Jeu de guerre de Ornria

"Postings from the Ornrian Wars", or "Warplay with Plastic Armymen"

Short Boxing Day entry.

Our Holiday was pretty good as we hope yours was also.  Not really had time for a proper entry, just a few quick notes to keep the posts coming.  

The infantry Uniform has been updated and begins issue next month, new features include eliminating the old wool heavy coat in favor of a tunic style, and most importantly an Adrianne splinter helmet. Putees and Trousers are retained and the Mustard webgear.
begining next month all new recruits will enter service in the new uniform style.

Meanwhile the latest from the Fabulouth Armee Aerofleet of the Freestate is another attempt by Dr. Brigham Baccalov to breach the rampart of the Ouroboros Range, the vast ring of mountains that encircles the Ornrian diskworld.  Using an army air team, Dr. Bacalov reports having reached dizzying heights of hundreds of meters and still no sign of the barrier relenting.  He also reports the mysterious destruction of one aircraft, and the discovery of large footprints in the snow around the wreckage.  An Abominable Snowman?
we hope for the safety of the expedition, and eagerly await important discoveries.

Anneglug Chasseurs mustered into service

This morning the trumpet sounded and Colonel Elyard graciously welcomed his new Regiment into existence.  The troops made a splendid display marching from the old fort field where they've been bivouacking in tents, down the Rue Latte.  The local amateur Umpah band played them through town to the square, and with the cheering we barely noticed the occasional dying cat sounds.  The kids were excited and were blowing up brown lunch bags and popping them, like any good holiday.

Colonel Scott Elyard reads the oath and joins in the rousingly patriotic "Clarion of Chanticleer"
a fine looking Regiment of Chasseurs, no?
It was dreadfully cold however, and we were soon envying the heavy wool coats of the NCOs.  No matter, It was a thing of beauty to see my hard work, Everyone's hard work come together.  With the problems in Wormwood it's clear that one day or other we will need these trained women and men.  They've taken up the hard duty and will live a life of toil pain and sweat that makes my more
Military Police on security detail
intellectual efforts pale.  but here I am getting carried away.  Instead listen to the Colonel's remarks;

“The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Polyestrine Peoples are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.
“The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under the Gods, on the courage and conduct of this army. This Regiment.  
     “Our own, our country’s honour call upon us for a vigorous and goodly exertion; and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.
“Let us, then rely on the goodness of our cause, and the aid of Providence, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.
“The eyes of all our countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the tyranny mediated against them.   Let your training sustain you, rely now on one another, go forth, and come back not unless with the laurels of Glory, or the Red Badge of your courage!"

Well, I can't vouch for those being the exact words as from my seat it was Impossible to hear him over the wind, the kids, dogs, trucks, and general chaos, but what I have here is clipped from the venerable Forge Reader I copped at my favorite place on the Rue Latte.   
     Well, the troops are nestled safely in their permanent quarters, the cardboard box with a lable, awaiting the call to defend their Nation, and now I can lay me down to rest of my labours.


Got some sleep last night so was bright eyed and bushy tailed.  polished off the dossier on my desk, then headed to experimental tank factory, actually the old Locomotive plant...several new models were being tooled for production; the new Hussar, Dragoon, and Cuirassier tanks are in pieces and the machine tools are  being molded, shaped, cast, ground and finished to cast, stamp, forge, and mill the many parts.  Industrial Designers are running on caffeine and excitement right now...they'll be found on deadline day snoozing under their drawing tables.  Then it was back to the office to continue updating the Dossiers.  being a Dark Poobah of Polyestrine People is always fun and never ever tedious.  Thank god I get to see parades.  In speaking of which...tomorrow I get to attend a graduation of sorts.
anyhow allow me to leave you this evening with a sheet of paper soldiers in Guapamolotl uniforms...  enjoy!

tank Parts undergoing moldmaking

antique Ornrian atlas, neat find!
Hey, was going down the Rue Latte early this AM, and passed a bookstall with this gem out front.  It has maps, and you know how I love maps...  Look at that Roach Harbor, they don't do them like that anymore.  And the color inserts of flags are pretty cool too, I'll have to give close ups.  Anyway, hope you enjoy them.

 All the flags of the Ornrian nations are deligtfully rendered in color.  I love color plates in books!

I never noticed the continent and islands taken together kind of form a dragon's head, to the right, seems to be biting the Ouroboros Rim.  a delightful whimsy...
     Anyway I like the street maps of cities like Roach Harbor, old cities change, but not much...

Just tried a Kola Rosa, Imported from Guapamolotl...yum.  However I did not spontaneously find a big white clad guy to hold my head over the fountaining bottle...I guess that costs extra. Chocolotl prices are rising because of the political problems in Guapamolotl.  Thank Goodness we have the Wormwood dependency; the plantations there made a fine domestic chocolotl, so we can spend our money at home.


Well, the CoC called, and they've stuck me with putting together a Headquarters for the Experimental Tank Lab, College, or Corps, if they decide on a name soon it will help.  So I burned midnight oil, and put this HQ together.  mostly a recolor of Spanish Civil war paper toys, but with the added piquancy of a set of Timmee Toys inspired "stickers".  Enjoy!

and if you just want to print the stickers you can do that.  You notice the tiny medals?  Those are for sticking on to toy soldiers who earn medals in Warplay.

A new map!

Admiral Saltbum stopped by today with an armful of charts to discuss a few new pieces of cartography.  We shared some tea and discussed the evolution of big dreadnoughts and submarine chasers...  I'll take the tank development problems anyday over the horrors of drowning while you burn and sharks if you survive, but that's just me.  Anyway, the point is, he shared Admiral Maywests' new Mappamunda, which I have obtained a copy to share with you.  It's a classic North is Up representation of the diskworld, with it's new more accurate rim sketched in.  Those mountains go right up to space and keep our air in.  I understand the Bhore-Nye Science Institute plans to mount an assault on the rim mountain range using zepplins, I bet that will be quite an adventure!  I've heard talk that it would be a good place to put an observatory, above the weather at the very tip of what we can breathe, the edge of space itself.  The mind dizzies!  well, here's the map.  Enjoy.

New arrival via post

So, the War Department released the new Training Circular, and I got my review copy via post today.  So I poured a cup of coffee and leafed through it.  A few revisions of the uniforms, but nothing we haven't seen already.  I'll say it appears to be a boringly useful reference book.  Here's a few pics so you can see what I mean.
splash page, features the new version of the White black.

the pink and brown service uniform in glorious black and white

nice out of date paste in page of flags.  I'll have to get on them about this

Ah our Maxim gunner is in color...the pink is a bit bright...

The White Rooster of Spunkdumpling

The Oriflamme of the Polyester Freestate figures a white rooster.  The origin of this symbol lies in the foggy history of Spunkdumpling.  It is said the Farmer Obgurd the Clearheaded was woken in the middle of the night by a glowing white Rooster who presented the astonished man with a crown, a feather pen, and led him to the location of a sword.  It taught him to write letters by scratching the soil, then it sprouted a second head, and led him to the king who was so impressed with either the Farmer's crown or the Roosters' accomplishments that he made him a Knight.  The fabulous two headed rooster is lost to history after this time, but luckily sired a line of  poultry of prodigious vitality that has remained tasty to this day the Spunkdumpling Baldcoc.   The heirs of Obgurd maintained the practice of Haruspicy, and in Spunkdumpling one can still find practitioners of the art.

     The Oriflamme Banner of the Second Polyester Freestate is; Per Bend Purpure et Rose. Sinister a White Rooster Displayed gripping Pen and Sword.  which just means it's Purple over pink with  the white rooster on the left.  The official flag is always in swallow tailed form, but it's sometimes seen in the rectangle, and, popular in the army, a more square version with the charge centered.

The Polyestrine Kings put enormous effort into creating the pan Poly Postal network, and the sabretache pouch became it's symbol, and by virtue of the role of the state clerks in the Glorious Transformation the badge and emblem of the Freestate as a whole.

Badge of the Freestate