Wednesday, December 30, 2015

100 Point Star Wars X-wings game Imperials VS Rebels

 We set up a 100 point match between the Imperials and Rebels today.  The Imperials had Maarek Stele in a Tie Advanced, Mauler Mithel in a Tie Fighter, and three Black Squadron Tie Fighters.  The Rebels had Wedge Antilles in an X-wing, Horton Slam in a Y-wing, a Green Squadron A-wing, and a Rookie Pilot X-wing.    We scattered some asteroids across the middle of the field.  According to the rules you can't have any obstacles within range 2 of any board edge but we thought that was silly so we ignored it.

The first turn saw the Imperial forces push towards the middle of the board while Horton Slam, and the Green Squadron pilot advanced cautiously as Wedge Antilles and the Rookie Pilot banked left.  No one was in range to fire this turn.   

 The second turn saw Horton and the Green Squadron Pilot engaged the Imperials.  The A-wing lost it's shields and Slam I think may have lost one as well.  I believe the Rookie Pilot severely damaged Mauler Mithel this turn as well.

 By the third turn the forces were all engaged.  Wedge got his shields knocked out.  and several Ties were damaged.  I think the Rookie Pilot lost a shield and Horton Slam lost his shields and suffered a hull point.

 On the Fourth turn Maarek Stele, and the Black Squadron pilot took out Wedge Antilles.  Mauler Mithel damaged the A-wing.  Horton Slam damaged another Tie.

 Horton Slam was blinded on the fith turn and left with only one hull point.  I think the Green Squadron Pilot damaged another Tie.

 The sixth turn was pretty uneventful. I don't think anyone took any damage this turn but most of the ships were pretty damaged by this point other than Maarek Stele who had not even lost a shield counter.

 On the seventh turn Horton Slam was shot down by a Black Squadron Pilot and Mauler Mithel was taken down by the Rookie Pilot at long range.

 On the eighth turn the Rookie Pilot was taken out by one of the Black Squadron pilots.

 On the ninth turn Maarek Stele tried to bring down the A-wing with a concussion missile but missed.  The Green Squadron A-wing was taken out by a Black Squadron Pilot before it could fire.

It was an interesting battle.  We have not used obstacles before this battle and they really made things interesting.  The Rebels were more daring than the Imperials flying through the Asteroids.  The A-wing avoided damage twice while Wedge avoided hitting one asteroid.  Only one Black Squadron pilot was forced to dodge.
Our son made these really cool LEGO ships while we were playing.  We've decided we are going to scratch build these ships for use in our X-wing games.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Star Wars X-Wing asteroid terrain.

I finished up a project I've had on the back burner for quite a while now.  These asteroids are made from Styrofoam chunks that I melted with spray paint then painted up.  I think they turned out okay but they are somewhat fragile and don't weigh enough to hold themselves down well.  Still I think they will serve the purpose for the time being.

I'm hopefully going to be playing some more X-Wing games soon.  I plan to integrate the Fantasy Flight skirmish game into my new Star Wars roleplaying game that I will probably use Savage Worlds for.  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Solar Empires Jovian Warbot Mockup

We're currently working on our pirate forces for the Solar Empires setting.  I came across on old Necron sprue from Games Workshop and I thought I would see if I could come up with a war bot design.  I looked over my Wargames Factory Shock trooper sprues and saw the helmet version with the clunky looking face plate.  I've never cared for this helmet on troops but I thought it might be a good option for this project.  This is my mock up.

I'm using the Shock troopers for generic Jovian troops as well as for Jovian associated forces like the X-Patriot Pirate trooper in the picture.  I've decided these would be good heavy  or medium war bots for my Jovian associated forces.

I'm pretty happy with the mock up so I will probably go down to the local game store and pick up a box of Necron Troopers to make a squad or two of these for my X-Patriot pirates.    

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shen-se Tian Battletech Pirates

I'm working on a company of Shen-se Tian a group of Battletech pirates that operate spinward of the Capellan Confederation.  These are the plastic mechs from the older version of the last boxed set.  They are really crappy.  They have improved the boxed set with better plastic mechs and I hope to pick up a copy of that soon.

I'm using these guys in my latest Battletech campaign set in the Fronc Reaches in 3067.  The players are part of a rag tag mercenary defense force stationed on Rockwellan.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

First Ex-Patriots Done!

I finished up the first 12 Ex-Patriot pirates.  I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out and this also gets me closer to doing some coalition pirate raids.  I purchased a small robot toy today to serve as a battle suit for this crew.  I need to get a few more pirate mechs and battle suits together so I can start using them as a force.   Pirates will play an important role in my next campaign.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

More Solar Empires Pirates. The Ex-patriots!

Here is a WIP shot of some new Pirates for my Solar Empires setting.  These guys are former Jovian Imperial Troopers who went renegade during the last System War.  To distinguish them from other Imperial troops I have painted a crude X on their right shoulders and helmets.  Hopefully I will have them done soon.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Back from outer space with new easy tables and stools!

 Well it's been a while since I posted.  Guess I just got burned out on blogging.  I've still been playing all this time I just have not been posting much about it.

Anyway I found some wood bits at the local Lowles in their hobby section that I thought would make good tables and stools for some of my sci-fi terrain.  I got a package of wooden disk with some turned vases and some small spools.  I glued the vases upside down on the bottom of the disk to make tables then used thumb tack to make seat cushions for the stools.  Assembly took only a little while.  I had enough bits for 10 table and stool sets with a couple tables left over.
 I then primed the tables with primer grey.  Here you can see them compared with several random 28mm miniatures.

 After priming I dry brushed the tables white them painted the cushions and highlighted them.  I then added a wash made from burnt umber, dark blue and a bit of floor polish.  Although you can see some of the wood grain in the finished product I just chalked this up to the concept that this is cheap mass produced plastic furniture made with a wood grain pattern.  One thing I really like about the tables and stools is that you can still get four miniatures around each table with the stools in between which makes them look occupied without having to have sitting models.  

Here is a shot of the bottom of the tables so you can see how easy they were to construct.  In the future I may make a few tables with things on them for specific terrain sets like a diner or bar.