Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All's Quiet at the Martian Front at EWG

Scott & I hosted 4 of the fellows to our playtest of the All's Quiet game for Mayday.

Thus I will not be imparting the details of the scenario until its run at Mayday.

The general scenario is there is an Ironclad which the Martians have detected heading towards one of their redoubts & have sent a force to destroy it.

This is quite the sacrificial lamb. There are several infantry & artillery units deployed in Stealth (blips) around the Ironclad.

The Martians advance.  That's a lot of Tripods.

The overall battlefield.

The unit of Rough Riders swarmed a scout & immoblized it with 3 markers...the Tripod wasn't going anywhere.

The battle continues with numerous hits, doing minimal damage.

The Martian perspective.

Time didn't allow us to proceed past the second turn. There were lots of hits, but penetrating or actually rolling on the Tripod damage results table were abysmal . Not a single tripod was destroyed during this battle, though 3 were crippled & another immobilized.

Just a view from the US forces rear.

Scott & I will be tweaking the scenario between now & Mayday.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Finds & AQoTMF Heavy Field Artillery

I spent Saturday in the city with my wife as she wanted to do some shopping at Giant Tiger.

This usually results in my looking through their T-shirts & DVD movies before getting bored & heading out to wait in the car.  However my perusal of the toy section did give me pause as I noticed some vehicles, which although the sign said were 1/32 scale...were not. I did find another vehicle for sale that was 1/32 & held them up to one another.

These were definately not 1/32. So I quickly started going through the selection & decided on these below.

What was even better, is they were on sale for $3 a piece. Once home I opened them up & upon inspecting the bottoms, discovered they ranged in scale. Anywhere from 1/38? to 1/50. Ok I can live with that, as I posed a couple Zombicide figures besides the VW Van.

I also finished the second last unit I needed for the Mayday game. Here we have Heavy Field Artillery unit.

This leaves me with the Command Tank, which is now drying from the brushed on dip & will be matte sprayed tomorrow just in time to take to the club for our playtest.

Monday, April 13, 2015

All's Quiet Anti-Tripod Gun & more Infantry

I've completed the Anti-Tripod Gun & more infantry for All's Quiet on the Martian Front.

Up first the Anti-Tripod Gun. This single element unit is made of metal. I am still working on painting the crew members.

I've also completed another unit of US Doughboy's

I also have a unit of British Infantry. These lad's are equipped with the latest of the Queen's Armoury inventions which utilize Martian Technology.

One of the elements is equipped with a Coil Gun, which adds a bit more clout to the penetration power.

 I've got the Heavy Field Guns put together & just have to weather them. As well the crewmen for the guns have been started.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sword & Spear at EWG

Tonight Scott hosted us in a game of Sword & Spear.

I played the Hittites with Taylor, while Bruce & Brian took the opponents. Sorry don't recall the force.

Both sides played the one flank heavy with Chariots. As well both forces Generals were very much involved on this flank.

The other flank of all infantry was slower to get moving.

The Chariots collide, we had a unit evaporate, but evened the score shortly after. The Spear unit managed to hold against the foe.

The flank begins to get turned.

Eventually the spear unit fell under the wheels of Brian's Chariot. Down to a single Chariot unit, Brian pushed further behind the front line & was pelted with arrows taking 2 wounds.

On the Infantry flank, things were not looking good for the Hittites as 2 elements were lost to an insane amount of arrow fire.

As the last of Brian's Chariots was destroyed, his General fled.

It was the turn after that the morale failed on the opposing side & they departed the field.

The game was back & forth with lots of horrible rolls on both sides, followed by insane amounts of 6's. All in all good fun. Thanks Scott for bringing this out.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

More All's Quiet on the Martian Front

I've completed 2 more units of Mk III Steamer Tanks as well as the Mobile Field Artillery.

First up are the Mk III's

Also my first unit of Mobile Field Artillery. I decided to go with a bit of a different cam scheme

There are some crew figures which will eventually be put into the vehicles.

I am now in the process of cleaning the Field Artillery pieces before priming them. Hopefully the weather will cooperate to allow this.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rocky Mountain Retreat & Flivers for All's Quiet

I realize I have been absent for a couple weeks. Lot's going on as this becomes my busy gaming period until the end of May.

So to start, I was invited down for a weekend of gaming at a somewhat undisclosed location. Sorry to be a little vague, but this weekend is by invite only, so I was somewhat honoured to receive an invitation.

Thus having received my map of the location, I gathered the games I would bring & set off.

Below is the lodge where we spent the next 72ish hours gaming away when we were not sleeping. The venue was mostly boardgames, many of which I had never even heard of.

However Brent did run 2 sessions of the new D&D. I was in the second group. 

Brent even brought up his Dwarven Forge terrain for added visual appeal.

I played several boardgames, some of which did not inspire me, while a couple others drew my attention. I really enjoyed Bruges, the game looked fantastic & the artwork on the cards was top-notch. I also got an initiation into Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I picked up both games on my way back to Edmonton.

Now home I am again focussed on the All's Quiet human forces for the Mayday Game.
Below is the unit of Flivers. As stated in a previous post, I am not keen on these metal kits. They would have went together much better as plastic kits. Hopefully this will be done somewhere down the road, but....time will tell.

Being metal kits, you are pretty much forced to glue a couple pieces together & let dry before continuing. Imagine my frustration when I went to put the front wheels on during a later step to discover the fender/cab combo was too far forward, forcing the wheels to not sit as they were supposed to. I even popped the glue on a couple of the cabs to try & correct this....ARRRGGHHH!!!

Okie, so the first Fliver is an armoured variant with an HMG. 

Next, a canvas backed variant. The canvas is 1 solid piece of metal.

The last variant I left open backed & chose not to add the gubbins (tarp rails)

I have one more of these units to build & am not overly looking forward to it.

As to whats next, I have 2 more Mk III units nearly completed as well as the Mobile Field Artillery unit.

I also have the field artillery, which is again all metal units which will be slow to build.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Another game of Dead of Winter

A couple days late posting this, but I brought out Dead of Winter to the club Tuesday. This time we had Wiley, Emmy, Wes, Brian & myself.

The scenario we played was Home Sweet Home.

Emmy was first to play & what has become the norm, lost her first character to a Bitten result.

I also received a bitten result, which further took out Buddy. 3 Morale down on the first round..sheesh

We did manage to avoid our first crisis, but did not garner enough junk for the bonus morale.

Our next crisis, we fell short on.

This third crisis we let ride, as we were close to getting all the barricades needed built.

Sparky was finally brought low....reminded me of Old Yeller.

We did complete the scenario, & had 2 winners, Wes & Brian. Thanks folks for coming out.