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Utherwald Press / Cold War Skirmishes: The EM-2 Rifle
« on: July 19, 2017, 07:00:48 PM »
Short post this week given I'm a bit pressed for time.

We take a look at the British EM-2 Rifle, an experimental assault rifle designed in the late 1940s to replace the Lee-Enfield. It proved to be short lived due to the politics of the time and the SA80 is considered its spiritual successor due to their similar appearances.

Utherwald Press / Arctic Airmen
« on: July 12, 2017, 04:47:39 PM »
To many the image of a dashing fighter pilot is what they conjure up when they hear the words; 'military airman'. Less glamorous as the bomber and transport pilots who are just as important but receive less coverage in the press. Almost completely overlooked is those who fly the long range patrol aircraft, often for hours on end in some of the remote places of the world. In Alyeska this is the men of No.210 Squadron who are tasked with wide ranging patrols off Alyeska's coastline.

Utherwald Press / July 2017 Update
« on: July 05, 2017, 01:23:30 PM »
We're over halfway through the year now and pretty much on the verge of finally getting Frozen Skies released. So really this week its a case of a quick round up of how things currently stand. Also a quick PSA; There will be no posts on the 2nd and 9th of August since I'll be taking a much needed break.

Utherwald Press / Armed Rovers Redux
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:49:20 PM »
A couple of years back I posted a little about the Alyeskan Outriders, though I didn't post much in the way of details back then. Recent work on a remotely related project and related research means that I am able to present the Outriders in a more organised format. Consider this an update of the original post on the Outriders.

Utherwald Press / Re: Cold War Skirmishes: The Gurkhas
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:48:56 PM »
It might be something to do with Hindus being forbidden to cross 'black water' unless given special dispensation and when they returned a special purification ceremony (which is the pani patiya) is required.

Utherwald Press / Cold War Skirmishes: The Gurkhas
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:57:38 PM »
The British Army has contained many famous units throughout its long history, ranging from the 95th Rifles of the Napoleonic era through to the SAS. Counted amongst them is the Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers who have fought alongside the British forces since the first Gurkha unit was raised in 1815 following the Anglo-Nepalese War. This week we'll be covering the British Army's Gurkha units during the Cold War period, featuring an brief overview of their history, training and some role play material and suggestions.

Utherwald Press / June 2017 Update
« on: June 14, 2017, 02:51:29 PM »
Right, time for the monthly update.

With UK Games Expo done and dusted for another year the focus can now be directed once more at Frozen Skies and the other projects that are in the works. So this week entails progress report on the status of Frozen Skies and some ideas for related projects.

Utherwald Press / Re: Post UKGE Report 2017
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:18:09 PM »
Yes, sorry, I've not been feeling well the last 2 or 3 days, I'll try and get on with them soon, my bad.

Thats fair enough, was up the hospital with Vincent the Monday night after Games Expo and I haven't been feeling that great past couple of days.

Utherwald Press / Re: Post UKGE Report 2017
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:49:32 AM »
Thank you.

You should've gotten the last couple of pieces for Frozen Skies that I need proofread.

Utherwald Press / Post UKGE Report 2017
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:42:50 PM »
Its been a couple of days since we got back from this year's UK Games Expo.

It was good to be back after having to skip it last year and meeting people again, certainly to make sure Utherwald is there again next year. Already plans for next year are being made.

Utherwald Press / Re: Money, Money, Money
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:41:00 PM »
OK, slightly revised coinage.

 *Farthing:- 1 copper

  *Greatfarthing:- 5 copper
*Shilling:- 10 copper

*Half-crown:- 25 copper

*Crown:- 50 copper

*Sovereign:- 1 silver

*Half-throne:- 5 silver

*Throne:- 1 gold

Utherwald Press / Re: Money, Money, Money
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:03:10 PM »
Sure, I guess I'm just suggesting that nowadays the UK florin has passed out of usage long enough that the medieval gold florin may be better known and the name might confuse people who are expecting a medieval-style gold florin rather than the modern era two-shilling piece. But it's your call of course :)

I'll certainly think about it.

Utherwald Press / Re: Money, Money, Money
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:35:21 PM »
Re gold & mining - I presume that if mining companies are resisting banknotes in favour of their own coins, that indicates that the Commonwealth has abandoned the gold standard (or they'd be having to buy the gold in order to back up the banknotes anyway)?

I like the system, but I think you might have one too many names of coins. I'd suggest dropping the florin, which I always see as a gold coin and would confuse me if it were that low down in the pecking order (and it feels more culturally Italianate where the rest of the names are quite Anglosphere-sounding). If you need something of that denomination, suggestions: "Quarter-crown", "Twyshilling", "Greatshilling", "Greatfarthing" (or call the current "shilling" a greatfarthing and the current florin a shilling).

I used the later silver two shilling coin florin that was minted from 1849 to 1970, then later used alongside the decimal 10 pence piece until 1992 as both had the same weight and value (until the 10p coin was made smaller).

Commonwealth had banknotes in the Home Isles prior to the war, they abandoned the gold standard not long after the start of the conflict. Alyeska is the Commonwealth's main source of gold, fears that the gold shipments would be targetted by the enemy led to the change.

Utherwald Press / Money, Money, Money
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
As Frozen Skies nears completion, I'm gonna take a closer look at small details of the setting to flesh things out a little for those who have picked up the Setting Primer. This is mainly intended to tie people over until the main book is released, also to see how the proposed coinage system works.

Utherwald Press / Cold War Skirmishes: L1A1 SLR
« on: May 17, 2017, 03:34:47 PM »
Another Cold War Skirmishes instalment, this time a look at a battle rifle that was the standard issue rifle for much of the British Commonwealth during the Cold War period: The semi-automatic L1A1 SLR

The SLR as it was simply known ("inch pattern" FAL in the USA) was a British version of the Belgium FN FAL, and was used in numerous conflicts including the Falklands where it was used against Argentine FN FALs. Fans of Doctor Who may recognise the SLR as being the rifle used by UNIT soldiers during the 1970s.

Includes brief overview of the L1A1 SLR and modifications/variants.

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