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

 More Explorers!

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

Thursday, December 28, 2017

200 Hundred Followers?

Huzzah!  The staff thanks you!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017: The Miniature Year in Review, Part 1

This is the second year that I developed a yearly plan for my hobby of painting and gaming accurate representations of historical and fantasy figures in miniature (what my wife refers to "Toy Soldiers or simply your toys").  This year I did not stick entirely to the plan as I conducted some mid year changes; the most important being was finally launching my own business of selling miniatures on eBay as Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles.  So on to the year in review:

1. Finished my British Field Force for the 2nd Afghan War for the rules The Men Who Would Be Kings.  Huzzah!

 The British Field Force for TMWWBK

2.  Start and finish an Afghan Regulars Field Force for the 2nd Afghan War for The Men Who Would Be Kings.  Currently I plan on doing 2 to 3 Afghan Army Infantry units, 1 to 2 Afghan Army cavalry units, 1 to 2 Afghan Tribal units and 1 Afghan Army artillery unit.

This did not go according to plan as I decided to sell the Afghan units I had painted on eBay.  One day though! 

3. Finally finish the last 2 cavalry units I need to for my King Arthur army for Dux Bellorum as the Saxons are starting to make inroads.  Done!  Huzzah!

 Arthur and his "knights"
 Light Cavalry

4. Some add on figures and maybe an additional company for "In Her Majesty's Name."  Okay . . . as I love these rules there is no kill like an overkill.  Not only did I paint a gazillion figures for this game I also decided to do the lost city of Opar:

Lord Greystoke's Company

The Queen's Own African Rifles (with Congreve Rocket Gun) 

Colonel Sir Robert Warburton, KCIE, CSI

 The Lost City of Opar
 The Main Bridge into the Lost City of Opar

Hans, Lady Greystoke and Professor Nightengale survey the ruins

Next up:  More Europeans and the Natives.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to all!

 Luke 2  English Standard Version (ESV)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Father Christmas

This years Santa for my parents is Father Christmas from Wargames Foundry.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Highlanders over the Years

I was browsing through some of my files and I found it fascinating how my style in painting Highlanders changes back and forth.  Pictures are oldest to newest.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Female Archers

I am not sure what tribal group the female archers are supposed to represent for Lady Poppington's expedition but they are easy to paint.

A last look at the amazing Lady Poppington Expedition.