In preparation for a large Steam Wars game, I had to finish off my latest Bob Olley Exo-Armour Scrunts from his recent Kickstarter. I painted these up in the same dark blue to match the rest of the infantry, but these had loads more gun metal on the extensive armour! With a total of ten models from the Kickstarter, I was able to organise three units of three models for Steam Wars and have one spare to be used as a Hero. For a little more variety, I changed two close combat weapons, one on the Hero and one regular trooper. I hope that these are the last models I will be adding to the Prussian Scrunts as there really are quite a lot of them now.
I know it is the last day of January and I know the Exo Armour Kickstarter was not due to deliver until February, but it has arrive today, early I tell you. If only all other Kickstarters would take note. Of course this does now present me with a problem, my well thought out modelling and painting schedule has now been jeopardised and I need to rush these to the top of the pile. With a bit of luck, the promised snow will arrive tonight, grinding the entire UK to a halt and I will be forced to stay at home, and stick models together over the weekend.
Joken and I had a large Steam Wars game recently with 2600 points per side! It was just about everything Joken had in his Teutonic Knights army, so I gave him my Scrunt Land Train to have a go at, supported by some APC’s and a few Zeppelin airships. The Teutonic objective was to try to stop the Land Train from getting across the table. I had to create some Leviathan rules to give it some chance of achieving its goal. Basically it could Advance and still fire all weapons. The distance it needed to go meant it would be the fifth turn when it would escape off the table. If it could. The Tuetonic Knights brought plenty of heavy firepower as without it, damaging the Land Train would have been pretty difficult. There were plenty of flying machines around, three Prussian airships and one Teutonic biplane. Once the Land Train had made a couple of moves to within Tuetonic weapon range, the carnage started. Concentrated attacks against the Land Train quickly took off the three trailers. The Prussian armou
These took a while to get hold of, but I picked up some of Bob Olley’s Scrunt Cavalry and have painted them up for my Prussian Scrunt army. They took a bit longer to paint than I thought they would as there are plenty of straps and buckles on the tack.
I have been looking forward to these Exo-Armour Dwarfs for some time and I am pleased to say they have arrived on Kickstarter this week, released by Bob Olley of Olleys Armies fame. There are two sets of these heavily armoured tin cans, a set with more of a chaos flavour and a set that are more pillbox-like, and it is those that will fit in much more with my existing Scrunt army. For my Steam Wars game I will require six models to allow me to take two units of three models. Of course, I could always go for more units… I have already worked out a potential model profile for these which is a bit presumptuous. One thing I can be sure of is that Bob will deliver this Kickstarter bang on time and these stout chaps will get added to the might of the Prussian Scrunts!
So it has been a long hot summer, not a lot of painting, not a lot of modelling and only a little gaming. I did manage a small of game of Steam Wars last week with a visiting old friend from across the pond. The game was set up on a 4′ by 4′ table using my new cobble boards and plenty of terrain. This was a small game, the British Empire defending against the Prussian Scrunts. Both forces were mostly infantry with only a couple of light vehicles. The British started with only half their force on the table when the Prussians launched their attack, the rest of the force were alerted when the attack commenced and could come on from turn two. The mission was for the Prussian forces to disrupt a British resupply of the Aeroneff HMSS Reliant. The Aeroneff was scenery for this game and was not going to be taking to the air. The British Sky Hussars made good use of the Reliant, using their jump packs to leap to the deck ready for a subsequent jump. The Prussian jump troops, the Wechseln Angriffseinheit