Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Friday, March 17, 2017

IHMN: Going for the Gold in Opar!

So what do you get when you have the Gordon Highlanders, the Imperial Chinese Army, giant boa constrictors, booby traps and everyone looking for gold in the lost City of Opar?  Well . . . Tarzan and the Waziris showing up as the authorities of course!  That and a fun game of In Her Majesty's Name.

 The Lost City of Opar

 The surrounding countryside.

 An Ancient Atlantean Crypt . . . could there be treasure inside the tomb?

The entrance to the city

My good friends Michael (the author of Dog Fight: Starship Edition) and Damon (The greatest fisherman alive) joined me for a rousing game of adventure and derring-do.  The scenario we played was the standard scenario from the main rules:  A simple treasure hunt.  There were six markers for treasure; three that were chests of gold and three that were booby traps.  Find the booby trap and roll for Pluck.  In addition I added the two scenario complications:  Achtung Minen! and The Authorities. I turns out that if you step within the city limits on the cobblestone or move on the cobblestone in the city, you run the risk of setting of a booby trap.  Roll for pluck!  The Authorities were represented by Lord Greystoke's company which arrive on the six turn after any firing is done.  Oh, and just for fun, there is a giant boa constrictor that will always move toward the nearest figure to attack.  Treasure is worth 20 points victory points, taking an enemy leader out of the game is 5 victory points and 2 victory points for each enemy figure taken out of the game.
Michael and Damon

And now the cast:
 General Raglan's Imperial Chinese Army that just happened to be in deepest, darkest Africa.

 Captain Anderson, Sergeant McDuff and Piper Kidd lead the Gordon Highlanders in search of gold.

The Authorities: Lord Greystoke, Jane and the Waziris.

To make a long story short, the Gordons won the day with 35 victory points to the Chinese 30 victory points.  
 Engineer Yang Wei, inventor of the portable Chinese arc generator and rifle.  He is also Tough.

 Yu Niu is the greatest swords woman of China with the duelist and lightning draw talents.  She can also levitate and has Dragon wings.

 The Gordans advance under the direction of Captain Anderson and Sergeant MacDuff.


 Ambush!

 Volley Fire at long range.
 Seeking cover.
 Pow!!!  First blood goes to the Gordans.

Dìreach mar a tha m 'athair a' teagasg dhomh mar a losgadh anns a 'Ghàidhealtachd.
 The yeti finds some treasure.

 Sword versus bayonet.

 MacDuff's bayonet will take out Yu Niu.
 Sergeant MacDuff finds more treasure.
 Chinese soldiers run from . . .
  . . . the snake.

 This chest is heavy.
 The Authorities arrive!

 The Waziri are trying to prevent the gold from being stolen.


 Arrgh!  Shot off the bridge in great Hollywood style.

 One chest of gold is saved.
 The Chinese soldier takes on both Waziri and finishes them both with the bayonet.
 The arc rifle zaps a highlander.
 General Raglan is shot by Captain Anderson's arc pistol.
 The General is not amused that he had to pose for this picture.
 The Lord of the Jungle easily dispatches the soldier.
 I've got the treasure off the board!
 Me too!
 Jane nails the snake with a pistol shot.

The powerful figures in the game for the most part did not do well as they fell to rifle shots, bayonets and arc weapons.  Sergeant MacDuff was the hero of the game: he defeated Yu Niu in hand to hand combat, killed the yeti with his bayonet (with some guts behind it), found some treasure and then shot the Chinese soldier who try to take some treasure.  A fun and exciting game that came down to the wire . . . of course eating chocolate chip cookies during the game did not hurt either!

  The next adventure!

10 comments:

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    1. It was a fun game especially having Tarzan and friends show up as the authorities.

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  2. What a wonderful, imaginative scenario.

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    1. Have the fun was coming up with scenario and
      Surprises!

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  3. It was a good game. Too bad my riflemen had not cleaned their guns. I had so many jams and misfires it wasn't funny. I think I hold the record.

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    1. Yes you did my friend, yes you did.

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  4. Love this rule set and it's versility. Great looking battle report. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome and there will be more to come in North Piddle, England, the Batal Colony, Chaimbelbaristan and places unknown.

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  5. I would like to try a similar scenario with the Pulp Alley rules, not being familiar with this set.

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    1. The rules are very versatile and should be adaptable to the Pulp era.

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