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Obligatory SALUTE 2015 post; Making the Most??

Posted on April 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes it’s that time of the year when the blog-o-sphere is awash with my SALUTE posts so here’s my hopeully vaguely alternative version!As previously mentioned I rocked up with Shaun and Craig (aka the McTagues and yes it is supposd to rhyme…

Marked for Death?

Posted on April 20th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,As shocking as it might be I’ve actually completed a hobby project that doesn’t involve X-Wing!Behold 24 custom made pin markers for my Brit Commandos and yes I do indeed expect to get shot that much ;) As I’m sure you’ve noticed they’re l…

Yankee Zulus

Posted on April 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Something of a phonetic reference as I’ve finished up my Scum Y-Wings and Z95s. Keeping with the crimson, bone and check scheme was easy enough and hopefully they don’t look too busy for it.My Scum roster currnetly stands at two Firesprays…

To INFINITY and Beyond?

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,

Last Wednesday night Jon came over and brought Operation Icestorm with him.

I have an admission to make. I’ve been immensely tempted by ININITY for a number of years but haven’t done anything about it. Other than the time / money issues I’ve been most put off by getting enough games. I’d also heard that the mechanics were a bit fiddly and potentially rather gamey. A couple of years ago at Salute I almost cracked to the point of picking up the 2nd Edition rulebook and two starter sets at a startling good price. I eventually them down again!

I’ve always really liked the aesthetic of the game, the figures, the races, the setting….everything. It feels very Blade-Runner to me and I’ve always loved that. I very nearly pre-ordered Op Icestorm but was put off by the paper play-mat and then I spent the money elsewhere.

So back at Wednesday night we ran through the five beginner missions in the box that run along the narrative of a raid by a Nomad strike-force on a PanOceania facility. Starting with three grunts vs three grunts a figure / unit is added each mission along with thier additional abilites / rules / actions. Pretty straight forward but well thought out none the less.

 As or mechanics it’s a skirmish game. You get one activation token per figure on the table at the beginning of the turn. You spend one activation token to give a figure two ativations from Move, Shoot, Close Combat Attack, Dodge and Special which you can take in any order. I you have a Leutenant you get a bonus activation token, only usable by them. You can spend multiple tokens on the same figure OTHER than if your Leutenant has just bought it. The turn after individual figures can only spend the activation tokens that they generate.

The big difference with Ininity is Automatic  Reaction Orders, AROs. Once a figure has performed an action all enemy figures that can draw line of sight get an ARO and can Shoot (single shot), Move, Dodge as a “Face Off” reaction. It’s basically a built in Overwatch, similar to the NUTS WWII ruleset. As such tactical movement and activation is key, if you go charging in you’ll get shot and combat in this game is BRUTAL.

Five quick games in it feels like grown up Necromunda, which is a good thing, a VERY good thing. The game is also very well supported by a very slick Website from which you can download a free set of the core rules, browse the fluff and make use of the Army Builder.

The figures are just as grown up as the game itself. Being true 30mm scale and multi-part pewter they’re not novice friendly but they look awesome. In someways pretty cheap to get into with starter sets at about £35 you will need PLENTY of scenery and then a bit more!

As I’m sure you’ve realised I’m VERY keen to invest. I really fancy the Combined Army, especially the Morat and Shasvastii. Something about the alien jackboot seems to call to me :)

I have to admit that it’s bonus to me that this ISN’T yet another Kick-Starter, but that’s another story!!

Angel Interceptor

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,Another weekend, another X-Wing event. This time it was five rounds of relatively casual play organised by Scott Wilson up in Dunstable. Other than a minor issue over byes it was a good day out.As is my recent habit I took a new list and p…

Coming in to Land

Posted on April 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Just back from a day of casual flying up at Lost Ark. Five of us in the car made a good day out and half the field. I’d decided to give Project Lambda a proper run out and flew the ollowing;Omicron Group Pilot – Heavy Laser Cannon – Fire C…

Back on the Brush

Posted on March 29th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,  It may not have escaped your notice that I haven’t painted anything in a while. There are a number of reasons including time but mainly it’s been opportunity and inclination. In short I haven’t needed to be painting anything up for …

Small Margins

Posted on March 27th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people.Not been saying too much recently but that’s because there hasn’t been too much to say except more of the same, which isn’t really my style.This week has featured a bit more To the Strongest on Tuesday down at Enfield Gamers. This time I c…

Stay on Target!!

Posted on March 16th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Well, against my best expectations, and possibly some of yours, I actually managed to apply all of the shoulder patch transfers to my Commandos. 39 geezers being 78 little discs of dark colour. Despite fastidiously ensuring that left and r…

Control……you must learn CONTROL!

Posted on March 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Wise words indeed from a certain green midget and would you look at that, a post on a riday!This week I have, unsurprisingly played rather a lot of X-Wing, 5 games so far, the difference has been that I’ve let my Scum of the leash. Holding…

Infamy! Infamy!

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

….my dice have had it in for me!Another week, another belated post and a lack of brush in hand. A rather busy week of real life though not unpleasantly so :)Tuesday night down at Enfield Gamers myself and Shaun turned back the clock a touch with a ru…

A New Hope?

Posted on March 1st, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Another pretty standard week in Oddleg land with a good few games of X-Wing at Enfield Gamers on Tuesday and Dark Sphere on Thursday.Yesterday was a trip up to Lost Ark for Dave T’s latest Attack Wing event. Three good, hard and fairly fou…

Big Ships Rarely Tire

Posted on February 22nd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Yesterday myslef, Mr C, Dave T and Hadrian T rocked up at Lost Ark for thier X-Wing Store Championship.I’m a big fan of Lost Ark and have always had a good day out with them. With a field of 24 it was a more laid back event with a number o…

Fly Dodgy

Posted on February 21st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Just one night’s gaming this week, last night down at Dark Sphere running a bunch of TIE Interceptors all with Stealth Device.More specifically a loaded Soontir Fel (Push the Limit, Royal TIE, Targeting Computer, Stealth Device) with Alpha…

Playing Away

Posted on February 15th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,Another X-Wing fuelled week keeping the world sane as Project Dunkirk continues.Tuesday at Enfield Gamers I ran another TIE Bomber list. Having realised that Howlrunner is run best as a buff it occurred that Capt Jonus is the same but just…

Dunkirk Spirit

Posted on February 8th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Project Dunkirk, aka the miracle of the small ships, set out on a major offensive yesterday as myself and Mr C attended Dark Sphere’s Store Championship. The day consisted of 6 rounds amongst a field of 44 players.I was trepiditiously runn…

Check-Mate?

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello peeps,A couple more X-Wing re-paints, just the two TIE Bombers then I’m out, this time my pair of Scum HWK-290 in preparation for a significant upcoming investment of plastic crack.One of the HWKs was done and dusted but then I got the compulsion…

Rawhide!

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes it’s been a little while so here’s one of those end of the week scatter gun round-up posts hopefully with a bit more content than the same old, same old.This weekend I DIDN’T play X-Wing at all. There was Dave T’s Attack Wing event up …

Dark Side Points

Posted on January 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Another weekend, another X-Wing tourney and myself and Mr C headed up to Chelmsford Bunker for four rounds of laser tag in space.I had been determined to get away from the souped up 360 meta and was looking to get some time in flying a min…

How to make friends and influence

Posted on January 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Most of us got back to a bit of Edge of the Empire this Wednesday. It was kind of one of THOSE sessions. We were one down and started an hour later than normal, not that that’s a huge issue.Following on from last time out it was decision t…

The LAMBDA project

Posted on January 18th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Saturday just gone was yet another highly enjoyable day playing X-Wing as myslef and Mr C went up to Wargames Workshop in Milton Keynes for a sold out five round 36 man tourney.I’ve been playing around with my Decimator and the less used p…

Reach for the Skies?

Posted on January 18th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,I’ve recently realised that it’s been quite a while since I racked up any Painting Points. In fact I haven’t  claimed any since early November. I have had brush-time since then I’ve just not posted about it!So, as I’ve just finished u…

Tech Support

Posted on January 12th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Last Wednesday night the vast majority of the group settled in for the first EotE session of 2015. In honesty it became one of those housekeeping and recovery sessions so common after a big fight.First up came recovery which wasn’t as simp…

BIG day out…..again

Posted on January 10th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Today was yet another trip out with Mr C to play a bit of X-Wing. This time out it was down at Wayland Games / Tabletop Nation for a three round tourney followed by a 60 point big ship bash.Rocking up I decided to run my Lock-Jaw list:TIE …

State of the Empire Address

Posted on January 4th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Evening all,As we’re looking to pick back up with Edge of the Empire Wednesday night I thought I should recap events so far for all involved; myself, the group and all of you out there in the Geek-o-sphere that we hopefully entertain :)After last time …