Friday, September 15, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Admiralty Mission from the land of Patagonia to the Western colonies.
IN early July the small flotilla of two ships victualed in the Red City and set a course for the colonies in the western sea. The flag ship Scarlet would be carrying none other than King Michael, Ruler of Patagonia and his royal entourage, along with a significant military escort and a population of colonists bound for the isle of Marnon.
The flotilla. The Centaur is in the lead and the royal banner of Patagonia can be seen flying from the second ship the Scarlet. Late July passed and the voyage was uneventful. The royal family passed the time with games of "India" in the luxurious staterooms aboard the Scarlet.
One morning in early August the Captain of the Centaur signaled the Scarlet that a sail had been spotted on the horizon. The precaution of calling all hands to stations was necessary as the ships were now in international waters and in the area known as the "crossing". A portion of the sea wherein common sail traffic was very heavy. The ship that the captain held in his spyglass appeared to be an Auricanian merchantman sailing S by SW and heavily laden.
The merchantman sailed under the Auricanian colours. The ship was the Leon, and was rigged very much in the manner of Auricanian merchant vessels.
The ships warily approach. The merchantman could make for open water and was seriously outgunned if it came to a tussle. The Centaur shielded the Scarlet from any fire and began to make maneuvers to intercept the foreign nations ship. But as is usually the case in these sort of encounters the impertinent bastard...
...unleashed an unprovoked cannonade on the Patagonian fleet.
Which responded in kind with cannonades of their own. In the ensuing battle the royal cargo was never in harms way and in fact. King Michael attended the side rail mid battle to see the enemy ship pounding the devil out of the Centaur. He ordered the Scarlet captain Brodeur, to engage as well as he was in need of the cargo on board the Centaur (many said later that in the after telling he actually said cargo of the enemy merchantman. A rather piratical stance for one so noble of birth so the official story is what is mostly in the histories of the time.)
The Centaur, heavily damaged in sail cloth and starboard guns keeps the merchantman from slipping away. The Leon hauls down the colours and surrenders her cargo of mostly colonists and military conscripts.
The Scarlet in the wake of the Centaur rolls back her gun carriages and clears the gun crews away. King Michael personally oversaw the requisitioning of material of war from the merchant ship and put aboard a prize crew.
Imagine cannon fire and a raucous noise of naval guns firing broadsides.
The Centaur after the battle. From a painting in the naval military museum in Marnon. 1782. 1
1. VanPelt, K., The Cruise of the Scarlet. Patagonis Press. 1782. pp.11.
Monday, September 4, 2017
The history of Aurikania and Pathagounia
The complete unabridged history in four volumes
With copious notes on the manner of the original manuscript
This is the story of two imagi-nations Set in a time long ago.
Table of Contents Volume I-III:
I The foundation of the territories and the naming of the provinces.
A. Ancient Times, see The Island of Marnon and other historical fables.
B. The War and the division of Auricania and Patagonia
II Early Naval Architecture
Victualing documents from the museum of nautical artifacts. Patagonia 1782.
IV The Lineage of the House of Patagonia
V The Armies
VI The Armies Part the Second
VII The Rules of Warfare
VIII The Naval Atlas of the Western Sea and the colonies
IX The Island of Marnon and early histories including fantastic stories and myths from long ago
X The solar calendar of the Auricanian and Patagonian hemisphere
Plate 1: Maps
Plate 2 Illustrations
Plate 3 Photographic engravings
Ranging stick used aboard the Centaur, by Cpt. C.A. Smythe in the cruise with the Scarlet , commanded by Cpt. A.G. Brodeur.1.
1. VanPelt, K., The Cruise of the Scarlet. Patagonis Press. 1782. pp.112-118.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The annual Recruits convention in Lee's Summit, Missouri was a wonderful time. I went as a player this time around and had a great time getting in some wonderful gaming time with old friends and new acquaintances.
I have played in this GM's French and Indian war game before and I always relish the chance to push around some 54mm lead figures from Jenkin's collectibles. I played as a militia commander and was tasked with defending a small settlement from attacking Indians.
He would not live to see the next day....
That's me with the pistol. A gallant figure and he fought bravely in the game.
This time I sat astride a destrier and fought in a medieval knight melee.
Again I died valiantly and not necessarily all that epic.
Great 90mm game.
And then I drove around in a bad-ass Dodge with a machinegun mounted on the hood.
Had an epic flaming fireball of a death in this one.
Bought some old football miniatures at the flea market.
All of these and some more for $1.00
Bought a significant piece of electric football history with this acquisition. This was a private sale that was arranged after a war game acquaintance asked if I would be interested in looking at his game from his childhood.
I was very lucky to acquire this item. A prized piece in my set collection.
The 1970 Electric Super Bowl.
Chiefs vs. Vikings
Complete, near mint condition.
I played in two DBA tournaments as well but never took any photographs. I used my ancient British Book II. 57.