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25/10/2020 at 19:42 in reply to: Wargaming budget, what’s yours and how do you set them? #145958
I currently have three separate shopping lists of miniatures and scenic items that I can’t justify buying yet. I don’t have a budget, and limit myself to a couple of £50ish purchases each year. That doesn’t include the small purchases of paint supplies and terrain building stuff, but they come very cheap.
What is it about Firefly that connects to so many of us Sci Fi gamers? Also, I am looking at ways to combine Firefly and Mass Effect. Like Mass Effect in the core worlds, but Firefly out on the Fringe? I don’t know.
When playing at battalion level, how much do you need to abstract terrain? Like this clump of buildings is just an “urban area”, this area will have lots of walls, so is difficult terrain, but the walls aren’t individually modelled? It scares me, but I would like to game larger scale battles.07/10/2020 at 08:25 in reply to: Would East Germans Work As Stand-Ins For “Obsoletes” In Soldier (1998)? #145146
Those 2D6 soviets look amazing, but I don’t know if I can justify 50p for 4 riflemen, when I can get enough for a couple of platoons for £4 elsewhere. I mean, they aren’t as pretty for sure, but…money. Maybe one day I can replace my armies.
This has become very relevant to me as my dad passed on 6 weeks ago and has left a sizable collection of model railway paraphernalia. We have what looks like tens of thousands of pounds worth of engines and train stuff that needs a new home. Luckily there are organisations in the model rail world that help with this.
As for mine, I am not sure. My dad’s old wargaming stuff is in my garage. We played with it all as boys and largely ended up ruining most of his old Airfix 1/72 models. I hope to pass mine onto my children as time goes on, or have a club that I can donate it all to should my time come. But who wants 6mm sci fi skirmishing miniatures made from deodorant bottles?
It’ll be the usual weird concoction with colored dice. I’ve been playing around with the idea of rolling => range to hit. Rolls of 1, 2 or 3 are beam weapon hits (if => range) depending on dice color and can’t be blocked. Otherwise it’s missiles and subject to defensive fire. At range 1, everything hits. Activation phase, choose which ships in a formation will be offensive or defensive. Defensive, each dice negate 1 long range hits. Any damages cripples a ship (select one randomly), they’ll be captured by the winner after the battle. White dice defensive mode DD Yellow dice beam hit on 1 CL Orange dice beam hit on 1-2 CA Red dice auto beam hit on 1-3 No shields in my rules, very abstract. The goal is to have no stats, and no tracking damage. Haven’t played any games yet, a little demotivated by how many spaceships I have to paint.
Oh great, another temptation. How do you do movement?
Some very varied responses here. I think funds are my main thing holding me back. I tend to do a couple of big purchases a year and then have to make due with what I have. But that 15mm sci fi…so tempting.25/09/2020 at 11:01 in reply to: Dinky Toys, Matchbox, Corgi and Poundland toys go to (28mm) War #144616
My two year old spotted some Hotwheels cars and lorries in a charity shop and wife let him have a few. Every time I play with him the lorries especially take me into the realm of wargaming conversions. Must…remain…focussed. Good finds.
I think I like the challenge of terrain building. Gaming a lot of 6mm sci fi means I can make it all up, and have all kinds of wacky stuff.
Playing WW2 games is the problem. Terrain needs to have a specific look. Then what if I want to game Eastern Front?! Great, new buildings to buy and paint.
I switch randomly between 6mm sci fi individually based skirmish prep, 6mm Horizon Wars prep, 6mm WW2 miniature painting ready for Battlegroup or Sergeants’ War, or random 28mm fantasy painting to improve my painting skills, and maybe play Song of Blades and Heroes. There is no list per se though.
I mean today I put together another space ship with junk. That will take a few days to finish. Later this week I will hopefully play a Battlegroup game. I just flit between cool looking stuff.14/08/2020 at 21:28 in reply to: Five Parsecs from Home Campaign – After the bug hunt #142350
Heck of a good score for your crew! It’ll be interesting to see if the new add accepts her new group or wrecks it from within.
Yes exactly. Might form a rivalry, or might betray them at some point. I think I will put that rule in, that she can betray them at some point.
I mean the FiveCore third edition skirmish rules. They are what I used. I armed the marines with standard listed weapons but gave them no abilities. To the xenos I gave a bunch of listed abilities from the standard rules.
My understanding of Five Parsecs from Home is that is is a much more in depth rpg element that fills the gaps between the skirmishes and has more comprehensive abilities and ideas.
I like telling a narrative with battles, and my first small figure count game was Star wars miniatures from WOTC. So characters had abilities that played out. These rules give me individual characters if I want, and ideas for campaigns and stories.
Thank you for that write up. I just recently bought those same miniatures but hadn’t worked out quite what to do with them. You have given me ideas for scenarios, other than the standard one from Aliens. And a look into a possible rules set.
It was good fun. I house ruled the spawning mechanics. Starport Scum is a set I would recommend, and it will enable you to make the aliens as impossible to beat or cannon fodder as you like. Also there are a plethora of actual bug hunting rules out there, such as Swatters.
You and me both! I have a storage tub full. Not to mention about a half dozen ships in various stages of progress. None of them are as good as your though.
Says the person with their own range of miniatures.
I really like this version of your ship. Looks rough and tumble and a perfectly gritty working tramp. And that landing pad works super well, seriously dig it!
That was my intention. I keep wavering between the original trilogy Star Wars aesthetic, Firefly (which is similar IMO, but lower tech), and then wanting a really crisp military sci fi sort of setting. Firefly wins mostly though.
Alexander, thank so much. You are such an inspiration to me.
That is pretty shiny!
Yeah, unfortunately the primer spray didn’t fully hit the surface of the CD underneath, so under certain lights you can see the shine. Next time I will build on the CD shiny side down.
But also, nice reference. Is my inspiration that obvious?
Fantastic stuff, fun that you decided to go back to new Charon!
Alexander, I have gone back this week to look back on your blog to see the Cormerant? space craft as I am in the process of finally getting my own deodorant space craft made. Such an inspiring blog you have.24/07/2020 at 20:52 in reply to: I enjoy setting up the table as much as any other part of miniatures #141065
I get distracted by your terrain. I’d never thought plastic plants would work for 6mm. The infantry base fir so nicely on the habitats.
This means a lot. I generally feel that my terrain is nothing to write home about.
Great report, my man. Interesting victory conditions, but I get that if the defenders can bring on enough troops to bolster their defense then the attackers would want to back off in order to keep the odds form getting too long. But I do get it feeling a bit gamey.
This was my understanding of the victory conditions from the book. I think I prefer making up my own scenarios with their own victory conditions though.
Beautiful stuff. Just checked out the blog as well, that’s a tonne of effort gone in to that. A true labour of love. I like the Crimson Skulls, great name and paint scheme for those mercs. I can imagine they have light AFV for support. please keep posting this most excellent stuff.
Thanks for this. I have really enjoyed painting up my 6mm Sci Fi stuff.
I decided to actually get a game of Horizon Wars in. I was basically trying to avoid using my miniatures because they were scratched. Turns out they weren’t as scratched as I thought.
An abandoned mech. I wanted to recreate a scene from a book I read. Flying the Storm, by C. S. Arnot. The protagonists see a large, hulking, long-abandoned mech from the last war. The war that ravaged Earth. I liked the idea of having these wrecks that have never been re-built for whatever reasons.