Urban Dystopias Project

One of the wargaming ideas that inspired me to blog were the various civil unrest projects set in the UK out there. I’ve always been a big an of alternate history ideas and gaming civil war or something very close to it opens up the possibilities of more to a standard evenings game than army ‘A’ lines up to fight army ‘B’, I’m imagining something very close to an insurgency but with more of a civilian feel to it. I’ll have a think about my own background- I’m tempted to develop it in 2 periods- the classic grim 80s and something set the year after next that allows me to explore more modern concerns.

When I read the Force on force main rule book (published through Osprey http://www.ospreypublishing.com/ ) I was very impressed with the way the rules handled mobs of civies. My original idea was to have an insurgent group using the cover of a riot to attack a target. The security forces player would have to deal with threats on 2 levels- crowd control and counter insurgency. For pure Riot control games I found a set of rules from Jim Wallman ‘Civil Disorder’ that should do nicely ( http://www.jimwallman.org.uk/wargame/index.htm ).

To this end at the Sheffield Triples show I bought a selection of riot figures from both Irregular ( http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/ ) and Stonewall (http://www.stonewallfigures.co.uk ) as well as some Riot policemen. I also got some sabot style bases to mount them on. When there are painted I’ll put some pics up.

RH models ( http://www.rhmodels.com/ ) does a nice range of armed civies including some new releases with British style weapons- I’ve got some already but I’ll be adding to my collection soon. The Hobby Den ( http://www.thehobbyden.com/ ) over in Ireland has just released a Shorland Armoured Car, it saw service in Northern Ireland, I’ll pick on up to beef up the options available to the Security Forces player.

Scenery was proving to be the biggest headache for me- all my Urban stuff is pretty heavily ruined which isn’t really suitable (unless I come up with a very apocalyptic backstory). However the excellent Winter of ’79 blog ( http://winterof79.blogspot.com/ ) provided the solution- a range of affordable Card Models ( http://cardmodels.web.officelive.com/default.aspx ). A quick poke around the net revealed other free models, normally aimed at Railway modellers that will be suitable. Filling my 6′ by 4′ table won’t be too expensive after all.

On the subject of blogs there are 2 others that have provided a lot of inspiration: England Prevails ( http://englandprevials.blogspot.com/ ) and Un- Tied Kingdom (http://untiedkingdom2011.blogspot.com/ ).

4 comments on “Urban Dystopias Project

  1. Joe Collins says:


    I noticed your blog from the comments section from Mark’s Winter of ’79 blog. I am really looking forward towards your UK unrest project as well. I have started on an “Anarchy in the UK” project in 20mm a long time ago. But my real world work commitment has really prevented me from getting on with it. Take a look my blog’s entries under “Urban Operations” or “1970’s UK” for what I got done. http://sapperjoeswargamingtoys.blogspot.com/search/label/Urban%20Operations



    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Joe. Had a look at your blog- it’s great. The comments on civilian’s in wargames are especially relevant. Hopefully you’ll get more time to make some progress soon.

      As an aside what figures are you using for your Argentinians? There seems to be a lack of them… It’s a conflict I was planning to expand into to get the most out of my British Army figures.

  2. Joe Collins says:

    Hello, Pete

    Sorry that I didn’t get around to replying until now…work (ugh!)

    Thank you for the comments on the article about civilians in wargaming.

    The bulk of my Argentine figures are the original Hotspurs from the 80’s. Currently there are only three companies that make 20mm Argentine figures, Stonewall (ex-Hotspurs – but I have been told that some of the molds are pretty bad), FAA (a SF GPMG team and a mortar team only specially sculpted to mix in with Hotspurs as they originally suppose to have been part of that line, but Dave Alsop died before the contract was signed), and Platoon 20. Mo-Fo has some really nice 28mm ones and MJ Figures are re-releasing their 15mm lines.

    I am hoping that there maybe more 20mm Argentine figures on some planning tables with other companies. The reason why I think that there might be hope is there is allegedly a Falklands supplement book coming out for Ambush Alley Games’ Force on Force. Elhiem is tied in tight with Ambush Alley Games, Liberation Miniatures has a good size line of British troops for the Falklands, and TQD just recently released two beautiful sets of British troops for the Falklands. Some one is bound to start making Argentine troops to fight their Brits.



    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks for the tips. Here’s hoping Elhiem get a Falklands range out. Options seem limited in 20mm (I refuse to do another scale given how much stuff I’ve already got in 20mm). A Force on Force book would be great, I’ve liked everything they have done so far. have you seen these articles? http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~aaron/SCEN/scenarios.html I hope to work my way through them in time. Already got one of the Airfix Pucara stored away in preparation.



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