Hey buddies, here is a long delayed post.
And a truncated update at that.
I had hoped to paint the full army of Marienburg, but alas, real life has delayed that.
My own dear Mum passed away recently.
She was a great and understanding wargaming mother.
Considering that my Pop is an old school hex & counter wargamer as well, that makes her doubly a gamer saint.
I will miss her greatly. But life must go on, as must this blog...
I didnt want this month to pass without a post, so here is the first part at least...
The Town Crier can be heard with the latest news in the war torn lands of Eriador...
Marienburg has entered the War for Bree!
Floppy Hats sighted crossing the borders of Eriador!
Sauron says Floppy Hats are for sissies!
Social media calls for ban of all Mordor products until the Dark Lord apologizes for bullying!
Now that Ive got your attention (and possible prepared ire)...
Am I switching from Oldhammer to Age of Sigmar?
No. (You can put down the rocks now you grognards!)
Im here to announce that Marienburg is joining the war effort in Bree...
complete with new outfits and floppy hats!
They feel a bit vulnerable right now without the protection of their pikemen, cavalry and cannon.
But dont fret, reinforcements are following right behind this post!
Churchyll is the sworn foe of the High Elven Cirque du Soleil King, Ludovic XIV
Sun King, I mean Soleil King employs a troupe of Eldar
mime/assassin/performance artistes whose wave of terror has spread across
the Empire. These self-styled Harlequin assasins were making snide
insults about Elector Counts the Old World over, simply because they
just didnt have that "je ne sais quoi". Even the already flamboyant
Marienburgers werent exempt from the taunting of the Soleil King and his
snobby Elven insulteurs. Many a thin-skinned noble stepped out of
public office and deleted their twitter accounts from the deadly Eldar
ridicule. At first there was the War of the Estalian Succession, then
the War of the Hochland Succession, then the War of the... you get the
picture. It was a dark time for the Empire, until the Marienburg
General Churchyll beat those dastardly pointy ears at the Battle of
Bad-Plaquet. The Soleil King has accepted the terms of the "No more
bullying" Treaty and so far the haughty Elves have refrained from their
deadly derision and settled for narrow eyed looks and upturned chins.
But the Eldar, being such a duplicitous species (dishonorable according
to the stunties!), no one knows how long the peace will last. The
success of the campaign has brought much glory, wealth and technological
prowess for Marienburg. While the rest of the Empire has languished in
the (yawn!) Renaissance era, Marienburg has leveled up to the Age of
Reason, complete with floppy hats!
OK, this new and entirely
silly background fluff allows me to now field the wonderful minis from
Warfare Miniatures who have just opened up a US site! Cheaper prices
and free shipping! For years Ive wanted to join the Imagi-Nations
craze. Now I will, but it will happen in the context of my Oldhammer
Middle Earth campaign world. And I really think its just an evolution
that was bound to take place in the Oldhammer mythos. Bretonnia is just
an excuse to use medieval minis, the Empire for 30 Years War, Kislev
for Polish Lancers, etc...
I think there was even a Roman Centurion
looking mini at some point in the past. (Yup, it was a Dogs of War
General, Lorenzo Lupo - Prince of Lucinni)
Saarlander Scout: The Shire has fallen with its allied defenders, but Bree has reformed under a rogue bandit leader and a ranger who has claims to the throne of Gondor!
Churchyll: And are any of those pointy eared Elves to be seen in Bree? And what news of Kislev?
Saarlander Scout: The Elves are all under siege in Rivendell or out west at the Havens. Of the Kislevites, who knows... but it is said, there is a chill in the winds. Will the Ice Queen answer the summons to war?
Churchyll: Well, if not. We, Marienburgers, shall save Breeland!
Saarlander Scout: We must hurry, many Undead forces are surrounding the Human Resistance.
Churchyll: If Bree falls before we arrive then we shall claim the whole of Eriador for the Low Countries! No Undead forces can prevail against the might of Marienburg!
Will it be enough to turn the tide in Bree?
Just for the record, I have the greatest of respect for the Horse & Musket
historical wargamers in general and the League of Augsburg folks in particular. With that said,
I hope none of them see the travesty about to occur on this blog in the
name of the Grand Alliance. Avert your eyes, my esteemed
Marienburg in Warhammer lore is inspired by
the Low Countries and so it is entirely appropriate that I use Dutch
figures meant for the 9 Years War also known as the War of the Grand
Alliance, also known as the War of the League of Augsburg, also known as
the Williamite/Jacobite Wars, or the War of the Two Kings in Ireland,
and also known as King Williams War here in the American colonies.
colors of Marienburg from Mordheim are blue, yellow, and red. Which of
course is the colors of the Garde te Voet, the Dutch Guard. And Im using
appropriate Dutch flags for the
regiments, and the Gardes du Corps for the cavalry. However, I will not
be painting them exactly historical. Same colors, just in different
spots. I claim fantastical license for Oldhammery sensibilities.
The next couple of posts should bring the rest of the Marienburgers into the blog.
Next post: More Floppy Hats in Bree