Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Comandante Teresa Moreno

  Followers of this blog know that the theme of the army is the fictional stories of the British 95th Rifles Regiment.  Mostly drawing from the television series that follows Richard Sharpe and the 95th Rifles.

  You have seen that I have found minis and army listings to represent some of the major characters of the Sharpe shows.  Sharpe is a Commisar mini that counts as Straken.  Harper is Harker.  Hornblower a Mordian Lascannon gunner cut off at the waist and stuck in a tank as Pask...OK that one doesn't really come from the Sharpe stories, but it fits the theme and time period of the army.

  Anyway, having finished green stuffing Harper, it is time to move on to my next character.  Comandante Teresa Moreno.

  In the Sharpe stories, Teresa is a leader of the Spanish partisans fighting the French.  She works behind enemy lines, harassing the French, spying on them, and disrupting their ability to make war.  Sharpe gave her the nickname of "La Aguja" ("The Needle"), for her skill with the blade. 

  To me there is only one character in the Sharpe stories that fits this description.  Marbo.  Yeah there is a Major Pyecroft who is an explosives expert that could have been Marbo, but the Behind the lines fits the role of Teresa better.  Besides, all my armies have at least one female model (Eldar, Dark Elves, Escher gang...)

So now I needed to find a female mini that I could use for Marbo, First I looked for the pistol, had to be look enough like the ripper pistol on the actual Marbo model.  Second I wanted a GW mini, just to have the option if I wanted to field the 95th in an 'Ard Boyz tourney eventually, I'd be legal.  Looking through my Escher minis I found just the one.  This one will make a great starting point. 

  First, I'll cut the sword from her hand and add a Space Marine Melta Bomb to represent the Demo charge.  Then I'll trim off the pouches on her left leg and add the envenomed blade in a sheath there.  Finally the most risky part, I'll trim her top knot and green stuff her some "Curly" hair. 

  I have all the parts, I'll post some pics when she is done.  I've played with Marbo twice now, One time missing the Demo charge throw, the other time taking out 4 Terminators, both times Marbo getting gunned down the turn after she pops out.  To me the Demo pack is more important to display on the mini than a knife that will rarely see combat.

That's all for now.


  1. Sounds cool, look forward to seeing how she turns out!

    I'm of the opposite opinion about the demo charge - my take is that it's a one-shot item that 99.9999% of the time is going to be thrown and exploded as soon as Marbo shows up, so why show it?

  2. Genius choice - and I agree with you about the demo charge...but then, I'm not a fan of big knives anyway.

    Incidentally, I think that she was a really inspired casting choice for the series...

  3. Can't wait to see how she turns out mate, you've got a characterful army coming on here.

  4. I see what you are sayin' Taurus. I'm thinking the chances of Marbo staying on the table to actually use the knife are just as slim as the chance he won't throw the demo charge. Besides, it will be nice for a reaction, from those not knowing what Marbo can do. Shock and Awe!

    "What's that she is holding?"..."And she can throw it this turn?!?!"..."How many points did she cost?!!!"