GN 19 May: Slaughter in the Dark

Game Night Report. A Recovery Team was tasked with escorting a Technician through an underground research facility to its Command Center. All he had to do there was hack the main console and copy some critical files onto his deck. Easy in, easy out.

The facility’s power was out, so dim Emergency Lighting limited LOS 6 squares. That made the generator an important but secondary mission objective.

Despite the Power Room being nearby and two nice pieces of Recoverable gear on the way, the team barely made it half way through the second board. Strung out with Ragers and Zeds coming in waves, the intrepid mercs ended up kibbles and bits by turn three.

All I can say is they went down fighting. Rematch next week.

Sum pichers:

Broke out the Interior boards last night.
Broke out the Interior boards last night.
There are two 12" x 24" and two 24" x 24" boards allowing for multiple configurations.
There are two 12″ x 24″ and two 24″ x 24″ boards allowing for multiple configurations.
Command Center consoles
Command Center consoles
Might want to turn on the lights first though.
Might want to turn on the lights first though.
Crew leader with Heavy and Medic.
Crew leader with Heavy and Medic.
Fixer with Wittle Wepair Wobots
Fixer with Wittle Wepair Wobots
Muscle with Technician. "Map says the first aid station is around here somewhere."
Muscle with Technician. “Map says the first aid station is around here somewhere.”
They keep coming
They keep coming
Even worse, they get back up
Even worse, they get back up
It was sitting there, waiting for them.
It was sitting there, waiting for them.

Live and learn. (‘Die and learn’ in this case.) Maybe their next attempt will go better.

Have a great day.

Latest Game night

Started a simple three-game linked scenario on Tues eves. We’re using old Cybertronic and Urban War Colonial Marines for the Terran Defense Force, and metal Eldar as off-world mercenary guilds. Both must fend off a generic Xenos invasion. (courtesy of some old metal Nids)

It was too dark for in-game shots but here are some from the Morning After.

 

Table set up with three objectives: Vital Data in the old lab; Air Defense Emplacement ; and Xenos Hive.
Table set up with three objectives: Vital Data in the old lab; Air Defense Emplacement ; and Xenos Hive.
A single corporate Rapid Response Team with Adjudicator is the only TDF force available at this time.
A single corporate Rapid Response Team with Adjudicator is the only TDF force available at this time.
Guild mercenaries were hired to bolster the TDF recovery operation. Here are Guild CBQ Specialists.
Guild mercenaries were hired to bolster the TDF recovery operation. Here are Guild CBQ Specialists.
Guild Marksmen.
Guild Marksmen.
Hive Guard, literally.
Hive Guard, literally.
Slitherers at the Air Defense Emplacement
Slitherers at the Air Defense Emplacement
Teeth with legs coming your way.
Teeth with legs coming your way.
Corporate troopers advance cautiously. No body = no death benefits. And the big Bugs have Acid Launchers.
Corporate troopers advance cautiously. No body = no death benefits. And the big Bugs have Acid Launchers.

As one of the Terran Defense Force players will be absent next week, and I’ve been reading the Interface Zero 2.0 RPG book, I’ll run a stand-alone, cyberpunk flavored Escort mission. (“All you gotta do is get the Principle across the table. How hard is that?)

The Alien Invasion will resume at our regularly scheduled time the following week. Take Care and have a great weekend.

Big Dog Support for MOUT Force

So I am not posting pix of the previous two game nights because my D10s are traitorous little plastic polyhedrals. It’s as if they instinctively know to roll the exact opposite of whatever target number I need in a particular situation. *5 or less? How’s three 10s hit ya? Muwahahahahahha* Bastards have left my forces strewn in inept, bloody chunks across the battlefield two weeks in a row now. The phrase ‘Never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity’ sums up my tactical acumen.

So… here’s some posed shots of my Pig Iron MOUT force with ‘Big Dog/Pitbull’ support droid. It’s a Reaper CAV ‘Simba’ I found on eBay. A bit big, but seeing as it’s a futuristic variant with light weapons support, it works fine.

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Big Dog/Pitbull D:PLS. Droid- Portage and Light Support. “Deeples”. Paint him red and call him Clifford.
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At the electrical junction box bunker.
Infantry with Zandris IV battle suit. Get one - You know  want to.
Infantry with Zandris IV battle suit. Get one – You know want to.
MOUT Team Rhino. Smile when you say that.
MOUT Team Gator. Smile when you say that.

Our next game is slated to be a ‘seize the high ground terrain in ruined city’. My worthy opponent will deploy some Infinity Combined Army figs while I’m considering Reaper Chronoscope IMEF Marines with an old SST Grizzly suit. Pictures if I win.

Or at least tie.

Take Care.

oh yeah…

Sniper: they call him 'The Finger of God.'
Sniper: they call him ‘The Finger of God.’

Bug Hunt Demo Set – Terrain and Mech

Wanted to give an update with pix of some finished terrain pieces and the replacement Armored Combat Suit for the Terran force. Click images for larger versions.

First the Terrain:
These are JR Miniatures Ruined Research Station pieces and Armorcast Tech Walls mounted on MDF, along with styrofoam debris and bits. Limits the configuration but easier to store and set up. Armorcast is the usual excellent product while the JR pieces are more lightweight, like rigid foam, and a bit sloppier detail-wise. It’s fine for ruins. Nothing a bit of paint and flock won’t cover.

Ruined Lab 1
Ruined Lab 1

Ruined Lab 2
Ruined Lab 2

Next is a foamcore, balsa, and styrofoam building corner. Simple enough.

Building A corner
Building A corner

Building A corner from the front.
Building A corner from the front.

Last is a small fueling station made with a vitamin bottle and pieces from the bits box.

Fuel Station 7
Fuel Station 7

Here are some close-ups:

Safety first? No. Safety OFF. Sedition Wars and HF figs. Part of a salvage crew.
Safety first? No. Safety OFF. Sedition Wars and HF figs. Part of a salvage crew.

Levi Nekh. Captain of the "Angry Rabbit", a  Torres Mk5 Heavy Freighter favored by pirates, smugglers, and salvage companies.
Levi Nekh. Captain of the “Angry Rabbit”, a Torres Mk5 Heavy Freighter favored by pirates, smugglers, and salvage companies.
Still  searching.
Still searching.

I have several more pieces planned.

Second, after posting the Bug Hunting crew, sho3box kindly recommended Mantic’s new strider suit for Deadzone, as opposed to the Dreadball fig I modified. I’m glad he did. The difference is significant. Nice model, reasonable price, clean casting, easy assembly with different weapon and cockpit options. What’s not to like? Here are some shots:

Flamer and chainsaw? The new Strider is perfect for bug hunt missions.
Flamer and chainsaw? The new Strider is perfect for bug hunt missions.
"Here buggy, buggy!"
“Here buggy, buggy!”
Bug stompers advance
Bug stompers advance

That’s it for now. Back to NaNoWriMo and The Grim Fall.

Thanks and Take Care.

Snipers old and new

Depending on your chosen ruleset, in-game snipers range from ‘handy in certain situations’ to ‘beautiful long-distance lethality’. (at least that’s what we call ’em around here.) Given the historical effectiveness of snipers/dedicated marksmen during the British Afghan Campaign, the American Civil War, the Battle of Stalingrad, and currently in the Middle East, add new technology for jaw-dropping firearms like the Barrett 50 cal or my favorite, the Russian Vychlop, I think their use on the fictional near future/sci fi battlefield is a given.

That said, here is some recent brushwork on two sniper figs. The first an old SM Scout. (I always liked the metal scouts more than regular Space Marines) The second a new Infinity Ariadna sculpt. I think I’ll dig through my collection soon and snap pix of all my sniper figs, but for now here are these two.

old faithful sculpt still works after all these years.
old faithful sculpt still works after all these years.
Excellent new sculpt from Corvus Belli. Altho that clip is too long for a sniper rifle.
Excellent new sculpt from Corvus Belli. Altho that clip is too long for a sniper rifle.

Demo set – Part 1

Posted previously about the opportunity to run an “after-school enrichment class” on table top gaming. I’m scheduled to make a presentation and run a demo for interested students in early December, so that’s very cool. Figured I’d run a straight up Bug Hunt for the demo game. Here are some shots of the first phase of the Demo Set. Reaper Chronoscope Bones marines, a GW pilot from the BfM set to act as the Scientist, and a Mantic Games piloted armored suit for Heavy Support. All from eBay.

Section Five Rapid Intervention Team. "Sorrel's Stompers"
Section Five Rapid Intervention Team. “Sorrel’s Stompers”

Made the mistake of spray priming the Chronoscope Bones figs. Lost some detail but they’re OK for demo purposes and rough handling.

In the ruins of the Xenos-biogen  facility. "Damage looks self-inflicted. What happened here?"
In the ruins of the Xenos-biogen facility. “Damage looks self-inflicted. What happened here?”

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Mantic and GW comparison shot. Tiny soldier piloting that thing?
Mantic and GW comparison shot. Tiny soldier piloting that thing?
Terrain so far. Some bought at clearance, some scratch built, some combo. The Heroquest hive thing was only $8.
Terrain so far. Some bought at clearance, some scratch built, some combo. The Heroquest hive thing was only $8.
Close up of some of the boys.
Close up of some of the boys.

Xenos forces coming next. Slow but sure and on a budget. Wish me luck.

Gator Team: Pig Iron MOUT force

As promised, shots of my latest ‘skirmish set’: two squads, FAT-Man Exo suits (Full Armor- Tactical) and IFV transport. (courtesy of Old Crow) Re-watching the battle scene in Ralph Feinnes’ ‘Coriolanus’ inspired me to try Urban Camo. Still hunting for a suitable gun-sled drone to round this set out. I’m thinking the upcoming Khurasan grav-stuff might fill the bill.

FAT-Man suits courtesy of ZandrisIV
FAT-Man suits courtesy of ZandrisIV
Gator One
Gator One
Gator Two
Gator Two
Ken "Snuff" Koda - sniper
Ken “Snuff” Koda – sniper
IFV  - the mighty 'Thunder Weasel' rides again.
IFV – the mighty ‘Thunder Weasel’ rides again.
Increased lethality for the modern urban combat environment.
Increased lethality for the modern urban combat environment.
Rubble Rats with fangs.
Rubble Rats with fangs.
Gator Team -  suited, booted, smooth  and strapped.
Gator Team – suited, booted, smooth and strapped.