Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Lost Temple of Aten! Part One - Companies and Set-Up - IHMN AAR

The Lost Temple of Aten
My son and I managed to get a game in last weekend. This time my boy wanted to try out the 'bad guys' and some Mystical Powers so he settled on The Servants of Ra. I, on the other hand, after several games playing the 'bad guys' was looking forward to playing one of my favourite Companies, The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company! This post describes the Companies and Set-Up.

The Servants of Ra

In addition to the background in the book:

Akhenaton can further count on the high priestess, Iset, who claims to be a direct descendant of the high priests of Aten at Karnak. As such, she is the guardian of much secret knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation over the millenia and has been instrumental to Akhenaton in his attempts to locate the regalia of Ra. She has also been tireless in her efforts to restore Egypt and the Sudan to the old gods and the glories of the past, recruiting many fanatical followers to the cause. She relies mainly on her mystical powers in battle, though she is not averse to using her poisoned fighting knife when needs be.

Pluck FV SV Speed Cost Talents Equipment

3+ +4 0 0 94 Leadership +2
Mystical Powers (30)
-Clouding Men's Minds
Immortal Oil of Horus (13)
Khopesh of Osiris (-2 Pluck, +2 FV)

Iset, High Priestess 3+ 3+ 0 0 57 Leadership +1
Mystical Powers (25)
-The Path of Shadows
-Zone of Shadows
Fighting Knife (Poisoned) (-1 Pluck, +1 FV)

Professor Abir 3+ 0 0 0 38 Leadership +1
Mystical Powers (20)
-Mask of Imhotep
-The Path of Shadows
Lined Coat (8)

Sairah 3+ +3 +1 +2 48 Stealthy
Mystical Powers (10)
Fighting Knife (Poisoned) (-1 Pluck, +1 FV)
Throwing Knives x3 (+1 SV)
Mummified Priest

3+ +3 0 0 46 Terrifying
Mystical Powers (10)
-The Path of Shadows
Ancient Wrappings (8)
Hands equivalent to Clubs (+1 FV)

Cultists with Pistols 6+ 0 +1 0 10 Fanatic Pistol (+1 SV)
Cultists with Clubs 6+ +1 0 0 9 Fanatic Club (+1 FV)
Followers with Swords 6+ +2 0 0 12 Fanatic Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Followers with Swords and Shields 6+ +2 0 0 12 Fanatic Shield (8)
Sword (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Followers with Rifles 6+ 0 +2 0 17 Fanatic Rifles (-1 Pluck, +3 SV)

My son took Akhenaton, Iset, the High Priestess, Professor Abir and a Mummified Priest along with two Cultists with Pistols and three Followers with Rifles for a total of 306. Some very tough characters with a lot of Mystical Powers!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company

Pluck FV SV Speed Cost Talents Equipment
Captain Napier
(Scots Guards)

3+ +4 +3 +1 65 Leadership +3
Fearless (ignores Terrifying)

SRC Breastplate (12)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Sabre (-1 Pluck, +2 FV)
Sergeant Borrage
(Grenadier Guards)
4+ +3 +3 0 41 Leadership +1
Bayonet Drill
Marksman (ignores cover)
Tough (+1 Pluck Shoot/Fight)
Brigandine (9)
Military Rifle (-1 Pluck, +3 SV, +3 FV)
Dr Wilson
(RAMC ret'd)
4+ +0 +2 +1 16 Medic Lined Coat (8)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Sapper Jones
5+ +2 +2 0 37 Strongman
Iron Will (immune Mind)
Brigandine (9)
Pistol (+1 SV)
Congreve Rocket Gun (-1 Pluck, +3 SV)
Rocket Grenade x2
Riflemen (x6)
(various regiments)
5+ +2 +2 0 27 Bayonet Drill
Marksman (ignores cover)

Brigandine (9)
Military Rifle (-1 Pluck, +3 SV, +3 FV)

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company came to a total of 310. 

The Scenario

Lord Wellesley's Camp at the Lost Temple of Aten

Lord Wellesley, with a team from the British Museum, has discovered the long, lost Temple of Aten deep in the deserts of northern Sudan where, rumour has it, the Priests of Aten hid the original Crown of Upper Egypt, reputed to grant the wearer ancient Mystical Powers. 

Unfortunately, word has reached Professor Abir and the Servants of Ra. Iset and her followers quickly make their way to Lord Wellesley's camp where they proceed, after a short battle, to slaughter everyone. Iset then awaits the arrival of her master, Akhenaton, and Professor Abir so they can begin the search for the Crown of Upper Egypt! 

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company, who have been following Professor Abir, are hot on their heels...and so the scene is set for a showdown at the Lost Temple of Aten! 

Akhenaton, Iset and Professor Abir search for the Crown!

Cultists search the Temple!

A Mummified Priest guards the Temple!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company arrive!

We agreed that the Servants of Ra would set up around the Temple whilst the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company would set up on the table edge. The overall objective was a bit hazy...we decided that the Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company needed to see off the Servants of Ra before they could find the Crown of Upper Egypt...they'd have five turns to beat off Akhenaton and his crew!

The table!

The Table!

The Temple!

The next post will cover the battle itself, so stay tuned for:

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company in...The Lost Temple of Aten!

The Prince of Wales Extraordinary Company pose for photograph outside the Temple!

A brave photographer captures Akhenaton and co in a photograph outside the Temple!

All miniatures were painted by the inimitable Matt Slade! The scenery is a mix of aquarium stuff and other bits I've found on Amazon. The hills are from Gale Force 9s Battlefield in a Box range. The tents are from Renedra