Iago Garcia, a wealthy, well-educated officer of the National Guardia Republique would not strike you as the most likely person to lead a revolution against the very system that he benefited from. Nonetheless it is Garcia that now marches at the head of a peasant army that seem set to march all the way to the capital of San Pedrona and place the dictator, Lopez’s head on a pike. What began as an ill disciplined rabble have become a military force to be reckoned through two long years of tough fighting.
Garcia’s crusade began in a small village. His commanding officer, a brutal colonel and fanatical supporter of Lopez’s oppressive regime, decided to wreak vengeance on the peasants after they had refused to pay him for his “protection”. He was about to set fire to the village crops when Garcia ran him through with his sabre. From there on the young officer’s course in life was set. Removing his boots he set fire to them and swore that as long as there were peasants too poor to afford boots in San Pedrona he would not wear them either.
A troop of hussars were despatched from the local garrison to deal with the upstart peasants but with the ferocity born of long years of oppression the peasants took up arms and defeated the troops. Soon they had taken over several villages and their message began to spread. Garcia became a symbol of freedom and liberation and achieved a folk hero status almost instantly. The peasant army achieved a major victory when they took the main town of San Pedrona’s Cachuaka district but their triumph was short lived. A full division of Guardia troops attacked with the help of sympathisers in the town and slaughtered much of the peasant army. Garcia and the battered remnants of his army fled into the mountains and set up a network of secret bases. From these they launch attacks at key military instillations and major cities, rebuilding their strength until they are ready to strike at Val Verde itself.
Iago Garcia, like most men of his class is an expert duellist and a fine shot. In addition to this he is also a superb orator and can inspire massed crowds to follow his crusade. He leads from the front sabre in hand and a battle cry on his lips. His uniform is battered and torn but it has become a symbol to people everywhere and it is sure to antagonise loyalist Guardia soldiers as they see him “defiling” their uniform.
Manuel is Garcia’s most loyal lieutenant and a giant of a man. He is a former slave of Lopez and was forced to fight in brutal gladiatorial combat for the entertainment of the dictator’s inner circle. He escaped and joined Garcia’s crusade. His hatred for the regime is as unmatched as his skill with an Edison arc truncheon taken from Commander Perez of the Enforcement company. He has been toughened by long years of slavery and is laced with scars that are barely hidden by his ragged clothing.
Pirot was a poacher but has now become a trusted soldier for Garcia. He favours creeping up on his enemies and releasing a deadly spray of fire from his blunderbuss. He is a wily tactician and lead small groups of skirmishers in vicious counter attacks when the main body of the force is pinned down. His enemies have learnt to fear him as he can pop up almost anywhere and release deadly accurate volleys into those unfortunate enough to get in his way.
The most elite troops in the peasant army are military deserters who have defected to Garcia’s cause. They bring an edge of professionalism and can also use some of the more exotic equipment captured from government convoys.
The greater majority of the army is composed of peasants. These commonly wield cudgels, farm implements or whips. They wear only simple clothing and are largely untrained. That being said the surviving peasants have been toughened by years of fighting and they are fanatically motivated. Some of the peasants use captured muskets in an attempt to bring longer ranged firepower to the army.
Garcia has ordered all horses from the local area to be pressed into service and his most trusted peasants have been taught the basic skills of cavalry combat. They wield captured pistols and sabres and are not afraid to charge right into the guns of the enemy.
Although the Church officially supports the regime many priests sympathise with Garcia’s cause and several have joined him, exhorting the peasants to greater acts of bravery and tending to the injured.
|Iago Garcia||3+||+4||+2||+1||Duellist, Inspirational,
|Sabre, pistol, breastplate||58|
|Manuel||3+||+4||+0||+0||Tough, Berserker, Ld+1||Edison Arc Truncheon, brigandine||39|
|Blunderbuss, pistol, brigandine, combat knife||31|
|Deserter*||5+||+2||+2||+0||Rifle, combat knife, brigandine||20|
|Peasant||5+||+1||+0||+1||Club, lined coat||7|
|Peasant Rifleman||5+||+0||+1||+0||Matchlock rifle, lined coat||10|
|Peasant Cavalry||5+||+1||+1||+0||Horse||Carbine, sword, lined coat||19|
|Rogue Priest||4+||+0||+0||+0||Medic||Pistol, combat knife, lined coat||16|
You may only have one deserter and/or peasant cavalryman for every four peasants or peasant riflemen
Garcia and/or one rogue priest in your army may ride a horse (+5pts)
Pirot may swap his blunderbuss for a military rifle (+3pts)
One priest in your army may take the inspirational talent (+10pts)
Any peasant cavalryman can swap his carbine for a pistol (-3pts)
I would advise any models from the various Zorro ranges released may make effective peasants. For the deserters particularly ragged civil war figures are best. A similar thing would go for Iago Garcia. A large model is obviously necessary for Manuel so perhaps the Disturbed from Tercio Creativo might be effective. At the end of the day the choice is up to you.
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