EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Origawn Rebellion: Origins

I've started digging back into this period in Faraway's History.
Part of the garrison of Fort Henry falls in for inspection before heading out on patrol.

With the end of the Faraway and Oberhilse Origawn War in 1848, the territory was split as marked by the eastern most red hash lines on the following map. The area to the east belongs to the small Republic of Hougal while that to the south belongs to Oberhilse. 

During the twenty years that followed the wars, settlers pushed across into thinly populated area from all sides. Settlers from Faraway tended to push up the west coast into the native lands or up the Grand River towards Port Arthur on Grand Lake from whence an active trade in furs and the like with the natives on the plains and on the farside of the mountains as well as being the easiest way to move goods from Origawn to Faraway's seaports. 
A map of the northern frontier of Faraway.
By 1865, settlers in the eastern and central portion of the Origawn were beginning to agitate for self rule. In the North West, discontent was increasing caused by increased pressure on the native tribes in the remaining "tribal lands" (as Faraway referred to them) and challenges to the land rights of the mixed race population along the Dhearg River which were traditional by occupation rather than deeded. Fort Henry was established along the frontier to keep an eye on things but it was left to the Governor and a small constulary to keep the Origawn in order. 

In June a self proclaimed Origawn Congress was called and after a week of tumulteous meetings, a new Republic was proclaimed, the Origawn Free State. An immediate call was put out for volunteers  and hundreds responded, many of them having seen service under the red and white banner of Oberhilse or during the Blue River Rebellion. 

Her Majesty's Government had no choice but to call out the Militia and Volunteers and send the Household troops to the frontier.    

10 comments:

  1. I like the map with what looks like some stippling with a brush to colour in?

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    1. I know I did the original on graph paper more than 10 years ago then later scanned it in but the details are fuzzy. I think it might have been colourized with MS paint.

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  2. Excellent back story. Love the old school map!

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    1. Neo-old school, part hand drawn, part computer graphics!

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  3. Interesting history and splendid cartography.

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  4. Lovely map, garrison and scenery Ross!

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  5. Nice back story line. Reminded me of what had happened in both the US and Canada. The map really "made it" for me. It had a definite "retro" look and resembled maps I had seen from things as far afield as the Hyborean campaign and some of Don Featherstone's efforts. The fact is that if it works for you, it is the perfect vehicle for conducting a campaign.

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    1. Thanks Jerry, I have fond memories of previous campaigns in this setting.

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