10/07/2020 at 00:59 #140055
The fall miniature gaming conventions are all being cancelled, but local club gaming has revived a bit. Sometimes I GM. Wednesday night’s game at FOB Humility was successful and photogenic, and I took some pictures, so here you go. This was my second iteration running this scenario, that I call Thunder Gods Shake Heaven. Ki.84 Hayate fighters intercept B-29s at 30,000 feet over Kyushu. Shinten body-crashing is encouraged. The rules are Check Your 6!. The models are 1/144 and even a little bigger. I think I’m ready to take this show on the road, when that’s allowed.
The Thunder Gods gather for the game. L-to-R Ted “Coach” Hall, Elton Beyer, host James Leach, Wayne Blackburn and Joel Underwood. Alert the squadron! Gojira approaches!
Each player got one Ki.84 Hayate model. I GMed and piloted three B-29 models. The players’ goal was to shoot down as many B-29s as possible before they exited the far end of the map. Here the fighters close with their targets.
The intercept. Wayne fired at Number 28 and rolled doubles. Not to worry, it doesn’t count on the first shot. Then he rolled doubles on his second shot. Out of ammunition! RATZ! Not to worry, Wayne, you can still ram a bomber.
Jim, Joel and Wayne chased the bombers. Shinten body-crashing was allowed in this game, but it proved hard to execute.
Victory! Elton put the first Lucky Hit on Number 29, an Engine Trouble result that cut her speed and gained time to work her over. Elton scored a second Lucky Hit, Rudder Damage, but suffered Airframe Damage to his own fighter from the resulting Debris. Oh, NOOZ! Coach, in a brilliant display of dice rolling, first put Engine Damage on the struggling Number 29, then followed up with Airframe Damage to finish off the giant. BANZAI! BANZAI! BANZAI!
Jim, Joel and Wayne chased Dauntless Dotty and Number 29 for several turns, taking many shots. The B-29 gunners also stayed busy, but never hit anything all game. Jim put Airframe Damage on Dotty, but she and Number 28 escaped. The game mat, ruled in 3 inch hexes, was only 32 hexes hexes long, and B-29s have a top speed of 4, so the game finished in just 8 turns.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!10/07/2020 at 02:57 #140056EtrangerParticipant
Looks like an entertaining game.18/10/2020 at 22:15 #145666Dave CroweParticipant
Looks like a decent game. They got one of the big birds down at least. Thought it might be more of a turkey shoot without any fighter escort. Nice planes too. Big and pretty.19/10/2020 at 03:46 #145668
Good to hear from you, Dave. It’s been a while. I hope you and your family are well.
Thunder Gods is a fun scenario. The giant bombers get attention. They’re Robustness 4, so it’s a lot of work to shoot them down. I’ve run this game once each for both of my local game clubs. I hope to take it on the road once we start having game cons again.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!21/10/2020 at 08:43 #145755Dave CroweParticipant
Yes we’re all doing well thanks, locked down at minute but not struggling too badly with it all. I’ve been taking a break from planes for nearly a year now. Sculpting my own minis of characters my sons have been inventing to play games with them. But I do check in here every now and then to see what’s going on. I’m feeling the itch to get painting planes again soon. Got a nice batch of storied RAF legends to work up followed by a look at photo recon planes when I finally jump back in.
Hope you won’t have to wait too long for another game con. Family gaming seems to be where it’s at for the time being.26/10/2020 at 06:58 #1459666mmwargamingParticipant
Wow spectacular looking game! Very nice models and those damage/bunging markers on the bombers are very good.
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Thanx. The models are mostly pre-paints, F-Toys and 21st Century Hayates and New-Ray/Testors B-29s. Japanese robots painted them, I can only take credit for collecting and staging them in a game.
I built just one of those toy airplanes, Dauntless Dotty, the B-29 in the middle of the formation that’s less shiny than the others. She’s the old Revell Picture Box Kit B-29. She illustrates the trajectory of my life in the hobby.
I first built that kit in the early 1960s, when it was new and so was I. Some time in the 90s, Revell sold off the molds. I found a copy on a store shelf that carried the Academy label. I suppose some other Chinese toy company has the molds now. Thinking I recognized it, I brought it home, ripped off the shrink-wrap and confirmed it was the classic old kit. The engineering was okay for the era, and the molds were still in pretty good shape. I glued Dotty together in a few hours snatched from my middle-aged life, slapped on some paint, then I got frustrated when some masking failed me, and put the part-built project away in a box on a shelf.
Twenty-odd years later…after retirement…digging through boxes…I opened that one, and determined to finish the model, now that I had the time and patience to fix my mistakes. I still had the decals, and they didn’t disintegrate when I dipped them in water. Success! Completion! Game time!
So what Dotty illustrates is: my continual magpie distraction from one project to another, my hoarding tendencies, and the fact that once in a great while, I complete something and play with it. That’s life as I know it.
I have fun.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!
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