Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Infinity Batrep: Operation Onyx Sentinel

Infinity time again. Ben had painted some more Aleph. I have some new EI troops... but not a 300pt list and anyway when I took them vs Chris, I was crushed. So, given Ben tends to know what he's doing, it really only could be Zulu Lance once more. Ben had a 12 Order force led by an Asura. I had my Magister link led by a pair of Santiago Knights. Then another Santiago as the Lt. Then on top of that a Father Knight hacker. Yep I'd gone all out anti-mechanised. On the other hand, Aleph has the filthiest hackers in the game and I was fielding seven Heavy Infantry and a pair of REMs. The mission was Firefight, which I think is new for this season of ITS. There are three Panoplies alone the midline, units deploy 16" in, AD troops can enter the side within enemy deployment zones AND the map is +3 to arrive for drop troops. Points are for kills, specialist kills and Lt kills, then for the most Panoply  grabs. Then there are classifieds. So who prevailed?

Monday, October 31, 2016

X-Wing: Long, long ago...

I last properly played this game about when these boys came out. The Scum and Villainy box remains a great deal But they basically got one proper outing. Then I got fed up with the turn to basically every expanded universe aka fanfic (I love anything from movies/TV) Big Based ship out there.... and pretty much stopped playing. It's obviously a pretty cool game though, and something I *should* be into. Since if I want to play in local gaming events I feel like my main choices are 40k (not ever going to happen, complete rules overhaul pending) and X-Wing. Other things get played, but nothing like those two. Case in point would be the abortive Bolt Action "tournament." I've been doing some trawling on the net but I'll play around with the game a bit, and go from there. I always did best with Imperials but I want to step out of that comfort zone. First dipping of the toes back into the water was a game vs Andy. He has basically enough guys to field one Imperial List. I have basically enough Scum for a list, so a fair list-building environment right there. His was Interceptor (Tur Phenir), Interceptor, Interceptor, Tie, Tie, Tie. Mine was Bobba Fett (With Greedo, HLC, seismic bomb), Z-95, Z-95, (both with one-shot turrets) Y-Wing with Autoblaster turret. How'd I go?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Battletech Batrep: Raven Feeders' Training day

Chris dropped by for a game using my Battletech box set. Unit identification will be a little complicated by the fact all the mechs are in similar Camo, and not being able to duplicate any mech was a bit of a constraint. However there are 24 mechs in that box set so plenty of choice. Probably enough to do an Alpha Strike force too? I set this at 160 tons, with a 75 ton limit. Any of the 3025-3039  era variants were allowed. As the away team, Chris got first dibs and took the heaviest, the 70 ton Grasshopper. He rounded it out with a Jenner (F version with extra armour), Commando and Spider. I took an Enforcer, Hunchback (AC10 variant), Whitworth and the little 20 ton Mercury  (proxied using a Hermes). This meant I had to give four mechs my speed paint job. I'm still not halfway through the box set... There are a few dice on the table, Battletech fans will know these denote Walking (green), running (red), and jumping (blue). These penalise your shooting. The number on the dice is the total mod to enemies shooting at you. Faster mechs often had the speed to get this up to a three, while the heavier ones generally just got a one but benifited from a more stable platform for their shooting. It would be a test of range vs knife fighting. Who won: Red team or Blue team?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Impetvs Batrep: The Legions vs the Shadow of the East

At least that's what I'm calling whatever Andy's force actually was. It has been MUCH too long but the Legions of Germania (in their MIR incarnation) did battle once more against their preferred foes: Something containing at least traces of other Romans. I think those Warlord boxed deals made a huge impact on our collections around the time we all got our armies. I believe Andy's force was something like Armenians. Imperial intelligence is hazy on this though so maybe they were something fitting, like Sarmatians with a substantial light infantry components. Andy is, I think, in the midst of a rebasing so my Romans may soon need that treatment so we can be on 12cms... but the 8cms worked so well I almost want to stick with them. The format was 300pts, 28mm troops and only the haziest understanding of the rules (sorry Andy!) but much fun was had. But who won?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

9th Age Batrep: The Great Crusade

It's the first outing of my new 9th Age Fantasy Army. They are actually based on a race from my own Fantasy world: The Anatani. In 9th Age, they are Warriors of the Dark Gods (aka Chaos Warriors) and I've made mine out of a combination of Mantic Salamanders, Reaper Bones Bathalians, a couple of toy cannon from Russia, and odds and sods like my Ogres standing in for trolls and actual barbarians as the barbarians. This was to make the army work at 2000 pts (Jason was practicing for a comp in Dunedin) as I needed more special and less rare. Jason has a pretty sweet Sylan Elf army based largely around multiple clones of Elrond and Legolas with lots of GW LOTR elves in there.

My stuff is less pretty, not least because the army is a quick and dirty Fantasy Army project to give me something else than my morphed historical stuff. He had a couple of Eagles, a couple of trios of Treemen, a big block of archers, another big block of spears, obligatory sword masters, and some stealth-elves for the equally obligatory backline shenanigans. His Mage was lvl 2 lore of white magic. I hade two blocks of warriors (shields and two handed weapons), two trios of trolls, a pair of hell-cannon, a unit of monstrous cavalry, and a unit of barbarian auxiliaries with shields. The boss was a lvl 4 Sorceror with lore of fire. How did the we go?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Renedra Tower: Rough Review

I've seen a fair few sort of previews and sprue pics around. However, one good thread on Lead Adventure forum aside, little that describes what people have done with the the finished product. I'm approaching this from my typical Rough Wargamer perspective. I build and paint my stuff but aren't much of a wargaming artiste. I also don't tend to want to spend a huge amount of time or expense on things as now am on three kids, so don't have these to spare. I was prompted to get this by another Local's epic blog post, of a massive Fantasy siege battle. It made my mind go back to when I was a kid and some guys were demoing Wargames in the foyer of a supermarket. The Warhammer game had a cool castle tower. It was probably that little GW one but hey, I was about seven years old. Basically, I've got the idea that a cool castle is now mandatory for any Fantasy project. To do this, I clearly needed something easy to make table ready at a low skill level for a decent price. So how does the Renedra Tower measure up to these criteria?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

More Challengers Emerge (I Wish)

I wish they were. This was my favourite part of this year's Gencon seminar. The name of the segment was "shameless market research." Infinity is the only game I've played in a while that I haven't been inclined to either tinker with or expand. Their rules and setting are just currently that good. Now, like GWs pretentious claim: Corvus Belli are definitely a miniatures company first. Amazing, and very expensive miniatures so I can see them managing to be the GW replacement some long for and achieve a level of quality that others so far have not managed with their Fantasy games. Combining background, tight rules, tournament support with pretty high-end models. I guess my only concern would be how I can continue to feed my family if they ever make this game... because could you imagine Infinity prices at mass battle scale? 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fantasy Renaissance: One year on

It's a bit over one year on now, since Warhammer Fantasy ended as an official thing. Games Workshop then relaunched a purportedly skirmish scaled game, Age of Sigmar. Immediately the crows then gathered over the slain hero - Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Initially, I could see quite a few contenders. However, I'd suggest two games in effectively open public beta have gone the distance. I mean, Kings of War is still there. However it is in desperate need of an Apostle Paul to rework what often looks like a bit of a narrow cult for the mass consumption (we are all ok with religious history analogies right? After all my 11 year old's favourite series of YouTube histories even does it https://youtu.be/E1ZZeCDGHJE ) Until that occurs, I'd say those who really want a company supported game, first and foremost, are getting more and more what they want via major changes to Age of Sigmar, proving it more of a Beta than a monolithic edition release. Those whose care not for an official imprimatur for their gaming, have Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age. Sure it also claims its full 1.0 release but there will be changes and like Age of Sigmar, this is a feature, not a bug. Edit: And in timely breaking news: Fantasy Flight Games now have a ranked battle Wargame. Title is Runewars: The Miniatures Game, and it's NOT preprinted. Looks interesting in that the movement trays are making me nostalgic for WOTR. I'm sure square based models can be saboted for it though. So two companies and a challenger emerges...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Battletech: The Raven Feeders

This is HQ to any available units; we have mechs down at nav gamma. Bravo Cadet reports four Suspects on site. Bandits are hostile, I repeat bandits are hostile. HQ this is Alpha Assault; I am on my way baring 025. Computer: ETA 34 seconds. Alpha Assault, this is Bravo Cadet I have bandits all over me -- get down here! Alpha Assault: Sit tight I have a visual. Bravo Cadet: I have hip actuators out, my targeting systems damaged; I am in bad shape. Computer: Enemy Detected. Bravo Cadet: Behind me beyond the rise. Alpha Assault: Acknowledged, I have them. Computer: Targeting. Bravo Cadet: It has a lock on me! It has a lock on me! Computer: Targeting. Computer: Warning, Ammunition levels critical. Computer: Weapon depleted. Alpha Assault, this is HQ, what is your situation? Alpha Assault, this is HQ, what is your situation -- please comply!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Battletech: Roll to determine face plant direction

I've been meaning to get this game for ages. I first encountered the universe in its 1980s heyday, when I was not very old, via an in-Universe novel about the Grey Death Legion. The setting seemed to have it all. Big Robots, obviously. But also back-stabbing, grounded military fiction, discoveries of ancient relics and a kind of Sharpe's Rifles atmosphere to it all. It didn't hurt either that one of the all time best PC games made is Mechwarrior 2, set around the time of the ongoing Clan Invasion and featuring a great into FMV piece with the my favourite mech in a starring role. For all that, I Got into proper wargaming after FASA imploded, so the miniatures game itself was off my radar until Catalyst came out with a new Box set.

Friday, June 10, 2016

This is not a Test: Snipe Hunting at Philpot Bog

Jason's new obsession is 'This is not a test' aka TNT, the post apocalyptic skirmish game. Long time readers may remember we did a demo game at NATCON 2011, last time it was in Christchurch. We (by which I mean Jason) were supposed to make the campaign half of our rules but that never took place. However, we still have all our stuff, my Scavengers / Settlers, Jason's Brotherhood of Steel, Andys Paramilitary forces. Jason and Andy also made amazing terrain, that Jason has accumulated by various wheels n deals. So when Jason wanted a game, there was zero barrier to entry. This was not least because this game is amazingly similar to what we had come up with: D10s, alternating activations with rolls, skirmish scale with customisable load outs, cards based encounters, a 2 AP order structure... The list goes on. What it doesn't really have is the same attempt to model friction (as with my stress markers) and far less reactions. So it is a bit different. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

WOTR: Workers and Peasants of Gondor vs Running Dog Lackeys of the Valar

Hundreds of Years after the Elven running-dog-lackeys of the Valar aided in the betrayal of the proud workers paradise of Carn Dum, the spirit of the revolution has not died. Every decade more Elves slink over the sea. King Elessar has died. Even the Dwarves have all found a very deep hole, under the Misty Mountains, and look set to make it deeper. Workers and Peasants of Middle Earth, the time is now. Our agents have made their way from the Red Fortress Ministry of Truth. We are ready to show the flailing men of the South the Light of the New Shadow and our glorious Revolution. Every giant ... presupposes a dwarf, every genius a hidebound philistine.... The first are too great for this world, and so they are thrown out. But the latter strike root in it and remain.... Now small and petty men rule the Reunited Kingdom and the Shadow shall rise once more. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Infinity / Next Plan / ...

I really enjoy homebrew campaigns and houserules. However it can be a lot of work so sometimes I like getting it all handed to me. I first got into Infinity because Sci Fi armoured guys are on the official Rough(WOTR) Wishlist. I stayed with the game when I realised how crazy deep the rules are. And now they are running a campaign. The campaign has got me quite motivated to play Infinity games. This in turn has got me motivated to get stuff done. This means there needs to be another Infinity project. First things first though, how is the Campaign going?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Star Wars Armada: Imperial Rearguard Action

Imperial Admiral Than (John) is withdrawing his forces from his home base here in the Outer-Rim to a temporary refuge the Colonies region. A sizeable (6mm Soviet 'Moderns' armoured) ground force was sold to local arms dealers. No doubt this will be on sold to the Rebellion... Much data, lore and intelligence (including the Westend SW RPG) was simply abandoned. Not all was to be left behind though and the Empire tarried in the Outer Rim on some purpose.... Then crucial Intel was located by Bothan spies being recovered from local asteroids by Imperial Agents. The Rebels got the jump on the fleeing Imperials. Did Imperial Admiral Than/Tarkin teach the Rebellion one last lesson before he left?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Infinity: Operation Flamestrike

Beasts of War and Corvus Belli have a joint global campaign going. Production quality is very high, including achievements, graphs, and regular YouTube updates. I have joined as PanOceania and so far have netted out as even: one loss and one draw. I've cross-posted the reports here. They can also be seen on the Flamestrike Website. Since that's not really searchable, direct links here: http://flamestrike.warconsole.com/battles/vs-andy-1457844205

Saturday, February 13, 2016

I actually built something

That's a box of Spartan Scenics rooms, and a box of corridors finally built. Two cans of black spray paint were almost, but not quite, enough to undercoat it all.

I like that these are modular and their roofs all come off. Better yet no windows so perfect for Infinity. I have a very, very, simple paint scheme in mind. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Campaign Turn 2: Dimlit Vale

Here it is, the YFirwald. So far the graveyard of one Human expedition. Recently. I wonder what the Sorrowfords may been named for... But new Leadership headed a new army, Mercenaries rather than Imperial troops, north through Deogol Fens. Meanwhile, The Mage Arcturus led his small band of treasure hunters to pick through half drowned ruins lining the sunken way to Dimlit Vale. Rumour had it that great earth-burrowing Wyrmms hunted there. However, none were seen and were mayhap just a rumour or Elven ruse to deter treasure seekers. The Elven Mage reprised his aggressive strategy and was caught alone, surrounded by Arcturus' elite Rangers. Somehow the wounded Elves all survived but the Humans bore off much treasure. Treasure enough to draw many hard bitten mercenaries  to our banners....

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bolt Action: One game 'Tournament'

Last time there was a Christchurch Bolt Action event, it was at the overpriced / Sales "discount" Event at Conquest. It didn't make numbers. Most of the Bolt Action players seem to play at the Woolston club. It got offered again at Warclouds, the Woolston club's annual main-event. The last time I went to a tournament was pre-three year old. So I've been a gaming hermit for a while. I decided that I'd definitely make this one, and even arranged for someone to watch my three kids on the Sunday.... 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Book of War as a D10 system: Combat

Most will be aware that the reason GW games used a D6 was that this is more common, and cheaper,  than  other dice. Their flagship games were conceived of a one die per model and the handfuls of dice this could lead to made other polyhedrons uneconomic. Though they made the decision when the model count of their games was much lower, I think it was vindicated by the number of games that used it (it's obviously not 'broken') and in what it allowed. My favourite GW game is War of the Ring, and the choice to go d6s was was perfect there. I remember facing Martin's goblin hordes, at a 1000pt tournament, and having him fill a beer glass up with the smaller size of d6, before rolling them all out. Very thematic. But I've drifted from one model per die in an effort to speed up play.... So what if the Book of War was reimagined as a d10 game?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bolt Action: To do list

This arrived in the post for me today. A seriously large 1/56 scale resin Soviet SPG. I foresee a lot of filing in my future to get it to the stage I can prime it. Then it has to be painted. I'm on a tight timeline. This beast is intended for Warclouds Bolt Action on Waitangi weekend so 1.5 weeks. I've seen some cool camo schemes on the net but I think time will permit Russian Green. Pretty cool model though, it's Warlord and has the barrels for 122mm and 152mm guns but no DShK. If I had more time, I'd order some magnets for the barrel but this one will be 152mm.

Then next on the to do list is finally some Finns. Baker Company still owe me (and heaps of others) our Kickstarter extras. I did get enough Rifflemen in summer uniforms to make up these guys. It's actually enough for true commander, three 8 man Vet squads and a Long Range Recon squad. Then I have a sniper team (the best in the game due to the ambush rule?) and a flamethrower. With either a T-34/85 or ISU-152 that's 1000pts. And I had just enough gale force 9 magnetic bases. These guys will not be for me. Jason will use them in all their grey-primed glory for my practice game on Saturday and the reason I got them out at all is my some wants to play.