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  • #77610
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
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    Hi,

    inspired by several posts I have finally decided to create my own sci-if campaign in 15mm and create my own and my first terrain board. I already have some painted and based 15mm Ion Age Prydian retained knights so I will be launching a campaign using them. I think I will also set up a blog as well to track progress but I’ll do that at work next week. Below are some photos of the board so far. Basucally imagine an almost virgin earth like planet with only one of the continents being sparsely populated with farmsteads and a few market towns. There is the main space port in the largest market town called St. Albans. The landscape/geography is a cross between the Mekong Delta, South Wales in the UK and Cambridgeshire’s fens as they might have been prior to drainage. The land once drained makes for superb agricultural land and has the potential to a major agricultural power. However, this is starting to attract attention from the enemy (enemies of the Prydian cause and throne) as well as in-employed mercenaries, and development corporations who would want to create high intensity super farms which can bring huge profits – especially when armies need feeding when major wars breakout like that of Prydian civil wars.

    The forst scenario on this board will be for a Lance of retained knights to advance up the valley, clear out the enemy forces that have established an outpost on an island and then establish their own outpost, leaving a group of 5 retained knights to man the outpost and the rest of the lance advances to the site of the next outpost. The planet, Hertford, is loosely controlled by Yordan faction (enemies and revels of Prydia) but the population barely knows much about the war going on apart from news bulletins provided by the Prydian Galactic Service, which is provided and funded by the Prydian Broadcasting Corporation.  It is an under-developed fringe planet with huge potential and is fast becoming another front line for various factions. St.Albans is growing in size and population faster than anyone can survey accurately. This brings pressures of its own.

    Already I am very much enjoying creating the narrative for my own sci-go campaign. Below are photos of the board thus far. It’s very much in the roughing out stages as you can see.

    The board is four foot by two foot. There will be a second board the same size that will be host to a small market town – I already have the board for this.

    This board was made from odds and sods I had laying around for making terrain and basing purposes.

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    #77617

    Matthew Hipkin
    Participant

    Cool! Ain’t polystyrene a bugger to clean up?!

    #77620
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Yes, yes it is a pain to clean up. But the crumbs are useful for modelling as well I think. Once you’ve done the carving and sealed it and tidied up it’s all good. Plus it’s really easy to work with.

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    #77703
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Fair play, I hope you get more than one use out of it.
    I seem to make a make a habit of making nice terrain pieces (imo) and then only using them once!

    Have you stuck it some MDF or something?

    #77824
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Good start!  I too have a bunch of Ion Age figs I need to get to.  Keep us posted, maybe help me work up the motivation!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #77828
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks guys. I have started a blog to set the scene and record all progress.

    I have the start of a campaign planned around using this board so it will be used several times. It will then be re-purposed as the campaign grows on this one planet. There will be lots of things happening up-valley!

    There will also eventually be a second 4×2 board representing the nearest market town where the campaign will sometimes end up in.

    The board is now has filler all over it and is drying. The initial forces are painted and ready to go. The blog sets the scene for the first scenario.

     

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    #77830
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    P.S. The blog is here: http://www.thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com

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    #77833
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Also, below are some photos of the forces for the first scenario. All these forces are what you get with the rules – Patrol Angis in the game pack. You can find the game pack here:

    Patrol Angis – 15mm Skirmish Wargame (Game Pack)

    The photos:

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    #77939
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
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    So I was having a clear out at the weekend and found a single sprue of two Games Workshop space marines. A friend gave these to me a couple of years ago I think to try and tempt me and we’re put in the back of one of my Wargames draws. Upon re-discovering them at the weekend I thought I would build them, paint them and re-purpose them as ancient machine gods that will feature in a later scenario!

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    #77940
    Ivan Sorensen
    Ivan Sorensen
    Moderator

    I’ve used 40K Terminator marines as giant walkers in 6mm games before 🙂

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    #77941
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Wow that must have looked quite impressive against the 6mm figures, vehicles and terrain!

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    #77957
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    I have just post a quick review on the blog of the Patrol Angis game pack from here:

    Patrol Angis – 15mm Skirmish Wargame (Game Pack)

    The blog post/brief review and photos are here:

    Patrol Angis Game Pack

    Finally worked! I have fat fingers!

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    #77961
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    Looking good!

    Tried the link, says it doesn’t exist.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #78026

    Gavin Syme
    Participant

    Excellent thread and thank you for the kind word and enjoyment too. Means a lot.

    GBS

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    #78096
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    New update on the blog with two vehicles painted up for future scenarios. Go on, treat yourself, have a gander!

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    #78107

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Nice paintjobs on both sides, the marines will be a cool addition as giant warmachines 🙂

    I look forward to reading the dispatches as they face off!

    #78110
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks very much Alexander. Your blog is awesome by the way. I have visited it several times and been inspired by your work!

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    #78169

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Cheers Rhys, I’m always glad if I manage to amuse or inspire anyone 🙂

    Do you have any plans to expand your collection with any Shia Khan?

    #78193
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Yes, there will definitely be a sudden and unexpected Shi’a Khan incursion at some point on Hertford Prime. Something I definitely want to game.

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    #78282
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Prydian Intelligence Services Dispatch (PISD).

    Hertford Prime Update

    The Prydian expeditionary force recently established at outpost Ajax, has recently received re-enforcements to their force pool to ensure swift victories are wrought with minimal losses. The forces landed at out post Ajax include a group of valiant female Retained Knights and a brand new Espaten weapons platform with its honourable crew compliment of two Retained Knight specialist gunners.

    The commander, Edward De Humphrey commented whilst overseeing the unloading of the Espaten as well as essential war material that “these additional forces are a welcome compliment to our burgeoning forces that will allow us to restore proper Prydian law and order and Prydian protection over all settlements and citizens. We must end enemy operations here and the ensuing anarchy the war has brought here, as soon as possible. Our victories will be swift”.

    It is believed that open combat could break out any moment now on Hertford Prime on the northern continent as both sides continue to build up forces and supplies and establish forward operating bases.

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    #78301

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Looks like the enemy of the Prydians will have ample reason to quake in their boots, nice work on these ones!

    #78335
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks Alexander 

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    #78387
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    New updates on the blog.

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    #78431

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Nice bit of paint on those field ambulances, with a sensible reason for having them in the first place 🙂

    #78545
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks Alexander, yeah at least they have a sensible reason – not everything will though ha ha!

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    #78576
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Three new Duxis battlesuits land on Hertford Prime to re-enforce the burgeoning Prydian Expeditionary Force and join the available force pool at Outpost Ajax.

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    #78580

    Matthew Hipkin
    Participant

    They look suitably imposing.

    #78593
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks Matthew- they are very imposing cool models.

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    #78689
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Terrain creation and progress update on the blog. And the first post relating to Potter’s Independent Space Trading Co (or P.I.S.T. Co). Go on, have a gander, treat yourself!

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    #78937
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    A decent general update is now up on the blog – plus good news – I received my new order from Alternative Armies/The Ion Age today as well in time for the Xmas holidays!

    Read more here: http://www.thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com

     

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    #79058
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Nice big photographic update on the blog and my 10th post!

    Lots of pics to get your teeth into!

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    #79067

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Very nice, keep up the good work!

    #79070
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    Thanks Alexander 

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