I started work on another SteamCraft game last night - this time built around a land war between the UK and Prussia. (Shortly after the Franco-Prussian war. I am afraid that in this universe both Willhelm I and Von Bismarck get assassinated, leaving less competent men in charge.)
The idea was mostly caused by a Dreamforge Leviathan one of my players picked up on sale. (Less expensive than a GW Knight- and looks fantastic!
It has 'stacks in the back, and would be very, very easy to do as a steampunk machine of war. If I break down and buy one then I am going to have to make it belching black smoke.
Sadly, the 25mm Leviathan is way too freakin' big. About 40' in scale.
A 15-20' steam mecha I could use - so I may need to get some of the 15mm Leviathans for use in 25mm. (Dreamforge has them in both 15mm and 25mm scales - and a lot of people are using the 15mm as smaller mechs.)
Mecha in my game are called 'gines - which is short for Bullgine. (Clear the track, let the Bullgine run.)
One or two of the PCs may be a Transmech - my limitation is that anybody that wants to play a 'mech needs to own their model.... I ain't gonna spring for a full party of 'gines.
British war Bullgine.
Prussian Mortis Kriegsmaschine.
The Kriegsmachine, in game, takes its design from 17th century Memento Mori. While scarier, it is actually less effective than the more heavily armored Bullgines, and is more prone to malfunction. It is also an earlier design - like the MkI British tank in WWI it wasn't good, but when it came out it was the only thing in its class.
Play will begin in the second or third year of a war that was expected to be over by Christmas.
Both the English and British 'mechs are manned mostly by sailors - who have experience with steam engines in small spaces.
A very few are autonomous - which will include any Transmech PCs. (No shape changing mechs, though.)
It is not recommended that 'gines be sent forth without infantry escort - each 'gine costs as much to field as 10,000 men.
I will be using some of the 3.5 D&D supplement Heroes of Battle for the big battles - the PCs aren't the generals, they are heroes
. So, I need to give them reasons to be heroic.
The Auld Grump