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  • #127528
    OB
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    I’ve put together what’s available in 15mm for the British in the First and Second Opium Wars.

    Opium Wars

    If it’s of interest to you do check them out at

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #127555
    vtsaogames
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    There is a statue of a Qing dynasty mandarin in Chatham Square (Pitt the Elder was quite popular in colonial New York), the center of Manhattan’s Chinatown. The official stands in Qing dynasty Manchu dress, usually surmounted by a pigeon. The ironic legend reads

    Lin Zexu

    1785 – 1850

    Pioneer in the war against drugs

     

    Scrupulously honest (a rarity then as now), he was sent to govern Guangdong (Canton) in order to stamp out the opium trade. Refusing the usual bribes, he arrested dealers and destroyed several tons of drugs, setting off the first war. After the defeat of Manchu forces he was relegated to the provinces per the British demand. The peace treaty also included leasing Hong Kong to the British.

     

    Very nice work on the figures. I guess the Manchu forces should be poor shooters and green. I’d add in timid but maybe make the British aggressive instead. After all, no units are supposed to be less than 2 points and three minuses would take them below 2. Any artillery should be green and light, representing archaic smooth-bore guns and crews with opium addiction issues.

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    #127556
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Small quibble: Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in perpetuity at the end of the first war and a small part of the Kowloon peninsula was ceded in perpetuityat the end of the second.

    Neither was leased.

    The major part of the terrritory was leased in 1898.

    Which rules are you looking to use OB?

     

    #127577
    OB
    Participant

    Thanks Vincent.  Yeah the Manchu of the Opium Wars were not world beaters but they did do better behind field works.  Luckily I now have some.

    I’m going to use Piquet Field of Battle Guy.  I think it’s flexible enough to give an interesting game.  BTW I have now found all of the elusive English and Irish should they still be of interest.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #127591
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Wow, that’s quite a variety of troops, had no idea such a polyglot was involved.  Me thinks I might do some reading a bit later!  Great job sir!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #127596
    vtsaogames
    Participant

    For the Second Opium War you can throw in French troops. Mongol cavalry put on the most professional performance of the Manchu forces, impressing European observers. According to a book I read some years back, the second war is when the word loot entered the English language, when British rank and file figured out what the Sepoys were looking forward to at the Summer Palace.

     

    Thank you Guy, for the correction.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by vtsaogames.

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    #127599
    OB
    Participant

    Thanks  DSG, it was a colourful force.

    Yeah Vincent , shortly afterwards Queen Victoria got a new pet dog-she called it Looty because an awful lot of loot went her way.

    I know I should do the French too but it’s not on my list yet.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #127653
    vtsaogames
    Participant

    Didn’t mean to suggest you needed the French too, just noting for Darkest Star how broad the choice of troops can be.

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    #127712
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Hi OB, missed your reply earlier – sorry!

    Yes still interested in them please, if you want to get rid of them.

    You can email me at gfarrish at msn dot com and let me know what you want for them etc. Thanks.

    Guy

    #127733
    OB
    Participant

    Will do.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

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