I was up the loft last night in search of the Xmas tree decorations, which is always a good excuse to have a rummage in the piles of wargames magazines, rules and models that I've banished to a higher plane. In one of the box files of rules I found my old copy of Imperial Commander, which is a platoon level skirmish set of sci-fi rules based on the Laserburn system and written way back in the early '80's by Bryan Ansell and Richard Halliwell no less. I haven't played it for years and it's probably very, very clunky but, in a moment of nostalgia, I decided to bring it down from the loft for a read through. I was thinking that it could be another possible use for my desert terrain board and scenery, especially as I have lots of the old TTG 15mm figures and quite like the idea of some retro sci-fi gaming, even if I ditch the rules and use something else like Gruntz or Galactic Heroes, for example......and you've got to love the 1980's pen and ink cover art!
As part of the excellent Kickstarter bundle for Galactic Heroes, I was given a very nice 28mm 'Rockets and Rayguns' style resin hover car. This is a lovely model and very well designed, with loads of Flash Gordon 1940's pulp stylistic features. It is, however, not something that I have any real use for, as I'm not going to do pulp sci-fi for my Galactic Heroes games. On the other hand, I thought to myself, why not re-purpose it for Strontium Dog? This would require a little light surgery to remove the obviously pulp sci-fi bits and the addition of loads of stowage to give it more of a 'spaghetti western in space' look. I think this would work well and would make a useful extra element for scenarios. It's worth a try at least?
I had a nice surprise this afternoon when I got home from work in the shape of a parcel from the USA containing all of the Kickstarter Galactic Heroes goodies. These consist of the rulebook, a cheat sheet and two supplements, one of background and the other for vehicles, a couple of packs of tokens and a badge, some neat resin objective markers, a cool resin hover car, a blast template and, best of all, a pack of custom cards for use with the game. These are my favourite bit of the bundle and really look very professional. Nice work Jaye! I have no idea when I'll get round to playing a game, however, as I don't have any figures (yet) that are suitable for space opera style scenarios, which is where these rules really fit in. I may have to take a short cut and paint up a handful of 15mm Laserburn figures in the interim, so I can try out the rules. A big thanks to Jaye Wiley for making this happen and for delivering such a brilliant bundle of stuff.
Had a great weekend running Galactic Heroes games at Recruits convention! And right next to me was Fistful of Lead game run by another gamer.
I had an email from Jaye Wiley yesterday evening with pdf's of his new sci-fi rules, Galactic Heroes, and a pack of several scenarios, all based on the Fistful of Lead system. The rules run to a comprehensive 60 pages and, although the core is familiar there are numerous tweaks, additions and extras to fill out the sci-fi aspect of the game. I'm looking forward to trying them out but I am still undecided about which way to go with this, either 15mm or 28mm. The former has the advantage of being both compact and cheap, as I have loads of figures already and like the idea of using the old Imperial Commander (Laserburn) range for this, while the latter is a bit more 'skirmishy' and detailed, assuming I can find a range of figures that I like and that isn't all 40K spikey bits. I also have a shedload of 15mm GZG figures that would be ideal for more hard sci-fi settings and the 28mm Strontium Dog figures can also be re-purposed as well.I'll just have to make up my mind!
"United System Alliance troops are probing Rebel territory. Little do they know, Rebel troops have acquired a few surplus Vulcan battlesuits".I wanted to just polish some rules on the Vehicle Guide to Galactic Heroes. The Union forces have 5 armored shocktroopers, five regulars and a Tank, armed with a heavy gun.Rebel forces have 3 squads consisting of 4 troopers and Vulcan suit. Each squad has Anti-tank missile launchers. The game started with the tank driver activating and rolling the vehicle forward. When the gun crew activated, they missed the Vulcan they aimed at. And got a "1" doing it. The rest of the troops exchanged a few ineffective long range shots. The Unionist machinegunner took up a very exposed position on a hill and managed to draw 3 shock markers plus he emptied his ammo drum.Once the troops got closer, the rebels managed to put 3 missiles into the tank. Boom!The crew escaped wounded or shocked. The tank commander was blown up with the tank.Things did not go well for the vaunted Union tr
I meant to get a few extra figures for Strontium Dog at Colours last weekend but, as I didn't go this time round, I decided to find some more online. I wasn't particularly taken by the official range of Warlord figures, although they are otherwise fine, so decided instead to use something else. This turned out to be a pack of two Gunbots and the Big Bot figure from the Rogue Stars range, sculpted by Mark Copplestone and Mark Owen, two of my favourite designers. They aren't too far off the visual style of Strontium Dog and will make the basis of an excellent and different band of characters or just allies for another faction. I'm sure I can work out some relevant profiles using the rules for character generation and so on. I can also use them for Galactic Heroes when that arrives, which should be pretty soon?
It's Friday, so although I'm not paid due to the holidays, I thought I'd keep supporting the UK lead industry by adding the Strontium Dog Search and Destroy boxed set to my set up. I always loved these skimmer bikes in the original strip and think they are one of Carlos Esquerra's most iconic designs, really giving that Wild West in space look to the storylines. I particularly like the dust cloud effects on the models, which are a key feature of the images in the 2000AD storyboards. I also don't have a miniature of Wulf yet, so this is a good start, even if he's riding a bike rather than standing up. Cool!
I finally cracked and have ordered a set of The Good, the Bad and the Mutie at a decent price from an eBay outlet, which means I have yet another project to fit in somewhere before Xmas, if I can find the time. I was going to wait until Colours to get the Strontium Dog starter set and perhaps a few of the extras, but this was a good deal, so I thought I'd go for it now. If the rules turn out to be wonky, I can always use Galactic Heroes instead, although from what I've read and seen, they look pretty good. I still can't quite believe that Warlord have published this or that they've created a range of really nice 28mm figures but I'm really pleased that they have, as it is my all time favourite 2000AD strip. I just hope it doesn't get dropped like some of the other franchises have been in the past.
The place: Mos Espa, a tiny outpost on the backwater planet of Tatooine. A place known for smuggling and criminal enterprise. A hive of scum and villainy.The plan: Jabba the Hutt has recently acquired some hyper fuel from smuggler Lando Calrissian. Som...