I need to listen to the soundtrack for The Man Who Would Be King, maybe that will help.
And look for some Kipling set to music.
For some reason this was so much easier when I was coming up with music for a French & Indian War (well, Elf and Orc War) Pathfinder campaign....
I think my musical tastes may be skewed....
To add to the matter, I am not using a different world than my usual Victorian fantasy - no magic, and with a few big stompy machines towering over the PBI. (I set an arbitrary price on the stompies - it costs as much to field one as it does 10,000 men.)
And it spends a third of its time in the shop (steam engines are like that - though I am going to go with a caloric engine instead - less efficient, but far safer).
So, a unit will be three, but under normal circumstances only two will be on the field at a time, and often there will be only one, accompanied by infantry.
I am waffling on the theater - part of me wants it to be a three sided cluster feth in India - Great Britain, Russia, and United Germany. (I am killing off both Von Bismark and Willhelm I - together they were to smart to get into this kind of mess.) The Russians will be playing a game of politics and intrigue - not fielding troops in the first several years, but manipulating Britain and Germany against each other.
Another part of me wants to pick on Belgium. (When Germany and Great Britain go to war it is France and Belgium that get trodden into muck.) A simpler outline, but I like the idea of India more, I think. (Plus, I already have a notebook from when I was doing a Great Game campaign.)
I have a working framework for the invention of the mechs - The designer of the first Land Leviathans was John Ericsson - Swedish naval engineer.... While contracted by the US Army to design a combat frame for an advanced infantry support vehicle, the Army defaulted on the design, leaving Ericsson with a design, a working prototype, and a dislike for working with the US. (John Ericsson was the real world designer of the USS Monitor - and he really did have problems with the US defaulting on designs... he had to be courted to work on the Monitor.)
Also waffling on whether to allow a Transmech PC - with some modifications for the period. (And a required Personal Lieutenant feat - the Expeditionary Force is not
allowing an expensive piece of equipment wonder around on its own.... The PL is technically in charge of the PC....)
When a Transmech is used as a vehicle there are going to be a lot of Strength based rolls - I am picturing the control harness as something akin to a Marionette - connected to wrists, elbows, knees, shoulders, and waist... with chain. Mechanical linkages, that need some hefty hauling to transmit to the Mech's limbs. Hot, sweaty... coal fed pressure engine, and in the heat of India....
Heatstroke and dehydration a very real threat.
Mechs, self aware or vehicular, are property of the Crown. Freedom, citizenship, or any warrant above Sergeant are not options.
Ah, well... lots of time to think on this one....
The Auld Grump, it's forty shillings on the drum, for those that volunteer to come....