Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017: The Miniature Year in Review, Part 2

1. Correspondents. Well . . . someone has to write the blog.  Continuing on with companies and individuals for In Her Majesty's Name.

 Melton Prior
 Bennet Burleigh watching the 14th Sikhs march out from a mission station in Chaimbelastan.

 Frederic Villiers on horseback in the Batal Colony prior to the fight in Chaimbelastan.

2. The Sons of Astrograd: Since the discovery of the uncharted island name Astragard by the French dirigible Hyperion, the lost Viking civilization that has been cut off from the rest of the world for centuries is now making an impact at the end of the 19th Century in the world of In Her Majesty's Name.

 
 

 

3. The Hidden Kingdom of NatagalaIn 1890 the famous Professor George Nightengale accidentally discovered the Hidden Kingdom of Natagala.  Our hero journeyed up to the big curve in the Merowe river that flowed out of Batal Colony and then west into the Great Desert, where he eventually found a rich, primitive culture in a hidden valley on the other side of the Great Desert; the Kingdom of Natagala. Professor Nightengale theorizes that the Natagala are related ethnically to the Matabele and Zulus.
 The Noble Warriors of Natagala

4. Captain John H. Watson, Army Medical Corps. Before he met Sherlock Holmes John H. Watson received his medical degree from The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of London in 1878, and subsequently being trained at Netley as an assistant surgeon in the British Army. He joined British forces in India with the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers as a captain before being attached to the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot. Captain Watson saw service in the Second Anglo-Afghan War and was wounded at the Battle of Maiwand (July 1880) by a jezail bullet. Watson was almost killed in the long and arduous retreat from the battle, but was saved by his orderly, Murray.

 Captain John H. Watson, Army Medical Corps
5. Eating People is Wrong. One of the most dangerous encounters in and around the Lost City of Opar are the cannibals of Niam-Niam. The term Niam-Niam appears to be of Dinka origin, meaning in that language “great eaters,” with reference, as is supposed, to their cannibalistic propensities.  “These beings,” remarks the German explorer Herr Doktor Professor von Sanders, on his first introduction to them, “stood out like creatures of another world . . . a people of a marked and most distinct nationality, and that in Africa and amongst Africans is saying much.”


 "Eating people is wrong!" exclaimed Theodore Roosevelt as he takes aim at the dangerous cannibals of Niam-Niam.

A cannibal war party.

6. German Imperial Marines and Schutztruppe. Schutztruppe (literally "protection force") was the official name of the colonial troops in the African territories of the German colonial empire from the late 19th century.  Similar to other colonial armies, the Schutztruppe consisted of volunteer European commissioned and non-commissioned officers, medical and veterinary officers. Most enlisted ranks were generally recruited locally.

 German Imperial Marines protecting an ancient temple and artifacts from the troglodytes of the Witch King of Sokar.

 Herr Doktor Professor Kernel von Sanders with a contingent of Schutztruppe.

 7. The French Foreign Legion.  Some additional forces for In Her Majesty's Name include the famous French Foreign Legion.  Statistics for the Legion can be found in the basic rules and the other forces I have added can easily be built using the rules and annexes.

 Professor Moebius and Col Kreiss
French Foreign Legion Company 

7. Lady Poppington's Expedition.  Sure, why not?  The famous Lady Poppington's Expedition brought to light some of the famous adventuresses of 1895!



8. Various other characters and companies:



The Nightengale Expedition


 Captain John Good


Quatermain and Umslopogaas.

 Inspector Stanley Hopkins
 
Explorers


 More Explorers!

In Part 3 we explore my adventure in 28mm in World War II and what happened in 1/72. 

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