Posts by Spartan Franco

A Clash of Wolves

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

A Clash of Wolves

A Clash of Wolves Captain Vladimir Nikonov – the Black Wolf: A Russian renegade, scourge of the seas, and the most notorious mercenary of the Sturginium Age. For more than a decade he has defied the will of the Tsar of all Russia itself, carving his own path and, in the process, managing to create a covert empire courted by sovereigns and governments across the world. But Nikonov is not, despite his mercenary status, without honour, and he has not forgotten his friends. Now, one such person requires help that only he can give. Goscia Stepanova, Oprichinina Major and secret dissident is...

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Frontline Despatches 4: Operation Thunderhead

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

Frontline Despatches 4: Operation Thunderhead

Operation Thunderhead – The Broken Fist A Dystopian Wars narrative by Spartan Franco The stalwart Commodore von Bayer had performed sterling service in holding his battered naval fleet together, but it was a sorry collection of warships that limped back into Conradsburg harbour through the Mozambique Straits. The Crushing Fist flotilla survivors would take many weeks to recuperate, leaving Admiral von Grundwald lacking much of his offensive power. The fiery Austrian commander seethed while the Britannians arrogantly continued building their West African stronghold. But while her naval...

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Big Game Hunting

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Big Game Hunting

Somewhere in northern Belgium… The iron grey skies poured rain onto the seven Prussian Grenadiers as they squelched their way along a muddy defile running parallel to a thick hedgerow. Private Grossmann, bringing up the rear, pulled up short as Sergeant Huber raised a hand to halt them. They had come to a gap torn in the hedge. The patrol hunkered down behind tread-scarred mounds of earth. There, across a small open field, next to a cluster of trees, stood a solitary farmhouse. “There it is, lads – Position 103”, said Huber. He peered through his field glasses for a few moments,...

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Payback!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Payback!

The outskirts of Brussels… All things considered, there were worse postings, thought Lieutenant Hideo Koizumi of the 29th Osaka Ashigaru Regiment, leaning against the doorway of his dugout. He and his troops, all hailing from the 2nd Army Group, Crucible Army 3rd Division Kanadzuchi, were part of the glorious Empire’s latest military exchange mission with their Prussian allies. Although they had seen considerable action against both Britannian and American forces, as well as their Belgian Royalist allies, Koizumi still counted them lucky – after all, back home they might well be...

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Shark Fishing

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013

Shark Fishing

“I’d hoped it would be to Puerto Rico,” Pierre La Frenais grumbled. The stocky, balding sailor leaned against the rail and pulled his heavy coat closer, trying to keep the perpetual drizzle and chill winds at bay. “If we had to risk the Atlantic. Warm air and warm water in case we sank. But no, we had to get the King Wilhelm City run. Greenland of all places!” “Ah, look on the bright side, Pierre,” replied his crewmate Richard Savigny. He grinned at his friend’s discomfort, his normally wavy corn-yellow hair plastered to his thin face by the pervasive damp. “We’d get Grand...

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