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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.

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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.

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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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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… 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… 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… know what happens to people that learn too much don’t you?asks the Pimpernel.

    “Errrh….they get a PhD?”

    “No they get eliminated”………..



    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.



    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.



    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.


    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.


    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!”………….


    ………..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


    ……..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”.


    “ 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


    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….



    ……..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.


    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.


    “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.


    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.


    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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    Interesting historic read, thanks for posting. On the back of the new £20 note isn’t it HMS Temeraire? That, for what ever reason came to mind when I was reading through it.

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    You’re doing a great job on these little sculptures. I didn’t expect the rock monster to die like that. Did make me laugh, thanks for the AAR.

    in reply to: Stroezie's painting log. #132170
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    Wow I’ve missed tonnes. Dunno where to start……..You are doing a great job. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You have a good eye for colour. Those spectre things in green look simply bad ass. I’m going to do that. In fact I’ll send you a self addressed box. If you then could pop all the featured miniatures into it and send it back that’ll be cool. Or I could find out where you live and if you see a dark figure climbing out of your window carrying all your miniatures in the middle of the night that might be me.


    in reply to: Polyversal generic rule set #132168
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    This has been “coming soon” since 2014. Some of their miniatures producers have gone out of business in the meantime.

    I’m aware of at least four miniatures producers that are/were part of it. Dark Realm seemed to of dropped off the market place and Plasmablast shut up shop for ages but have reopened recently. The DZC minis don’t seem to be in production anymore. Which is now owned by TT Combat now I think. Brigade I think were producing minis for this as well, who seem unaffected.

    I agree with Mike. There seemed to be a lot of money and work involved for an over saturated market place.




    in reply to: Polyversal generic rule set #132127
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    I think it’s still on but seems to be a few years behind schedule.

    in reply to: Edge of the Storm – A Starport Scum campaign. #132126
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    Quite the adventure! Nice to see you picking this up again 🙂

    Only by looking back on this thread do I realise I have been dragging it out for two years. Time just goes by so fast, it still feels like yesterday. I feel like I Could pick up my planned Horizon Wars campaign that I began at the same time, or the other abandoned one from…probably 18 months ago. Or my WW2 campaign that has been dormant since August but feels new.

    Yeah, I can relate to all this. I have two projects on here which I’ve done nothing. Just not enough time to do it all. Nice to see you are carrying on with it though. I had to read back through it to refresh what was going on. Keep up the good work.

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    I like how he says “my first attempt at Painting 75mm….” Even if that was my 100th attempt it wouldn’t look half as good as that.

    Haven’t Clockwork Goblin stopped their 15mm range in favour of Konflikt 1947? They are nice mechs.

    in reply to: Burning Sands – The Chronicles of Erland #131450
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    Nice! I do like these little fabled chronicles of Erland.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #131027
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    Okay, you talked me into it, I might have to have two. As it happens I got a hand made ship model from eBay for a couple of quid that was for repair. Just the right size for 15mm. So yeah…..I’m starting yet another project.

    Well, you can never have enough projects on the go!


    PS, I do like it when most of the hard work is done for me.

    in reply to: The end times are nigh – or are they? #131020
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    It’s always been tough in business. I got into work today to find out that the plastering company which was working on the same job as me has gone bust. That company may be gone but the plasterers working for them will more and likely carry on in the industry. When a miniatures manufacturer goes to the wall they close and you lose that from the market.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #131019
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    I’ve missed loads. Now I have a desire to make a ship.

    in reply to: Mecha: Chicken walkers, or regular? #131018
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    I’m assuming mechs with more than two legs are of no interest in the context of the question being asked. Otherwise, they’re just as cool, too.

    Well, isn’t a digitigrade an animal which walks on its toes? Which means aren’t dogs digitigrade? So I read the question as mechs with two or more.

    in reply to: Mecha: Chicken walkers, or regular? #131017
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    Um, I’m fussy when it comes to aesthetics of my mechs. I view aesthetics as an over all package not just based on locomotives. I don’t really go for the Battletech stuff much, I prefer mechs which look like war machines and not some giant robot from Lost In Space. So I suppose more chicken/digitigrade rather than human bipedal type? I think….

    in reply to: But It Is Shiny #125888
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    No, not at all. There just seems to be some grim satisfaction in simply adding it to the lead pile and doing nothing else with it. Same for rules, I bought a copy of the classic Battletech master rules 6 months ago and haven’t even looked at it. Well, that’s a lie because I’ve looked at the art work on the front cover.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #125760
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    Blimey I stand corrected, that’s a beast of a sword! Bigger than a ruddy Claymore! However I was right about one thing. You could slay a Gandowana bird with that quite easily.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #125755
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    It looks like it could be wielded as a single handed arming sword. Too small for both hands and that fantasy pommel might be a bit uncomfortable to use as a bastard (hand and a half) sword. Use it in conjunction with something else, like another sword.

    Oh, wait I know of a swordsman who wields two swords!  Can definitely see Erland slaying a couple of Gandowana birds with that.


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    Just bought a new van this week and was clearing out the old one ready for sale. Lots of general crap over the years. Found some items I had lost and couldn’t find it at the time. No figures or scenery as such, which would be odd if I had. But I did find a Robinson fruit shoot lid. Um, where have I seen them used before?

    Got me thinking how I haven’t done anything Wargamey for at least 6 weeks.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #125749
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    You’ve been busy. Just think, back at the end of 2016 you started with a couple of Copplestone Minis and some Crom rules. Now you have a whole town with residents and your own rules to boot.

    Cool sword by the way, I like a good sword me. Although I have few historic repos, wasn’t keen on the fantasy ones. But that one looks nice, is it functional? Where did you get it?

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Engagement #123901
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    Cool, be good to see what you do with them. By all means keep us posted

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Engagement #123898
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    No worries, let me know if you require any more info. I don’t think they cost very much neither, which is a bonus.

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Engagement #123892
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    Ah yes,  I forgot to post the outcome of that game. I have a tendency to over stretch myself. I’m working a seven day week at the moment and don’t have much time to post. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

    They are commercially available and from the Matchbox  MBX Construction range. These are the H20 Rig I think. Most of the vehicles do make excellent heavy vehicles and are easily converted. eBay is a good source.

    in reply to: A Starport Scum Spy Game. #122459
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    . Are those KR16 minis? For some reason I’ve always had it in my head Star Port Scum was a humorous game.

    Most of the minis are CP Models, KR16. The scenery is mostly former Angel Barracks stuff. I had big plans for that but my gaming group never happened. So it’s nice to get some use out of it.

    Starport Scum is pretty much open ended and very flexible. So should lend itself for a humorous game. It’s funny how character traits, no matter how obscure and silly can play a part and influence the game.

    Can’t wait to see a villain get folded into a crane or silly hat!

    Heheheh, don’t messy with Ian Fury!

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    Well, who indeed is responsible? No doubt Bevardis has played a big part in all this. After all he hasn’t got a particularly good track record for not causing trouble.

    The Drunken Duck Inn was in uproar. People wanted answers, who was going to stop the monster. No one knew, no one wanted to take the risk. Except for one………


    ……Olafsson counted the purse of money and grins.

    “One hundred gold sovereigns as agreed. The other halve when the monster is destroyed”. Says the town Lord. “A rather extortionate amount my I add”.

    “Not really” replies Olafsson. “I have bills to pay with this, stopping the thing isn’t going to be cheap. Anyway how many farms and live stock has been destroyed? If I’m not too much mistaken, it’s not too far from this village”.


    With that most people left the inn. Olafsson, sat back and finished his ale. Then thought about whether Crom Ogun has finished making that device which he commissioned. Just the sort of device needed to bring down stone. Then, as uncanny as ever, as if he had a six sense. The door opens and the foreboding figure of Crom Ogun enters.


    “Just thinking about you. Have you forged that thing yet?” Says Olafsson.

    “If you mean cast it, then yes.” Says Ogun, his cold steely eyes and blank expression boring into Olafsson.

    “Whatever and what’s it called again?”

    “A cannon”

    “Never heard of a cannon, you’re sure it can stop a stone monster?”

    Ogun rises an eyebrow and says nothing.

    “I’ll take that as a yes then, here is your payment” Says Olafsson, tossing him a purse of gold.

    Ogun catches the purse, holds it a while as if calculating the weight and pockets it.

    “I’ll get my colleague to collect it from you by dusk”. Replies Olafsson as he watches Ogun disappear through the door.

    Olafsson leaves just after, in search of this colleague, Ulf.

    Olafsson bangs hard on the barn door.

    “Clear off! While you can still walk!”. Comes the response. Not all Ogres were hostile. But most were grumpy and Ulf was no exception. Ignoring the threat Olafsson opens the door and enters.


    “That’s no way to greet a friend. We have a job”

    “Does it pay well?”

    “Oh yes, very well. But first I need you to collect something from Crom Ogun”.

    “Collect what?”

    “Something that’s needed to complete our mission. Trust me, you’ll love it!”.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #121615
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    I’m useless when it comes to picking colours. After some head scratching, cups of tea and a healthy amount of dithering. I think I would go will something vibrant. Mongol archers seemed to of worn a rich assortment of colour. Not much help I know.  I am liking both models though, think I would buy for sure.

    I haven’t even painted those bloody birds yet. Stuck with choosing colours for those.

    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #121009
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    They look rather Simurgh upper class civilian to me.

    Lovely hats, now you’re going to need a milliner shop.

    in reply to: I am a Dropper! #120624
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    That was one of many, I’ve also done it several times since.

    I’ve also dropped stuff and never found it. I dropped a DSG Cobra back along, it came off its base and disappeared. To this day my DSG merc group consists of 15 vehicles instead of 16.


    in reply to: Project Slow Burn #120619
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    Interesting, this satire approach is certainly something a bit different. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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