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Pot-Grot and his Assistant

The work towards Burning Skies continues. Today (or is that yesterday, it being 00:45 here right now) I finished my first models of 2021.

I’ll need to pick up the pace a bit though if I’m going to get the remaining 44 models done by late march…..

Writing a Sci-Fi Tabletop Wargame – Part VI

Our past posts:

So the results of last weeks votes are as follows:

Factions

Now we’ve got most (if not all) of the basic information in place for our game we can start getting our hands dirty with some of the nitty gritty stuff. Firstly, should we have pre-made ready to go factions or should players have options to construct their own units for their own faction? This would make the game miniature agnostic but it would also require players to take the time to build a faction from the ground up, i.e. this is a leader unit it needs this particular weapon, with this armour and these special rules.

Of course we could always have a mixture of both pre-made and create your own. But what do you think?

Turn Order

This is about how the players determine who goes first. There are many options for this, but I’ve narrowed this down to two or three, but bear 🐻 in mind these can also have vary to some extent. For example, while AoS is a UgoIgo system it also implements the turn priority in terms of a dice roll before each turn.

I Go You Go

This is the first and possibly most common option used. Players use a mechanic to determine who goes first and then play is simply alternated between the players until the end of the game.

Draw

Players use coloured dice or chips to represent their individual units on the table e.g. one players units are represented by red dice while the others are blue, when a red dice is drawn the red player chooses a unit to activate. This system will be familiar to those who have played Warlord Games Bolt Action.

Initiative

This could either be an army wide initiative rating or individual initiative ratings for units to decide what order they act in. For example, elite units may have a much higher initiative than conscripts meaning they’ll always act first.

Bidding

One of my personal favourites is using bidding systems to determine who acts first. This can take various forms such as rolling a number of orders each side can take on two or three dice then giving up a number of those orders to try and claim the priority that turn.

So which is your favourite? Perhaps there’s one I’ve not even thought of, I’d that’s the case why not add a comment below?

Warhammer Fantasy Dwarfs

About a month ago, the legend that is Dave invited me to play a few games of Warhammer Fantasy with him in the coming year. I jumped at the opportunity, and what better army to play with than my old Dwarfs!

I’ve always had a soft spot for these boys ever since I started in Warhammer way back in 93′.

This would also be the perfect opportunity for me to start rebasing them back on to their proper SQUARE bases as is only right! It also means that by the time Old World gets released I may have a fully painted and functional army from the off!

We’re starting out in Fantasy with the Grudge of Drong as Dave has previously mentioned, and for the first battle in the series I need to muster a small force of 1,500 points.

The first battle takes place in Grudge Pass as an Elven force blocks the road to advancing Dwarfs looking to topple Queen Helga from her throne whom the Elves have allied themselves with.

In this case, Dave is replacing the Elves and using his old Empire army. However, I will be using the Dwarfs. The suggested order of battle is below, but this is a 5th edition campaign box and we’re going be playing with 8th edition rules so I will need to adjust this slightly.

We’re going to be using 8th Edition rules, so my force will look something like this:

  • Dwarf Lord
  • Master Engineer
  • Runesmith
  • Battle Standard Bearer
  • 15 Warriors
  • 10 Warriors
  • 10 Longbeards
  • 10 Thunderers
  • 10 Ironbreakers
  • 10 Miners
  • 10 Miners

This is by no means a competitive army , but then its not meant to be as this is a narrative campaign and we’re playing to act a story out rather than attempting to table our opponent.

Some of these models are already painted, they just need rebasing!

I’ve still a fair whack to get through as well as rebasing the above models!

Rogue Trader Collection – 24/12/21

Just a quick update this week, as I’ve not had a huge amount of time to get things done.

But I’ve fixed up the wall with green stuff ready for painting. I’m still in two minds about the bear rug though…..

So with all the pieces complete it’s just going to be a matter of making some posters and banners to go on the wall and then sticking the whole thing together. It’s only taken two months….

My Second Solo Game of AoS

This is my second test game of my Solo Gaming System for AoS. Last weeks post is here.

The Army Lists

Sons of Behemat

Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Subfaction:
Army Type: Taker Tribe
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Kraken-Eater (General) (490 pts)
– Command Trait: Very Acquisitive
Kraken-Eater (490 pts)
– Artefact: Net of the Beast-reaver
Gatebreaker (525 pts)
Warstomper (470 pts)
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Total Points: 1975 pts
Made with AoS App List Cleaner

Kruleboyz

Allegiance: Orruk Warclans
Subfaction: Big Yellers
Army Type: Kruleboyz
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Gobsprakk (General) (300 pts)
– Spell: Choking Mist
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105 pts)
– Artefact: Eye-biter Ash
– Spell: Nasty Hex
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315 pts)
Killaboss with Stab-Grot (110 pts)

Battleline
———-
Man-skewer Boltboyz (120 pts)
Man-skewer Boltboyz (360 pts)
– Reinforced: Twice
Gutrippaz (360 pts)
– Reinforced: Once

Units
———-
Rippa’s Snarlfangs (Ally) (70 pts)
Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150 pts)
Hobgrot Slittaz (80 pts)

Total Points: 1970 pts
Made with AoS App List Cleaner

Gobsprakk looked across the clearing towards the lumbering behemoths in the distance.

“Iz everywun in pozishun?”

“Yes, Boss” said Gollock leader of this particular tribe of Big Yellers. “Da boyz iz hidin’ in da suroundin’ trees ready ta pounce and send dese longshanks back to where dayz came from.”

“Good, ‘cos I wontz one of dese big gitz wiv us. An to do dat we have ta catch one rightz?! So no killin’ all of ’em!”

Luckily for the Kruleboyz, the Battleplan was the Vice

Deployment as viewed from the players side, The rolls for the AI meant that only one objective was initially held.
The Sons deployment

Sons finished deploying first and gave the first turn to the Kruleboyz.

Kruleboyz Turn 1 (Ferocious Advance)

No shooting this turn as everything was out of range, so I took the opportunity to claim the Ferocious Advance battle tactic advancing the Sludgeraker, Man-Skewers and Killaboss in the centre.

The Gutrippas and Hobgrots were kept on the objectives.

The Sludgeraker, Man-Skewers and Killaboss advance in the centre of the board.

Sons Turn 1 (Monstrous Takeover)

The sons initially drew the Ferocious advance battle tactic but as this was unachievable a second card was drawn which turned out to be Monstrous Takeover… perfect for them.

The drawn tactic card

The gargants move forwards and the two flanking gargants move to claim the objectives.

The scary sight of four mega gargants marching towards your lines

Turn 1 Summary

Sons Turn 2 (Broken Ranks)

The sons won the roll off and elected to go first. This time getting the Broken Ranks Battle Tactic

Broken Ranks

The objectives did there thing and started moving towards the centre of the board.

New objective locations
These three poor Man-Skewers found themselves to be the target of the Sons ire

One of the Kraken-Eaters hurled debris at the man-skewer smashing one underneath a mighty stone. But no other Gargants could do anything to rid themselves of the Man-Skewers.

Sons of Behemat Turn 2

Kruleboyz Turn 2 (Monstrous Takeover)

With Monstrous Takeover as my battle tactic, I chose to move Gobsprakk onto the left flank objective and moved the other units up in support of those in the centre. Making sure that the Swampcrawla and Gutrippas kept within 6″ of the objective on my right.

The Man-Skewers unleash a devastating volley on the Warstompa causing 14 wounds
Its a truly terrifying sight

Turn 2 Summary

The scores after round 2

Kruleboyz Turn 3 (Bring it Down)

The Kruleboyz won the roll off and elected to go first in this battle round. The man-skewers managed to do another 14 wounds on the Warstompa, but the sludge raker fails its charge as does Gobsprakk and so the Kruleboyz can’t quite finish the Warstompa off. Gobsprakk casts soggy bottom mists.

Kruleboyz Turn 3

Sons Turn 3 (Slay the Warlord)

The Sons draw Slay the Warlord as their battle tactic
Crunch! The Warstompa charges into Gobsprakk and utterly destroys him in single combat.
The Leaderless Kruleboyz look on in dismay as Gobsprakk is sent running by the Warstompa

Turn 3 Summary

The Sons creep ahead in the scores

Sons Turn 4 (ferocious Advance)

With the sons winning the roll off on the fourth turn, they elected to go first. The objectives are removed and a single objective takes up its position in the centre of the table.

The objective location before the turn begins
The Sons draw Ferocious advance as their Battle Tactic
The three designated units for Ferocious advance
End of movement

As the first unit finished its move within 12” of the Sludgeraker the solo wargaming rule for unit under threat kicked in;

If an ENEMY unit is within 12″ of this unit then the unit will move towards the CLOSEST ENEMY unit, shoot (if able), followed by a charge.

So it would act with the intention of destroying the Sludgeraker. The other two units were all also within 12” of enemy units and so they also acted with the unit under threat rule. This meant the Sons were unable to achieve their Battle Tactic this turn.

The Gatebreaker destroys the small Man-Skewer unit with hurled debris
While a Kraken-Eater swops his diet of Kraken for Wolf with a side of Goblins as he chows down on Rippa and his Snarlfangs
Meanwhile ‘Unleash Hell’ pays off for the large unit of Man-Skewers as they finish off the Warstompa before he reaches them
Around the objective the Sludgeraker manages to cause 15 wounds on the Kraken-Eater in the centre
But he clubs the Sludgeraker and its occupants to death in response.

Kruleboyz Turn 4 (Slay the Warlord)

The Man-Skewers seeing their position hold still and take aim at the Kraken-Eater con the objective, while the Killaboss bravely charges in.

The man-skewers work there magic again, and cause another 12 wounds, this time on the Kraken-Eater
Despite causing 4 wounds on the Kraken-Eater, the Killaboss is flattened by the Kraken-Eaters weapons.

Turn 4 Summary

Sons Turn 5 (Savage Spearhead)

The Sons draw Savage Spearhead
The Sons move to mop up the Kruleboyz
However before it can finish its charge ‘Unleash Hell’ strikes again and the Man-Skewers destroy one of the Kraken-Eater Gargants
But the remaining Kraken-Eater ignores the fate of his brother and completes the charge taking great pleasure in devouring the Man-Skewers.
Despite their diminutive size the Hobgrots somehow to 8 wounds on the Gatebreaker who flattens them in response.

Kruleboyz Turn 5 (Conquer)

With the last turn on our hands it was do or die, so I chose Conquer to try and wrestle the remaining objective from the sons.

The Kruleboyz close in
The Kruleboyz do 4 wounds on the Kraken-Eater before having 9 of their number smashed aside.
Another nine flee due to Battleshock

However that is just enough for the Kruleboyz to claim the objective having a monster and 4 other models on there against the Sons single Monster.

Game Summary

That was an extremely close game, with the game coming down to the last dice rolls. If the Kraken-Eater had killed just two more Gutrippas then I wouldn’t have been able to claim my Grand Strategy.

I’m also under no illusion that if an actual player had controlled the Sons of Behemat, they would probably have made different choices to the AI, such as committing the Gatebreaker to the centre as well rather than chase after a few unimportant Hobgrots on the flank.

But the system is working, it will need a slight tweak here and there but overall I’m very pleased with the way its working so far.

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Sabot Basing for Black Powder

So I’ve been looking at getting into Black Powder at the 6mm scale but have tried thinking about creating realistic base sizes (when compared to the other units of the period).

So my first point of reference is the number of men in each countries line infantry.

Infantry Battalion Strength

Based on this I can then calculate the bases I need. Bearing in mind that only the British formed on two ranks when in line as opposed to the other countries mostly forming in two ranks.

I therefore need to show this on the bases. So I decided to use a simple equation of a single Baccus figure representing 12 men. Therefore I could calculate how many models I would need per unit.

I’m very new to Napoleonic Wargaming (but have a fairly decent knowledge base of the history) and very new to Black Powderany

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

Solo Wargaming in the Age of Sigmar – Part 5

Just a quick update.

Game Summary

– The 12 battleplan cards can be shuffled and used to determine which battleplan will be used. The battleplan card also assists in deployment of the AI army.

A Battleplan Card

– The player places the eight battle tactic cards into one deck. The player then draws one at random each turn, this determines the AI army’s battle tactic that turn.

Battle Tactic Card

– The Action Cards for that battle tactic are shuffled and one drawn for each AI unit in the army for that turn. These will determine that units action that turn.

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I’ve changed the designs of the cards now so that they should be more appealing to players.

Example Card

I’ve also designed the card backs to go with these.

Card Back

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Planning my Napoleonic 6mm Black Powder Army

I’ve decided to play Black Powder at 6mm. I’m only collecting a couple of small forces so that I can play against friends and family without them needing to collect army as well.

But how to go about this?

I’ve already decided that all the measurements will be carried out in centimetres rather than inches. So what about basing?

Here’s where you can meet issues. The general consensus between Napoleonic players of 6mm is to base your miniatures on 60mm or 40mm wide bases. This allows them to be used in other game systems as well. That’s great, if I decide to try out another ruleset then I can.

An example of Black Powder basing by NCC 1717

Looking at the Black Powder rulebook, there are three unit sizes; Small, Standard and Large. As there are three unit sizes the simplest method would be to have a number of bases relative to the size. So 3 bases for large, 2 for standard and 1 for small.

This should result in a smaller game with the ability to fit more units on the table. I will post it updated of the Miniatures of once I’ve painted and based them.

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Warhammer 40,000: Imperium – Issue 6

Firstly, it’s been a decent week for me and getting things painted up. The Primaris Lieutenant (issue 1) and the Necron Warriors (issue 2) are now finished. Work has started on the Primaris Assault Intercessors.

Void Dragon 1st Company Lieutenant Osfirth
The Necron Warriors

This week we’re given three Primaris Aggressors which again is fantastic value, with three of these costing £20+ on the games workshop website we’re getting these for £9!

Granted they’re only equipped with flamers rather than bolters, but even so!

This week’s edition goes into more detail about the Necron nobles such as the Royal Warden (issue 1) or the Necron Overlord (issue 7).

Once more we’re given my favourite fluff builder for the Aggressors as well as the painting and build guide for them. This issue probably includes the most used paint as well in the form of Abaddon Black.

As I have now got both the Royal Warden and the Lieutenant painted up and finished, I thought it would be fun to play through the first scenario given in issue 1. Please bear in mind that this first mission is just teaching you the basic movement and ballistic skill mechanic. There is no hand to hand combat.


Halt the Awakening – Mission 1

The Void Dragons


The Necron invaders have already begun to transform Megaria into an alien fortress. Across the surface of the moon, the Space Marines battle Necron phalanxes in the shadow of towering Necron obelisks and ruined Imperial factorums.

Imperial forces have identified a repair station beneath the surface of Megaria as a key target. If the Void Dragons can prevent the Necrons from repairing their android legions, perhaps the Imperium may yet counter the Necron threat and reclaim the Ramasus system for the Emperor.

Having landed on Megaria the Void Dragons spread out, scouting the ruins and searching for Necron strongholds. Strange readings from beneath the planet’s surface revealed the presence of alien technology.

A small force of Space Marines have made their way through a crack in the moon’s crust and into a Necron repair complex. As they explored the ruins the tomb-like structures Canoptek defenders slew many of their number and the rest became separated by the alien labyrinth.

Lieutenant Osfirth finds himself near the repair complex’s core. With his brothers unaccounted for it falls to him to stop the Necrons awakening.

The aim of this mission is simple. Lieutenant Osfirth must destroy the Royal Warden before he can repair the nodes and awaken the rest of the Necron Forces inside the tomb.

Battle

With the Royal Warden taking the first turn he heads towards objective one while firing at Osfirth. Luckily Osfirth’s armour is too strong and he shrugs off the hits.

Eventually the Royal Warden claims first blood and pierces the armour of Osfirth.

The back and forth continued but the Warden manages to activate the first two objectives. By this point both warriors are battered and bruised.

With only one objective left the Royal Warden makes a dash for it and manages to activate the final node.

Victory: Necrons

Lieutenant Osfirth bruised and bedraggled drags himself away from the combat before the Necron reinforcements arrive. His only chance now is to link up with his brothers scattered throughout the complex.

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#Woehammer Roundup 17th October 2021

Two submissions this week under the #Woehammer on Twitter. Both members of the team.

If you want to see your miniatures on the site remember to use the hashtag #woehammer either on Twitter or Instagram.

Dave has started a new 40k 9th Edition army, this time focusing on the Space Marine Chapter the Imperial Fists. The model below is his first Marine for the army, and I think you’ll agree its a stunner!

Dave’s Imperial Fist

Dave has gone for an awesome golden yellow armour tone and black trim denoting the 5th Company.

The detail on the base is great, and I especially love the coiled barbed wire and spent casings next to the dismembered head.

It’s little different this week for Declan’s submission, here we have an army shot of the force he took to Mancunian Carnage last weekend.

The blue armour really stands out along with the spots of Red. Declan has joked in the past that his Orcs have been called the Crimson Fists. It’s a great army and Declan finished the weekend 3-2!

And talking of Declan’s fantastic tournament performance, only yesterday he was interviewed by the AOS Coach on YouTube about the Gloomspite Gitz! I’ve included the video below for you to watch.

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Solo Wargaming for your Favourite Games

I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

Why not pop over to Patreon and sign up and help me in this project? Money raised will go towards making these as physical products.