Great Set Of VSF Rules

Great Set Of VSF Rules
Rules By Terry Sofian

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

TRIUMPH AND GLORY FOR ONLY TWO LIRE A DAY, The Battle of Coatit

by Ron Vaughan, Maps and Illustrations by Greg Rose, webified by Robert Avery

Background

After the successful conclusion of the Kassala campaign in July of 1894, General Baratieri, Governor of Eritrea, was able to turn his attention once again to the Abyssinian question. It was nearly a year and a half since Emperor Menelik had repudiated the Treaty of Uccialli. During that period the Italian cause had advanced little, but that of the Negus had been steadily progressing. Menelik was welding together a united and powerful nation. Ras Mangasha of Tigre had been an ally of Italy but, in June 1894, he tired of the profitless alliance and traveled to Addis Ababa, tendering his submission to the Negus. Menelik reproved him for allying with Italy, and offered him the crown of Tigre, if he could reconquer the ceded provinces.


Friday, August 24, 2007

The Great War on Mars


A Soldier's Companion Scenario fought at Origins '99

By Paul Westermeyer

Program Description

Space: 1889 in 1914! French and British Colonial troops use old, outdated equipment against German Colonial forces! Flying ships and Maxim Guns!

This Origins '99 game was sponsored by HOT '99 (Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS) Origins Team).

Scenario Background:

My basic concept for Space: 1889 is that history moves forward in a very similar manner to the way it has advanced for us. Individual events change but the overall effect is the same. World War I thus comes about much as it did in our world, caused by diplomatic miscalculations and secret (and not very secret) alliance systems. Once begun, the war expands exponentially because of a 'use it or lose' attitude towards the mass armies formed in Europe, mobilization still being a very rough art.

The early months of the war follow the same basic pattern as the historical event. Liftwood and hydrogen flyers engaged in the skies over Europe, but were not as overpowering as expected, much as in our history air power proponents proved extremely over-optimistic. The Royal Navy established a land and air blockade of Germany, but were unwilling to risk the Germans' formidable port and city defenses with either the Home Fleet or the Home Fleet's attached aerial squadron. The Germany army's invasion of France seemed destined to succeed but a desperate defense on the Marne coupled with a suicidal offensive by the French aerial forces halted their advanced and reduced war on the Western Front to the horrors of trench warfare.

One reason for this was that there were relatively few liftwood flyers. Despite popular expectations of a chemical alternative, none ever materialized. The aerial building race which began in the 1890s and continued into the first decade of the Twentieth century depleted the wild groves of liftwood dramatically. The High Martian tribes were easily subdued, and control of these strategic groves soon rested with the Earth powers and the more powerful Martian multi-city states (such as the Tossian Empire or Oenotrian Empire). Despite this, the yield of liftwood began to dramatically decline, and was most often used for ether flyers and vessels on Mars. This spurred the development of heavier-than-air powered craft, and the Wright Brothers still made their famous Kitty Hawk flight.

During the Great War Mars had several theaters, similar in many ways to the Levant and Africa on Earth. The British fought a savage battle with the Oenotrians along their colony's southern frontier, much like the one fought by Allenby against the Turks. In the north, and the rest of the planet, however, the British, French, and Japanese raced to capture as many of Germany's weakly held colonial possessions as possible, knowing that they would likely get to keep the territory they seized.

This scenario revolves around just such a German installation. A rail hub in Dioscuria (the Germans had installed a rail line to compensate for the dry canals of the region) is the shipping point for liftwood from the German groves. The allied power which seizes this hub will have access to one of the richest remaining sources of liftwood. A combined French, Japanese, and British squadron has flown to assault this well defended little town, but cooperation among the three is poor. Each national commander intends to have the honor of taking the town, and establishing his country's claim to it.

Victory Conditions:

German: To win, the German player must simply hold the town against the allies.

Allies: Only one of the three allied groups can actually win the game. The player whose troops are the first to enter the town and remain will win, provided they have taken fewer then 50 percent casualties. If all of the allies have taken greater then 50 percent casualties then the player with the least casualties wins. Allied players may not fire on each other but are not required to aid each other either.

Order of Battle

The British Force:
Maj Reginald Fiske, (Ldr 3), Royal Marines

"A" Company, Royal Marines CO: Major Reginald Fiske (Ldr 3)
Troop Value: V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"B" Company, Royal Marines CO: Major Brad Dyfed (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"A" Company, 2nd Bn, Parhoon Rifles CO: Major John Tobold (Ldr 2)
Troop Value: V3S Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 24/48

HMS Hydra Armored Aerial Steam Launch CO:Lt Buller,RN (Ldr1)
Sailors UV:XO Nordenfeldt 3 Barrel MG Dice 3, RNG 24/48

HMS Perseus Armored Aerial steam launch CO:Lt Bolitho, RN (Ldr3)
Sailors UV:X0 Nordenfeldt 3 Barrel MG Dice 3, RNG 24/48

Plus Two Aphid-Class Aerial Gunboats, the Ladybug and the Aphid, and one DH-2 aircraft

The French Force:
Col Leboef (Ldr 3), Foreign Legion

"A" Company, Foreign Legion CO: Major LePeu (Ldr 3)
Troop Value: E2 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"B" Company, Foreign Legion CO: Major Renier (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: E2 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

3 Sections, Field Artillery CO: Major Trechau (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V0 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32
75mm Gun Pen 4/2 DV 3 ROF 2 Rng 4/8

Plus Two Warm Winds-class kites

The Japanese Force:
Col Yamamoto, (Ldr 3) 23rd Infantry Regiment

"A" Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment CO: Major Udo (Ldr 3)
Troop Value: V2 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"B" Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment CO: Major Toshu (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V2 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

2 Sections, Machine Gun Artillery CO: Major Kuisho (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V0 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32
Maxim Machine Guns Dice:6 Range:24/48

Plus One Transport Kite (based on the Warm Winds design)

The German Force:
Col Schweiner, (Ldr 3) 12th Prussian

"A" Company, 12th Prussian CO: Major Kohl (Ldr 3)
Troop Value: V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"B" Company, 12th Prussian CO: Major Trantz (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

"A" Company, Wurtemburg Jaegers CO: Major Oster (Ldr 2)
Troop Value: V3S Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 24/48

"C" Squadron, Guard Uhlans CO: Major Westermeyer (Ldr 2)
Troop Value: V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

Schutztruppen, CO Captain Lieber (Ldr 1)
Troop Value V1 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32

2 Sections, Machine Gun Artillery CO: Major Boomhafer (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V0 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32
Maxim Machine Guns Dice:6 Range:24/48

2 Sections, Field Artillery CO: Major Boomhafer (Ldr 1)
Troop Value: V0 Bolt Action Rifles Dice 2:1 Range 16/32
75mm Krupp Gun Pen 4/2 DV 3 ROF 2 Rng 4/8

Marienburg Armored Aerial Gunboat CO:Lt Kruller,RN (Ldr1)
Sailors UV:XO
105mm Krupp Gun Pen 4/2 DV 4 ROF 2 Rng 4/8
2x1pdr Pom-pom Pen 0/0 DV 1 ROF 4 Rng 2/4
2xMaxim Machine Guns Dice:6 Range:24/48

Plus 1 Taube aircraft.

Origins Battle Description

The Origins game started out with the Allied players failing to decide on a single plan beyond assigning each force a side of the German position -- the British would advance quickly from the north, the French from the east, and the Japanese from the west.

The German players distributed their forces as best they could, placing their artillery in the blockhouses, and their infantry and machine guns in the trenches around the town. The cavalry and shutztruppen were placed in the center of the town in reserve. The jaegers were placed in the upper stories of the available buildings, where they would have the broadest arc of fire.

1st Phase
In the first phase of the battle the German gunbat and Taube took off the moment the Allied squadron was spotted, and rushed to engage them. The British chose to be aggressive right and took their flyers straight in at the German lines. While the British gunboats engaged the heavier Marienburg at close range, the steam launches landed on the railroad tracks and unloaded their Royal Marines.

The Japanese and French chose a more cautious approach. The Japanese circled far to the west, while the French dropped behind some hills and skirted low along the eastern flank.

2nd Phase
The Royal Marines suffered heavily from German machine gun and rifle fire, they were forced to take cover behind their grounded steam launches and were unable to advance. The Marienburg circled about as the British gunboats raked the exposed German cavalry with machine gun fire, destroying them. The Taube flew out over the desert and made a daring bombing attack against the Japanese transport, but the sturdy Japanese kite took the hit with barely a shudder. Meanwhile, the wily French had landed behind the hills on the eastern flank and disgorged their legionnaires and began unloading their seventy-fives.

3rd Phase
The survivors of one company of the Royal Marines were forced to flee over the western hills after their steam launch fled from the incredibly accurate German artillery fire. The others remained pinned, while the British gunboats continued to exchange fire with the Marienburg with both sides taking significant damage. On the east flank the Legionnaires advanced in skirmish order over the hills, but found the German troops on that flank fresh and ready to respond. In short order they were pinned under heavy fire. The Japanese made the boldest move, however, when they sent their transport directly into the center of the town, landing behind the German trenches.

4th Phase
The Germans tried desperately to shore up their defenses as the allies pressed from every end. Their infantry rushed to the landed Japanese flyer and attempted to keep the soldiers pinned on board. Meanwhile, the Marienburg again pushed on to the battlefield, firing its weapons as fast as possible at every target they could sight. The Taube tried a daring landing on the southern end of the battlefield, and replaced its used bomb.

The allied response was equally desperate. Sensing the battle had reached a turning point, the French set their seventy-fives to fire from the deck of one of their kites and landed the vessel between the hills where they began to fire on the German blockhouse and trench line. This fire took a heavy toll on the German defenders, diminishing their fire and allowing the Legionnaires to resume their advance. Meanwhile, the British gunboats succeeded in silencing the last of the Marienburg 's guns, leaving her weaponless.

Final Phase
The final outcome was now apparent, and the Allies prepared to administer the coup de grace. The Taube was rearmed, but even as it took off it was destroyed by machine gun fire from the British gunboats. The Marienburg's commander recognized that his vessel was no longer effective, and fled to the south (he eluded later Allied pursuit and the repaired Marienburg remained a thorn in the Allied side for two more years). The French fire on the eastern flank covered a general forward rush by the Legionnaires, who soon controlled the trenches and wire on that flank. Meanwhile, the Japanese made a series of bayonet charges off their vessel into the center of town. Clearing several buildings of German defenders, they ensconced themselves inside.

With Allied forces controlling the center of town, and advancing from the outside as well, two active British gunships above, and no hope of relief or reinforcement, the German commander bowed to the inevitable and surrendered his forces.

The Japanese player, Van Siegling, was chosen as the overall winner because the Japanese bold move broke the German defenses, which had been successful up to that point. The victory was not complete because the Marienburg escaped, however. On in all, it was a very enjoyable game!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sky Galleons of Mars Supplement


New Ship Designs
No Sky Galleons of Mars supplement would be complete without a
selection of new Aerial Gunboats and Cloudships. Here are a few to
enliven your game, and some details on their origins.

Updated Gun Lists
All-Inclusive lists of Naval Weaponry updated and corrected.

New Naval Weapons
Some new weapons, including a few invented devices.

Small Arms List
Additional weapons for your Marines to carry.

Agility Rules
Some optional rules for playing Sky Galleons of Mars, such as
Agility and Traverse.


SPACE 1889 Reprinted


"What was that chap's name again, Sah Major?"
"The Yank, sah? John Carter, sah."
"Oh, yes. A Virginian. Gone native, eh?"
"Yes, Sah. Marshies say he's more more Martian than they are. 'He is made of the sands of the deserts, with the waters of the canals flowing through his veins.' What rot."
"Pity. But what can one expect from an American..."






Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dr Phineas Waldolf Steel


At long last the identity of the evil anarchistic mad scientist is revealed!

But really, we shouldn't be too critical of this character. Its wackos like
him who construct vast armadas of armored aero-mobiles crewed by
brainwashed morons, which naturally provides heroic adventurers like
ourselves opportunities for glory, excitement, medals and seducing
beautiful women. So do your career a favor and like the good doctor's
website suggests:

Support Dr. Steel's plans for world domination today!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tzar Tank

Read it and weep! Landships describes the Biggest Tank Ever Built! It is also the Most Strange Armored Fighting vehicle ever constructed. "Lebedenko Tank", or Tzar tank (after tsar Nikolaj, who helped finance it) was also called "Netopyr" - vampire bat.
Its history starts in 1914 with the engineer N. Lebedenko, who came up with the idea of a 40-ton battle machine, running on one small and two very large spoked wheels, almost 9 meter in
diameter. The designers hoped that this configuration would make it
possible for the vehicle to cross practically all obstacles. However on
the initial trial run the small wheel got stuck in a ditch, and the weak
engines did not help either.

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/03/strange-tanks.html

Saturday, August 18, 2007

French Reaction To Ottoman Outcry


Date Line August 18th Paris:

The French government reacting to the outraged statements
from the Turkish ambassador regarding their new "outrageous and criminal" steam powered weapon. Has categorically denied that it is indeed a weapon at all. The government spokesman
went on to say that this device was nothing more than a new
and improved method for gathering truffles, long considered a delicacy by the French. He further expounded that the rumors that these have been fitted by the French army with a Mitrailleuse
are simply ridiculous and the worst sort of yellow journalism. The
French government official went on to say that it is the policy of his
government to respect the faith of all within the greater French
Empire to include the numerous followers of Islam in French North
Africa. Therefore he stated "the use of such a device is simply out of
the question".

We Have Arrived!


Looks like we've been found by those stolid gentlemen
at "Yours In A White Wine Sauce". Many thanks for
their all too kind words!

Brass Goggles


The lighter side of Steampunk
An interesting little read while one waits for the train...

Alan Patrick's Wargames Site


Victorian & Pulp Science Fiction

Gaming in a more civilized time

Victorian Science Fiction (VSF) is an amalgam of improbable genres built around Steam, Rivets, Infernal Devices and the Discovery of New Realms – Venus and Mars, The Journeys to the Center of the Earth, Flying Machines and Submarines, Lost Worlds, Mines in Darkest Africa and intrigue in the Back of Beyond. Pulp Science Fiction is set more in the 1920’s and 30’s, a time of Art Deco, cool cars, and inter-war war tensions.

http://www.btinternet.com/~a.patrick/VSF.htm


Andrew Lang


At the Intersection of Victorian Science and Fiction: Andrew Lang's "Romance of the First Radical"

JULIE SPARKS

EVER SINCE C. P Snow's famous Rede Lecture of 1959, wherein the scientist-novelist lamented the schism between the sciences and the humanities, the intellectual divergence and mutual hostility between the "two cultures" has been seen as not only inevitable, but also fated to increase. It is easy to overlook the fact that as recently as the last century the two realms were, if not quite united, at least closely intertwined. In his study of this interconnection, Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, J. A. V. Chapple points out that in the early part of the century, scientists considered themselves "natural philosophers" while many artists demonstrated a lively interest in the latest scientific discoveries.Coleridge,
for example, took an active part in the third meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, which may have also attracted the young Tennyson. Furthermore, the extremely prolific and popular periodicals of the day, including Macmillan's Magazine, Household Words, the Fortnightly Review, Cornhill Magazine, and the Nineteenth Century, published both serious scientific articles and works of literature and criticism. Often these journals provided the original forum for the writings of scientific luminaries. The generally educated reader "could turn from J. W. Croker's merciless assault on Poems by Alfred Tennyson in the April 1833 number of the Quarterly Review to Whewell's urbane assessment of Mary Somerville's Connexion ('her profound mathematical work on the "Mechanism of the Heavens" has already been treated of in this Journal'), without any feeling that, tone apart, they were moving to a different kind of discourse." In many respects they were not.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

19th Century Firearms


Handguns

NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Le Mat C&B** Revolver C&B .42 & 28Ga. 9+1 £2 5/7 3.6 lbs USA/Fr.
S&W Russian SA* 1871 Revolver .44 Russian 6 £2 3/8 2.5 lbs USA, Rus
.Colt.38RF Police Revolver 38RF 5 GL
2.3 USA
Colt 1-shot .41 1856 Derringer C&B .41 1
0.25 USA
Colt Army 1860 Revolver C&B 44 6
2.8 USA
Colt Dragoon 1844 Revolver C&B 44 6
4 USA
Colt Lightning .38 1877 DA Revolver 38
6 GL
2.3 USA
Colt Navy 1851 Revolver C&B 36 6
2.5 USA
Colt No.2 derringer derringer 41RF 1

USA
Colt Police 1862 Revolver C&B 36 5
2.3 USA
Colt SA Army 1873* Revolver 45LC, .44-40, 38-40, 32-20 6GL £3 15/4 2.5 lbs USA
Colt Thunderer 1878 DA/Revolver .41LC, .44-40, .45LC 6GL £4 4/6 2.5 lbs USA
Colt Walker 1847 Revolver C&B 44 6
4.5 USA
Colt.38RF Navy 1866 Revolver 38RF 6 GL
2.5 USA
Colt.44RF Army 1866 Revolver 44RF 6 GL
2.8 USA
Ethan Allen Pepperbox 1837 DA C&B 36 4-6

USA
Marlin "Never Miss" Derringer 22, 32 1

USA
Reid .22 knuckleduster 1866 revolver 22RF 7GL
.5lb USA
Reid knuckleduster 1866 revolver 32, 41RF 5GL
.5lb USA
Rem .46RF N.M.Army 1863 Revolver .46RF 5 GL
2.5 USA
Rem. 1875 .44-40 Revolver 44-40 6 GL
2.5 USA
Rem. N.M.Army 1860 Revolver C&B 44 6 GL
2.5 USA
Remington DD 1856 Derringer .41RF 2 £1 0.7 lbs USA
Remington New Army 1866 Revolver .45LC,.38-40 6 GL £1 5/6 2.5 lbs USA
Remington Rolling Block Pistol 1867 Single shot .50 1
1.5lb USA
S&W American SA 1873 Revolver .38SW, .44SW 6 £2 12/7 2.5 lbs USA
S&W DA 1880 DA Revolver 32, 38, 44 5

USA
S&W Model 1 1860 Revolver .22RF 9DetCYL £1 1 lbs USA
S&W Model No.1.5 1865 Revolver .32SW 5 DetCYL £1 6/4 1.25 lbs USA
S&W Model No.2 1861 Revolver .32SW 6 DetCYL £1 6/4 1.5 lbs USA
S&W Wells Fargo/ Schofield 1873 Revolver .38SW,.44SW 6 £1 6/5 2 lbs USA
Sharps "Pepperbox" 1859 4 barrel derringer 22, 30 4

USA
Tipping & Larden 4 barrel derringer 38 4

USA
NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Abadie DA Revolver 9.1mm 6 GL £1 5/5 1.6 lbs Portugal
BODEO DA Revolver 10.4mm 6 GL £1 7/7 1.7 lbs Italy
Beaumont Adams Converted to Metallic Cartridge c1865 DA Revolver .32,.38, .45 5 GL
2.3 Great Britain
Beaumont Adams 1855 DA Revolver C&B .32, .36, .442, .50 5
2.2-6 Great Britain
Enfield 1880 DA/Revolver .476, 455 6 £2 2.5 lbs Great Britain
Howdah Pistol 1840s Double barrelled C&B .70 2
3lb 11oz Great Britain
Howdah Pistol 1880s Double barrelled .577 Short Boxer 2
3lb 11oz Great Britain
Howdah Revolver DA Revolver .577 Short Boxer 6 GL
4.5lb Great Britain
John Adams DA 1867 DA Revolver .32, .38 .45Adams 6 GL £1 12/5 2.1 lbs Great Britain
Lancaster Pistol 4 barrel .476, 455, 38 4 £1 2 lbs Great Britain
Lancaster Pistol 2 barrel .476, 455 2 £1 2 lbs Great Britain
Lancaster Pistol 2 barrel .577 Short Boxer or 20 bore 2

Great Britain
Tranter 1863 Revolver 23, 32 RF 7 GL

Great Britain
Tranter Solid frame DA Revolver 32,38,43,45,50 6 GL

Great Britain
Webley Bulldog DA/Revolver .442, 45, 38, 32 6 GL £2 2.7 lbs Great Britain
Webley New Army Express 1881 DA/Revolver .45, 455, .476, .44SW, .45LC 6 GL £2 3/7 2.6 lbs Great Britain
Webley RIC 1863 and RIC No.1 1883 DA/Revolver .45 6 GL £2 3/7 2.6 lbs Great Britain
Webley RIC 1883 DA Revolver .45, 32, 36 5 GL £2 3/7 2.6 lbs Great Britain
Webley Service MKI* 1887 Revolver 455, 476 6 £2 5/0 2.2 lbs Great Britain
Webley-Wilkinson Revolver .45 6 £2 6/12 2.8 lbs Great Britain
Mauser zig zag Revolver 9mm 6 GL £1 9/12 1.6 lbs Germany
ReichsRevolver M1883* Revolver 10.6mm 6GL £2 10/12 2.2 lbs Germany
Frankenau Purse Pistol 1877 Revolver built into purse 5mm PF 6 GL

German
Breakopen Pinfire 1865 Revolver 7mm,9mm, 12mm PF 6

France
Coup de Poing Fist pistol 1867 DA Pepperbox or revolver 7mm, 9mm PF or 5mm, 7mm, 9mm RF 6 GL (8 for 5mm RF)

France
Lafaucheux Revolver 1870 DA or SA revolver 7mm, 9mm, 12mm PF 6 GL

France
Lafaucheux Revolver 1870 DA or SA revolver 7mm, 9mm, 12mm PF 7 GL or 7 DetCYL
1lb 7oz France
Lafaucheux Revolver 1870 DA or SA revolver 7mm, 9mm, 12mm PF 12 GL

France
Le Page 20shot 1867 Revolver 7mm, 9mm, 12mm 20 GL
? France
NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Le Mat Pinfire Revolver .42PF & 28Ga. 9GL+1ML Shot barrel £4 9/4 3.4 lbs France
Biedermann 4 barrel derringer 12mm 4

Belgium
Belgian M1871 Revolver 10.4mm 6 GL
2.1 Belgian
Nagant M1878 Revolver 9mm 6 GL
2.1 Belgian
Nagant M1883 Revolver 9mm 6GL
2.1 Belgian
Gasser-Kropatschek 1878 DA/Revolver 9mm 6 GL
1.7 Austria
Gasser-Montenegrin 1882 DA/Revolver 11.3mm 6 GL £2 10/0 3.1 lbs Austria
Double barrelled Muzzle Loader Flintlock or C&B .5-.7 2

Any
Single Shot Muzzle Loader Flintlock or C&B .5-.7 1

Any

Notes.
Pepperboxes may be classed as Muzzle loading Revolvers if Cap and Ball or Gate Loading Revolvers if loaded with metallic cartridges. The Sharps Pepperbox was in fact a four barrelled breech loading pistol, not a revolver.
Muzzle loading pistols are usually large calibre and therefore "Heavy pistols" for determining Wounding effects. Duelling pistols and some civilian weapons may be medium powered.
The Coup de Poing were low cost weapons and formed the basis of the Apache pistol. Apache pistols have a folding knife blade and a folding grip that can be used as a knuckleduster. Knuckledusters are used with the Fisticuff skill and subtract one from the targets unarmed combat save.
Reid's "My Friend" revolver was a firearm that incorporated a finger ring that could be used as a knuckleduster.
A couple of thousand Le Mat pistols were used in the American Civil War, mainly by the Confederates. At least three generals carried them. After the war they continued to be made in France, Belgium and Birmingham and while rare in the US they can still be found in parts of the world that are under French influence. They are found in both Cap and Ball and Pinfire chamberings and a few Centrefire weapons may be found too. In all models the shot barrel is muzzle loaded. The 9mm version is quite rare.
The Webley RIC model is the standard sidearm of the London Metropolitan Police.
The 20ga Lancaster pistol can be treated as a Howdah pistol or as the shot barrel of a Le Matt pistol. The Lancaster in .577 Short Boxer is a Howdah pistol.




Rifles and Shotguns.

NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Hawkens Plains Rifle 1800 Muzzle loading rifle .50 1
15 USA
Henry Carbine LA Carbine (Pistol calibre) .44RF 12SFT £1 7.5 lbs USA
Henry Rifle 1862 LA Rifle (Pistol calibre) .44RF 18SFT £1 8.3 lbs USA
Remington Rolling Block Rifle BL Rifle .45-70/ various 1 £1 ¼ 9 lbs USA/ various
Sharps Buffalo Rifle BL Long Hunting rifle 50-120, 45-120 1 £4 16 lbs USA
Sharps 1867 BL Rifle . 45-70 1 £3 5/7 9.1 lbs USA
Sharps carbine 1867 BL Carbine 45-70 1
6.5 USA
Spencer 1863 LA Carbine (Pistol Calibre) .56RF 7SFT £1 7.3 lbs USA
Springfield Rifle-Musket 1853 Rifle-Musket .577 Minie Ball 1
8lb 10oz USA
Springfield Rifle-Musket Carbine Rifle-Musket carbine .577 Minie Ball 1
6lb 10oz USA
Trapdoor Springfield 1873* BL Rifle .45-70 1 £1 4/12 8.4 lbs USA
Trapdoor Springfield* BL Carbine .45-55 1 £0 15/4 7.6 lbs USA
Winchester 86 LA Carbine .45-70 5SFT £1 4/3 7.5 lbs USA
Winchester 86 LA Rifle .45-70 7SFT £2 8.8 lbs USA
NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Winchester Carbine2 LA Carbine (Pistol Calibre) .44-40 10SFT £1 7.5 lbs USA
Winchester Rifle2 LA Rifle (Pistol Calibre) .32-20,.38-40, 44-40 15SFT £1 5/3 8.6 lbs USA
Remington-Lee**** BA Rifle .45-70 5SFM £4 12/5 9.5 lbs US Navy/USMC
Berdan M1871* BA Single shot rifle 10.75mm x 58R 1

Russia
Mauser Kropatschek M1886* BA Rifle 8x60R 8SFT

Portugal
Murata type 18 (1885) * BL Rifle 11mm x 60R 1

Japan
Murata type 22 (1889) * BL Rifle 8mm x 53R 1

Japan
Vetterli M1870 BA Single shot Rifle 10.4mm x 47R 1

Italy
Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87 * BA Rifle 10.4mm x 47R 4SFM £1 ¾ 8.25lbs Italy
Beaumont Rifle* BA Rifle 11mm 5SFM £1 5/3 9.25lbs Holland
Martini-Henry Carbine * BL Rifle .45 (.450/.577) 1 £1 7lb 8oz Great Britain
Martini-Henry* BL Carbine .45 (.450/.577) 1 £1 8lb 10oz Great Britain
Martini-Metford BL Rifle .303

8lb 12oz Great Britain
Martini-Metford Carbine BL Carbine .303

7lb 10oz Great Britain
Brown Bess Musket Muzzle loading Smooth bore .75 1
10lb 3oz Great Britain
Enfield 1853 Rifle-Musket .577 Minie Ball 1
8lb 10oz Great Britain
Enfield Carbine Rifle-Musket Carbine .577 Minie Ball 1
6lb 10oz Great Britain
Snider BL Rifle-musket conversion .577 Snider Cartridge. 1
9lb 3.5oz Great Britain
Holland & Holland BL Express Rifle (Heavy Hunter) .600 Nitro 2 barrels £10 10.5lbs Great Britain
India pattern Smoothbored Musket 1858 Smoothbore musket .656 1
7lb 14oz Great Britain
Lee-Metford MK I BA Carbine .303 8SFM £1 15/5 7.5 lbs Great Britain
Lee-Metford Mk I* 1888 BA Rifle .303 8SFM £2 9 lbs Great Britain
Mauser 1871 11mm BA Single shot rifle 11.15mm x 60R 1
9 Germany
Mauser 1871 carbine BA Single shot carbine 11.15mm x 60R 1
7 Germany
Mauser 1871/84 11mm* 1884 BA Rifle 11.15mm x 60R 8SFT
9 Germany
Commision 1888* BA Rifle 7.92mm 5CFM £2 10/5 9 lbs Germany
Commision 1888* BA Carbine 7.92mm 5CFM £1 19/4 7.5 lbs Germany
Charleville Musket 1830 Muzzle loading Smooth bore .69cl 1
11 France
Gras M1874 BA Single shot rifle 11mm x 59R 1

France
Kropatschek M1884 BA Rifle 11mm x 59R 8 SFT

France
Le Page Carbine Revolver carbine (pistol calibre) 9mm, 12mm PF 20

France
Lebel 1886* BA Rifle 8mm Smokeless 8SFT £1 12/5 9.3 lbs France
Lebel 1886* BA Carbine 8mm Smokeless 8SFT £1 3/5 7.8 lbs France
Krag-Jorgensen* BA Rifle 8mm 5SFM £1 5/10 9.2 lbs Denmark
Winchester RCMP*1 LA Carbine .45-75 WCF 12SFT £1 7/6 7.8 lbs Canada
NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
Albini M1873* BA Single shot rifle 11mm x 50R 1

Belgium
Comblain M1882 * BA Single shot rifle 11mm x 50R 1

Belgium
Mauser M1889* BA Rifle 7.65mm Smokeless 5ChLM
8lb 0.5oz. Belgium
Kropatschek M78 Naval Rifle* BA Rifle 11mm 8SFT £1 6/5 9.5 lbs Austria & French Navy
Mannlicher M1886 * BA Rifle 11.15x58R 5CFM
10 Austria
Mannlicher M1888* BA Rifle 8x50R 5CFM £1 8/6 9.4 lbs Austria
Werndl M1873 BL Rifle 11.15x58R 1

Austria







NAME TYPE CALIBER SHOTS COST WEIGHT COUNTRY
12ga. Double (eg Greener) Shotgun 12 Gauge 2Barrels £3 8/5 8.5 lbs USA/ Any
Greener Sawn off Scattergun 12 Gauge 2Barrels £2 ¾ 7.8 lbs USA/Any
Martian Shield gun Scattergun –C&B 12 gauge 1 Detachable

Martian
Spencer & Roper 1882 Pump action shotgun 12 gauge 5SFT
8.8lbs USA
Winchester 1887 LA Shotgun 12 Gauge 5SFT £4 5/7 8.8 lbs USA
12ga. Single 1863 Shotgun 12 Gauge 1
8 Any
20ga. double 1863 Shotgun 20 Gauge 2
8 Any
20ga. single 1863 Shotgun 20 Gauge 1
7 Any


1 The Winchester RCMP Carbine was not actually made "in" Canada, but was made for the RCMP by Winchester, almost exclusively. In other words, it's HARD to get.
2 The Winchester rifles and carbines could be bought in a variety of calibres. Including, but not limited to .32-20, .44-40,.38-40, (Pistol ammo) and .45-70, .45-55, .45-75WCF (rifle ammo) and several other popular calibres of the period.

*=Military Issue weapon of the manufacturing country –or that most likely to be encountered in the hands of troops. Natives, militia, levies etc would probably have the older weapons listed for a country.
**** Several thousand Remington-Lees were brought by the US Navy and are most likely to be found in the hands of United States Marines.
Lee Metford carbines were not produced until 1894 so the weapon listed is probably a shortened rifle, and may cost more than the list price. When adopted the Lee Metford carbine had a 6 shot magazine so that it would fit more easily in a saddle boot.
The Martian Shield gun is a single barrelled scatter gun fitted in the centre of a shield. The chamber is removable so that it can be reloaded without the need to lower the shield. Often several preloaded chambers are carried. A chamber takes the same time to reload as a smoothbore pistol but takes an additional action to fit or remove from the gun. Shield guns using Earth built weapons may also be encountered.

Glossary
GL -gate loading revolver or pepperbox.
C&B -Cap and Ball. Weapon muzzle loaded or revolver chambers loaded from the front with loose powder or paper cartridges.
ML -Muzzle loading
DetCYL- detachable cylinder. Empty revolver cyclinder can be removed and replaced with a pre-loaded one, rather like magazine loading.
DA -double action
SA -Single action
BL -Breech loader
LA -lever action
BA -Bolt action
SFT -Single Feed Tubular magazine. Rounds must be inserted one at a time.
SFM -Single Feed box magazine. Rounds must be inserted one at a time.
CFM -Clip Fed Magazine. Must be loaded by Clip -cannot be loaded with individual rounds
ChLM -Charger Loaded Magazine. Can be loaded by charger or by individual rounds.






Space 1889 British Army Swords

Cavalry

All Cavalry swords are single edged slightly curved blades with a double edge for last 8.5-9.5"

1864 35.5"x 1.25" ?
1882 long model 35 3/8" x 1 1/8" 2lb 3oz
1882 short model 33" x 1 1/16" 2lb 1 oz
1885 34.5" x 1 1/8" 2lb 6 oz


Household Cavalry

Straight bladed single edged weapons with a double edged spear point

1882 long model 38 1/8 x 1 ¼ " 2lb 5oz
1882 short model (bandsman) 34 ¾ x1 ¼" 2lb 2oz
1888 37 1/8 x 1 ¼" 2lb 9oz


Infantry

Slight curve, double edged at end

1845 32 ½ x 1 1/8" 1lb 13oz


Scottish Broadsword

Straight and Double edged.

1865 32 3/16" x 1 3/16" 2lb 13oz


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