Boxer Rebellion (5/11)

August 8, 2017

This period has been sitting way back on a cold back burner - but not ignored.  And now that Blue Moon and Old Glory 25s have released their 15mm figures and buildings its moved up in priority.  Why, at least up to a warm burner if not quite the front of the line, unless the bug bits which is a distinct possibility.

What follows are some photos of most of the buildings I've purchased, the five legation sets and one Chinese walled building (not yet photographed) and, obviously, no painted yet.  Only got them yesterday so hopefully I'll be forgiven for showing them off unpainted but I figure some people will be glad to see them 'in situ' on a wargaming table even if the table isn't set for a game.

First photo show the British legation on the left and the Russian legation on the right.

This next view is just a back angle view of the British legation again.
 Similarly, the Russian legation - which includes metal gates for either side of the gate and the gate itself.  The main building here is the only one with much flash on it, most of the resin castings were remarkably clean, won't take long to clean everything, wash it, prime it, and then paint it.  Painting it might take some time to do these wonderful models proper justice.
 The space for the set-up here is 4' by 4' 1" and that allows a nice Legation Street but puts the three legation on the left more or less touching but a good gap between the British and Russian enclosures - as can be seen in the first photo above.  (oh, that 'hot spot' is from the summer sun through a skylight on our covered patio (or lenai as it gets called around these parts).
 This is the American legation compound and it took a little bit of puzzling out to get it properly set up.  For all of these legations I've used a permanent marker on the bottom of all the pieces to both label which nation the piece is for and also to label (A, B, C, etc.) the connecting points to make it easier to set up in the future.
 That is the French legation in the middle closest to the hot spot.  The trees are just there to add some color.  They will be felled out of there perches and turned into the main piece on a jungle base, hope I can find a few more but who knows, bought for cheap at a Ross store.
 And here is the Japanese legation with quite a fancy gate house.  Really like it.
 And here is a bit of a focus on my "profile hills" (or even mountains) that are a step closer to game ready.  They are inspired by an article found on the Major General's site - link on main page of this blog.
 A closer shot of one of the three 'jungle' trees.
This is a photo of the Chinese 'passive' civilians, fourteen poses, two of each pose plus two more figures - and those baskets to hang from those poles.  Purchased two packs of these to add to my Lancashire civilians for the Boxer Rebellion.  It's China, need LOTS of Chinese figures.  One of the packs had only 11 women, the other 12, both packs had at least 30 figures, on pack had one extra man so 61 Chinese civilians to add to my collection - and don't know what I'll do with that extra figure since I base everything in sets of three.
Last photo, for now any way, is of the European unarmed civilians.  Again, two figures of each pose in each pack plus a couple of extras of one pose or another to make it to 30 figures in the pack.  I've made both of these figure packs Extra-Large to make easier for those interested to see them.
One very cool 'feature' of this collection is that several of the buildings can be used for other purposes, I can see a number of the main legation buildings being used in both pirate games and musketeer games at a minimum.  Will be ordering more figures and lots more buildings to get to my new goal for this reawakened collection.

April 7, 2013

Did a little browsing and found this blog with some very nice 15 mm building scratchbuilds for the Boxer Rebellions: http://15mmboxerrebellion.blogspot.com/
 Just recording it so I don't lose track of it when I get back to building my own, already started.  Great inspiration there.

March 14, 2013

Most recent addition to this collection is two pagodas found at pet store.  Always looking for more architecture suitable for this period in my scale (15 mm).
December 14, 2012

So, most of my figures (all?) come from three sources: Old Glory 15s, Lancashire Games, and Cellmate Miniatures.  Some might quibble about those lines matching to each other and I can see how some might be bothered but they are just toys in the end.  And I needed to go to all three to get the mix I wanted, which I will list below.  There might be the odd Irregular or some other figure that snuck in here or there.  One thing I haven't been able to find is casualty figures to suit the period, especially for the Chinese.  Donnington might have something I can adapt but I'd love to find a nice grouping of 15 mm Boxer era casualties.

All groups are of 12 figures each.  For the Chinese only, there are mounted command figures (with a dismounted figure to match to the foot figures) for every 4 units and then 4 overall leaders plus two groups of mounted command (one mounted figure and one foot figure).

For the Chinese, there are two mounted units and the following foot units:

4 x Imperials
4 x Chinese Regulars
4 x Chinese Regulars
with 2 guns and 1 rocket and 12 crew
1 x Red Lanterns
1 x Civilians (women and children)
2 x Workmen

4 x Armed Boxers
4 x Kansu Braves
4 x Tigermen
with 2 guns and 1 jingal and 12 crew
2 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
with 2 guns and 1 rocket and 12 crew
1 x Red Lanterns
1 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
with 2 guns and 1 jingal and 12 crew
2 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

For the Legations side of the equation (or the representative of the west in my variation since I don't plan to set it in Peking (or Beijing):

British:
1 x HMS Chinese
3 x Marines
1 x International
Nordenfelt and 4 crew
1 x Civilians (women and children)

United States/Italy:
3 x Marines
1 x Italian Sailors
1 x Italian Soldiers
machine gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

German/Dutch (yeah, Dutch, just 'cuz I want to):
1 x Sailors
2 x SeeBattalion
2 x Dutch
machine gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

French/Japanese:
2 x French Sailors
1 x French Legion
2 x Japanese Infantry
Nordenfelt and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

Russia/Austria/Armed Civilians:
3 x Armed Civilians
1 x Austrian Sailors
1 x Russian Infantry
gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

I'm also in the works (so many things in the works of late) of building a large temple and whole bunch of buildings to go both in it and around it.  I've also collected quite a few destroyed buildings to add ambience to the scene of destruction.  And I can always borrow one of my river boats to do something along the lines of a Sand Pebble inspired scenario.  I even have a couple of Chinese junks courtesy of those fine folks at Old Glory 25s (well, I did pay for them!)

This should be a fun and colorful period to put on the table.December 8, 2012

Today, while checking out a thrift shop, I found two pairs of resin dragons I'll use to decorate the Imperial City I plan to build.  Also found a small Buddha as well.

And then there is this, and I like it.  I think I'll call my variation of this period "The Shadow Boxer Rebellion"!  Such word play entertains me.scroll down for most current post to this page

When soldiers corrupt Poquin into Poo-queen you just know there's fun ahead.  And fighting in some place called the Palace of the Divine Spring Concubine?  I'm there.

Collecting materials to build my own structures for this one, have all the figures.  And, for a change of pace, I actually kept the figure count somewhere within reason here.  What happened to cause that, I wonder?

December 8, 2012

Today, while checking out a thrift shop, I found two pairs of resin dragons I'll use to decorate the Imperial City I plan to build.  Also found a small Buddha as well.

And then there is this, and I like it.  I think I'll call my variation of this period "The Shadow Boxer Rebellion"!  Such word play entertains me.

December 14, 2012

So, most of my figures (all?) come from three sources: Old Glory 15s, Lancashire Games, and Cellmate Miniatures.  Some might quibble about those lines matching to each other and I can see how some might be bothered but they are just toys in the end.  And I needed to go to all three to get the mix I wanted, which I will list below.  There might be the odd Irregular or some other figure that snuck in here or there.  One thing I haven't been able to find is casualty figures to suit the period, especially for the Chinese.  Donnington might have something I can adapt but I'd love to find a nice grouping of 15 mm Boxer era casualties.

All groups are of 12 figures each.  For the Chinese only, there are mounted command figures (with a dismounted figure to match to the foot figures) for every 4 units and then 4 overall leaders plus two groups of mounted command (one mounted figure and one foot figure).

For the Chinese, there are two mounted units and the following foot units:

4 x Imperials
4 x Chinese Regulars
4 x Chinese Regulars
with 2 guns and 1 rocket and 12 crew
1 x Red Lanterns
1 x Civilians (women and children)
2 x Workmen

4 x Armed Boxers
4 x Kansu Braves
4 x Tigermen
with 2 guns and 1 jingal and 12 crew
2 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
with 2 guns and 1 rocket and 12 crew
1 x Red Lanterns
1 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
4 x Boxers
with 2 guns and 1 jingal and 12 crew
2 x Civilians
2 x Workmen

For the Legations side of the equation (or the representative of the west in my variation since I don't plan to set it in Peking (or Beijing):

British:
1 x HMS Chinese
3 x Marines
1 x International
Nordenfelt and 4 crew
1 x Civilians (women and children)

United States/Italy:
3 x Marines
1 x Italian Sailors
1 x Italian Soldiers
machine gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

German/Dutch (yeah, Dutch, just 'cuz I want to):
1 x Sailors
2 x SeeBattalion
2 x Dutch
machine gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

French/Japanese:
2 x French Sailors
1 x French Legion
2 x Japanese Infantry
Nordenfelt and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

Russia/Austria/Armed Civilians:
3 x Armed Civilians
1 x Austrian Sailors
1 x Russian Infantry
gun and 4 crew
1 x Civilians

I'm also in the works (so many things in the works of late) of building a large temple and whole bunch of buildings to go both in it and around it.  I've also collected quite a few destroyed buildings to add ambience to the scene of destruction.  And I can always borrow one of my river boats to do something along the lines of a Sand Pebble inspired scenario.  I even have a couple of Chinese junks courtesy of those fine folks at Old Glory 25s (well, I did pay for them!)

This should be a fun and colorful period to put on the table.

March 14, 2013

Most recent addition to this collection is two pagodas found at pet store.  Always looking for more architecture suitable for this period in my scale (15 mm).

April 7, 2013

Did a little browsing and found this blog with some very nice 15 mm building scratchbuilds for the Boxer Rebellions: http://15mmboxerrebellion.blogspot.com/
 Just recording it so I don't lose track of it when I get back to building my own, already started.  Great inspiration there.



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