Victorian Guard

Victorian Guard riflemen in scarlet parade-ground tunics.

The Victorian Guard

The Victorian Guard are the elite of the Victorian Domains, an independent and highly imperialistic stellar realm occupying the western extent of the Orion-Cygnus Spur. At the heart of the Domains lies the glittering jewel of the empire, a densely populated system called Nova Brunswick. The capital of Nova Brunswick is the seat of the Victorian Militarchs, a hereditary ruling line dominated by the Princesses-Stellar of the House of Victoria.

The military forces of the Victorian Domains are notoriously varied, many having their roots in the numerous other planetary cultures the Domain has conquered, absorbed or integrated into over the centuries. Each of the regiments has a long and proud history, it’s numerous battle honours displayed on colours bestowed by one of the Princesses-Stellar in person. The Guard are deployed in numerous roles, including light infantry, foot guards, cavalry of all types and as marines. The cavalry make use of a staggering range of mounts, some of them alien creatures known and feared by their foes. The armies of the domain include numerous other cultures and many sport elements of the Domain’s as well as the native culture’s traditional uniforms, weapons and martial ways.

Khaki battle-dress is commonly issued to the troops when on campaign.

There are numerous elite corps within the Domain’s armies, of which the Victorian Guard are the most recognised. When on campaign these elite troops often wear the iconic pith helmet, sometimes mounted with additional wargear such as multi-spectral goggles, comms gear and breathing apparatus. They sport a standardised valise rig, often coloured stark white. Uniform colours vary by regiment, with standard home service dress featuring a crimson jacket with black or deep blue trousers. When on campaign, the most frequently seen uniform is the khaki drill service order, but some especially eccentric commanders have been known to order camouflage variants to be utilised. When dictated by battle conditions the pith helmet is sometimes replaced by more utilitarian steel helm that provides far better ballistic protection, though it is far less popular with the troops.

Another corps of the Domain’s army is the Victorian Highlanders, a branch of around a hundred regiments drawn from the wild border worlds of the stellar empire. These bold and tough regiments wear similar uniforms to their core-world peers, but commonly replace standard issue trousers with traditional kilts, or in some cases trousers cut from a traditional tartan fabric. Headgear is standard issue, but several regiments have their own traditional dress that they wear when conditions allow.

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Many of the core-world regiments of the Victorian Domain regard highlander regiments with poorly disguised disdain, considering them as uncouth and ill disciplined and just as happy to fight amongst themselves as against the enemies of the Princesses-Stellar. In truth, the highlanders may be less sophisticated than the core-world regiments, but they are commonly held as fierce and tough. In the case of the moss-trooper regiments of the border clans however, there is some truth to many of the negative views.

The elite of the Victorian Domain’s regiments have a fierce rivalry with those of the Tannenburg armies. The Victorians regard the Tannenburgers as pompous and arrogant, while the Tannenburgers regard the Victorians as maddeningly anachronistic. This rivalry pervades much of the culture of both empires, but is most focused in the upper echelons of the military classes of both. The Victorians’ elite and highly aristocratic cavalry regiments compete for honour with the Tannenburger’s famous Palace Guard, the banners of both corps bearing uncounted battle honours. To complicate things further, the rarefied tiers of both empires frequently intermarry, meaning that many of the noble-born scions serving in both are actually related to one another, distant relatives facing one another one day across a richly appointed dining table and the next across a crater-strewn battlefield.

Wars of the Galactic Northwest Quadrant

Captain Caine - decorated officer of the Victorian Guard, and veteran of several bloody battles to drive out barbaric alien marauders.

The Victorian Domains have been expanding into space for many centuries, but there are some regions that, no matter the resources committed and the blood spilled, the Princesses-Stellar have simply been unable to lay claim to. Such regions are labelled Frontier Quadrants, and the most notorious of these is the Galactic North West Quadrant. The scattered systems of this immense volume of space are considered by many to be unconquerable and for at least a hundred years the Domain has sought to reinforce its borders by projecting its influence deep into the lawless territories of the quadrant. These systems are dominated by fierce warrior cultures and plagued by bandits, pirates and outcasts. The Domain launches numerous expeditions deep into the quadrant, most of which are to suppress especially powerful warlords before they can grow so powerful as to consider attacking its borders, or to act against an expansion in the influence of one of the other stellar empires fighting for dominance in the galaxy. Each year, dozens of expeditions depart for the lawless wastes beyond the domain’s borders, and of those that return, countless tales of sacrifice and honour are told.


Victorian Guard riflemen in scarlet parade-ground tunics.

The Victorian Guard

The Victorian Guard are the elite of the Victorian Domains, an independent and highly imperialistic stellar realm occupying the western extent of the Orion-Cygnus Spur. At the heart of the Domains lies the glittering jewel of the empire, a densely populated system called Nova Brunswick. The capital of Nova Brunswick is the seat of the Victorian Militarchs, a hereditary ruling line dominated by the Princesses-Stellar of the House of Victoria.

The military forces of the Victorian Domains are notoriously varied, many having their roots in the numerous other planetary cultures the Domain has conquered, absorbed or integrated into over the centuries. Each of the regiments has a long and proud history, it’s numerous battle honours displayed on colours bestowed by one of the Princesses-Stellar in person. The Guard are deployed in numerous roles, including light infantry, foot guards, cavalry of all types and as marines. The cavalry make use of a staggering range of mounts, some of them alien creatures known and feared by their foes. The armies of the domain include numerous other cultures and many sport elements of the Domain’s as well as the native culture’s traditional uniforms, weapons and martial ways.

Khaki battle-dress is commonly issued to the troops when on campaign.

There are numerous elite corps within the Domain’s armies, of which the Victorian Guard are the most recognised. When on campaign these elite troops often wear the iconic pith helmet, sometimes mounted with additional wargear such as multi-spectral goggles, comms gear and breathing apparatus. They sport a standardised valise rig, often coloured stark white. Uniform colours vary by regiment, with standard home service dress featuring a crimson jacket with black or deep blue trousers. When on campaign, the most frequently seen uniform is the khaki drill service order, but some especially eccentric commanders have been known to order camouflage variants to be utilised. When dictated by battle conditions the pith helmet is sometimes replaced by more utilitarian steel helm that provides far better ballistic protection, though it is far less popular with the troops.

Another corps of the Domain’s army is the Victorian Highlanders, a branch of around a hundred regiments drawn from the wild border worlds of the stellar empire. These bold and tough regiments wear similar uniforms to their core-world peers, but commonly replace standard issue trousers with traditional kilts, or in some cases trousers cut from a traditional tartan fabric. Headgear is standard issue, but several regiments have their own traditional dress that they wear when conditions allow.

ART BY MICHAL BERNAT

Many of the core-world regiments of the Victorian Domain regard highlander regiments with poorly disguised disdain, considering them as uncouth and ill disciplined and just as happy to fight amongst themselves as against the enemies of the Princesses-Stellar. In truth, the highlanders may be less sophisticated than the core-world regiments, but they are commonly held as fierce and tough. In the case of the moss-trooper regiments of the border clans however, there is some truth to many of the negative views.

The elite of the Victorian Domain’s regiments have a fierce rivalry with those of the Tannenburg armies. The Victorians regard the Tannenburgers as pompous and arrogant, while the Tannenburgers regard the Victorians as maddeningly anachronistic. This rivalry pervades much of the culture of both empires, but is most focused in the upper echelons of the military classes of both. The Victorians’ elite and highly aristocratic cavalry regiments compete for honour with the Tannenburger’s famous Palace Guard, the banners of both corps bearing uncounted battle honours. To complicate things further, the rarefied tiers of both empires frequently intermarry, meaning that many of the noble-born scions serving in both are actually related to one another, distant relatives facing one another one day across a richly appointed dining table and the next across a crater-strewn battlefield.

Wars of the Galactic Northwest Quadrant

Captain Caine - decorated officer of the Victorian Guard, and veteran of several bloody battles to drive out barbaric alien marauders.

The Victorian Domains have been expanding into space for many centuries, but there are some regions that, no matter the resources committed and the blood spilled, the Princesses-Stellar have simply been unable to lay claim to. Such regions are labelled Frontier Quadrants, and the most notorious of these is the Galactic North West Quadrant. The scattered systems of this immense volume of space are considered by many to be unconquerable and for at least a hundred years the Domain has sought to reinforce its borders by projecting its influence deep into the lawless territories of the quadrant. These systems are dominated by fierce warrior cultures and plagued by bandits, pirates and outcasts. The Domain launches numerous expeditions deep into the quadrant, most of which are to suppress especially powerful warlords before they can grow so powerful as to consider attacking its borders, or to act against an expansion in the influence of one of the other stellar empires fighting for dominance in the galaxy. Each year, dozens of expeditions depart for the lawless wastes beyond the domain’s borders, and of those that return, countless tales of sacrifice and honour are told.