- 03/12/2019 at 11:18 #127528
I’ve put together what’s available in 15mm for the British in the First and Second Opium Wars.
If it’s of interest to you do check them out at
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/03/12/2019 at 22:03 #127555
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
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.
This too shall pass03/12/2019 at 22:41 #127556Guy FarrishParticipant
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?04/12/2019 at 12:56 #127577
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.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/12/2019 at 14:53 #127591Darkest Star GamesParticipant
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..."04/12/2019 at 17:05 #127596
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.
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This too shall pass04/12/2019 at 18:21 #127599
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.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/05/12/2019 at 15:53 #127653
Didn’t mean to suggest you needed the French too, just noting for Darkest Star how broad the choice of troops can be.
This too shall pass06/12/2019 at 15:45 #127712Guy FarrishParticipant
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.
Guy06/12/2019 at 22:54 #127733
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