Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 is Here (and my 1st International Delivery)

The silly season is over and 2018 is upon us.

The first copy of ARBM delivered outside Australia arrived today, the lucky gent hailing from Scotland. Deliver was 16 days. Not bad as this included New Year. It looks like 3 week delivery times are a good approximate, except for November/December when all bets are off.

So what does this new year hold for me? Truthfully, I have no bloody idea.

  • I have a novel in the planning phase.
  • I need to clean up the games room before my wife gets involved.
  • I would like to play more board games, hopefully dragging my wife beyond Carcassonne.
  • I have three rule sets in development, getting one through play testing would be nice.
  • Keep working on Rommel scenarios for ARBM.
  • Finish my example CoC forcelists for ARBM.
  • Learn IABSM and adapt for ARBM.
  • Paint more.
  • and the list goes on.

Now for something interesting.
An Australian Red Centre mobile patrol late in the conflict. Trucks are armed with German supplied MG-34s.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Right Bloody Mess has Arrived!!!

A Right Bloody Mess has Arrived!!!

Well butter my bollocks and call me Nancy!

After two years of hard graft, A Right Blood Mess aka ARBM is finally here.


So what’s got me all hot all bothered? ARBM provides the wargamer everything they need to understand the Australian (Civil) War, the events leading up to it and the first year of the conflict.

The Australian War starts on the 9th April 1933 with the secession of Western Australia, the Northern Territory (which together form the Dominion of Westralia) and Victoria. Detail is provided about the kidnapping of New South Wales Premier, Jack Lang, on the 13th May 1932 by the New Guard, allowing players to include this earlier confrontation.


ARBM is a sourcebook, with detailed information about the leadup to civil war, the factions involved and their capabilities and resources. Limited information is provided about the first year of the conflict so that gamers may take the setting where they will. It is rules and scale agnostic for the same reason.

The setting is based in fact and most of the detail is historically accurate, including the content and distribution of the armed forces, various factions, armaments factories, etc. This will hopefully allow players to explore the gamut of plausibility from “very historical” to “whimsical.” A good example of the latter is the 1930s cars produced by Eureka miniatures and the complementing Maximillian 1934 rules published by Mana Press.

The book is a 6.1” x 9.2”, full colour, cloth bound hardcover running to 282 page, plus dust jacket. Price is A$80 or £45. Copies will be on sale at Eureka Miniatures or by contacting me at arbm1933@iinet.net.au.

Below is the Table of Contents to give you a better idea of the book’s scope. The structure of each faction’s information is at the bottom.

Happy gaming,

Matt

Page
Table of Contents
1
Preface:
3

3
4
5
7
8
14
17
Section 1:
An Overview of the Australian Civil War.
Federation:
The Depression:
New South Wales Crisis:
The Gathering Storm:
Descent into Civil War:
The Australian War:
Alternate versions of Alternate-History:
19

19
25
30
33
Section 2:
Australian Armed Forces Pre-Secession.
Australian Army:
Royal Australian Navy:
Royal Australian Air Force:
Civilian Weapons:
35

40
40
42
42
44
44
Section 3:
Descent into Chaos.
Standardisation:
Uniforms:
Organisation:
Small Arms and Equipment:
Artillery:
Wargaming Figures:
51

51
53
55
77
101
124
142
155
166
177
184
195
203
203
203
205
218
221
223
226
228
228
229
229
229
229
230
230
231
231
233
234
238
241
242
243
245
246
246
247
248
Section 4:
Faction Guide
A New Australia:
Known Factions 1933:
Dominion of Westralia:
Victoria:
New South Wales & the FCT:
Queensland:
South Australia:
Tasmania:
Australian Red Centre:
The Riverina Movement:
Australian’s Labour Unions:
Communist Party of Australian:
Other Left-Wing Organisations:
United Front Against Fascism:
Australian Labor Party:
The New Guard:
Fascists within the New Guard:
The Italian Fascist Movement:
The Old Guard:
League of National Security:
Other Right-Wing Organisations:
The Australian Fascist Party:
The Centre Party:
Blue Shirts:
Silent Knights:
Australia First Movement:
Black Shirts:
Citizens' League of South Australia:
The Establishment:
United Australia Party:
Attorney-General’s Department: Investigation Branch:
State Police Forces:
Societies Underbelly – Gangs and Criminals:
Australian Immigrants and Other Groups:
New Zealand:
Italian Immigrants:
Irish Immigrants:
German Immigrants:
Chinese and Asian Immigrants:
Religions Groups:
Smaller and Ad-hoc Groups:
249

250
252
253
254
255
256
257
259
259
262
Section 5:
Wargaming ARBM:
Repurposing Miniatures:     
Potential Rule Sets:
Campaigns and Scenarios:
Campaigns:
Company to Regimental Sized Engagements:
Skirmish Games:
RPG-Lite:
Examples of Faction Creation:
Geelong Workers Union:
The Murray River Growers Association:
265

265
265
267
268
269
271
275
Section 6:
Additional Information.
Australian Spirit:
Technology and History:
Militia Units:
The Setting:
Going Beyond 1933:
Designers Notes:
Useful Links:

Faction Information:
The information present for each faction listed in Section 4 is
structured in the following manner:

1.   Introduction and Overview:
2.   Military Organisational Structure:
3.   Army:
4.   Air Force:
5.   Navy:
6.   Key Infrastructure:
a.    Mining and Agriculture:
b.    Military Production:
c.     Transportation:
d.    Other Key Infrastructure:
7.   Wargaming the Faction:
a.    Training and Support:
b.   Uniforms and Equipment:
c.    Heavy Equipment:
d.   Primary Allies and Opponents:
8.   Wargaming Figures:

(Note: Not all factions have every section listed above, the
minor factions only have those parts that are applicable to them.)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ARBM IS HERE!!!!

Hi Folks,

Brief note.

A Right Bloody Mess has arrived.


The courier dropped off two cartons this morning, just in time for the Eureka open days on this Friday/Saturday. (15-16/12/17)

I have had a brief look and everything appears to be in its correct place. I ordered two cartons having not seen a final proof so my anxiety levels were a little high. Fortunately I have little beige pills for that.

More tomorrow.

Matt

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Right Bloody Mess has gone to the Printer

Hi Folks,

I sent the final version of ARBM to the Printer on the 7th Nov 2017.

They tell me I will have the first run in my possession next week, just in time for the next open day at Eureka Miniatures.

As soon as I see the final product I will be testing my delivery system to the US and UK, although I am in discussion with Caliver Books for UK distribution.

So what has 2 years hard-graft delivered. It is a 282 page, full cover, cloth bound hard cover with dust jacket. From memory it runs to about 70,000 words. I will publish the table of contents over the weekend.


I also promise to improve my social media presence, such as this blog. I am stepping outside my comfort zone so please bare with me.

Matt

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Eureka Miniatures "Dirty Thirties"

Nic at Eureka Miniatures has finally made some pictures of his "Dirty Thirties" range of cars. He has a number of different car bodies, and a mass of weapons, and other bits and pieces for customisation. I love the ring mounted Lewis guns.

The miniatures for the range are wonderful sculpts, as you would expect from Nic.

For those who like their ARBM a little whimsical the concept of road wars on the vast Australian landscape is very temping.

Some other great pictures can be found on the Lead Adventure Forum in this post labelled Eureka BUF Roadkillhttp://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=95985.0




And for a bit of Australian content, here is  Francis "Bertie" Birtles. This gritty look formed the basis for some of the drivers.