Salute 2017

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Charles, the members of our display team and myself shall be occupying stand GD22 at this years Salute show at the Excel Centre, London.

We shall be running two participation games; one involving a grudge match in a graveyard between the Vampires and their natural enemies, the Werewolves; the other has a mob of Transylvanian villagers, led by Prof. van Helsing trying to drive Frankenstein and his abominations from their village.

Below is an annotated map showing you our location and those of a few of our friends.

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IHMN Gothic shall be primarily available through Ainsty Castings, who are hosting North Star Miniatures range this year.

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Gothic is ready for preorder

We are pleased to announce that In Her Majesty’s Name Gothic is now available on preorder from the gentlemen at North Star, http://northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=9018

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Within these pages, you shall find new weapons and equipment, talents and powers, and creatures both normal and supernatural. As well as a host of new companies to fight or, bring on, the darkness that threatens to engulf the Old World.

You will meet old enemies such as Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, and his nemesis Abraham van Helsing. Play the brave men of the Imperial Nightwatch as they test their modern might against the terrifying vampire minions of the immortal Countess Bathory. Rouse the Village mob to drive out Baron Viktor von Frankenstein and his abominations. Tread the corridors of power as a member of the Illuminati or, join the Gypsies to hunt Werewolves under the full moon. Witness Sampson Caine and the Nuns of the Order of the Bringer of Salvation defend the innocent from the predations of the Dread Monks of Sucevita. Unleash the Unborn upon the terrible White Slavers. You can also upgrade and test your existing IHMN companies against these many terrors.

New scenarios and landscapes will take your companies into dark forests, mist shrouded castles, ancient ruins, pagan altars and grim, fortified villages the length and breadth of Transylvania, Wallachia and the ever-forbidding Carpathian Mountains.

This is classic Victorian Gothic Horror at its grisly, horripilating best. It is not recommended for ladies and gentlemen of a nervous disposition, for the darkness will feed upon their terror.

It is expected that the book will be ready to despatch by North Star in early March 2017.

Special news just in

To celebrate the long-awaited release of IHMN Gothic, North Star have put the original IHMN range on sale, and re-released the much sought-after five special figures for sale until the book is with them.
So you have two weeks to get them folks!
http://northstarfigures.com/list.php?man=148&page=1

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IHMN Counters

A fine fellow over on the Lead Adventures IHMN board has asked for an explanation of the 4Ground IHMN counters sold by North Star Miniatures (https://northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=7787).

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As you can see they can come in very useful for reminding one of what one’s chaps have been up to 🙂

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Gaming Day in Camberley

Yesterday’s Gaming Day at SnM Stuff in Camberley was well received by their regular customers and by a few people who’d come along specially to take a look at our games.  We ran:

  • Daishō – We used the same board and scenario as at Salute 2016; two buntai vied with each other for possession of a precious artefact from a Buddhist shrine.  For one of the games, Billy (SnM Stuff employee and maker of both the Daishō and Gothic boards) challenged my Ninja buntai who had been undefeated up to now.  Despite losing all except their leader early in the game, the Ninja maintained their unbeaten record. 🙂
  • Blood Eagle – Two small warbands, each led by a Hero, were dispatched by their lords to bring back the head of a particularly dangerous troll which was blocking an important bridge.  On this particular day, the “particularly dangerous” troll fell over (natural 1 Fate roll) very early in both games!
  • IHMN Gothic – The graveyard board we used at Salute 2016 was back in play, this time hosting a tussle between werewolves and vampires.  This was a test of the scenario and companies we’ll be using for the participation game to launch IHMN Gothic at Salute 2017.  Although the werewolves look tougher on paper the vampire company had the better results on the day.

Everyone who played these games enjoyed themselves.  A few visitors were interested but didn’t have time to stay for a game; we’ve left the Daishō board and figures with SnM Stuff until further notice so if anyone wants to pop in and give the game a try, please contact them to arrange it.

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The Blood Eagle game set up ready to play

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A Ronin buntai beatinging up the Daimyo’s Troubleshooters (Gothic board in background)

 

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As the year turns…

2016 was a year to remember for the men from the Ministry.

We launched our most successful independent product yet – Blood Eagle, In Her Majesty’s Name and Daishō continued to sell well and, we attended more shows than ever before.

We unified the blogs into this common location. We also still have an active presence on several popular for a including the dedicated IHMN board on Lead Adventures and, the Wargames Website.

Articles on IHMN and Blood Eagle appeared in various magazines including Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy (thanks Guy) and Wargames Illustrated (thanks Wayne).

The Facebook pages continued to grow; IHMN has 1,293 members; Blood Eagle 884, and; Daishō 482. Each of them have grown into courteous and helpful communities in their own rights, and we are proud of how members have behaved on them. Well done one and all!

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2017 promises to be another humdinger…

At Salute, we shall launch the first supplement for IHMN for three years, the long-awaited Gothic. We shall bring you more information on this as we get closer to the launch.

We shall hopefully be attending even more shows. We are just awaiting for confirmations from a few before producing a list for you. There shall be a new board just for Gothic to supplement Bill Harrington’s fantastic Gothic cemetery – we are serialising its production on this blog. And, there may also be a surprise new board for Blood Eagle – more news when this is ready.

We will begin work on the next book – watch this space for news of that (and comment below if you have any ideas you would like to see fulfilled).

Once our friendly local retailer is ready we are going to release PDF copies of Blood Eagle and Daishō for you to use on your pads and PCs. The beautiful hard copies shall still be available from North Star Miniatures and all good retailers.

So, lots to do.

Happy New Year to you all!

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IHMN Gothic village III

Last week I had got the point where the outer walls were complete and just needed the paint job.
The stone walls came first and rather than use up the fine figure paints I have I went to my cupboard and got out the Reeves Acrylic. These are 75ml tubes and cost a pittance compared to my usual fare. Titanium White and Mars Black mixed up roughly in unequal proportions in a small plastic tub gave me a range of greys to work with.
The first coat was the base coat of dark grey. As expected, the foam absorbed quite a bit but not as much as you might think. Once that was mostly dry I dry-brushed a lighter grey to bring our the individuals stones. The last touch was with the grey that was still streaked with a little white. This light dry-brushing, working from top of the walls to the bottom added some highlights.

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Although I was moderately careful in the application I did not worry if some strayed onto the woodwork as these are village houses in the Carpathian mountains, not a 19th Century English Garden Village.
I must admit being really please in how the stonework came out. The foam board technique really makes the stones look real.

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Then I progressed to the timber. The tip here is to use a dark paint, water it down considerably but do not overload your brush. If you do stray onto the plastered panels don’t be anxious. Also if the paint seems to be different shades leave it, it looks more naturally aged.

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Finally, for the base colours, I put a coloured wash on the plastered panels. Eastern europeans were not drab people, if they could add a little colour they did, so here we have some faded paintjobs that might once have been pink.
Detailing included putting some iron reinforcements on the doors and window cross slits. Also, as these people face horrors we can only imagine on a daily basis, every window is daubed with a red cross.

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So what do you think? I’d be glad to get some feedback on this process and perhaps some tips and tricks you use.
Next week we begin roofing this building, which is a whole other feat entirely.

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IHMN Gothic Village houses II

Last week I had got to the point of marking out my design on the foam board which shall form the four external walls. This weekend I began a series of experiments which shall culminate in the production of the first house and define how I shall build the remainder.

1. Cutting out the four walls

A series of simple, straight cuts released the walls from the foam board sheet and makes each much easier to handle. The key thing is to keep the knife blade at ninety degrees to the cutting board.

2. Doors and windows, part 1

Then I moved onto cutting out each marked door and window. I know that I could have just stuck frames to the outside of the foam board, but if I am going to use the insides of the building at any point having the openings cut through will help.

3. Stonework

I had decided to have the ground floor walls made of rugged stone. I could have applied thin card pieces to the exterior of the foam board, but decided instead to try a technique I had seen online.

I stripped the thin card surface of the foam board to reveal the foam below. This was a little tricky at first until I discovered it was easier to cut (just) through the card in narrow strips then peel them back carefully.

With the foam exposed I then used a propelling pencil to mark out the stone pattern. This was actually quite fun as the pencil sank into the foam and created a clear pattern. I made sure there were broad stone lintels over doors and windows.

Foam stripped bare and imprinted with stone patter.

Foam stripped bare and imprinted with stone patter.

Note that I only stripped the outside card, leaving the inside to give the foam strength.

4. Doors and windows, part II

I cut some long strips of thin card 5mm wide then with a single cut and three score lines created an internal frame for each window and door hole. The trick here is to place the strip against each side of the frame and make the length between the score lines about 1mm less than the hole dimension.

Then I PVA’d the holes and gently unfolded the frame inside and pressed it into place. This may seem fiddly, but once again it gives a visible frame for the insides of the window and door holes.

Frames are in. Note that they do not have to be too neat.

Frames are in. Note that they do not have to be too neat.

Also, for the foam stonework sections, the internal frame gives you a solid structure to glue your shutters and doors to.

Once done, I added card shutters to each window. I scored light lines down the shutters to represent wood grain, and for some windows I cut a cross-shaped hole in the middle. This gives the inhabitants something to shoot out of and wards off vampires… possibly.

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The front door I constructed from coffee-stirrer wood, with reinforcing strips on the back. The back door is card.

5. Timber framing

Finally I added thin strips of wood/card to represent the timber frame of the upper storeys.

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The next step will be to paint the walls inside and out. It is my intention to have all the parts of the house complete and painted before assembly begins.

I also have internal walls and floors to do, the chimney and last, but by no means least, the shingled roof. This is a entire project unto itself and the one I shall tackle last.

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