Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 Fourth Quarter Update

At the end of the Fourth 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 and the fact that I moved to a new house!

2. Two units of Scottish cavalry that will both Covenanters and Royalists.  Please see above reason (and that's the story I'm sticking with!)
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 . . .

This was the quarter of the big move to our dream house which, needless to say, reduced my 4th quarter production quite dramatically. On the other hand . . . we saw the premier of the Templar Knights in the United States for In Her Majesty's Name in the famous adventure of "Teddy Roosevelt and the Wild, Wild Wicked Witch of the West (Part 1 and Part 2)!

(L to R) Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Ralph, Sergeant Josiah, Grandmaster Sir Hugues de Payens and The Bounty Hunter.  Note the bucket of water in the background.  As they advance, Teddy states, "No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause."

 "Kill all on the train. I will deal with these supposed heroes."

  "Well lookie thar. Flying mechanical monkeys"

The WWW and her minions advance.
 "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything", advises Wyatt Earp.  Teddy replies, "No. I'm not a good shot but I shoot often." 
Wolves!  Where did they come from?  Here comes the WWW's reinforcements from the north of the action.
 Special Agent Sawyer moves to a more advantageous position to engage the Winkies.

 Wow. What a game!  The monkeys used to be the red shirts of WWW's company but came into their own (-4 to hit while flying) and the Winkies are more durable than imagined.  The surprise attack of the wolves almost tipped the scales but the game started to slip away from the bad guys when Wyatt Earp gunned down the gargoyle. Neither team achieved their objective though and the final score was Templars 26, WWW 15. The question is, with the Witch King locked up, WWW loose and the Professor pulling the strings from the center of his web, where will evil strike next?  Will the ruby slippers and a certain consulting detective show up soon?  

All of this has given me an idea for a campaign that will be known as the War of the Witches . . . unspeakable horrors, a league of assassins, Scotland Yard's greatest, the Imperial Chinese, Oz invaded, Opar defended, tea drunk and bold talk from a one-eyed fat man. The Secret War of 1895 is going to heat up in 2019.


  1. Love the Scots pike block; nice blue bonnets!

    Great to see some IHMN in action.

  2. Great looking figures Neil, I shall look forward to the action for next year.