02/12/2017 at 17:46 #77610
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/02/12/2017 at 20:42 #77617
Cool! Ain’t polystyrene a bugger to clean up?!02/12/2017 at 20:56 #77620
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/03/12/2017 at 17:01 #77703
MikeKeymaster04/12/2017 at 16:55 #77824
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..."04/12/2017 at 17:57 #77828
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/04/12/2017 at 18:04 #77830
P.S. The blog is here: http://www.thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/04/12/2017 at 18:33 #77833
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:
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/05/12/2017 at 20:20 #77939
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!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/05/12/2017 at 20:21 #77940
I’ve used 40K Terminator marines as giant walkers in 6mm games before 🙂
Nordic Weasel Games
https://sites.google.com/site/nordicweaselgames/05/12/2017 at 20:26 #77941
Wow that must have looked quite impressive against the 6mm figures, vehicles and terrain!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/05/12/2017 at 21:52 #77957
I have just post a quick review on the blog of the Patrol Angis game pack from here:
The blog post/brief review and photos are here:
Finally worked! I have fat fingers!
- This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by Rhys Humphrey.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/05/12/2017 at 22:31 #77961
Tried the link, says it doesn’t exist.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."06/12/2017 at 15:26 #78026
Excellent thread and thank you for the kind word and enjoyment too. Means a lot.
GBS06/12/2017 at 23:22 #78096
New update on the blog with two vehicles painted up for future scenarios. Go on, treat yourself, have a gander!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/07/12/2017 at 06:40 #78107
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!07/12/2017 at 07:55 #78110
Thanks very much Alexander. Your blog is awesome by the way. I have visited it several times and been inspired by your work!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/07/12/2017 at 18:37 #78169
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?07/12/2017 at 23:10 #78193
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/08/12/2017 at 22:18 #78282
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/09/12/2017 at 05:35 #78301
Looks like the enemy of the Prydians will have ample reason to quake in their boots, nice work on these ones!09/12/2017 at 11:30 #78335
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/09/12/2017 at 18:26 #78387
New updates on the blog.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/10/12/2017 at 05:25 #78431
Nice bit of paint on those field ambulances, with a sensible reason for having them in the first place 🙂11/12/2017 at 08:58 #78545
Thanks Alexander, yeah at least they have a sensible reason – not everything will though ha ha!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/11/12/2017 at 19:59 #78576
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.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/11/12/2017 at 20:43 #78580
They look suitably imposing.12/12/2017 at 09:07 #78593
Thanks Matthew- they are very imposing cool models.
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/12/12/2017 at 21:25 #78689
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!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/15/12/2017 at 12:11 #78937
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
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/16/12/2017 at 19:41 #79058
Nice big photographic update on the blog and my 10th post!
Lots of pics to get your teeth into!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/16/12/2017 at 21:51 #79067
Very nice, keep up the good work!16/12/2017 at 22:16 #79070
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/18/12/2017 at 15:32 #79197
My first ever play through of Patrol Angis and after action report now up on the blog. It was a lot of fast, furious fun!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/18/12/2017 at 19:23 #79220
Great report! I appreciate that you withdrew after taking loses voluntarily, rather than pressing forwards till all were blasted or waiting for a moral roll. It’s a rarity. Most choose to squander their forces in wholesale slaughter just to win as it’s “just a game”…
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."18/12/2017 at 22:01 #79227
Thanks very much Darkest Star! I looked at the remaining Prydian forces at the start of the next turn and the fighting withdrawal of the Yordan forces up the valley being covered by a lot of heavy weapons and thought no sane platoon commander would ever commit their reserve and push all ttheir remaining forces further up the valley and deeper into the ambush. It would have taken several moves and ranged combat is deadly in Patrol Angis particularly if you remain still and use precise ranged fire 🔥!
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/19/12/2017 at 03:20 #79232
I finally have my Ion age campaign (Stanford Prime) being finalised, something I started back when I playtested Patrol Angis but was delayed for several reasons. I recently picked up a few other orders from Gavin and the team that are on the painting desk (a long with some home made scenery).19/12/2017 at 11:11 #79261
Thanks very much. I look forward to hearing about your campaign and forces in the Ion Age setting 😊
http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/20/12/2017 at 06:07 #79393
An intense first battle, I guess they won’t let that one slide however 😉20/12/2017 at 09:17 #79406
Thanks Alex, yeah it was very intense. I am going to re-play the first scenario using the full rules as after just one quick play through on a Sunday evening I have got it sorted in my head hoe they work! Will probably do that this coming weekend and post up a report after. Then the campaign will continue proper 😊
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