Sunday, September 7, 2014

Scarlet Patrol, RCMP : An alternate Mountie Company for IHMN

First of all, thanks to Tom for hosting a great game at Borderlands yesterday, March or Die!  My Arab horsemen did not quit have the oomph to slaughter the Legionaries fast enough.  Thanks, Tom!

Here is another of my IHMN companies, painted specifically for my wife and just finished last week.  She is tired of me giving her companies that are not armed with rifles!


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Scarlet Patrol, RCMP
Canada is a vast, rugged country, requiring brave and resourceful men to defend her. While the men of U Troop, NWMP are generally Canada’s spearhead in the twilight war against emerging threats, they cannot be everywhere.

So when, trouble calls… The men of Scarlet Patrol answer!

With years of experience protecting the people of Canada against dastardly villains in the cold vast wilderness, they are now frequently sent overseas to strike fear into the hearts of evil doers who would harm Canada and the British Empire.

The patrol is led by the highly capable Sergeant Prestown, whose fearless exploits have made him the idol of boys across North America.  His constant companion is his loyal and intelligent husky, Yukon Prince.  The Sergeant is also frequently accompanied by a great grizzly bear who was rescued from a forest fire by Sergeant Prestown and nicknamed “Smokey.”

The constables of the NWMP need no introduction and are steadfast and loyal to a man.  Fur trappers frequently accompany the Scarlet Patrol as well, scouting ahead, ferreting out ambushes, and providing colorful tales of life on the Canadian frontier.

Notes on figures:
This IHMN Company was inspired by Bob Murch’s Pulp Figures and can be built entirely with packs from his company.  Here are the codes, you can find them at www.pulpfigures.com.  (I am not affiliated with Pulp Figures in any way, just a fan)  There are many suitable figures in the “Northland Adventures” range.  I know they are a little anachronistic for 1895, but I like my VSF a bit pulpy.  I built my version with just 4 packs…

  • Sergeant Prestown and Yukon Prince: PYP 01
  • Constables: PYP 05 (The Scarlet Patrol)
  • Trappers: PYP 06 (The Mad Trappers of Rat River) although other packs would do as well.
  • Grizzly Bear: PLT 05 (Ice Age Predators 1) Lost Worlds range
    • I actually use a bear I found at my local game store, but this pack has a standing cave bear and 2 sabre tooth cats.  Who doesn't need some extra sabre tooth cats?  

The Company List

Type
Pluck
FV
SV
Speed
Cost
Talents
Basic Equipment
Sergeant Prestown
2+
+3
+4
+1
71
Leadership +1
Fearless
Inspirational
Iron Will
Lined Coat
Military Rifle
Fighting Knife
Yukon Prince
5+
+3
0
+2
34
Tough
Fearless
Impervious
Stealthy
Fur (as Lined Coat)
Smokey the Bear
3+
+5
0
0
45
Terrifying
Berserker
Claws (as fighting knife)
Thick Fur (as Brigandine)
Trapper
3+
+3
+4
0
45
Marksman
Stealthy
Lined Coat
Military Rifle
Fighting Knife
Constable
5+
+2
+2
0
19

Lined Coat
Military Rifle
Fighting Knife
  • Sergeant Prestown or any Constable may take the Cavalryman talent (+3 points each) and a horse (+5 points each)
  • May equip Sergeant Prestown or any Constable with Brigandine armor (+1 point each)
  • May upgrade any Trapper with the Hunter talent (+5 points each) and a hunting rifle (+7 points)
  • May equip any Trapper with an Axe instead of fighting knife (+1 point each)
  • May upgrade one Trapper to Grizzled Old Timer (identical to Erudite Wit, +5 points), as he tells tall tales in a unique frontier way.