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  • in reply to: Crom’s Printer #148901
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    Interesting……you always have something up your sleeve.

    in reply to: The Year Thus Far #148409
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    I’m the same as Thuseld, don’t notice the pound each month. Maybe upgrade to a Trader account. Or can you still donate on the CA website?

    I’ve been supporting my local restaurants and eateries. Only just realised how much the hobby sector must be suffering. I have continued with a new project which has seen me buy some tangible stuff. Never thought about those that offer only services.

    in reply to: “Plebs” RPG Campaign #145020
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    I remember Plebs. Watched it a few things and thought quite funny. Never would have thought you could make a table top war game from in. Goes to show you don’t always need military type characters.

    in reply to: Facility X #145019
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    Thanks Guy, an enjoyable read!

    I am however intrigued as to what these labs are all about. Labs in my experience are rarely up to anything good. Good background and nice to see the team’s mission go smoothly. Even if no shoots were fired!

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #144710
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    I see Apis is expanding the Burning Sands range. So good stuff there my man. Keep up the good work.

    in reply to: Project Slow Burn #144709
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    Found this on IMDB John Wick trivia. Reminded me of my background for 3SOME. At the time I made up the animal cruelty crime, didn’t know people went to jail for it.

    The story is loosely inspired by an incident in Texas involving former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who wrote Lone Survivor, about his fireteam’s ordeal during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was given a yellow labrador puppy, whom he named DASY, after the members of his fireteam. On April 1, 2009, at about 1:00 a.m., Luttrell was awakened by a gunshot, and saw four men drive away. DASY was dead in his yard from a gunshot wound. He armed himself with two 9mm Beretta pistols and chased the men through four counties in his truck until police apprehended them. They taunted Luttrell, threatened to kill him, and indicated no remorse for their actions. They were later sentenced for animal cruelty. Luttrell stated later, “I spared them, because I’ve killed enough people already.”

    That reminds me of the story of Paddy Mayne. During WW2 when David Stirling was forming the SAS. Paddy Mayne had a Jack Russel Terrier. When he was away his commanding officer, who hated Mayne killed his dog. When Mayne returned he was so furious he beat up his commanding office (Mayne was not a man to be crossed). He was due to be court marshalled. When Stirling jumped up and said I’ll take him. Who was looking for men just like Mayne for the special forces.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #141188
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    I reckon it should be a brothel. Those sailors coming into port after spending months on the southern oceans. Are going to need their horizontal refreshment.

    in reply to: Chrome Hammer: //Virus Upload Video! #140793
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    I liked it so much I went and got a copy of Chrome Hammer. This sort of thing is right up my street. Thanks for posting I enjoyed the video.

    in reply to: Arrrgrghhh!! #140551
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    Interesting because reading through this thread seems to me. That the general consensus is that we wargamers like to see pics right? For reasons illustrated by the Sherman and the shape of the turret comment goes to prove this. Mike comments and I quote…

    “boggles my mind that someone would go to that effort to get a product to market then not bother with the final step of letting people actually see what it is you are selling.”

    and also says…..

    ”I don’t get the notion that someone with an e-commerce site they have likely paid for, and sculpts they have likely paid for, and stock they have paid for that has come from moulds they have paid for does not want to sell anything”.

    Which I get and understand and makes complete sense. Then Blackhat comes along as says……

    ”I am working on a new website but that won’t have photos either because I am flat out fulfilling orders and don’t have the time to take photos or the incentive to to get new orders”.

    That too makes sense. But if you don’t need to put up photos, who is buying? I’m pretty sure this is the same for GZG and some others. So, wargamers are buying without photos. Maybe the majority of us are familiar with what manufactures sell and are reoccurring consumers. But what about new products? Clearly the manufacturers who don’t have photos are turning over enough sales for whatever reason.

    in reply to: Mediaeval Tools #140475
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    ‘watch it with that torch, you will set fire to me pitchfork!’

    Who said that? Was it Wat Tyler?

    in reply to: Arrrgrghhh!! #140289
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    Yep, frustrating isn’t it. I understand there’s a lot of faff involved but it reduces the chance of sales. A bad or an unpainted Pic is better then no pic at all.

    GZG have been like it for years. Clearly don’t need to advertise their minis.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #140257
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    I know I’m a right technophobe and all but what in hell’s teeth is a Keen page? It looks like some sort of e-scrap book with “stuff” on it, your case CA.

     

    in reply to: Stroezie's painting log. #140143
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    I’ve said it once and I’ll say again. I do like you’re infusion of colour and how you use it to coordinate the different groups.

    I’m quite the fan of Ral Partha. I’ve been meaning to get some Gargoyles and those certainly look good. They definitely look like they’ve just come alive and have unstuck themselves from a side of a cathedral. Ral Partha’s website doesn’t showcase many painted models. For people like me who exhibit zero imagination find it hard to imagine the models in painted form. So it’s nice to see them in all glory.

    in reply to: In Darkest Warrens play through #139873
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    Thanks for the read and well narrated. Glad to see Brenda was recovered successfully. The “devil child” was a surprise.

    I was going to ask a little more about In Darkest Warrens. But there was a bit of a write up at the end. Which explained about it. An interesting RPG.

    in reply to: RPG miniatrure sculpting WIP #139813
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    I’m impressed, those keeps are the bomb! I wish I could sculpt like you. Part of my problem is not being able to use green stuff. I find it to stiff and doesn’t stick to what I want.

    in reply to: Painting Mechs #139808
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    I can recommend Mecha Front, I’m pretty sure I assembled first before painting. Haven’t done anything with the Precinct Omega ones yet but will assemble first. They look good and similar to Mecha Front, so should fit in nicely.

     

    in reply to: Painting Mechs #139731
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    I’ve recently got some Precinct Omega ones. So it’s these which I’m thinking about. MechaFront is a favourite of mine. I can’t remember how I painted the ones I have. I got some more off eBay which came assembled and primed. So don’t have a choice how to paint these.

    I always brush paint. Haven’t ventured into airbrushing yet.

    in reply to: Stroezie's painting log. #139422
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    . If people are interested I may even do a little tutorial.

    Me am interested

    Nice work as always. I have fungus and fungi on my list to do and yours look great. I will definitely copy without shame.

    in reply to: Game Specific Figures #139142
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    I generally mix and match as suits what passes for my aesthetic sensibilities.

    This ^^^^^^^
    I go with the minis first then think how can I fit these into a game.

    in reply to: Thomaston's random project #138133
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    Your sculptures are great. Keep up the good work.

    in reply to: Project Slow Burn #138128
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    Sorry for the late reply as I haven’t been around much and playing catch up. Just when I thought the safe house couldn’t be funnier. I then read the “Smelly Cat” and the duck stealth insertion craft had me rolling around with laughter.

    4play really doesn’t have much luck. In fact that last AAR none of the goodies had any luck. Including the crabs!

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    I haven’t read a Dedburgh in a while. Always a lot of good action, plus you beat a good classic zombie wargame.

    in reply to: Iliada Game Studio 15mm Fantasy #138125
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    You’re really doing some nice stuff. It’s getting harder and harder to resist. I don’t think it’ll be long before I’ll have to put in an order.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #138124
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    I’m so behind. You’ve  been doing a fair bit while I’ve been preoccupied with life. A boat, a crypt, apes, ghouls and not mention a well endowed Erland.

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Spy Game. #135303
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    But now we must ask… what’s next?!?

    Well DSG, TBH I’ve been working on my fantasy stuff. 15mm Heroquest but more on that later. As for this I would like to do another Starport Scum satire solo game. Maybe try a mech or two and see how that plays out.

    I’m back to work next week. I’ve found that time has flown and even with lockdown and no work. Haven’t had the time to do as much gaming stuff as I would have liked.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #135079
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    And what is Eydis doing?………..I Wonder.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #134750
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    That is looking good and congrats on the water effects. I think you nailed it there. I’ve never been that great at doing moving/disturbed water. If that was me with a sponge it wouldn’t have worked out like that.

    Bet it’s making a nice change to do some greenery instead of desert all the time :).

    in reply to: Big Stompy Robots #134749
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    I think you’ve captured the weathering well. I have a few mechs in my lead pile that need painting. Not this size but I’m keeping my eye on this thread for ideas.

    in reply to: The Department, Nightclub Mission #134667
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    Thanks for the AAR. Despite not a shot being fired (not sure how things would’ve gone if agent M got spotted). It was enjoyable and probably the only wargaming AAR I’ve read that no shooting took place.

    Nice scenery too, is the nightclub all scratch built? It look the business and laid out well too. The cut away offices work really well. Looks good and no need to lean over the table and peer inside at an awkward angle. To try and place your miniature. Not to cluttered  inside, plenty of room to place miniatures. All in all very good.

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Spy Game. #134198
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    The last AAR did take a little longer. But concluded quicker then what I would have assumed. The action starts back at J’s bar and the team spot the target vehicle. They disembark and Iain moves in to sabotage it. But as a repeat of when he was first there. Glubbits and Martin Once come out with a couple of goons and catch him red handed again!

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    A fire fight quickly erupts and Kane, still true to form drops a goon. Once and Glubbits take off in their vehicle but getting peppered in shots and the truck losing two structure points (SP). Once shots at Tom as they drive pass and he gets suppressed. The one remaining goon makes a dash for the escort truck shooting at Bob as he did so. Bob shots back but both miss each other.

    As Glubbits and Once go speeding off down the street, Kane gets a shot off and hits. Unfortunately only having a small arm means the truck has 1 armour. Being a civi vehicle usually doesn’t. So it’s able to make a save.

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    Glubbits and Once are now escaping but Iain manages to activate and lands a hit, it’s armour failing and doesn’t make the save. Reducing it SP to zero the truck is wracked. Glubbits and Once exit and this is when Kane takes down Martin Once. Cracking shot I may add, two 6s and a 5.

    Looks like Glubbits will have his day but the goon in the escort truck. Comes to his rescue. Glubbits jumps in and they take off up the adjacent street. But the truck gets peppered in shots the whole time. Leaving it with only 1 SP a broken MG and Glubbits taking a hit and getting knocked out. Despite all this the truck remains running. Bob, all this time has got behind the wheel of the blue 4×4 and pursed Glubbits and the goon. Picking up Kane in the process.

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    Tom and Iain seeing everyone else take off in vehicles look around for one of their own. Then see a couple of 4x4s for sale in the scape yard area. While they “borrowed one” Kane and Bob flooring after Glubbits. Kane shooting while Bob driving but unfortunately misses all shots.

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    Iain and Tom make slighter slower progress catching up with Glubbits. Since Tom forgot to take off the for sale sign. Which was obscuring Iain’s vision so he got a minus to movement. Glubbits’ goon took a wrong turn and into a dead end just as Bob and Kane arrived, then Iain and Tom shortly after.

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    Tom opens up wracking Glubbits truck and reducing its SP to none. With Glubbits knocked out and the goon outnumbered his resolve fails and he gives up.

    Mission successful…….they stoped the mind control wave from being deployed. Thus saving the world! They captured the Scarlet Pimpernel. Who as it turns out to of been their top boss Director Glubbits. With only two casualties. Losing Hess early on meant I couldn’t explore this character as much as I would have liked.

    The game took a few different turns which I had to adapt to. The end wasnt anticipated at all. Kane, was rolling some top dice which resulted in a number of goons going down. The vehicle rules worked really well. I certainly would like to do more Startport Scum with a more focus on vehicles.

    That’s it for now, hope you all enjoyed…..

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    Well, things haven’t quite gone to plan. The state of play so far is this. Iain Fury failed to complete his investigation and been captured and taken to the drilling station for interrogation.

    Hess and Kim faired little better. Both are wounded and they too failed to complete their investigation. But, not all is lost. Kane and Tom are still alive. They survived their engagement and took a goon as a prisoner. They’ve also learnt from their investigation in the market that Anshan business’s are nothing more than facades, financed from the bank. Why and by whom remains a mystery.

    So…..Tom goes to the money lenders and finds Hess and Kim and applies first aid. They both make it but are out of the next chapter. While Tom is doing that, Kane questions the goon and learns that Iain has been taken to the drilling station. He also finds out that the Scarlet Pimpernel is there.

    The drilling station is now the place to be. Maybe him and Tom can identify who this person is and maybe rescue Iain at the same time.

    First, Kane will have to come up with a cunning plan to get them in!

     

    The oil drilling station.

    The team move into the lower levels. It soon becomes apparent that this drilling station is fake and being used for something else. It seems there’s a cluster of rooms being used as cells.

    Tom picks the lock of the first room then they enter.

    They find a man sat on a bed. Kane immediately questions him.

    “I’m Bob, They kept us prisoner here. I was part of the forward technophobe research team. Ray was the team leader, but he couldn’t handle it”.

    “Buddy couldn’t handle? Buddy was one of your team?” Asks Kane

    “Right, but it was Ray who couldn’t handle it and he went to pieces.” Says Bob.

    “And he went to pieces?” Says Tom.

    “No, Andy was the team analyst he was alright. It was Ray who couldn’t handle it, awful how he came unglued.” replies Bob

    “How he came unglued?” Asks Tom

    “No, Howey was solid as a rock, best computer programmer in the business. It was Ray who came unglued.” Says Bob

    “And he went mad?” Asks Kane.

    “No, Andy hung tough, Ray went mad. It was a miracle he survived.” Says Bob

    “How he survived?” Asks Kane

    “No, we lost Howey the following day when he was lobotomised.” Bob continues….. “You see…..They’re testing a mind control wave. To persuade and control people. In short, take control of the world.” He continues……

    “First they tested on mice……then moved on to armadillos, dung beetles and finally giraffes. The results were encouraging at first but the human brain is far more advanced than dung beetles or mice. Well, except for maybe politicians. The human test subjects began to go crazy, insane. As their brains fell apart faster than a wet cake. They became further down the evolutionary chain than Love Island contestants”. He says.

    “Come Bob, lets get you out of here”. Says Kane.

    Tom picks the lock of the next cell.

    “Iain! You’re alive”. Says Tom.

    “I’m glad to see you, they keep us locked up down here like animals. Just look at these squalid conditions they keep us in. This jacuzzi only has three settings and the water bed is only a double and not king size.” Complains Iain.

    “Just look at this muck they feed us on…..this caviar and truffles is supposed to be served fresh this is yesterday’s and this Pinot Noir is supposed to be served slightly chilled. This is room temperature!”.

    “Come on Iain we are going to get you out of here, I’ve seen enough.” Says Kane.

    “Not a moment too soon. They would have made me go for a swim later then a foot massage”. Says Iain. Then he looks at them inquisitively. “How did you all get in here without causing suspicion?” He Asks………..

     

    Meanwhile…..in the stations canteen.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel sat at one of the tables and looked at Martin Once.

    “This isn’t the normal pizza we usually have”. Says the Pimpernel.

    “No, bit of a strange story. This afternoon the phone rang and it was the Pope. He said that our cantering team had been selected for the nations cricket team and must leave for the West Indies immediately. Then the phone rang again. It was a team of wondering Italian chefs who happen to be in the area offering their services. So I had the opportunity to take them on at once”. Replies Once.

    “And all that seems perfectly fine to you?” Asks the Pimpernel with suspicion.

    Once thinks hard….”ugh….Yeah”he replies

    “Your right…..no need for suspicion……Wait a minute….no Italian chef would make a pizza like this…..” he says throwing the piece down onto the table.

    “Find these chefs…..and if they have been snooping around learning too much…..you know what happens to people that learn too much don’t you?asks the Pimpernel.

    “Errrh….they get a PhD?”

    “No they get eliminated”………..

     

    Meanwhile…………..

    They leave the room and make it back up to the surface. Bob shows them another route and they come up into the sub station. Which as it turns out to be a good advantage point. They watch the commotion outside.

    “That man in the suit….I know him….he’s Director Glubbits!….He’s the Scarlet Pimpernel all long!…..we’ve been sold out….A mole inside our very own organisation. Says Kane.

    What with that a goon comes around the corner and stops in front for the group.

    “What are you lot doing?” He asks

    “Um, we work here”. Replies Kane

    “In that case carry on” he says

    He goes to walk off went Kane knocks him out.

    “Tom, get his cloths on and get over there I want to know what’s going on”.

    Tom walks over to the truck and pretends to act natural by doing up his shoe lace. The man in the suit turns towards Martin Once.

    “Is that all the research material now loaded on this truck?” Asks Glubbits

    “Yes sir and all ready to depart. I’ve also packed your favourite sandwiches and those cheesey string things you like”. Say Martin Once.

    “Good, I will want a spot of lunch when we get to the transmission tower. Before we starting plugging all this equipment in. Then the mind control wave will be ready and we can send out the wave and will soon have control of the world!”. Says Glubbits

    “Just imagine Martin. A world where Wives and kids do what they are told. A world where you can persuade a politician to do anything without the need to bribe. But first we will stop off at J’s bar for a spot of brunch. Maybe some squid in ink tapas and a Pina Colada”. Says Glubbits.

    Tom returns to the others and reports to Kane with what he just heard.

    “We need to destroy that truck before they are able to get to the transmission tower and plug in the equipment. Quick let’s take that blue 4×4” Says Kane.

    The team moves off across the compound as they watch the trucks leave. When they are spotted by a goon who raises the alarm.
    ”BOB AND THE ITALIAN CHEFS ARE HELPING THE PRISONER TO ESCAPE! STOP THEM” he shouts

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    The break out was relatively quick. All the goons miss their their shots. Kane takes down the first goon on a double five. The goon on the roof top gets suppressed just before Bob, (who I gave goon status) finishes him off. Iain moves in on the last goon for a brawl. They have a good fight and a grapple but Iain doesn’t do as well as I would of thought despite his bonuses. Bob moves to help Iain, but doesn’t roll enough on movement so has to stop halfway for a breather. Kane however activates and moves to finish off the goon which Iain was grappling with. Tom didn’t do a thing. Just missed a few shots.

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    So now the team takes the 4×4 and chases after Once and Glubbits. So I’ll get that final AAR up soon. Stay tuned…..

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    The Cattle Market

    “Where’s all your cattle?” Asks Tom

    “Haven’t had cattle since 73’. Did get a Juraped thing. It run off anyway. Haven’t see it I suppose?” Says the owner

    “How do you make money?” Asks Tom

    “Do what everyone else does. Get loan from the Anshan bank. Interest free much as you like then pay back whenever”. Says the man.

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    Kane, just around the corner talks to the stall owner.

    “I can get you bake beans but it’ll take two weeks. He over there can get you fresh dog that’ll take two weeks though and he there can get you noddles but that’ll take two weeks” says the man.

    “This place is a geographical oddity. Everything around here takes two weeks. I need a crap. You have any toilet paper, or does that take two weeks?”Says Kane.

    “Just do what everyone else does around here does and use the money from the bank”. Replies the stall owner.

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    What will that a truck pulls up and three goons jump out.

    “Tom, we have company!”…………

    ……….Kane was quick to react and took the initiative. Which saw one of the goons suppressed. Then Tom, who managed to suppressed another. Unfortunately Tom got suppressed by the third goon. The next round saw more shooting but nobody hit. Kane then won the initiative and killed a goon. Tom manage to suppress the second one. The third goon opened up on Tom which suppressed him again.

    The next round could of gone either way. But Kane had the edge and killed the second goon. The last one decided to jump back into truck and escape. Unfortunately for him he got peppered in rounds before he could hit the gas. The truck busted into flames forcing him to bailout.

    He tries to run but is no match for Kane and Tom. They take him down but he’s not dead. Which could serve a purpose and allow him to be questioned!

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    Anshan Money Lenders

    Cashier Sally Decker sat at her desk working when John Twice walked in.

    “How you doing John?” Says the teller Jim Johnson

    “I need to close my account…..I’m getting out of here Jim”. He says

    “Are you mad? Nobody ever leaves Anshan” Says Jim Johnson

    Sally tries to ignore the conversation when a secret communication comes in on her PDA. It simply reads “Eliminate John Twice IMMEDIATELY” signed the Scarlet Pimpernel.

    Sally thinks fast, she pulls a handgun from her desk and shoots John Twice in the chest. As he slumps to the floor she grabs a second gun from a secret compartment and points it at Jim Johnson.

    “Sally what have you done?”

    “Sorry Jim but you’re just collateral damage” she’s says as she shoots him.

    She then places the second gun in John Twice’s dead hand and then contacts sheriff Hess.

    “Sheriff Hess come quick, it’s Sally at Anshan money lenders. There’s been an attempted hold up!”………….

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    ………..Kim Oldson arrived outside Anshan Money Lenders after following the direction Sheriff Hess gave her. He was waiting outside.

    “Oh, I thought we were going to the bank not the hospital” she says.

    “Yeah it is the bank. The decorating company gave it a new paint job last week and was given the wrong spec. We have a attempted hold up Kim, it seems we’ve found who we were looking for and he’s dead. The cashier is the only witness. She says that the gunman shot the teller, she grabbed a gun and shot the gunman”. Says Hess. He continues “Despite being fired from his job at the drilling platform. John Twice is a good family man with no prior record”.

    “Can I talk to her?” Says Kim Oldson

    “Sure”………

    ……..They go inside and find Sally at her desk.

    “This is acting deputy Oldson. This is Sally Decker” Hess introduces.

    “Are you up to answering some questions?” Says Kim. Sally nods.

    “When was it you thought something wasn’t right?”

    “When I first heard the shot and Jim fell”. Says Sally.

    “He’s the teller Kim”Says Hess.

    “What, Jim Fell’s the teller?” Says Kim.

    “No, Jim Johnson’s the teller. Jim Fell is ill, so Jim filled in” replies Sally.

    “Phil who?” Asks Kim.

    “Phil Anderson, Kim. He’s the manager”. Says Hess.

    “Okay, so let me get this straight” Says Kim. “Twice walked in and shot the teller and Jim fell”.

    “No, he only shot the teller Jim Johnson, Fell is ill” Says Sally.

    “So after he shot the teller, you shot Twice?” Says Kim.

    “No, I only shot once” Says Sally.

    “Yeah, but Twice is the hold up guy”. Says Hess.

    “Then I guess I did shoot Twice”. Says Sally

    “So now you’re changing your story?” Says Kim.

    “No, I shot Twice after Jim fell.” Says Sally.

    “You shot Twice and Jim Fell”. Says Kim.

    “No, Jim fell first and I shot Twice once”. Says Sally.

    “So, who fired Twice?”. Asks Kim.

    “Once” Says Sally.

    “Martin Once is the Boss over at the drilling station” says Hess.

    “Okay, so Once is the Boss at the drilling station and he fired Twice. Then Twice shot the teller once”.

    “Twice”

    “ and Jim fell and you fired twice?” Says Kim

    “Once” Says Sally.

    “Okay, you’ve been most helpful, Mis Decker” Says Kim.

    As Hess and Kim walked back to their vehicles, something didn’t  sit right with Kim.

    “She told a convincing story, but I just find it a huge coincidence that the person who had some information and a possible lead ends up dead”. Says Kim.

    “Yeah and I don’t believe in coincidences” Says Hess.

    “And why would Martin Once fire Twice? There’s something going on over at the drilling station. We need to find out what”.

    Kim gets on the comms to Kane and gives him the update.

    Then a truck pulls up and three goons jump out and open up!

    Hess is instantly suppressed and then Kim. They return fire, but to no avail. Another salvo of accurate gunfire sees Hess go down. Kim gets a shot in but doesn’t even manage a suppression before she too goes down!

    The goons move up and one of them gets on their comms.

    “Both are down, what me to finish them?” Says the goon

    “No, get to the market place. Two more nosey sods aren’t minding their own business. Go and deal with them, I’ll send a team to clean up there” comes the response……..

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    Reaching the town of Anshan

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    The team member disembark the van and make their way to meet Hess.

    “Good to have you onboard. Sorry I’ve had to go dark, I think am being watched”. Says Hess

    “Yeah, we had a little welcome party to get rid of. We are compromised as well. You have any leads?” Asks Kane.

    “Yes, a man called John Twice. He said he has information but fears his life is in danger. So far I haven’t been able to find him”.

    “Ok, Swear Kim in as a new deputy, take her and try and find Twice. Iain, go to J’s bar and see what you can find out. Me and Tom will see what we can find out around town” says Kane.

     

    Sometime later……..

    J’s Bar

    Iain stops and ducks around the corner just as a vehicle stops outside. A lady of the night interrupts him and asks for business, which Iain quickly declines. He turns to face the vehicle, keen to see who it is. He knows for experience what situations are of interest. A smartly dressed man gets out followed by a goon.

    “Keep an eye on the vehicle while I go in and see J. I might have a Pina Colada or two. When I get back we’ll deliver the package to the oil drilling station”. Says the man.

    Iain thinks fast and needs to have a look in the boot and see what they are taking to the oil drilling station. He needs to distract the goon first. Where’s that lady of the night gone, he wonders?

    “I’ll thought you’ll change your mind, she says.”

    “No not me. You see that guy by the vehicle. He’s my friend and needs cheering up”

    “I can cheer any man up for two fifty” she says.

    “Here’s three. Make him ecstatic and take your time”.

    “Oh hello darling” says the goon.

    Iain waits until they are out of sight. Then moves in to pick the lock of the boot and see what they are delivering to the drilling station.

    This has four outcomes. The smartly dressed man might finish his Pina Colada and come back. The goon could finish his pleasure of the flesh prematurely and come back. Or both of them at the same time, which won’t be good for Iain…..Or they both stay away and Iain has time to see what’s in the boot.

    So that’s roll some dice….

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    ……..The man in the suit comes back and catches Tom red handed. Obviously not liking his Pina Colada much. Maybe J didn’t have any those umbrellas.

    This has a few options depending who activates first. The suit dressed man could run back inside. But if Iain gets to him first then he can whack him. Since this scenario is all close quarters……..

    ……..He shouts and runs back into the bar. This gets the attention of the goon who comes around the corner and faces Iain. Who wastes no time in flooring him. Well, Iain is expert in Judo and ninjitsu. Or maybe the goon was still doing up his trousers.

    Soon Iain finds himself surrounded by people from the bar. Probably roughnecks from the drilling station. Either way his in for a fight.

    “That’s him! That’s him, that’s the car thief!” Shouts the Suit dressed man.

    Fists fly, a few kicks find the mark. Followed up by a few head butts. Unfortunately all goons were standing come the end. Bloodied and bruised but standing. Iain was on the floor beaten unconscious.

    “Lovely, jubbly. Chuck him in the back of the van lads. I know someone who might want a chat with him over at the drilling station” says the suit.

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    There was some high dice been rolled, on both sides. Each had the same weapons, but the team had traits. Kane being a leader had a +1 to activation and being the only Hero did give him an edge. Kim having a driving trait, boosted the movement of the hover. Plus they were able to fire first, which was a huge advantaged. But they were outnumbered and the goons when they got the chance really punished the them. Yeah, could of been worse.

    Tomorrow we’ll see the team get to Anshan. Where they will start to investigate the money laundering situation and meet up with Sheriff Hess. Is he friend of has he defected? Guess we’ll find out. Hopefully Iain Fury should be fighting fit again.

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    Thanks, I think this will develop into quite an interesting story. With plenty of opportunities for me to be silly. As for the minis can’t take credit for all of it. Especially the town of Anshan when they get there. Should have the next instalment up tomorrow so stay tuned.

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    Been a while, but today managed a solo game. So here we go, finally have time to make a start.

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    The teams hover craft moves quickly over the terrain. Inside, Kane takes the opportunity to brief the team.

    “Ok, we are on route to the town of Anshan. Pretty much a low key junker town, until now. The town is a wash with money, it seems there’s a lot of laundering going on. So we sent in agent Hess to spy on things. A month later he gets elected as the town sheriff and hasn’t made a report for weeks. We re going in to spy on him and make sure he hasn’t defected. Also, there is a third party spy, known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel. This enemy spy has cropped up before and been responsible for multiple problems to our organisation. Hess was also instructed to spy on this spy and identify them.”

    “So we have to spy on our own spy who is spying on their spy?” Says Ian Fury

    “That’s exactly it! Top man Ian”. Says Kane.

    “So mission objectives………One, Find out where all the towns money is coming from and where it is going……….Two, make sure Sheriff Hess is still on our side, if not eliminate him……And three, identify the spy known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel and eliminate them”. Says Kane.

    “Urrr…..Boss…we have company”. Comes Kims voice from beside the wheel.

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    “They don’t look friendly. Ian, there’s some hand held fire and forget launchers in that compartment which I keep handy for close encounters”. Says Kane.

    He finds the weapons and hands them out. They take up firing positions as the enemy vehicles close in.

    The chase and shoot out………

    Kim floors the gas peddle to open up the gap. Her combine harvester training coming into its own. As Iain, Tom and Kane prepare their rocket launchers. Kane fires first taking out the first truck. It stopped and the two man crew quickly exit the wracked vehicle. The other two 4x4s faired little better. Both Iain’s and Tom’s rockets found their mark and wracked both vehicles. One rocket also score a critical and one of the two man crew was knocked out.

    Now it was pay back time. The one remaining 4×4 shoots forwards to aggressively engage the hover vehicle. The goon on the back remarkably shoots straight and the hit scores a critical. The hover not only takes a structural hit Kane gets his hand held launcher knocked from his hand and disappears through the open side door.

    The 4×4 driver, sensing the situation change somewhat. Hits the gas and the vehicle shoots forward as the rear passage shoots. The rocket hits with a critical and soon a fire breaks out.

    “Quick, Iain” screams Kane “The fire extinguishers”.

    As Iain and Kane battle the fire, unsuccessfully I may add. Tom leans out the top hatch and fires his weapon. The rocket snakes off and finds its mark. An overwhelming critical hit vaporising the 4×4. Tom shouts with delight.

    “Zoom Zigg” he smiles to himself.

    With the fire taking hold Kane orders all to bailout.

    “Come on, now we’re all on foot we need to finish them off”.

    The team quickly make their way to the rock formation for cover. While the goons all regroup to form a squad. But this leaves them in the open the whole time. Kane, being the first of his team to reach the rock shoots first and takes down the first goon. A fierce exchange of gunfire sees some of the goons suppressed. Then Kim drops a second goon as she reaches the rock firing on the move. Kane gives her a look.

    “I’ve had my Weetabix” she replies just as a load of gunfire slams into the rock near Kane suppressing him.

    Two goons find their way round and open up on Iain. The rounds find their mark and he goes down. Tom, luckily reaches him firing and suppressing the goons as he does so.

    “Here’s our chance, Kim” says Kane.

    He shoots and drops one of the goons. Kim follows up but misses. The goon returns fire on Tom, who drops down next to the wounded Iain as bullets wiz all around him. Kane levels up on the last goon and squeezes the trigger sending him to meet his maker.

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    They search the bodies for clues on who they are.

    “That’s enough searching now” Says Kane

    “I’m looking for his credit card” replies Tom

    “His credit card? He’s being shot through the stomach. This man is in no state to go shopping!” Says Kane

    “He’s got one too. All these have credit cards from the Anshan money lenders. They’re all local”. Says Kim.

    “Somebody knew we were coming and have organised a welcome party”. Says Tom.

    “Looks like we need a new vehicle, Tom, Kim. See if you can  acquire another” Says Kane. Looking across at the small distant settlement. And as luck would have it a used vehicle dealership.

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    Acquiring a new vehicle

    Ishtar used vehicles.

    Mars Exploration and Habitation Vehicle – but we’re not on Mars

    Talin APC – not very luxurious

    MPV with satellite TV – but there’s no microwave

    Hover caravan – towed by weird smelly animals

    Van – it’s not Kim’s favourite colour

    Frontline Battle Mech – fuel economy could be iffy

    “Hello there, I’m Ishtar. May I help you?”.

    “Looking for something low key, with good fuel economy and full service history”. Says Tom.

    “Oh yes, I have all sorts that’ll fit that bill. How about a Frontline battle Mech? “Only has 50 stompy miles on the clock?”

    “Errrr…….What about that van”. Asks Tom

    “No……it doesn’t have much street cred does it? Replies Kim

    “I used to have a van like that….until the brakes failed and I drove it into a wall. Luckily I got out without a scratch” says Ishtar.

    “Yeah, which just goes to prove you wouldn’t be seen dead in one of those vans”. Says Kim.

    “Ok….what about a hover caravan? Don’t be put off by the Jurapeds. They’re genetically made. Unfortunately these are the mark1 version and suffer from flatulence”. Says Ishtar

    So, that’s roll some dice and see what they end up with. Tom is clearly the one to do the deal. Being a swindler he gets +1 for a trait. I rolled first to see what they could afford. Then rolled again to finalise the deal.

    So they end up with………The van.

     

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    Very good, keep it coming! Love seeing 1Love, 2Sexy, 3Some and 4Play in action.

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    I’ve stopped work, although the construction industry is still going here in the UK. It’s become a bit controversial and soon sites might close. So I’ve been a bit isolated the last two days.

    The first thing I’ve been doing is food. While everyone else was busy stripping the shelves in supermarkets I was buying military rations. I’ve got, French, Spanish, Lithuanian and British army rations. I must say the Spanish army eat well and must be one of the best ration packs around. Squid in black ink! for lunch, doesn’t get much better than that.

    This is the time I was craving last year which I didn’t have. Now it seems I have bucket loads of it. Not to worry as I’ve plenty on my painting table. I’ve a few projects started, well about four I think. So I should have plenty to crack on. My 6mm Starport Scum SF project. Two fantasy projects including building my own Heroquest in 15mm. Not likely to get bored anytime soon.

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    Sweet, looking good Mr Barracks. How much are we looking at for one of these beauties?

    I suppose you’ll be making a port next? Might need one.

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