Saturday, 15 July 2017

African Bush Wars

Some guys at my club (NWA) decided earlier in the year to start doing a low-spend, budget type of wargaming. The idea was to each create an imagi-nations type African country and make a 20mm / 1:72 scale army using polyurethane plastic figures and various vehicles. There was no rules system to start with, just a build up of forces.

As a result various countries were invented and, as more people joined in, the idea grew. Countries ranged from tin-pot dictatorships to Soviet backed insurgent forces and established post colonial nations. All set to a mid 70's to early 80's background.

Expanding on my other Imagi-Nation: The Hemmingsaetic League, I decided that the League expanded into Africa sometime in the mid 19th Century prior to German unification. I had a box of British Parra's (Revell/Matchbox) figures so I decided that the colony became a British protectorate following WWI so that I could use these obvious later day British troops.

So was born the Democratic Republic of Hembabwe, following a civil war for independence in the 1950's - 60's. It's a very conservative, right wing place with many blonde haired, blue eyed folk of Germanic origin. Think: German Rhodesia. They use NATO equipment mostly of British and U.S. origin.

Anyway a couple of guys decided to use Force on Force as a set of rules and played a few games. And today, I taken through my first game by my friend Mike - totally, 100% ignorant of the rules. At first I was less than impressed with the rules as they seemed a bit 40k-ish with the IGO-UGO thing. But as things were shaken out and the "Reaction" system was worked out, I started to enjoy them and I think they'll work well.

My troops are the Special Hembabwean Independent Territorial Emergency Force (SHITE FORCE). Small mobile units designed for quick deployment and tasked with defending the countries' borders.

So, here are a few photo's of today's game by me and a whole bunch by other NWA members. I look forward to more games and escalating to vehicles and air support.

You'll note that the figures are painted in a very basic style. This is intentional in order to represent the cheap & easy, early wargaming flavour. Even mold lines have not really been totally expunged and stand proud in all their polyurethanic glory!

Note the compulsory 1970's moustache on the officer.

The enemy. Mike's troops from neighboring Umgawaland.
Made from ye olde Airfix British Paratroops.

SHITE FORCE - How they appear in 2017

And how they would have appeared in a 1970's wargaming magazine.

Unexpected observers arrived... Unexpectedly.

The figure laying down in the top left was the first ever Hembabwean casualty.

More of those pesky Umgawalandian's.

The only good Umgawalandian is a dead one!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Super Shenanigans - Super System 4

 We had our first game of this months super hero mini-campaign.

Four super teams were transported by a powerful entity to a strange arena where they were forced to battle it out in two one on one encounters.

James set up his super hero table (conveniently bisected but a monorail system) and the teams lined up to do their best. On one end Jame's team - The Equalisers, took on Neil's Team Quasar whilst my European Union took on the group of mysterious black figures that seemed not to have properly materialized into this strange world at this point in time.

My opponent, Piotr's team don't have a name as yet (at least, I don't know it) so they really are Mysterious Black Beings.

Photos by me and some I stole from Neil (because his are better than mine).

Opening Moves:

The Batmobile is a "prop" that sits outside the very detailed comic
book store terrain piece in the bottom right of the pic.

The European Union get ready.

The mysterious Black Beings.

The fight began on the far side of the arena but on my side the European Union had the initiative with the frightening Bog Dweller leaping from building to building looking for an advantage. The first of the Black Beings moved forward so Euro-Vision, hovering above the melee, used her significant mental powers to hurl a motor car at the shadowy creature. Unexpectedly, the car went straight through the creature who seemed to be insubstantial (Density Decrease power).

Both teams advanced toward each other when Red Rocket fired up his jet pack and took to the air, aimed his wrist-mounted rocket launchers at a shadowy figure and fired a fusillade of micro-missiles at it causing some damage. However, the foul creature's strange metabolism seemed to heal itself and it moved forward seemingly, unworried.

As the teams continued to get to grips with each other the frost giant ICEBERG, picked up and hurled a second vehicle at one of the, more substantial shadowy figures. This time the creature was hit by the four wheeled missile, but a mysterious energy field deflected any damage (Cloak power).

These enemies were full of tricks!

Both parties continued to move forward looking for advantage. Euro-Vision, Hoplon and ICEBERG held the center. Red Rocket remained aloft looking for targets whilst the Bog Dweller took a quick ride on the mono-rail.

Battle is joined:

Finally the teams came into combat range. ICEBERG ripped up a lamp post and started swinging. The Black Being's had materialize in order to fight and in this they proved their vulnerability. Fists and lamp posts started swinging.

Euro-Vision attempted a Sonic Euro-Wail (Mind Attack) to minor effect but her target used an Entangle power which to took hold and dragged her to earth. The creature then moved in for the kill...

The leader of the Black Beings, a female of their kind, used some kind of arcane force to imitate the strength of the might ICEBERG. What was this? It struck the glacial giant and inflicted very minor damage. The ice man-mountain, in turn, pounded away but the creature was tough as nails and refused to go down willingly.

Euro-Vision is in serious danger from an attack 
by one of the Black Beings.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the arena, sounds and flashes of a raging battle could be heard.

Euro Power...

It was imperative that the EU get the initiative this turn and Euro-Vision's Super Mind powers ensured this happened. In a stunning display of her mental faculties she used her telekinetic powers to grab her assailant and send it flying though the air to land with a bone crunching impact. But it wasn't enough to stop the creature, which healed itself and stood again. Hurt, but not out of the fight. (I rolled really crappy dice - Only 7 out of 22 possible damage points).

The maneuver of the game, some said...

The fight continued, As the Black Beings began to materialize and attack they also became vulnerable. Holpon and ICEBERG took on the brunt of the combat and stood up to it with a combination of strength and toughness. The Bog Dweller finally go into the thick of it and managed to rend one of the foes and give Hoplon a chance to do his thing.

Extricating himself from combat with one of the lesser beings, he aimed a precision blow at the Black Leader and, using the power of the Plutonic Spear, drained part of her toughness and strength.
This opened the way for ICEBERG to wind up a big hay-maker, which connected with all of his substantial power.

Continuing the assault on the Black QueenEuro-Vision did her telekinetic trick again and slammed the creature into the road with enough force to crack the surrounding buildings. (I rolled 22 damage points this time and all 16 dice scored damage with lots of 6's and 5's).

The creature wasn't dead however and two of its minions managed to break way and heal it. Red Rocket took a shot at but couldn't damage her but the Bog Dweller did inflict more minor damage. But, when all is said and done, the creature never managed to stand up again. For now...

Thus ended a fun game. Blows were thrown, powers were surging, things were smashed and vehicles went flying through the air.

I like how my team worked. I made them in such a way that they need to work in unison with no single character over powering the others. Of all of them Red Rocket is possibly the weakest but his job is to be a flying artillery battery and against a more traditional foe he would have been more effective. I'm quite happy that I managed to get the powers coordinated in the last couple of turns.

By the way, we didn't have any flying stands, so dice containers and coffee cups were the order of the day.

Some more of Neil's nice pics:

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The European Union

That's the name of my new super hero team for Super System 4. I've only played a couple of games with 4th ed. but I like this revamp better than the edition 3. It's a lot simpler in many ways but some of the character building still baffles me.

We'll be playing a short campaign at NWA this month and this is my team: The European Union.

My characters are:

ICEBERG - Bjari Thorsson ,The giant man-mountain who was transformed by alien radiation, from a strange artifact discovered deep in a Icelandic glacier. His crystalline form is as tough as diamond with all the properties of the ancient ice. He can grind down a skyscraper or blow a mighty arctic breath to freeze his opponents on the spot.

Euro-Vision - Small in stature and of unknown origin, Euro-Vision is capable of debilitating her enemies with a piercing sonic attack. She also possesses vast mental powers that can protect her from her foes and give her strong telekinetic abilities capable of stopping a tank or hurling it through the air like a child's toy.

Hoplon - The living embodiment of the ancient Greek warriors, Hoplon has outstanding defensive abilities that also aid his fellow team members in the tick of the action. His attack drains his opponents of their energy through the use of his powerful Plutonic Spear.

Red Rocket - Uri Blavatski, a ex-soldier with the elite Spetznaz from the former Soviet Union, wears an armoured rocket suit that gives him great strength, endurance and toughness. The suit also carries a payload of lethal mini-rockets that turn him into a flying artillery battery capable of battering his foes into the dust.

The Bog Dweller - AKA: The Creature from the Brown Lagoon. This unfortunate Irish  wanderer fell into a bog near a mysterious factory pumping out a cocktail of toxic chemicals. The transformation that took place left the poor soul twisted and deformed. The Irish Amphibian is fast and dangerous, he can leap like a frog, climb like a monkey and his dangerous claws & thick hide make him a formidable fighter.