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oldjarhead09 Feb 2024 10:51 a.m. PST

Does anyone have suggestions on how to use the red lantens in a TSATF game ?

William Warner09 Feb 2024 11:57 a.m. PST

Pardon my ignorance. What are red lanterns?

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2024 12:17 p.m. PST

The Red Lanterns were a fighting group of women from the Boxer Rebellion – some thought to have mystic powers- They were younger women. There were also the blue and black lantern groups as well

They were trained in sword fighting and there are accounts of them supporting everything from healing to spying

I use them for a morale plus – not an actual fighting unit

William Warner09 Feb 2024 12:21 p.m. PST

Now I am enlightened! Thanks much.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2024 2:43 p.m. PST

Wargames Illustrated had an article on Boxer Rebellion for download – A Death in a Dark Continent supplement

They suggest one can treat the lanterns as elite figures

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"…Up to 3 warrior units may be upgraded to Elite (+2 points), as members of secret societies with extensive training in martial arts. There were some all-female units, known as Lanterns, whose soldiers were said to have magical powers such as flying and walking on water…."

Nine pound round09 Feb 2024 3:36 p.m. PST

Huh, not exactly what I thought I was going to get when I opened this thread.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2024 4:32 p.m. PST

We have one such unit in our Boxer Army and rank them as elite – given them a 1+ in close combat, which is good since they have zero firepower in ranged combat (truly bringing a knife to a gun fight)

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Feb 2024 11:29 a.m. PST

The historically correct banners for all four of the "Lantern" units are available in most gaming scales here: link

An in depth article on the Boxers, particularly their flags and the "Lanterns," may be found here: link



Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2024 10:31 p.m. PST

thanks to TVAG and DisasterWargamer for those very useful articles on the Boxer Episode.

SgtGuinness14 Feb 2024 6:07 a.m. PST

TVAG, I did t realize you had the Red Lantern banners as well. I already purchased some of your other awesome Boxer Flag Sheets, I will most definitely be getting these as well! Hmmm, now for figs in 28mm???

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