And so it was, America had won her independence from Britain. But the young nation had little time to celebrate, for from the edge of the Universe came a frightening menace. As George Washing-tron leads America's armies into their first space war, the super genius Benjamin Franklin had discovered a way to harness the limitless power of the Patriot Atoms. Using his immense skills, he crafted a robot in his own image: Ben Robo. Together, he and George Washington, along with a time-displaced Lincolnvoy, must fight to ensure the future of America and Freedom. Go! Mechamericanize! Ben Robo!
I did this last year, and now finally have a good enough quality picture to post it.
Its a pencil rendering of my grandpa, done with Bic Sharpwriter pencils. Its quite large around 40 inches tall by something wide, I dont have a tape measure on me at the moment so my guessing will have to do.
Oceania ----------- Territory: Americas, Ireland, Iceland, Oceanian islands, Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa. Government: Single-party totalitarian oligarchy Ideology: Ingsoc(English-Socialism), Corporatism, Oligarchism, Statism, Anti-Communism, Anti-Democracy, Anti-Religion Political position: far-right
Great Socialist Union (former USSR, known as Eurasia in Oceania) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Territory: Europe,half of Central Asia, Russia. Government: Single-party communist dictatorship Ideology: Marxism-Leninism, Communism, Anti-Capitalism, Anti-Fascism (Neo-Bolshevism in Oceania) Political position: far-left
Chinese Federation (known as Eastasia in Oceania) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Territory: China, south of Mongolia&Kazahstan, Japan, Korea,Nepal, Bhutan,Central Asia,Afganistan. Goverment: Federal multi-party semi-presidential republic Ideology: Democracy, Liberalism, Capitalism (Death-worship in Oceania) Political position: center-right
History: ----------- 1945: WW2 ends but some issues appear. Nazi soldiers caught by the Allies tell to the Anglo-American forces about forced labour camps in USSR and confessions of people in Ukraine about the events of the Holodomor. Believed to be nazi propaganda and rumours, some soviet soldiers that didn't want to go back in the USSR gave as reasons the same things the nazis say. USSR demands the return of its soldiers but US and UK refuse. Tensions start to grow.
1946: Soviet spies tell the leader of USSR about Operation Unthinkable, a plan of the Angro-American forces to invade USSR. In one night an assassination atept took place in the Allied Control Council.No one knows who did it but the soviet forces began attacking the western allies. Germany is invaded by the soviets and they march forward to conquer the war torned Europe. The same year China invades Japan.
1946 - 1948: Central Europe is conquered by the soviets with the help of the Eastern Block states that were threatened with the incorporation in the USSR if they don't cooperate. China takes over Japan and Korea. After conquering Machuria, China enters in war with the USSR.
1947: US,UK and several countries for the New World form the Oceania Union, a military anti-communist and anti-fascist organisations similar to NATO and EU.
1949: USSR developes the atomic bomb and threatens to use it. Anglo-American forces retreat and the end of the year the entire Europe is conquered except the UK and Ireland. China conquers the Central Asian states and half of Kazahstan and Mongolia.
1950: After the conquering of Europe, the world was now in a red scare, fearing of the soviets will might try to take over the world. Almost all the countries in the Americas joined the Oceania Union. The countries in Oceania and the new greater USSR remain in a cold war. The sino-soviet war ends and the two nations remain in cold war. USSR is renamed the Great Socialist Union and China along with its conquered states its called the Chinease Federation.
1951: A terrorist bombing took place in USA in the Oceania Union Center, sparking off military operations, economic measures and political pressure on groups accused of being terrorists, as well as on governments. Emmanuel Goldstein is declared resposable for the attacks and many other that took place in the Oceania Union member countries. He was declared a religious terrorist working for the outsiders from the Old World.
1951 - 1956: Millions of people are arrested, deported and executed in the Americas and British colonies. All parties and many new religious movements have been outlawed and their members arrested. The member countries of Oceania Union enter in cold war with the Chinease Federation.
1953: All countries in Americas along with the British colonies have united under one state, Oceania. There will be only one party. The leader of the GSU dies, this resulted in a nationwide mourning and a power struggle between pro-stalinists, anti-stalinists and the new european members.
1957: As the great terror ends in Oceania, news start to appear about the founder of Oceania and the Party. He is a war hero and child prodigy. The name is unknown for security reasons so this person is refered to as Big Brother.
1960 - 1965: Oceanias territories from Africa began to experience violent revolts and with the help of aid and weapons from communists, the african-oceanians began fighting for independence. Oceania invaded the former colonies but managed to conquer only the south of the African continent the border being at Brazzaville. Oceanian army and secret police tightened the security in the rest of the Oceanian territories and lowered considerably the rights and freedoms of people and any form of disobedience and complaint about the goverment rule was severely crushed.
1966: As millions where execute or send to prison camp there were left a lot of orphans in Oceania. These were sent to the state Children's homes were they had shelter and food and were granted with free education and given a better life. Poorer families were enouraged to send their children to these Children's Home for living conditions and educations.
The 13th Legion in full battle, this Roman legion is one of the many wich Caesar used to conquer Gaul. They used the same tactics over and over again. Get close to the enemy throw your speers ( pilum) and then draw short swords ( gladius) and fight. As you see they don't have the square shields or the iron helmets of the later legionairies. These men are equiped with bronze helmets and round shields. They were called Hastati. One of them is carreing the standard on wich an eagle sits. This represented the whole Legion and was a holy symbol for the troops. If they lost the eagle in battle they would be ashamed and dishonoured. So much for the history part
ENGLISH (based on G.Parker, The Thirty Years' War, V.Brnadic, Imperial Armies of the Thirty Years' War, S.Valzania, Wallenstein, K.Roberts, Pike and Shot Tactics 1590-1660, Ignacio and Ivan Lotario Lopez, The Spanish Tercios, 1536-1700):
In December, 1620, as Bethlen Gabor retreated to his lands to repress a cossack invasion, the siege of Vienna was lifted. The following month, the Transylvanian prince signed a truce with Ferdinand II, thus abandoning Frederick. The Emperor managed to gain support from Spain (which sent Spinola to invade the Palatinate), Saxony and, most important, Bavaria. Maximilian I offered his help and restored the Catholic Leauge, giving the emperor a strong army to count on, asking the title of elector and all land the League would have conquered for himself. While the Palatinate was invaded, the imperialists and the armies of the League regained all the terrain lost to the rebels, town to town. On the 8th of November, outside Prague, near a low hill called the White Mountain (Bílá Hora) 30.000 rebels and mercenaries, under Christian of Anhalt, made their last stand against 27.000.
The Imperialists were commanded by general Bucquoy (which victory at Slabat you may remember [link] ) while the League army was commanded by Johannes Tscaerles, count of Tilly (one of whom you are going to hear a lot about). With white scarves as a field-sign, shouting "Jesus-Maria", the composite, mainly mercenary catholic armies overwhelmed the protestant defenders, which soon lost heart and fled for life.
In the drawing, Imperialists advance in the typical tercio formation, created by the Spaniards and applied by the catholics armies almost everywhere. The pikemen square, deep and not particularly large, kept the center of the formation, being protected by four "sleeves" of musketeers at its angles. The captain, marching in the center with good body armor and a partisan, is followed by an NCO. The NCO is ordering the Bucklers (or Rondartschier, soldiers armed with sword, shield and armor) to deploy before the pikemen to cover their advance from enemy fire.
The battle started at mid-day and before sunset was over, after one or two hours in which little fighting occurred, with entire protestant squadrons retreating. The rebellion was crushed and the bohemian kingdom of Frederick, which lasted less than an year, was over, giving the unlucky prince the nickname of "Winter King". But the war had just begun...
ITALIANO (basato su G.Parker, La guerra dei Trent'anni, V.Brnadic, Imperial Armies of the Thirty Years' War, S.Valzania, Wallenstein, K.Roberts, Pike and Shots Tactics, 1590-1660, Ignacio e Ivan Lotario Lopez, The Spanish Tercios, 1536-1700):
Nel mese di dicembre del 1620, non appena Bethlen Gabor si ritirò nelle sue terre di reprimere un'invasione cosacca, l'assedio di Vienna venne abbandonato. Il mese successivo il principe di Transilvania, firmò una tregua con Ferdinando II, abbandonando così Federico. L'Imperatore riuscì a ottenere il sostegno dalla Spagna (che inviò Spinola a invadere il Palatinato) della Sassonia e, cosa più importante, della Baviera. Massimiliano I offrì il suo aiuto e restaurò la Lega Cattolica, offrendo così all'imperatore un forte esercito su cui contare, e chiese in cambio il titolo di elettore e tutti i territori che la Lega avrebbe conquistato. Mentre il Palatinato veniva invaso, gli imperiali e gli eserciti della Lega riconquistarono tutto il terreno caduto nelle mani dei ribelli, una città dopo l'altra. L'8 novembre, poco fuori le mura di Praga, vicino a un basso rilievo chiamato Montagna Bianca (Bílá Hora) 30,000 ribelli e mercenari, sotto Cristiano di Anhalt, erano pronti all'ultima, disperata resistenza contro i 27,000 di Ferdinando.
Gli imperiali erano comandati dal generale Bucquoy (che forse ricorderete per la vittoria contro Mansfeld a Slabat [link]) mentre l'esercito Lega era comandato da Johannes Tscaerles, conte di Tilly (una figura di cui parleremo ancora, e molto). Con sciarpe e pezze bianche come segno di riconoscimento, gridando "Gesù-Maria", l'esercito cattolico mise in fuga i difensori protestanti.
Nel disegno, truppe imperiali avanzano nella tipica formazione del Tercio, creata dagli spagnoli e applicata dagli eserciti dell'intera cattolicità. Al centro, il quadrato dei picchieri, protetto agli angoli da quadrati di moschettieri. Il capitano, al centro, protetto da una buona armatura e armato di partigiana, è seguito da un sottufficiale. Il sottufficiale sta ordinando ai rondellieri (o Rondartschier, soldati armati di spada, scudo rotondo, o rondella, e armatura) di schierarsi davanti ai picchieri, per coprirli dal fuoco nemico.
La battaglia iniziò a mezzogiorno e prima del tramonto era già finita, dopo una o due ore di flebile resistenza. La ribellione era stata schiacciata, l'esercito disperso e il regno boemo di Federico, che durò meno di un anno, era finito, dando così allo sfortunato sovrano l'appellativo di Re d'Inverno. Ma la guerra era appena iniziata ...