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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Table of Contents
An Overview of the Australian Civil War.
New South Wales Crisis:
The Gathering Storm:
Descent into Civil War:
The Australian War:
Alternate versions of Alternate-History:
Australian Armed Forces Pre-Secession.
Royal Australian Navy:
Royal Australian Air Force:
Descent into Chaos.
Small Arms and Equipment:
A New Australia:
Known Factions 1933:
Dominion of Westralia:
New South Wales & the FCT:
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:
Australia First Movement:
Citizens' League of South Australia:
United Australia Party:
Attorney-General’s Department: Investigation Branch:
State Police Forces:
Societies Underbelly – Gangs and Criminals:
Australian Immigrants and Other Groups:
Chinese and Asian Immigrants:
Smaller and Ad-hoc Groups:
Potential Rule Sets:
Campaigns and Scenarios:
Company to Regimental Sized Engagements:
Examples of Faction Creation:
Geelong Workers Union:
The Murray River Growers Association:
Technology and History:
Going Beyond 1933:
The information present for each faction listed in Section 4 is
structured in the following manner:
1. Introduction and Overview:
2. Military Organisational Structure:
4. Air Force:
6. Key Infrastructure:
a. Mining and Agriculture:
b. Military Production:
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.)