Welcome to 1879! The British Empire, passing through an interdimensional portal, has found a new world, the Gruv, chock-full of resources and land to be exploited. In the process, though, they've run headlong into the Samsut, descendants of ancient Babylonians who've been living there for over three thousand years. Now the might of the Empire clashes with the weird science of the Samsut. The Saurids, a reptilian race native to the new world, contest with both empires to retain their ancestral lands. Who will control the Gruv? That's up to your battles to decide! The 1879 Miniatures product line is proud to introduce the British and Samsut Forcebooks, and new minis to go with them!
We’ve completed the writing and layout of the British and Samsut Forcebooks, and are Kickstarting the art and printing costs, using the same model we’ve applied successfully to three previous books for the 1879 roleplaying product line. This time, we’re also offering the minis you need to play the game as part of the Reward structure.
This volume describes the British military in an alternate world, where an interdimensional portal has given the Empire access to a new land, the Gruv. All the details you'll need to field advanced steam technology, special forces units such as the Marines and the Shock Troopers, a broad range of artillery, and military spellcasters are contained herein. Unleash the full might of the Empire against the weird science of the Samsut, and the primitive but effective weaponry of the Saurids!
Descendants of the ancient Babylonians, the Samsut came to the Gruv thousands of years ago through an interdimensional portal from our world, long since closed. In their new home, they found the remains of another civilization, which gave them weird science technology ranging from rail guns to contra-gravity to the use of life itself as an energy source. Herein are all the details you'll need to field regiments of technological zombies and skeleton warriors, airborne cavalry riding pteranodons, contra-gravity sleds that ignore terrain modifiers, and terrifying creations of the immortal Amelites who rule the Samsut city-states. The Children of Samsuditana shall not relinquish their home to the British invaders without a fight!
Victoria and Albert rule over a steam-powered British Empire that spans two worlds. Thanks to the portal known as the Rabbit Hole, a train ride away from London lies the Grosvenor Land (“The Gruv”), a new world of fertile plains, towering mountains, giant insects, and Babylonians with weird science zombies. Seems they got there first, three thousand years ago, and they're not exactly the welcoming sort. The Saurid tribes, lizard-like folk who ride theropods and pteranodons, complicate matters further. Back home on Earth, clockwork engineering has brought mechanical computing to the world, and micro-steam engines drive airships through the sky. Stranger things are afoot, too, as a bit of magic seems to have come into the world with the opening of the portal. People are changing. Secret societies are finding their ancient occult practices a bit more effective. Who knows what might be lurking in the forests these days, or in that shipment from China?
The British Empire, expanding into the Gruv, has run headlong into the Samsut, who’ve been there for three thousand years give or take. The Samsut have battery powered undead, and take the idea of “waste not, want not” to its logical extreme. The British get twitchy about what they see as desecration of the dead. The Samsut call the British halayqirim, or ravagers, based on British technology and its ecological impact. The British call the Samsut, well, let’s keep this family friendly and say that “burking” is a term you might want to look up. Of course they went to war. There’s territory for colonization at stake for the British, defense of their homeland for the Samsut, and deeper issues of culture that diplomacy has thus far totally failed to resolve. Each side is bringing successively greater forces to bear on the conflict. What started out with infantry and cavalry is now reaching the level of artillery and troop carriers. Soon there will be armoured vehicles on the battlefield, airborne cavalry, and who knows what else?
Further plans for the line include a Vehicles Sourcebook, to detail the steam-powered mobile armour and airships of the British, and the sky chariots of the Samsut. We’ll be bringing out Forcebooks for the Prussians, as they enter the battle ostensibly in support of the British but of course with their own agenda. The Saurids, the native race of the Gruv, will get their own Forcebook, along with a new line of minis. Later on, additional factions will include the Ottoman Empire and the Russians, and of course the Gruv’s inimical wildlife will get a Creatures book so that the giant fleas that destroyed New Wigan can get their turn on the battlefield.
Yes, there will be Stretch Goals. The first will be revealed at $4000.
In addition to the listed reward levels, we are happy to offer several add-ons to our generous backers. As mentioned before, the Core Rules Book is in print and ready to ship, and the basic armies are in metal. This means you can add on both books and minis! Just bump up your pledge the appropriate amount, and tell us what you're adding on, and hey presto, more stuff arrives!
All Books add-ons are Print+PDF and include shipping. This assumes that you've already ordered a physical product. If you haven't, add another US$6.00 to the prices below.
Need reinforcements? Here you go. Same caveat applies to shipping as with the books above.
Charge!: British cavalry
79-1101 British Cavalry with lance (6)
79-1102 British Cavalry with carbine (6)
79-1105 Sikh Cavalry with lance (6)
79-1106 Sikh Cavalry with carbine (6)
79-1150 Cavalry Leaders (3)
Heavy Fire: Samsut cavalry (gunner) units $34.00
2x 79-2513 Heavy Gunner (2) + Samsut cavalry (cargo) unit
Special Single Cavalry Leader
Doubling Up: Samsut cavalry (troop carrier) units $61.00
2x 79-2514 Double Riders with Lance & Rail Gun
Special Single Cavalry Leader
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above, both of the books have been written, edited, and laid out, and the cover art is done. The minis are in metal and production molds. All that remains to complete these products is to complete the minis photography, finish the art, and print the books.
We've worked with these artists before. They're proven. Ral Partha Europe is well established with a solid reputation. Our printer is reliable. We've delivered three books for the 1879 role-playing line using this exact same model.
While there is always the possibility of something unexpected cropping up, we believe that the probability of completion and delivery of these books is very high.
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