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From the Shadows is a military/spy themed sandbox RP that focuses on the special operations and intelligence communities. Drawing thematic inspiration from real world sources and realistic military fiction (Tom Clancy, Dalton Fury, et al) it is designed to provide an immersive and authentic feeling world and story. Our goal is to be entertaining and engaging while still honoring and respecting the real-life operators and agents who inspire the story.

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Urgent Mercy A coalition force of special operations comes into contact with the cartel and corrupt Argentine Special Forces while trying to rescue a downed friendly pilot.

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United States / [US] Uniform
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:16:58 PM »

United Kingdom / [UK] Abbreviations and slang
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:16:02 PM »

United Kingdom / [UK] Armoury
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:14:36 PM »

United Kingdom / [UK] Ranks
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:13:47 PM »
British Army


Field Marshal (FM)
General (Gen)
Lieutenant General (Lt Gen)
Major General (Maj Gen)
Brigadier (Brig.)
Colonel (Col.)
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt.Col.)
Major (Maj.)
Captain (Capt.)
Lieutenant (Lt.)
Second Lieutenant (2Lt.)

Other ranks (ORs)

Warrant Officer 1/Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1)
Warrant Officer 2/Company/Squadron Sergeant Major (WO2)
Staff/Colour Sergeant (SSgt./ CSgt)
Sergeant (Sgt.)
Corporal (Cpl.)
Lance Corporal (LCpl.)
Private (Pvt.)

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(Lieutenant is pronounced as 'Leftenant')

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Privates depending on the chosen regiment or corps are known as these: Trooper, Gunner, Sapper, Signalman, Guardsman, Fusilier, Kingsman, Rifleman, Ranger, Airtrooper, Driver, Craftsman

Royal Navy (RN)


Admiral of the fleet
Vice Admiral
Rear Admiral
Lieutenant Commander
Sub Lieutenant


Warrant Officer Class 1
Chief Petty Officer
Petty Officer
Leading Rate/hand
Able Seaman

Royal Marines (RM)


Major General
Lieutenant Colonel
First Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant

Other ranks

Warrant Officer 1
Warrant Officer 2
Colour Sergeant
Lance Corporal

Royal Air Force (RAF)


Air Chief Marshal
Air Marshal
Air Vice Marshal
Air Commodore
Group Captain
Wing Commander
Squadron Leader
Flight Lieutenant
Flying Officer
Pilot Officer

Other ranks

Warrant Officer
Master Aircrew
Master Signaller
Master Engineer
Master Air
Electronics Operator
Master Air
Flight Sergeant/ Chief Technician
Junior Technician
Senior Aircraftman/woman
Leading Aircraftman/woman

United Kingdom / [UK] Uniform
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:12:27 PM »

In the UK, we have three main branches:

  • British Army
  • Royal Navy (RN)
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)

I'm going to break these down for you, we'll be starting with the British Army - founded in 1660 and as of this year contains over 80,000 regulars and around 26,500 in the reserves.

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(The reason for the British army not starting with the prefix of 'Royal' is because only certain regiments and corps are titled as such. It is seen on the same level as an award in much of the same way it's a battle honor.)

British Army uniforms

No. 1 Service dress - Often known as 'Blues' is the universal ceremonial dress. In some regiments, the dress is worn by the regiment's duty officer. Not issued to all units (see No. 2 service dress.)

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No. 2 Service dress - Worn for formal duties by all units. This is issued free, though for officers will require to purchase caps, belts and shoes (cash grant given.)

No. 5 Desert combat dress - issued to those serving in Cyprus or Middle Eastern countries. This has been since replaced with the Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTPs) since 2011.

No. 8 Temperate Combat Dress - replaced No.5 and No. 9 dress and also known as  the Personal Clothing System – Combat Uniform (PCS-CU). Tactical recognition flashes (TRFs) are worn on the right arm of the combat uniform, denoting regiment or corps.

Often worn with a beret - colour dependent of regiment, list below:

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(Information from Wikipedia)

    Khaki—Mercian Regiment, Foot Guards, Honourable Artillery Company, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Royal Anglian Regiment, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Royal Welsh, Yorkshire Regiment, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, 4/73 (Sphinx) Special Observation Post Battery RA

    Light grey—Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

    Dark grey—Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

    Brown—King's Royal Hussars, Royal Wessex Yeomanry

    Black—Royal Tank Regiment, Westminster Dragoons Squadron, Royal Yeomanry, Royal Artillery, Royal Logistics Corps

    Dark (Rifle) green—The Royal Dragoon Guards, The Queen's Royal Hussars (with broad brow band), The Rifles, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Small Arms School Corps, Essex Yeomanry

    Maroon—Parachute Regiment, all ranks serving with 16 Air Assault Brigade (not restricted to Parachute qualified personnel) other than the non Parachute Regiment Infantry Battalion or Army Air Corps and attached Arms personnel

    Beige—Special Air Service including attached troops who are not SAS-qualified.

    Emerald grey—Special Reconnaissance Regiment

    Commando green— Royal Marine Commando qualified personnel serving in Commando units and the SBS.

    Cypress green—Intelligence Corps

    Cambridge blue—Army Air Corps including attached personnel and REME Aircraft trades

    Scarlet—Royal Military Police

    Green—Adjutant General's Corps (except Royal Military Police, who wear scarlet; Military Provost Staff, Education and Training Services Branch and Army Legal Service, who wear navy blue), Military Provost Guard Service

    Navy blue—all other Army units (except Scottish line infantry regiments and the Royal Irish Regiment)

Royal Navy uniform

Royal Air Force uniform

Character Template and Guidelines / Re: Signature requests
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:05:36 PM »
Absolutely no rush on them, Mim ^^ Whenever you're good!

Character Template and Guidelines / Re: Signature requests
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:07:47 PM »
May I have both small and large format ones for Alastair Lansbury please :)

Recruitment Drives (Want Ads) / Thaddeus's wanteds
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:34:28 PM »

Meet Tango Four Two...

Looking for the rest of Alastair's team!

Lead/Signals - Franklin "Frankie" Harris

Demolitions/ 'Tailend Charlie' - Johnathan "Mac" MacDonald

Medic/ Linguist - Daniel "Danny" Hobbes

These names are changeable, but preferred. Backstory for any of them are up to the player who takes them, I'm up for them to be friends beforehand - though most of them would have become tightly loyal to one another - more family than their own blood. The jobs are to stay as they are - as each SF member specialises in a primary skill and then a secondary.

(It would be also great to see anyone part of other SBS squadrons or patrols!)

If you have any questions, please contact me!

After Action Reports / Re: Operations Sign-up: Operation Whirlwind
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:50:06 PM »
Characters Participating: Alastair Lansbury + team

Mission Requests / Re: Damsel in Distress
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:32:28 PM »
Would the US (or NATO) be doing bombing runs there? Do we have say a reason to invade, even if we make it up? :) I'm up for any country really, so long as its possible to do the basic concept.

Yeah, true. Syria seems a more viable option.

Mission Requests / Re: Damsel in Distress
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:15:20 PM »
@Mim - Yeah, I guess, so...

How about Sierra Leone?

If we're going for the whole cartel/ group thing. It's a place of conflict...

But I'm down for whatever you folks want.

Greetings, Introductions, and Welcomes / Re: Hello, hiya and g'day
« on: April 27, 2017, 06:42:19 PM »
Great to meet you too, again  :yes

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