Sunday, January 17, 2021
Monday, October 19, 2020
This past Sunday we played a game of Fistful of Lead Bigger Battles at the club. This was our first game with the rules and we made a few mistakes, though nothing major. The game was set in the sixth century A.D. with Byzantines vs Sassanid Persians. The Byzantines had six cavalry units and nine infantry units. The cavalry was bow and javelin armed while the infantry had some units of mixed archers and spear, a couple of units of heavy archers and three units of heavy spear. All were regulars.
The Sassanids had two cataphract units, three units of light bow and spear armed cavalry, three units of spear armed infantry, two units of mixed spear and bow infantry, and five archer units. The cataphracts were regulars, the light cavalry and mixed spear/bow were tribal, and the rest irregulars. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the elephants so the Sassanids were missing one of their better troop types.
During the course of the game the Byzantines had better die throws and broke or eliminated over half the Persian units. The Persians were only able to eliminate two of the Byzantine infantry units. One of them disappeared in spectacular fashion when it engaged a Persian unit and both side eliminated the other with their close combat die rolls.
All units on both sides were eight figures strong. I only took one decent picture during the game. It is posted below with the Byzantines at the top and the Sassanids at the bottom.
Monday, August 31, 2020
During August I worked on completing the remaining 25mm Science Fiction items that had not been done. These included assembling the buildings I got from PaperTerrain. I also purchased some aliens as noted in the previous blog post and found a tank and an infantry carrier at Wargame Vault. I needed different vehicles for the forces opposing the Federation.
The vehicles are made by Tomoko's paper miniatures. He also has 2d 28mm soldiers. However, the vehicles are definitely not 28mm. Fortunately I was able to use Paintshop Pro to enlarge them to 143% of their original size which made them compatible with my 25/28mm figures. The PDF file has several different camo schemes. All of them in shades of grey except for the one I chose to use. The infantry carrier appears to be an M113 APC. I haven't checked it against the actual vehicle to verify if it is an exact copy or not. I added the original sized turret from the tank model to convert it into an IFV. Instead of using the paper tube mounting system for the turrets I again went with thumbtacks glued to the inside of the turret with a strip of cardstock glued across the top of the thumbtack and to the turret floor to keep the thumbtack in place. The only other modification was to cut the bottom of the track assembly as a wider straight edge instead of the jagged pattern making them easier to assemble. The files include detailed assembly diagrams unlike the free ones that I made for the Federation.
The buildings from PaperTerrain were also PDF files and include detailed assembly instructions and diagrams. The number of buttresses, bays, windows, and door openings can be customized as desired.
The following photos show the buildings and vehicles. The miniatures are from Grenadier Models, Inc. They are the licensed Traveler Imperial Marines Imperial Marines. They are being used as the Pantharii Impeium Marines. I believe Magister Militum has the molds, but has not recast them as of this time. In addition to the marines I also bought a set of the adventurer figures back when they were released. In addition to the sets of marines, I recently purchased some additional figures that were not part of a complete set that I found on Ebay. |Fortunately no one else bid against me and I was able to get them for about $2 per figure. Otherwise, there were a few complete boxed sets being offered at $120 to $160 per set. I now have about three dozen of them for a complete platoon.
Again these will be used for Wiley Games Galactic Heroes and Bigger Battles.
Monday, August 10, 2020
I had been looking for some figures to use for the aliens who are harassing the rift frontiers (right edge of the map of human space in an earlier post) of the Pantharii, Domain, and Federation. I had looked at the Ralnai and Klackon ranges for Starguard, but decided against them. Last week, I was browsing through Khurasan Miniatures 15mm sci fi range and found what I was looking for. These were the Soriog.
They are slightly shorter than the 28mm sci fi figures. I placed the order on Monday and they arrived on the Saturday. Kudos to Khurasan for speedy delivery. For their environmental suits, I painted them light khaki, and used a medium brown for their weapons. They were given a bright blue skin color for their faces and other parts of their warlock (a psionic). The humans refer to them as the "blue meenees". They have a prehensile tail, hands with a thumb and two fingers, and a raptor talon on their legs.
Wiley games printed a book of various sci fi races and I chose the Aeldarin for their characteristics. These are based on not-space elves.
The figures are organized into four squads of ten. Consisting of a squad leader, seven other laser rifle armed infantry, a heavy laser, and a flamer. There is four figure command team consisting of the commander, a warlock, and two junior officers.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
They are fairly simple rules to play, but are a lot of fun. Don't expect a hard science type of game like Starcruiser. Some players are thinking of adapting them to airplane combat. In addition to the light, medium, and heavy fighters there is a section for including larger ships as part of the fighter combat game.
One thing I had not expected was a section in the later part of the rules for fleet actions using frigates on up through battleships. Fighters still play a part in a fleet battle, but they operate as a flight of six fighters and only engage in close quarters combat against the larger ships and other fighters.
One of the members of the Wiley Games Facebook group recently posted a report on a fleet action game he played and it looked like a good alternative to Starcruiser. As such, I am adapting the ship specifications for the Pantharii Imperium, Domain, Federation, and others to Starfighter specifications. this has been done by dividing the number of weapon batteries, missiles, and damage repair teams by six and shields and armor levels by three. While the design methods are entirely different I was able to convert all the ships directly to different specifications except for the Federation BCG300 class battle cruisers. These would have required at least 30 spaces just for the missile load they carry and resulted in a ship with 40 spaces which is way beyond the levels of the game.
Monday, July 13, 2020
I added five more buildings to the previous two that I made. They come in three different sidings - brick, planks, and panels and a variety of colors. The panels consist of six with windows, two with ventilators/chimneys, and six solid that can be arranged in any order desired of twelve panels. They also have a doorway and up to three dormers that can be added. I made the two buildings with panels into a combined structure by adding the extra part provided for joining buildings together. I left the bottom of the buildings open so that I can stack them and save storage space.
Now I am waiting for an order of business signs from Iliada Game Studio that I will be adding to various buildings that I have already made and some additional ones that I will be making that I just purchased from PaperTerrain. These were announced back in March and are available already printed or in PDF format. One of the sets includes three buildings that can be joined together or used separately. He also has a wall and gate set and a set of storage containers. The picture is from his website. I purchased the tower, the two story building next to it, the three stall market building next that and the three building combination in the lower ;right, along with the gate and wall set. The tower and the individual buildings occupy about a six in square area as to the three modules in the combination set. Except for the tower, each set includes exterior wall panels, buttresses, doors and bays that can be placed as desired or left off. It appears that one of the wall sections has been shortened next to the gate in the lower right of the picture. The sets look to be easy and quick to assemble.
The last picture is of the repair vehicles and bots, a pair of forklifts, and a couple of accumulators. The vehicles and bots can be printed in different color sets if desired. I chose to use the yellow set. The repair vehicles consist of a control vehicle, two tool chests and an open trailer.