IHMN – from three years ago

In January 2014, I was impressed enough with the ‘In Her Majesty’s Name’ rules to start getting a little creative with some ideas of my own for new forces. The French weren’t then that well-represented, and I drew up an additional force to support the Legion Etrangere. I had some early Great War French infantry figures to act as ‘proxies’ to represent this unit, but they weren’t quite accurate. I also had some native auxiliary types as well, who in contrast I might actually keep as the ‘Colos’. So perhaps at some point I’ll re-visit this little project to improve upon it.

Anyway, here the article is repeated again, so that I can easily refer back to it. I have some other ideas floating around to think about, such as integrating IHMN Companies as potential ‘Elite Units’ for inclusion into a player’s Field Force within the TMWWBK rules. Early days on that at the moment.

The picture below is of the Marsouins fighting Bavarian infantry at Bazeilles, during the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871.

bavarians-at-bazeilles

The Bazeilles Compagnie of the 2eme Marine Infanterie – The Marsouins’

(AKA The Lightning Relief Company – the French Third Republic’s Rapid Reaction Force – the Force d’Intervention Rapide – at the end of the nineteenth century, used to support the Legion Etrangere.)

Nicknamed ‘The Marsouins’, the French term for ‘harbour porpoises’ allegedly because like porpoises the men accompany French Naval ships without actually being part of the ship’s crew.

The Marsouins in turn refer to all other French Army soldiers as ‘Biffins’, quite literally, the ragmen, from what the Marine Infantry perceive as the Army’s slovenly nature and attire. The single exception is the men of the Legion, where there exists a mutual respect. Since the Marsouins fought through the jungles of Indo-China to relieve the Legion garrison under siege at Tuyen Quang, the special relationship between the two forces has strengthened. Now tradition dictates that when Legionnaires and Marsouins meet up, they exchange a solemn presentation of arms to each other to always commemorate the siege and the relief.

Commandant Etienne Francois Gerard leads the Bazeilles Compagnie, the first choice unit within the Marine Infanterie, assisted by his second-in-command, Capitaine Jean-Michel Joubert.

Type
Pluck
FV
SV
Speed
Cost
Talents
Basic equipment
Commandant Gerard
3+
+2
+3
+0
39
Leadership +2, Inspirational
Lined coat, pistol, sword
Capitaine Joubert
3+
+3
+2
+1
35
Leadership +2, Duellist
Lined coat, pistol, sword
Sergent-Chef ‘Bigor’
3+
+3
+2
+0
36
Leadership +1, Tough
Lined coat, military rifle, bayonet
Caporal
4+
+2
+2
+1
25
Leadership +1
Lined coat, military rifle, bayonet
Marsouin
5+
+2
+2
+0
19
Lined coat, military rifle, bayonet
‘Colos’*
5+
+1
+1
+1
11
Lined coat, carbine
* Colos: slang term for the Marine Infantry recruited from the French Colonies, often used as auxiliaries to help augment the French Metropolitan Marine Infantry units, and are competently trained experienced native infantry.

Options

Caporals and Marsouins may purchase the Marksman Talent (+5 points) and/or the Bayonet Drill Talent (+2 points).

Colos may purchase the Martial Artist Talent (+3 points) and/or the Stealthy Talent (+5 points).

Commandant Gerard is a devotee of French literature, especially French Symbolism, since his friend Jean Moreas published the Symbolist manifesto, and therefore may purchase the Erudite Wit Talent (+5 points).

Capitaine Jean-Michel Joubert has served in just about every part of the globe, fighting enemies of France nearly every time. Therefore he may purchase the Fearless Talent (+10 points).

Gerard and Joubert may both purchase a Monocular Targeting Array each for 7 points.

Equip all troops with Brigandine armour for 2 points each. Gerard and Joubert may choose to equip themselves with Steel Breastplates (9 points), Faraday Coats (5 points), or Magneto-static waistcoats (2 points).

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Author: taggb

UK-based, gaming and writing, and generally aiming to get back to being more creative.

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