Preparing for Texicon – Part 4

Texicon is one month away! It is hard to believe that I started this project in December & still have more terrain to build & a few more figures to paint.

I received 2 new distractions since my last post. One of them fits into my Texicon game. Hinterland released female Askaris. Now the players will have the options of playing female British Sailors, French Colonial Marines, Askaris, or female Askari units.

Hinterland Askari Command
Hinterland Askari Command
The officer is beginning to go "native".
The officer is beginning to go “native”.
Askari firing line.
Askari firing line.
"At 100 yards, volley fire. Present! Fire!"
“At 100 yards, volley fire. Present! Fire!”
Askari Characters
Askari Characters
Another view of Askari Characters by Hinterland
Another view of Askari Characters by Hinterland
Lt. Caroline Matthews & sailors from the HMS Pinafore are responsible for the safety of Lady Hamilton.
Lt. Caroline Matthews & sailors from the HMS Pinafore are responsible for the safety of Lady Hamilton.

The only way for the players to lose in my game is if Alice Edwina Georgette Hires Kingsley, Lady Hamilton, is killed, captured or flees into the jungle. She’s a royal cousin. It just wouldn’t do for the papers to report that the Queen’s niece & cousin of the Prince of Wales (soon to be King of England) was killed while on safari.

Sir Geoffrey Kingsley, Lord Hamilton, Alice Kingsley, Lady Hamilton, & her maid Caterina. (figures by Foundry & Old Glory)
Sir Geoffrey Kingsley, Lord Hamilton, Alice Kingsley, Lady Hamilton, & her maid Caterina. (figures by Foundry & Old Glory)
Skitish Bearers (REP 3).
Skitish Bearers (REP 3).
Women camp workers
Women camp workers
The American photographer & his "scandalous" wrangler companion. (figures by Old Glory, Reaper, & mule by Cavalcade)
The American photographer & his “scandalous” wrangler companion. (figures by Old Glory, Reaper, & mule by Cavalcade)
Ladies of the camp. (figure in pink by Eureka, all others by Foundry)
Ladies of the camp. (figure in pink by Eureka, all others by Foundry)
Photo Op! (figure on left by Old Glory, figure on right by Foundry)
Photo Op! (figure on left by Old Glory, figure on right by Foundry)
Angry Baboons! (figures by Obelisk)
Angry Baboons! (figures by Obelisk)
Ladies enjoying the hunt. (figures by Foundry)
Ladies enjoying the hunt. (figures by Foundry)
Gentlemen Explorers/Hunters.
Gentlemen Explorers/Hunters.

Now for the other distraction. I’ve already started thinking about next year’s Texicon. There have always been a lot of Zombie & WWII games at Texicon. Battletech is always popular & there are usually a few other Sci-Fi games. But do you know what I’ve never seen at Texicon? A civilized battle among the flower of European nobility during the enlightened era of the Renaissance. You know, when that tart Countess Caterina Sforza lifted her skirts & hurled insults. Yeppers, Texicon has never had an Italian Wars game. When the French, Spanish, the Pope, the Holy Roman Emperor, the Borgias, the Medicis, & anyone else with a sword wanted a slice of Italy.

Hmmm... do I sell my sword to "Il Tigre" or to Venice?
Hmmm… do I sell my sword to “Il Tigre” or to Venice?

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