Game Night 8/27

So I’m getting a little jealous of the camera on my buddy’s phone. And I lost this time, which rubs salt in the wound. It’s kinda pissing me off.

OK, got that out of the way.

Any recommendations on a decent digital camera for minis?

All our recent games have been straight up brawls, what with my friend wrapping his head around game mechanics and familiarizing with his Haqq force. So there’s not much narrative for a Bat-Rep. Unless you count, “Advance to contact, then slug it out.” He won this game using his rocket launcher specialist to pop in and destroy the Comms relay station.

Here are some pictures:

Drone activates first
Drone activates first

This shot is one of the reasons I love gaming.

Even though the Kem Var lost, this was my MVP.
Even though the Kem Var lost, this was my MVP.
You'll never take me alive!
You’ll never take me alive!

Grenadier advances AFTER Drone takes out mono-bikes. Smart...
Grenadier advances AFTER Drone takes out mono-bikes. Smart…
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Pix from STALKER games

Well that pic-swipe from another site didn’t work out. Sorry.

Here are some shots from STALKER-themed games.

If you’ve never played the STALKER PC games, I think you’re missing out. They’re slow burn, sandlot, RPG-type shooters set in Chernobyl. Moody, exotic, (in a barren, radiated sort of way) with loads of automatic weapons.

Lead Adventure makes the most appropriate figs, IMO.

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Game Night 8/20/13

A root canal kept me from creating any kind of narrative for a Bet Rep, but here are pix from latest game night. Bloodied my friend’s Haqq force. It was a close battle with hefty body count. The Haqq pulled off a win first time out though.

Restricted Area: Missile Silos
Restricted Area: Missile Silos
Launch Control Bunkers
Launch Control Bunkers
Battlespace from Haqq deployment zone.
Battlespace from Haqq deployment zone.

Once again we used out “Cleared To Engage” house rules that let you slot in any figs. nothing new or deep, they’re designed for fast, fun, pick-up games.

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Haqq Mono-bikes: cool, fast, fragile as hell.
Haqq Mono-bikes: cool, fast, fragile as hell.
Stand-off
Stand-off
Xeno commander with a couple pets.
Xeno commander with a couple pets.

Drone Support and various Covert Ops teams

One of the things the Infinity rules got correct IMO, was the proliferation of drones and remote-controlled units down on the tactical/skirmish level. I look for some form of drone support for all my 28mm sci fi skirmish teams now. I think the aesthetic worked for the jungle ninjas of Kem Var here.

Infinity Drone added to MERCS Kem Var team
Infinity Drone added to MERCS Kem Var team
Might have to battle-test this TOE on Tues eve.
Might have to battle-test this TOE on Tues eve.

MERCS have released 7th members for their various factions. Picked up the KW assassin off eBay the other week.

New MERC Keizai Waza fig front row, far right. Cause nuthing sez 'assassin' like a chick with a katana.
New MERC Keizai Waza fig front row, far right. Cause nuthing sez ‘assassin’ like a chick with a katana.

Black Friar Security with lightly armed recon drone.

Ghost Recon Alpha?
Ghost Recon Alpha?

My proxy Yellow Jackets CCC MERCS team. Used Heresy Miniatures Sci Fi troopers. Great service, great product, great guy. (I need a few more Trenchcoat Gangers to finish off my set)

Note to self: add decal on shoulder/knee pads.
Note to self: add decal on shoulder/knee pads.

Made an Eshu International skirmish crew using USCR MERCS figs for the Triplets, various Infinity figs for Poet9, Jace and Tam, and added in a DP9 drone for Poet9.

Eshu International crew
Eshu International crew

Not a GW fan but nostalgia demands a set of METAL Space Marines. Here they are in all their power-armor, purity seal, skull-laden glory. I’m stalking eBay for a few more to round out the collection.

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I see lead people…

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Not a post on indie-publishing or faith in fiction or any such. This time, it’s personal.

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WARGAMING

An odd, analog hobby for a digital age. Forget WoW – gimme 28mm lead tin alloy.

H.G. Wells was the one to popularize and codify it for us English types way back in 1913. Wiki up here You can insist it’s ‘table top military re-enactments’ or ‘miniature tactical simulation’ all you want, but you’re really playing with toy soldiers. After all these years, I still have to resist making “pew, pew, pew! ratatatatatat! aaargh…” sound effects as the game unfolds.

Some background: A car accident at the age of 7 left me less than athletic, and much of my childhood was spent trying to but never quite fitting in to normal kid-activities. I was self-conscious, an outsider, pretty confused and unhappy, actually. Spent a lot of time in my mind. And…

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