ZONA ALFA: The Factory at Dobryanka

ZONA ALFA Test Game Jan. 19, 2019

Four members of the Cape Cod Wargame Commission spent Saturday afternoon playing Zona Alfa. We decided on a Factory Raid in a Threat Level Two area – four Hot Spots plus the Mission Objective.

A 2 v 2 game, Other Pat and I faced off against Matt and John. Each player was allowed 12K to form their crews. In typical authoritarian fashion, Matt’s Evil Landlord and a Property Manager Henchman rousted the Serfs, kitted them with AKs and E-Juice (Amphetamines and Vodka) gave them a rousing speech and sent them into battle. The rest of us opted for more balanced forces with a mix of Veterans and Hardened Zone dogs.

The Mission Objective was a cache of supplies in the old factory. There was a Six Turn Limit and no Visible Hostiles in sight.

Turns One and Two saw both sides jockeying for position trading shots on either side of the factory. Matt advanced to the car wrecks adn the Army truck. Eager for Salvage, John triggered the Hot Spot to his front by the barracks and spawned three Zombies. Fortunately for him, they popped up out of LOS of his squad and began shuffling toward the nearest visible target, in this case, a gaggle of Matt’s Green Recruits.

Part of my squad angled toward the factory while the Sniper and RPK looked for good angles near the fuel tanks. Other Pat’s Veterans leap-frogged between the Conex containers and the Office.

There were some casualties, two Serfs who got caught in the open by my sniper. Evil Landlord Matt was unfazed. “Plenty more where they came from.”

Turn Three and Four saw both sides scrupulously avoiding any more secondary Hot Spots, moving wide around them to avoid the triggering radius, and trading fire, trying to Kill or at least Pin their opponents. The race to the Factory was on.


A nasty little firefight erupted around the old brick building; people chucking grenades through windows, spraying full auto through doors, firing down onto the factory floor. Then to add to the chaos, someone – can’t recall who – triggered the Zone Hostiles lurking around the cache. More Zombies.

Despite all the flying lead and shambling undead, lucky dice rolls by Other Pat and me carried the day. Our opponents were beaten back and conceded the game.

My man Ivan, providing covering fire from the gantry like a hearty comrade

Our Take Aways:

  1. This was a one shot game. We all agreed we would be much more cautious with our crew if we were in a campaign.
  2. Big areas need more cover. AKs have decent range and even though support weapons like the RPK and the Sniper rifle slow a STALKER down, they can definitely reach out and touch someone. My Sniper suffered some bad luck but even then, his position on those Fuel Tanks dominated that section of the table. (Matt also could have used Smoke Grenades, had he thought to bring them.)
  3. Might be good to introduce a Chess Clock or sand timer to ratchet up the tension, force decisions, and speed up the game.

That’s all for now. Settling down for a holiday tomorrow and going to watch “Counterpart” on Amazon.

Thanks and have an excellent day.

Start: the dungeon of Sagra-Bayar

The modular dungeon of Sagra-Bayar, that is.

Completed the latest round of glass work this weekend and allowed the hobby to take over one of my shop tables for a couple days. Now this idea had been bouncing around my head for a while: 3D dungeon tiles using faux-stone vinyl tiles. Seemed like a fast and simple way to get a sturdy, stone floor. Add a hunk of 1″ insulation foam, some cheap craft paint, a couple paint pens, lots of elbow grease scoring the stone work, and glue.

The result is three 12″x 12″ rooms, six 6″ x 12″ corridors, and eight 6″ x 6″ rooms.

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I know there’s lots of detailing yet to be done. I’m going to scour my bits box and the internet for details and banners, and I suspect I’ll want to pick up a couple sets of 28mm scenics and furniture, but I think this is a good start. So far, the project cost less than $50.

More pictures coming as I progress. I’m looking forward to our next dungeon crawl even more now.

Have a great day.

Free Terrain to a Good Home

 

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Four Pieces 9″ x 14″ mounted on plexiglass. WW2-flavor ruins, change the posters and they could be any warzone or post-apoc setting.

Scratch built out of styrofoam, foam core, cardboard, I made these ages ago when I taught “Military Miniatures and Table Top Gaming” as a part of an after-school program in local middle schools. Sturdy for constant use/abuse, slightly oversized to make it easy to maneuver figs in and around, they’re veterans of hundreds of battles and have held up well.

They’re taking up needed shelf space and I figured it’s better to send them off to someone who will use them than them to collect dust. Figs are for scale and are NOT INCLUDED.

Comment here if you’re interested and we can work out a postage quote to your confirmed address.

 

New Terrain Piece

Saw this Star of Chaos bouncing around online late one night and thought I should do something with it. So…

 

A scrap of 1″ insulation foam, a couple hours with an X-acto, some house paint, and voila! an Evil Dias.

Mantic ghouls scrounged from my bitz box make appropriate Tormented and Damned climbing from the flames while a Reaper Bones skeleton on throne adds a dash of underworldly tyrannical menace. I might fuss with it a bit more but right now it looks like a good place for a final Boss fight for one of our mini-campaigns.

A couple more shots:

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NEXT UP: FREE TERRAIN TO A GOOD HOME

MOUT and Mat

As promised, pictures of the GameMatz mat. Judge for yourself. Also took some pics of my reinforced Near Future MOUT team on the mat to give you some context.

The MOUT team was initially composed of excellent Pig Iron NF Infantry with an Old Crow APC, an old Void Viridian sniper for support, an old metal CAV Simba mech to hump gear, plus two excellent Zandris IV battlesuits for slugging it out in the ruins.

I wanted to beef the team up a bit so I picked up an old VOR Union ARES battlesuit off eBay then a cool looking grav drone from Khurasan Miniatures. (fits nice, eh?) Well then I had to hunt down figs to represent elite Delta-types. Settled on a rather obscure set from Sergeant Major Miniatures. The aesthetic was similar to PI stuff, plus the NVGs were very cool.

Here they are. Have a good week.

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Black patches upper left, center top, left of center crater bottom edge. Small logo lower right.

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Printing is fairly stark B/W. Again, not terrible but less than expected.

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ARES Suit with Sgt Major figs

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Bravo Squad with Big Dog

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Drone footage?

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Very keen grav-drone from Khurasan Miniatures. You need one of these for your NF force

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Skulking through the rubble

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Point and Shout

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Support elements.

Wire Cutter Test Pieces

With a ruined castle looming on the horizon of our SOBH campaign, I picked up a hot wire cutter off Amazon. I made two very simple  test pieces to get a feel for how it works.

It’s a very handy tool with loads of terrain-building potential. Nasty fumes aside, it cuts  1″ and 2″ insulation foam like a dream, and now that I’ve got some mistakes out of the way, the next batch will be that much better. Now I get to hunt down inspiration for the Storm Crag Keep – a very cool problem to have.

Next SOBH adventure Tues eve: “The Desecration of St. Cuthbert’s Abbey.” Have a great weekend.

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Junction Box Bunker no. 3

Gaming schedule is getting back on track next week. Here’s one of the new terrain pieces for the upcoming mini-campaign. Even if you don’t add detailing from your bitz box, Home Depot is an excellent source for inexpensive, interesting structures. A little spray paint, some drybrushing, and you’re good.

Electrical gangbox and bitz.
Electrical gangbox and bitz.

Add some plastic bulkhead doors from the Sedition wars set.
Add some plastic bulkhead doors from the Sedition wars set.

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Modified TAG soldier goes full-auto on old VOR NeoSov mutant.
Modified TAG soldier goes full-auto on old VOR NeoSov mutant.

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Upper walkway is two plastic .22 bullet holders supported by plastic girders
Upper walkway is two plastic .22 bullet holders supported by plastic girders

Wish that gun emplacement worked.
Wish that gun emplacement worked.

Hannibal at the gate!
Hannibal at the gate!