“Most of the intelligence services in Europe and America are staffed by amateurs and talented dilettantes. It makes them interesting and oftimes entertaining, but seldom effective. Some, like the Okhrana, spend more time killing their own men than gathering intelligence. The British Empire is served by men and women with cold hearts and sharp minds. This is why we are feared, this is why we shall prevail.”
Lady Grey, induction speech to new recruits.
Picture is copyright to Ms Georgina Gibson.
The greatest Empire the world has ever known did not become so by force of arms alone. Nor did its ruthless mercantile houses like the ‘Honourable’ East India Company make it so. It became an empire because it trained its elite to lead in all fields. It educated them in the halls of Eton and Harrow to understand the minds of great men such as Julius Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Socrates and Machiavelli. It made them pitiless to their inferiors and willing to take all such steps as are considered necessary and expedient for the greater glory of the Empire.
Beneath the veneer of military glory and commercial success is an organisation that takes imperial diplomacy one step further, the Secret Service Bureau. This is the cutting edge of the British Imperial razor and woe be to those whose names enter their files as a threat. As such threats that are eliminated by the Grey Section of the SSB, by any means necessary.
You will find the complete description and details of the SSB in the bonus materials section. This was originally published in Issue 70 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine.
Behold Ladies and Gentlemen, behold the terror that stalks Carpathia. Prometheus unbound and his insane creator are at large! It’s alive! Alive I tell you!!
What can stop this lumbering menace? Why, are those the villagers banding together armed only with pitchforks and flaming torches? Perhaps we can be saved after all by the desperate courage of the common peasantry…
So the first two companies have now been published on the Gothic page. Baron Viktor von Frankenstein, the Creature and its unholy Bride, and not forgetting Igor, are available for you to terrorise the poor villagers once again.
The Baron should be careful though because the villagers of the Carpathian mountains are survivors of centuries of dealing with the fell beasts and monstrous undead that plague their regions. They are a hardy and suspicious folk well used to death and horror.
The two companies come equipped with new equipment and talents. You shall have to await the arrival of the Armoury before the true usefulness of these becomes apparent. Note that the cost of some of this new stuff may change slightly as the series progresses and playtesting shows its worth or otherwise. we shall notify you of such changes and the final version will have all these worked in.
There are ten more companies in the pipeline after these, so keep your eyes peeled…
In light of the recent release of the figures for this company by Northstar Miniatures, and certain changes coming in Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun we present to you version 2.
You can find it in the Bonus Materials section of the blog.
Note: This includes full descriptions of a few of the new talents coming in SDRS…
The ward was a bloody mess, literally. Beds were overturned, with nurses and patients lying wounded or dead from end to end. In the centre was Corporal Jenkins holding a fire axe, his mouth caked in blood and wearing the foulest grin you ever could imagine.
Captain Arthur Lowe and his two sentries stood at the top of the stairs and gawped. Then Jenkins noticed them and began to shamble slowly in their direction dragging a clearly broken leg behind him. Lowe didn’t hesitate but raised his service revolver and shot Jenkins clean through the chest. Jenkins stopped and looked down at the large hole in his sternum. He gently poked a finger into it and then looked back at Lowe before continuing his advance.
“Five rounds rapid! Fire!” commanded Lowe.
Although appalled by what they had seen both the young Privates jumped to the clear order. As they fired Lowe also emptied his revolver. His last bullet went through Jenkins left eye, removing most of the back of his skull. Jenkins wavered for a moment, his grin became lopsided and then he fell to the floor riddled with bullets.
“Thank god for that!” exclaimed Lowe with obvious relief.
Being a professional soldier he immediately broke open his revolver, emptied the shells on the floor and reloaded it. One of the Privates tugged urgently at his sleeve. He looked at the man exasperated that he should maul his commanding officer so. The boy was obviously in complete shock, he could not speak but was pointing back down the ward.
Lowe looked up and beheld a sight he would never forget. Between the beds and the chaos several patients and nurses were getting up. Then they stood there, bloodied and broken, and one by one each began to grin.
A new company for IHMN is now in the Bonus Material section of the blog. Der Kult des Ubermensch is a new threat to the established world order and one that must be destroyed at all costs!
You can now get the following on pre-order for release in march:
IHMN108 – Johnson Mk VII Industrial Walker
IHMN107 – Prince of Wale’s Extraordinary Company
Also there is Tarzan! An adventuring company lead by the Lord of the Jungle. http://northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=6056
Put together by Dean Winson (one of the official IHMN crew) it includes:.
2x Hunting Cats
2x Tribal Warriors with poisoned spears.
1x Witchdoctor with Venom and Path of Light powers.
The Company comes to 251 points. The figures used come from the North Star Africa! range. The list can be found on the official IHMN Blog site.
You can find the official IHMN Tarzan list in the Bonus Materials section of this blog (no.14).
There is a new gentleman in the Explorer’s Club by the name of ‘Nate’. Over on his blog he has created a splendid company of Cossacks complete with a Necromancer and Cossack Zombies!
The company has a full list and many excellent photos. You can find it here:
IHMN generally is a little bit short of French forces, so coming across this little gem was a nice surprise.
Mr Gordon, of the blog Three-Six-Five Storytime, has produced The Bazeilles Compagnie of the 2eme Marine Infanterie.
“Also known as ‘The Lightning Relief Company’ – the French Third Republic’s Rapid Reaction Force – the Force d’Intervention Rapide – now at the end of this glorious nineteenth century, used to support the Companies of the Legion Etrangere around the globe to ensure French interests are maintained and protected.”
You can find them fully listed here: