Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Sunday, September 30, 2018

2018 Third Quarter Update



At the end of the Third Quarter here is the 2018 plan update:

1. Two units of Scottish infantry for the English Civil War.  They will portray both Covenanters and Royalists for Montrose's army.  All my English Civil War forces are based for Victory Without Quarter which I think are the best ECW rules out there and they are absolutely free. Finished the Pike Block!!! I really blame my lack of progress on The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare's book In Her Majesty's Name.


2. Two units of Scottish cavalry that will both Covenanters and Royalists.  Yeah. Not sure it is going to happen this year with the painting for the eBay business.
3. One Scottish artillery gun.  Sometime this year?  Please see above.
4. French Foreign Legion company for In Her Majesty's NameDone!  Huzzah!


5. Sky Pirates company for In Her Majesty's NameAnother triumph and complete.  Now all they need is a ship . . .


Painting Distractions:

Okay, this is really my fault but I love the game In Her Majesty's Name.  Here are the companies I did during the Second Quarter:

Dorothy Gale and her Untouchables. I actually did them in the Second Quarter but forgot to add it to the update.

 The Bounty Hunter

The Templars - Wild West Style

The Wicked Witch of the West . . .

 . . . and her reinforcements of a wolf pack.

Miskatonic University (a gift for Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian))

Senegalese Tirailleurs for the French Foreign Legion Company 


Professor Moriarty

Gaming Distractions (yeah, right)I was fortunate to play a Campaign series of In Her Majesty's Name against Honorable #5 (BWAH HAH HAH) as the Witch King of Sokar against various good guys.  The campaign officially ended as a tie but I must give the moral victory to the Witch King (which is safely locked up on the island of Astragard).


The Witch King of Sokar

I was also fortunate to play an English Civil War game using Victory with no Quarter against Honorable Son #2 (The Captain) who politely handed my butt to me in this thrilling battle.

The Battle of Upper Downington

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles Painting: I did not do as much painting for eBay this quarter (see painting distraction above!) but I did knock out some:


 French Colonial Marines

Saxon Warband for SAGA

 British Highlanders

Lady Poppington's Expedition 

Matabele Kingdom  

 German Sniper Team and Grenade Launcher

So the real question is:  Will I finish anything else in items #1, 2 and 3 before the end of the year?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

IHMN: The Wolves of Oz

The Wicked Witch of the West sees the travelers approaching with her one telescopic eye. She sends a pack of wolves to tear them to pieces . . .


Reinforcements for the Wicked Witch of the Wests' Adventuring company for In Her Majesty's Name come from Games Workshop's Space Wolves Fenrisian Wolf Pack.  Though Games Workshop has priced themselves out of my range, I was able to get a good deal on a box of these hard plastic figures on eBay.


If you are going to be a wicked witch, you might as well have some wolves that live up to your reputation. These furry critters are big, much larger than your "average" heroic scale 28 mm figure. Yep, it's good to be bad.


The boxed set comes with 5 wolves, are easy to put together and surprisingly (at least for me) easy to paint as I don't have a lot of experience painting animals. As can been seen, each wolf figure is different.


The stats I'm using for them will be the Siberian Wolves from the first supplement Heroes, Villains and Fiends.




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

IHMN: Professor Moriarity

"But in calling Moriarty a criminal you are uttering libel in the eyes of the law—and there lie the glory and the wonder of it! The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every devilry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations—that's the man! But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and emerge with your year's pension as a solatium for his wounded character. Is he not the celebrated author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it? Is this a man to traduce? Foulmouthed doctor and slandered professor—such would be your respective roles! That's genius, Watson." — Holmes, The Valley of Fear.

Professor Moriarty is highly ruthless, shown by his steadfast vow to Sherlock Holmes that "if you are clever enough to bring destruction upon me, rest assured that I shall do as much to you".  Moriarty is categorized by Holmes as an extremely powerful criminal mastermind who is purely adept at committing any atrocity to perfection without losing any sleep over it. It is stated in The Final Problem that Moriarty does not directly participate in the activities he plans, but only orchestrates the events. As Holmes stated above, what makes Moriarty so dangerous is his extremely cunning intellect.

Name: Professor James Moriarty
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: 0
Shooting Value: 0
Speed: +0
Talents: Leadership +3, Erudite Wit, Intuitive, Immortal, Meticulous Planning
Basic Equipment: Pistol, Impervious Waistcoat
Armor: 12
Points: 67

 Colonel Sebastian Moran

Colonel Sebastian Moran was educated at Eton College and the University of Oxford before embarking upon a military career. Formerly of the 1st Bangalore Pioneers (Madras), he served in the Jowaki Expedition of 1877-1878 and in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, seeing action at the Battle of Char Asiab, 6 October 1879 (for which he was mentioned in dispatches); the Battle of Sherpur, 23 December 1879; and at Kabul.

A devoted sportsman and highly skilled shot, he was author of the books Heavy Game of the Western Himalayas in 1881 and Three Months in the Jungle in 1884, and reportedly once "crawled down a drain after a wounded man-eating tiger". Although there was no open scandal after his turning to crime, he was obliged to retire from the army and return to London. Outwardly respectable, with an address in Conduit Street, Mayfair, and membership of the Anglo-Indian Club, the Tankerville Club and The Bagatelle Card Club, he was nevertheless recruited by Professor Moriarty, and serves as his chief of staff. Ultimately he is used solely for assassinations that required his peculiar skill with the rifle; Holmes mentions the killing of a Mrs. Stuart in 1887 which he suspects (but cannot prove) Moran was involved in.

Name: Colonel Sebastian Moran
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +5
Speed: +0
Talents: Hunter, Marksman
Basic Equipment: Hunting Rifle, Fighting knife, Lined Coat
Armor: 8
Points:49

Baron Maupertuis
From the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as written by Dr. James Watson: "It was some time before the health of my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes recovered from the strain caused by his immense exertions in the spring of '87.  The whole question of the Netherland-Sumatra Company and of the colossal schemes of Baron Maupertuis are too recent in the minds of the public . . ."

Name: Baron Maupertuis
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value: +2
Speed: +0
Talents: Leadership +1Arcproof, Impervious, Strongman (in order to carry the Arc Generator/Steam Dynamo)
Basic Equipment: Arc Staff (rifle), Steam Fist, Arc Generator/Steam Dynamo, Monocular Targeting Array, Chain Shirt,
Armor: 10
Points:80



The Grave Digger 

There are some men (and women) that do the dirty work of the criminal underworld - and The Grave Digger is one of them. He carries no weapon except his shovel; yet, he wears the sash of an officer in Her Majesty's service. Formidable in a fight and discreet when you need a body to disappear  . . . or reappear.

Name: The Grave Digger
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value:0
Speed: 0
Talents: Fearless, Impervious
Basic Equipment: Shovel (Counts as Halberd), Jack
Armor: 8
Points: 30


 Douglas Appleby
Douglas Appleby is a hard man. His one soft spot was hisdaughter, and when she falls victim to Jack the Ripper, Kelly wanted revenge. Scotland Yard was ineffective so Appleby turned to the Professor . . . and the Ripper was never heard from again. As a member of the underworld, Douglas Appleby is extremely loyal to the man who helped him.

Name: Douglas Appleby
Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +0
Talents: Lightning Draw (pistol), Duelist, Fanatic
Basic Equipment: Pistol, Fighting Knife, Brigandine
Armor: 9
Points: 33

Captain Harold Cold

Harold Cold was raised by an abusive father and took refuge with his grandfather, who worked in an ice truck. When his grandfather died, Cold grew tired of his father's abuse and set out to start a criminal career. Cold joined up with a group of small-time thieves and in planning out a robbery, each was issued a gun of advanced design and a visor to protect their eyes against the flashes of gunfire. 
As he was finishing his part of the robbery, a security guard surprised Cold. Intending to use his gun only to scare the guard, he inadvertently pulled the trigger and discovered that his weapon had been altered in a way he had never imagined. The moisture in the air around the guard froze. Intrigued by this twist of fate, Snart donned a long jacket and the aforementioned visor and declared himself to be Captain Cold - the man who mastered absolute zero.

Name: Captain Harold Cold
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +0
Talents: Numb, Intuitive, Fearless, Cold Proof
Basic Equipment: Freeze Gun (+1 SV and -2 Pluck), Edison Arc trunchion
Armor: 10
Points: 58



Private Notes of Sherlock Holmes: Contact Miskatonic University about mysterious manlike creature seen in the swamps near the upper Thames.

Name: Unknown
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +1
Speed: +2
Talents: Numb, Fearless, 20 points of Mystical Powers
Basic Equipment: Shotgun, Tentacles (counts as Quarterstaff)
Armor: 8
Points: 34 (not counting 20 points of Mystical Powers)

 Bad Jack

Bad Jack is a horrible mutated laboratory experiment merging two literary characters (The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit) that stalks our world and kills anyone it comes across.  Was this Jack the Ripper?  No one knows for sure but it takes its orders from the professor and the candy corn it loves to eat doesn't hurt either.

Name: Bad Jack.  The rules for Bad Jack can be found In Her Majesty's Name at 9.1.10.  Point cost: 61.

Allan "The Brawler" Smith 

Allan "The Brawler" Smith is a giant of a man who fights in illegal prize fighting rings. He is an able and savage prize fighter who always fights to the death.

Name:  Allan "The Brawler" Smith
Pluck: 3+
Fighting Value: +4
Shooting Value: 0
Speed: +0
Talents: Martial Artist, Tough
Basic Equipment: None
Armor: 7
Points: 28

Sunday, September 23, 2018

IHMN: Reinforcements for the French Foreign Legion, The Senegalese Tiralleurs

  Lieutenant-Colonel Jacques Duchesne leads a section of the Senegalese Tiralleurs.

 The Senegalese Tirailleurs (French: Tirailleurs Sénégalais) were a corps of colonial infantry in the French Army. They were initially recruited from Senegal, French West Africa and subsequently throughout Western, Central and Eastern Africa: the main sub-Saharan regions of the French colonial empire. The noun tirailleur, which translates variously as "skirmisher", "rifleman", or "sharpshooter", was a designation given by the French Army to indigenous infantry recruited in the various coloniesand overseas possessions of the French Empire during the 19th and 20th centuries.

 Yora Comba, 38 years old, lieutenant in the tirailleurs sénégalais, born in Saint-Louis, Senegal. (Exposition universelle de 1889)  Photographer unknown Unknown - Bibliothèque nationale de France



The Senegalese Tirailleurs were formed in 1857 by Louis Faidherbe, governor general of French West Africa, because he lacked sufficient French troops to control the territory and meet other requirements of the first phase of colonisation. The formal decree for the formation of this force was signed on 21 July 1857 in Plombières-les-Bains by Napoleon III. Recruitment was later extended to other French colonies in Africa. During its early years the corps included some former slaves bought from West African slave-owners as well as prisoners of war. Subsequent recruitment was either by voluntary enlistment or on occasion by an arbitrary form of conscription. In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War the Senegalese tirailleurs continued to provide the bulk of French garrisons in West and Central Africa.


Name: Senegalese Tiralleurs
Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +1
Speed: +1
Talents: Bayonet Drill, Skirmisher
Basic Equipment: Jack, Military Rifle, Bayonet
Armor: 8
Cost: 26 points

Senegalese Tiralleurs with Amelie Moebius.

Friday, September 21, 2018

IHMN: Lady Prudence Fiona Throckwaddle and the Anti-Slavery League


None strike fear in the heart of the Zanzabari and Arabs slavers (other than Lord Greystoke) than Lady Prudence Fiona Throckwaddle, of the North Piddle Throckwaddle's. A formidable woman (just ask her deceased husband, Lord Throckwaddle) she has lead numerous anti-slavery raids and most famously, she guided the raid at Iringa, which liberated more than 700 slaves. Though not popular with the German Authorities in the area (the infamous tea party incident with Herr Doktor Professor Oberst (Ret.) Sanders) they grudging allow her much latitude in her operations as she is a signatory of the "Alliance" in the Secret War.  Baroness Grete Wölfflin has been assigned by Herr Doktor Professor Oberst (Ret.) Sanders as the Imperial German Liaison to the Anti-Slavery Leauge.

 Eunice Montjoy pulls her pistol to the left of Lady Throckwaddle while Lady Imogen Millais-Scott walks up with her sword cane.

 Lady Prudence Fiona Throckwaddle - Scourge of the Zanzibari and Arab Slavers.

Many a man has regretted getting in the way of Lady Prudence Fiona Throckwaddle of the North Piddle Throckwaddles.  Not only is she from North Piddle and exhibits the eccentricities of that area, but is supposedly the amour of one Captain Nemo. Famous for the tea parties she throws, there is still some controversy about the fried chicken that was served when Herr Doktor Professor Oberst (Ret.) Sanders attended.

 Herr Doktor Professor Oberst (Ret.) Sanders

Though a formidable - but caring woman, she shows no mercy to slavers.

Name: Lady Prudence Fiona Throckwaddle of the North Piddle Throckwaddles
Pluck: 2+
Leadership: +3
Speed: 0
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +2
Talents: Inspirational, Fanatic Fearless, Lightning Draw (pistol)
Basic Equipment: Pistol, Endless Cup of Tea (+1 bonus in fighting -1 Pluck), Magneto Static Waist Coat
Armor: 9
Cost: 
Special Rule: Tea Time.  Lady Prudence may call for a Tea Party once during a game which automatically gives her the initiative and allows her to move up to five members of her company prior to her opponents move.

Note: Rules for Native bearers are in 8.4.2 of In Her Majesty's Name.

 The Fearsome Female Four (L to R): Tuppence Middleton, Eunice Montjoy, Baroness Grete Wölfflin and Lady Imogen Campbell-Scott.

Tuppence Middleton

Tuppence was a member of the Suffragettes until she decided to assist Lady Prudence with her medical skills and her unnatural hatred toward the slavers. Rumor has it that the slavers have her beau locked up in some secret palace . . .

Name: Tuppence Middleton
Pluck: 5+
Leadership: 0
Speed: 0
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +1
Talents: Medic, Fanatic
Basic Equipment: Jack, Shotgun
Armor: 8
Cost: 91 points

 Eunice Montjoy

Not much is known about Eunice Montjoy except that she has an American Accent and a love for large caliber handguns.  Her unnatural beauty leaves a trail of disappointed men in her wake and she searches for the one . . .

Name: Eunice Montjoy
Pluck: 3+
Leadership: +2
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +4
Talents: Lightning Draw (pistol), Unearthly beauty, Impervious
Basic Equipment: Pistol, Fighting Knife
Armor: 10
Cost: 57

Baroness Grete Wölfflin

Baroness Grete Wölfflin is an independently wealthy German noble who is second cousin to the grand nephew of the Kaiser.  She is one of the greatest intelligence agents in the Imperial Service and also has a very unusual, how should I put it, unique talent. She's a werewolf.

Name: Baroness Grete Wölfflin: Human
Pluck: 4+
Leadership: 0
Speed: 0
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +1
Talents: Shapeshifter, Invulnerable
Basic Equipment: Pistol, fighting knife
Armor: 9
Cost: 37


Name: Baroness Grete Wölfflin: Werewolf
Pluck: 4+
Leadership: 0
Speed: Move 12" + 6"
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: 0
Talents: Shapeshifter, Invulnerable, Terrifying
Basic Equipment: Tough Hide, bite (+1 attack bonus and -1 pluck)
Armor: 9
Cost: 37 points


Lady Imogen Campbell-Scott 

Lady Imogen is a scion of the Campbell Clan and married to the notorious womanizer, Lord McDonald French Friez Scott. One evening Lady Imogen found him with a companion who should have not been his companion, and one thrown whiskey bottle later, French Friez Scott was unconscious. Since Scottish law forbid duels of honor between spouses, Lady Imogen left the hapless McDonald for bigger things (or was it burger king?) Lady Imogen met Lady Prudence on a steamer to Africa and have been friends since.

Name: Lady Imogen Millais-Campbell
Pluck: 4+
Leadership: 0
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +1
Talents: Fearless, Lightning Draw (Sword), Duellist
Basic Equipment: Sword Cane, Pistol
Armor: 10
Cost: 45

 The Royal Navy. Huzzah!

Rules for Royal Navy Landing parties can be found in the companion for IHMN: Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun.  Able Seaman: 15 points.

The SFR (Somali Free Rifles).  

Name: The Somali Free Rifles
Pluck: 5+
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: 0
Basic Equipment: Muzzle loading musket, shotgun or military rifle, fighting knife
Armor: 7
Cost: 14 points (Basic cost with muzzle loading musket; add for other weapons)

Somali Infantry. 

Name: Somali Infantry
Pluck: 5+
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: 0
Basic Equipment: Shield, spear and club
Armor: 8
Cost: 14 points

 The Lady Throckwaddle Archers.

Name: The Lady Throckwaddle Archers
Pluck: 5+
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +0
Shooting Value: +2
Talents: Stealthy, Skirmisher
Basic Equipment: Bow, poisoned arrows,
Armor: 7
Cost: 18 points