Danny and Palmer came over for a few games tonight and we took the opportunity to run a test game of In Her Majesty’s Name for Palmer. Danny only had his über equipped Predator force with him and we didn’t think that it would be fair to have Palmer face them so I quickly put together a Company using my Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten Dagonite Cult.
We played on a partial section of the terrain that had been set up for our earlier Bolt Action game.
In what is almost akin to a miracle for me, I managed to paint all the figures for my In Her Majesty’s Name company.
Eleven figures in total with two automatons, my Professor, his mechanic sidekick, and a set of Chausseurs to protect them in the field. The Chausseurs have an officer to guide them and a heavy Arc weapon for added punch.
The matte sealant I use for my figures failed me this time. It not only came out with a slight gloss but it also darkened the figures slightly. Looks like I won’t be using Krylon any more as while the slight shade isn’t an issue the added sheen is. I hate glossy figures.
This is the first set of figures I have painted in over four years. So they don’t look all that great but its a first step back into painting.
Danny and I met up today for a rematch game of In Her Majesty’s Name. I tweaked my company a bit based on our last game and gave Dr. Belliveu and Gaston an increased FV to help them last in close combat and also to reflect my idea of what Gaston the metal automaton is.
We played the King of the Hill scenario with the restaurant in centre of the table being the objective. We also used the Twilight scenario complication. It didn’t really come into effect that much as Danny really needs to get into close combat ASAP with his company.
I picked the side with the ruins to advance from hoping to use the ruins for cover from Danny’s single long range unit.
My parcel from North Star Figures arrived today containing some Bolt Action/Chain of Command German figures as well as a pack of French Foreign Legion command figures for my IHMN company.
For my WWII German force I picked up an leIG 18 Infantry Gun, an 81mm mortar team and a pack of Panzerfaust/Panzerschrek figures from Artizan. All of the German minis were plagued by some serious flash which is a first for me for miniatures from Artizan. As well I had to try to figure out how the leIG 18 went together. It was obvious after fiddling with the parts for a bit but after being spoiled by PSC and Zveda with their numerous build instructions it was a bit disconcerting having to puzzle the model together.
I’ve left the leIG 18 gun assembled but not included on the base with the team to make it easier to paint both it and the infantry miniatures. That will also make it easier to sand the base and get it decorated before putting the gun back on.
Everything is assembled and based now and is just waiting to have some sane put on the bases and then primed. The weather took a turn for the worse recently with temperatures dropping below -10 again so I will have to wait a bit for a chance to prime the miniatures I have waiting to paint.
I met up with Danny at Sentry Box to play a game of In Her Majesty’s Name. I had my Institut pour la recherche et l’exploitation des technologies inconnues and Daniel had his Ronin company. This was Daniel’s first game and my second. It was my first game with a fuller set of figures on the table and I also had slightly better understanding of the rules.
One of the things that I realised from our first test game of In Her Majesty’s Name was that I had mad some mistakes adding up the cost of my company. Not difficult to do really but I figured that if I was going to play the game some more that I might want to make sure that I was able to accurately total up my company.
Now normally one might do this in Excel or Access (do they even make Access any more?) but since I am on my Mac I decided to use Numbers, the Apple spreadsheet app, to create it. I could have used Google Docs or Open Office to do it but both of those have exceptionally crappy UIs and they create really ugly looking documents.
So I finished assembling the figures I had on hand for my In Her Majesty’s Name company. The Institut pour la recherche et l’exploitation des technologies inconnues (Institute for the Search and Retreival of Unknown Technologies) will have a very high-tech focus backed up by elite French Chauseurs.
The Chauseurs are Renegade WWI French soldiers. They are probably not accurate for the period but I liked the models and the faux gas masks that they are wearing. One of the models has had his shoulder slung rifle replaced with an Arc weapon. There is an officer model that I ordered from North Star that will be added to the unit as well to provide additional leadership for the Chauseurs.
The rest of the figures are from Reaper’s Chronoscope range. I don’t have any names for the characters yet and I will work on that and their backgrounds soon. First I want to develop some point costs for the models and then work out some of their background and names.
Hopefully I will be able to get a better photo of them in the next little while.
My joints have been really bugging me of late so I haven’t been doing any painting. As odd as it might seem, painting is the worst thing for my joints so if I have any residual joint pain I tend to avoid painting. You can’t spell “paint” without “pain” :-) Thankfully I have a lot of figures to assemble and get ready for when I can paint so that is what I did today.
One of the tasks that I have been working on is assembling the figures from the Super Dungeon Explore core game. The twins are going to be helping me paint them and I finally got the last of them cleaned and assembled. The girls helped assemble the two Ogre figures and were quite pleased with themselves.
So while I was going through the various companies for In Her Majesty’s Name I was a bit taken by the French Foreign Legion company. The idea was nice but as I was thinking of it I started to envision a group of French troops that were lead by an explorer who was attempting to find and return technology for the French government. And so Le Compagnie pour l’exploration et l’extraction des Technologies Inconnues was born.
Or at least it has been conceived.
While at Sentry Box today I picked up Renegade French WWI Chausseurs who probably aren’t the most accurate figures but they seem the part and looked pretty nifty. I also grabbed two Chronoscape Autonomon figures as well as a female technician. The only thing I need to add to the group is some sort of infantry command figure or two. Sadly the Renegade rack was a bit slim on command figures for the WWI French minis so I may need to order something from North Star.
Rick and I met up at Sentry Box this evening to play an introductory game of In Her Majesty’s Name, the VSF skirmish ruleset produced by Osprey.
Neither of us had any figures to match the official companies so we both took a few minutes to stat out some of the figures that Rick had brought with him. I ended up with a set of high tech fighters with gun and an Ape with a machine gun while Rick focused on creating a set of Japanese martial artists.