In Her Majesty’s Name: The Mercenary Company of Captain Charles Grey

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I was sold on the idea of “In Her Majesty’s Name” by:
Aaron at Dulce et Decorum Est:
http://ahunt-dulceetdecorum.blogspot.com/2013_05_01_archive.html
and Jonathan at the Inevitable Spark:
http://inevitablespark.blogspot.com/search/label/In%20Her%20Majesty%27s%20Name

The idea of building your own company from scratch really appealed to me and brought back fond memories of my Brother and I playing Necromunda when we were young. I immediately ordered the book and began brainstorming ideas for my new Company. As a little background for myself, I am a New Zealander living in the States and so a little heritage introduced into my hobby sounded like a good idea.

The Mercenary Company of Captain Charles Grey was born. The leader, the aforementioned Captain Grey is based loosely on an ancestor of mine who was rumored to be a bastard born of Governor Sir George Grey and his house maid. The rest of the Company all have an historical counterpart, though the time lines may be a little blurry and some of the details have been given some “artistic license”.

The rule book made it fairly simple to create the company and had everything I needed, with a little page turning back and forward. I’ll post the stats and backgrounds for now of each personality and when I have finished the final conversions, will post pictures of the models themselves.

Captain Charles Grey – Pluck:3+ FV:+3(+5) SV:+2(+3) Spd:+0(15″/6″) Pts:56 Amr:9
Talents:Leadership +2,Trick Riding Equipment:Brigandine,Sabre(-1 pluck), Pistol(9″), Mechanical Horse (9 Amr)
Samuel “Specs” Austin – Pluck:5+ FV:+2 SV:+3(+6) Spd:+0(6″) Pts:23 Amr:8
Talents:Marksman(ignore cover) Equipment:Lined Coat,Military Rifle(24″,-1 pluck)
Solomon Black – Pluck:5+ FV:+2 SV:+3(+6) Spd:+0(6″) Pts:23 Amr:8
Talents:Marksman(ignore cover) Equipment:Lined Coat,Military Rifle(24″,-1 pluck)
Te Kooti – Pluck:4+ FV:+2 SV:+2(+4) Spd:+0(6″) Pts:14 Amr:8
Equipment:Lined Coat,Shotgun(12″,-1 Pluck at 9″)
Kimble Bent – Pluck:5+ FV:+2 SV:+2(+4) Spd:+0(6″) Pts:17 Amr:8
Talents:Medic Equipment:Lined Coat,Carbine(18″)
Titokowaru – Pluck:4+ FV:+3(+4) SV:+2(+5) Spd:+2(8″) Pts:23 Amr:7
Equipment:Patu(Club),Military Rifle(24″,-1 pluck)
Te Rauparaha – Pluck:4+ FV:+3(+4) SV:+2(+5) Spd:+2(8″) Pts:23 Amr:7
Equipment:Patu(Club),Military Rifle(24″,-1 pluck)
Tamihana – Pluck:5+ FV:+2(+4) SV:+2(+5) Spd:+2(8″) Pts:21 Amr:7
Equipment:Sabre(-1 pluck), Military Rifle(24″,-1 pluck)
200 Total points

Captain Charles Grey
Spurned bastard son of Governor Sir George Grey. Charles Grey’s gallantry and leadership in the New Zealand Armed Constabulary during the Maori Wars quickly led to his promotion as a Captain. After the cessation of hostilities and capture of all Maori leaders responsible, the NZAC quickly became a routine Police force and Charles became bored and sullen without the action and adventure he had become accustomed to. After a particularly heavy drinking bout with some of his men in the settlement of Auckland he got the notion to challenge his estranged father whom he blamed for everything that had happened to his mother, himself and the country as a whole. He turned up at the estate of his father with some of his drunken compartiots and was refused entry – in a fit of anger he struck one of the guards and a brawl quickly escalated into a gun fight when won of his men was killed by a particularly nasty blow to the head by a billy club. Overpowering the guards and finally realising that things were out of control he saw his chance to exact a measure of revenge against his uncaring father. Governor Sir George Grey’s prize possession was an incredible gift from Queen Victoria for his service to the British Empire and his efforts in finishing the war and strife which had plagued the fledgling colonies of New Zealand for so long. A creation of iron, steam, clockwork and science – a magnificent Mechanical Horse of unparralled manufacture. Charles stole the Mechanical Horse and a running gun fight ensued down through the settlement of Auckland to the Port as more guards, Constables and militia arrived. Arriving at the harbor and seeing the Corvette Calliope which was sitting in the dock, as the only means of escape for he and his men – they stormed the ship and freed the prisoners she was holding in the process. Escaping on the Calliope, Charles quickly formed an uneasy truce with the prisoners who had help him take the ship, many who were former enemies during the Wars. Realizing that he and his band of renegades could never stay at peace in New Zealand where they would be hunted down, they set sail for the Old World looking for riches and adventure, eventually hiring themselves as mercenaries to any who could pay their hefty price.

Samuel “Specs” Austin
Decorated Constable of the New Zealand Wars and loyal friend to Charles. Spec’s was with Charles during the brawl and ensuing gunfight at Governor Greys estate and willingly took part in the events which followed. Often mocked by his comrades for being as blind as a bat but able to shoot the eye out of a Tui at 500 yards.

Solomon Black
A gambler, drinker and regular at many of the less civilised public houses in Auckland, Solomon is nonetheless a decorated constable in the NZAC and a crack shot. Not initially present at the breakout of hostilities at the Governors estate due to his visit with some local ladies of ill repute, he quickly roused and joined the fray when he heard the gunshots and saw his comrades in a tight spot.

Te Kooti
Religious leader of Ringa Tu movement. Led an uprising on the east cape that lasted four savage years before he was captured by Government forces. Being held on the Calliope at the time of the incident in Auckland Harbor.

Titokowaru
Chief of the Ngati Ruanui. Revived the rites of Cannibalism and led a succesful war against government and settlers until he lost mana with his warriors after committing adultery with the wife of another chief – they later dispersed and he was captured by government forces. He was being held on the Calliope at the time of the unfortunate incident in Auckland Harbor.

Kimble Bent
Deserter from the 57th Regiment, slave, manservant and medic to TitoKowaru. He was skulking around the Auckland Docks, looking for a way to release his master from the Calliope when he witnessed the incident and took his opportunity to join Captain Grey and free Titokowaru.

Te Rauparaha
War chief of the Ngati Toa. A conqueror and warrior without peer. After many years of successful conquest against rival tribes he was arrested by Government forces for supplying arms to Maori who were in open insurrection. He was being held on the Calliope at the time of the unfortunate incident in Auckland Harbor.

Tamihana
Son of Te Rauparaha, followed his father on many of his conquests but was becoming increasingly disillusioned with war and turning toward preaching the Lords word. He was given permission to visit his Father on the Calliope by Governor Grey before he was shipped to England.

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3 Responses to In Her Majesty’s Name: The Mercenary Company of Captain Charles Grey

  1. Good luck with this and the birth of the blog!

  2. xhuntsmanx says:

    Thanks, I’ll do my best to keep feeding in regular updates!

  3. Craig says:

    This is the sort of imagination that makes IHMN such fun!
    Well done indeed, I shall look forwards to future episodes from Captain Grey’s adventures.
    Cheers,
    Craig.

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