On one of his many adventures abroad he obtained the plans to a new and particularly devastating electromagnetic-arc projector weapon, unfortunately due to a scandal involving the local police he was unable to bring the plans home and had to leave the country in a hurry the plans being sent as quickly as possible hidden in the base of his travelling trunk. These have found their way to the local post office at Askham.
A local gang leader known to many as the 'Mask', his real name is Justice Blackborough who by day is a Judge at the Carlisle courts and by night a robber, brigand and daring doer has got wind of the plans and has collected together members of his gang the Botchergate Ruffians to snatch them for his own purposes and profit.
Here are how the events of the evening developed..............
|All quiet in the village of Askham as the locals sleep|
|Justice Blackborough and his gang enter the village through the farm|
|The Earl with the Reckless Fops|
|The Earl and his housekeeper Molly Bowman make for the bank|
|Meanwhile the Ruffians spread out Smirnov sets u p his sniper rifle|
On all his adventures the Earl is supported by his faithful manservant and butler Obediah Huggart, a fierce man brought up in the back streets of Carlisle but who learnt much of his trade in the army abroad.
|Obediah and the cook Mrs Cranston moving through the village|
|Two of the Earl's fops scout out the church, anything taken could |
always be blamed on the ruffians !
One of the Earls other loyal men is known by all as Uncle Tom, during the day he works for the Earl as his Head gardener....but many have been fooled by his outward gentle nature and Uncle Tom carries a devastating blunderbuss on missions.
|Charlie Hickman attempts to surprise Tom who turns|
knocking him to the ground with his blunderbuss.
|At the other end of the village Mrs Cranston flattens|
Jack the knife with her electrostatic-rolling pin he had no chance !
|Whilst the Ruffians search the bank and post-office the Mask ponders his next|
A real scrap breaks out in the Bank, and the Mask shows his true wicked nature by dispatching Molly Bowman the Housekeeper with his sword ! evil indeed. He then makes his escape leaving his men to bring out the money. One of these is shot through the window by Lady Violet ,but the second hurls a grenade through the top floor window. Luckily Lady Violet wears a protective electro-magnetic bodice under her dress so she survives unhurt.
|Hickman is back in the fight but Uncle Tom grabs him before he can make|
a move on the Earl.
|Having already got one man away with the secret plans and a second with|
the money from the Bank Justice Blackborough calls off his men
to be continued................
Post scrip : this was our first run out with IHMN. I had kept the companies simple deliberately so we could get our heads around the rules. Whilst the Ruffians were outgunned they made up for it in speed and got away with two of the three objectives. It is of course hard when you play a game like this not then to develop limitless ideas for future battles/scenarios and campaigns. Some of the names, characters and locations are real as this helps my limited imagination. The inspiration for all these came straight from Gordon and his simple plan so thanks to him. See blog on the right.
Below is a shot of the two companies and one of the bit players......