back in 1969 when I started senior school and we prefer uncomplicated rules with whole figure casualties, no record keeping and easy to remember mechanisms which do not rely on you having to rebase your figures. We also wanted a clear result in a few hours as most games take place in an evening with definite time constraints.In this game the Europeans are always under pressure to complete the task before running low on ammunition or becoming exhausted both of which effects are dealt with simply in the rules.
We have tested the rules using troops from the Indian Mutiny, The Sudan, The Boer War, French Foreign Legion in North Africa, The Boxer Rebellion and Both Russo Japanese  and Sino Japanese forces not to mention Zulus. They seem to work for all of them and the troop classification system allows you to reflect the difference between a Zulu Impi  and a Sudanese Arab Rub as well as the vastly different qualities of Tommy Atkins and an Egyptian soldier impressed in the ill-fated force led by Hicks Pasha.
There is no reason why they cannot be used for the Crimean War and that will be the subject of a future scenario book ( Once we have painted the figures required!)
We are very happy with our first venture into commercial rule writing and we hope you are too!

Dave Tuck and Malc Johnston