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Gotham redux

So Bruce dropped over last week and we re-played the Gotham scenario that I ran at the club the previous week. I was interested in his take on the rules.Same scenario (find the tapes and get them to the police station or TV station). Bruce played the heroes. I was keen to play the baddies and see what I could do with the shooter gang.I brought the two squads of goons on together (the melee group serving as a meat shield for the shooters) with the Terminator as their back up.Pretty picture.The main heroes and villains took to the roofs for a fight.Katana attacked Penguin but he drove her back and inflicted some wounds.Then Bats arrived and beat-down Penguin, after taking some hits. There was some hopeful umbrella branching but Penguin just didn't have the cards.Poison Ivy then jumped Bats but drew a crap hand (all defensive cards and low ones at that). Bats managed to knock her out and then moved in to finish Penguin.In the meantime, the shooters had taken out a unit of cops and the Terminator had found the ta

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Gotham at the club

A couple of months back, Bruce introduced me to this game called Tribal ($10 on wargames vault) designed for skirmish gaming among low-tech cultures. The key thing about it is no dice: it is card driven. I was skeptical but it was a hoot to play and Bruce morphed it slightly to do so Three Musketeers. My thought about the combat system (which is basically a five-part card game) was that this would work for superheroes. So I brought a small game out to the club to try last week. Andy and Taylor (above) played the heroes while Terry and Richard played the villains.The scenario was that Gotham was on the edge of chaos and tapes demonstrating the mayor's corruption had been hidden on the board. The heroes had to find them and carry them to the police station (where they would get "lost" in the evidence room) while the baddies wanted to take them to the TV station to boost Penguin's bid for the mayor's chair.The first two turns saw movement onto the board and rules questions. Back Lightening soon found the ta

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More HO-scale buildings

No gaming for me this week (school events intervened) but I did finish up some painting. I'm almost finished the fourth season of Gotham, so I'm back in a superhero frame of mind.A few month back, I picked up a few more HO-scale railway buildings for my Gotham layout. One of the better ones was JDs Furniture. The building needed some additional painting and washing.The most interesting part is the lovely (and brittle) fire escape down the side. I also painted a random factory of some kind.I finally ran out of decals so I broke down and ordered some online (along with some graffiti decals). I'll have to finish this building up when they come in.I also knocked off this oil tank, which will make a useful scenario objective and LOS block.I've also been making progress on finishing off the British rebasing in my War of 1812 project. I hope to have these done by the end of the month--there was quick a lot of paint touch-ups to do.

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Terrain and trucks

I finished off some 28mm pieces I picked up at Red Claw a few weeks ago. These add a bit of mad-scientist/evil vampire terrain to my collection. First up is a cage and torture rack plus two piles of chain. The cage come apart and you can get a figure inside it.I also picked up a mirror, some end tables, a desk and a crow on a bird stand.The detail on these is pretty amazing. The mirror even knows to not reflect the vampire!I took trip to a local flea market. I didn't see much there but I did pick up two old tractor-trailer units. These should add some additional LOS blocks to the warehouse district of Gotham. They were pretty new and shiny looking so I made them a touch grittier.They are too small for 28mm figures (more 1/87 than 1/64) but they fit in reasonably well with the HO-scale terrain I have been using.These HO-scale cars are a pretty decent match. Sorry my camera hates the colour red so much--the cab is not this eye-searing in person.Up next: Working on some 54mm cavalry still.

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