AAR by Podsy McPod
Bringing Sci-Fi gaming to the roleplaying masses. An after action report of the Big Game 12.9
For a number of years my local gaming club (TableTopNorth) in Belfast has allowed me to run participation figures wargames events. These have become known as the Big Games. On Saturday the 5th of April I had the privilege of running the latest Big Game.
With Fireteam Andromeda being my favoured set of sci-fi rules I wanted to use them. At first I was baffled as to how to do it. The heart of Fireteam Andromeda is the unique and incredibly subtle command and control mechanism which allows units already activated to take extra commands, known as active commands. In various other circumstances units can make reactive commands. I knew most of players would not be regular figure gamers and this would confuse them so reluctantly this mechanic had to go. Instead in each activation phase each player would be allowed to activate one unit and take it through the four potential actions. Regrouping to recover from morale or damage effects, moving, shooting (or running for infantry and mechs) and assaulting if desired for units that did not run. Each unit in the game would have it's own unit card giving all the required stats for the player controlling it.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The folks at 15mm.co.uk introduced this beauty of a defence tower at Salute and now it is available for general purchase.
Available in packs of one or three, this kit is a combined metal and resin kit and will make the perfect weapons post for any fortress, trench or other perimeter. This kit looks crisp and effective and I cannot wait to put several on the table.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
After their initial releases of some really cool 15mm science fiction miniatures and vehicle models, Darkest Star has decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to help push out some of their other projects. This campaign starts with a good amount of the up front work finished for some of the core project goals and offers a couple of nice stretch and add-on goals.
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As you can see, in the images below, the first vehicle, "Scorpion", in this campaign is ready to go. It has been rendered, printed, even has optional parts ready and laid out. The second vehicle, "Kh'erian/Kh'erisan", in the core campaign has also been finished in the 3D rendering stage. The campaign also includes stretch goals for additional vehicles, infantry and even new factions. There are add-ons associated with the stretch goals as well as drawing from Darkest star's existing range of 15mm science fiction models.
With many of our readers and many of the major contributors to the 15mm science fiction hobby being in the UK, I thought it might be worth it to do a round of up of manufacturers who are planning to go to Salute 2014. While this list will, by no means, be comprehensive, it will include most of the folks I know off hand and those who I was able to track down online. On that note, feel free to include others I might over look in the comments and I'll add them to the post until the weekend of the convention.
[TB07] Alternative Armies will be on hand, presenting the Ion Age ranges as well as the new releases from 15mm.co.uk's science fiction ranges and Loud Ninja Games.
[TB26] Brigade Models has been updating their 15mm line this past year and continues to do so into 2014. They have several new releases scheduled to be on hand with the rest of their line.
[TK22] Ainsty Castings has rolled out their revised Hammers Slammers vehicles and will also have the rules and their awesome lines of figures and terrain on hand.
[TN18] Black Hat Miniatures is a producer of quite and extensive line of miniatures, with some choice 15mm science fiction miniatures, including the Armies Army range by the incredibly nice Keith Armstrong.
[TK12] Ground Zero Games will be on hand with their monstrous range. Everything from classic GZG, to the newer releases, including the range done in partnership with Ambush Alley Games for their Tomorrow's War game universe.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
It's another month and for April, the folks at Ion Age bring us another great Lady of the Ion Age - IMP08 Muster Girl. As with all the previous monthly free miniatures, this one comes free with any 15mm order and can also be purchased for those who would like to order just the figure or add additional copies to an order.
For full details, read - HERE.
It is also worth mentioning that EVERY person who makes a purchase from the 15mm.co.uk/Ion Age trade stand at Salute 2014 will receive one of this miniature FREE. Supplies are limited to 200, so move quick and make sure to get yours!