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Sci-Fi prints added to collection

More prints have come out of the 3D printer. I purchased some excellent science fiction models from Warlayer.  I made some cargo containers, some shield/power generators and a simple storage box.

Also, I finally painted the Rampage Castle Tower. I purchased a paint triad from my local big-box hardware store. But, the mid tone I selected was more of a highlight. I think it came out okay overall. The plastic took the paint very well and the cheap, clear-coat spray I used was very good at covering the 'shiny' look of the plastic.







I've also experimented with 15mm Team Yankee models. This one is a M113 with a machine gun turret on top. I think a .50 cal model from a traditional plastic kit might be an nice addition to this model. 

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Rogue Stars sessions

Rogue Stars is the newest sci-fi variation from Ganesha Games. It uses the same action/reaction system used in the Song of Blades in Heroes game. The major difference is the dice. SoBaH uses three d6 dice for activation while RS uses a single d20. Miniatures can be from any manufacturer and are only limited by the player's imagination.

This is a skirmish-style game where both players have small squads of miniatures with less than 10 characters. Each character is created buy purchasing skills, powers and equipment from a long list of sci-fi tropes. Examples are psionics, blaster guns, laser swords etc. Each squad is assigned a theme such as bounty hunters, militia, miners, star cops, or pirates.

Combat is more complex than your typical miniatures game. Most notably, each hit can be applied to a specific body location. Some modifiers are used when trying to place hits on non-humanoid characters. There are also a large number of modifiers to apply hits. And the damage tables can res…

Mid-War FoWSA 2017

I participated in the FOWSA Mid-War tournament on July 22. This tournament has grown in to a tri-annual event. There is a separate tournament for Mid-War, Late-War and Early-War. Team Yankee tournaments have been added as well. Who would've thought that 15mm WWII gaming would be so popular? I attended this same tournament last year and got completely clobbered, see that post here. This year, I did much better with essentially the same list.

My 1600 point list for US Rifle Company from the North Africa book.


COMMAND TEAMS
Rifle Company HQ    2 Cmd Carbine team        20 pts

COMBAT PLATOONS
Rifle Platoon       1 Cmd Rifle team        150 pts
                    1 Bazooka team
                    9 Rifle team
Rifle Platoon       1 Cmd Rifle team        150 pts
                    1 Bazooka team
                    9 Rifle team
Weapons Platoon     1 Cmd Carbine team        120 pts
                    4 M1919 LMG team
                    3 M2 60mm mortar

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT
Anti-tank Platoon   1 Cm…

Shiny Metal Armor

I am back on my 'Family Battle Game' (FBG) project which I started to describe in this old post.

To recap, I hope to setup a very nice tablescape with some nicely painted fantasy miniatures for use as an introduction to miniature wargames for my local family. If I am lucky, I will have it ready in time for Thanksgiving.

I asked some of the prospective players to pick a miniature as their avatar in this game. One of the nieces hand-picked this girl warrior from my Reaper Bones collection. This figure has lots of armor and a big shield with a wolf motif. The professional from Reaper who painted the promotional figure used a shiny gold and silver armor scheme which I really liked. So, over the Independence Day vacation, I brought my paint and brushes with me. I has some time to paint and I finished this fig using the same paint scheme. The niece had requested purple hair and it worked well with the metallic color so I kept that.



New Game - Test of Honour

Played a quick game of Test of Honour by Warlord Games hosted by my friend Blake. Blake was running a demo at our new local store, Knight Watch Games. A great store! Be sure to visit if you are every in South Texas.

Test of Honour is a skirmish game set in feudal Japan. Each player takes a small force of 5-10 miniatures. Each force has a Samurai hero, some archers, and some Ashigaru (conscripts with spears) on a large, 3-man base. I will assume that most people reading this post are already familiar with the game and I'll won't go too deep in the game details.

While there are several scenarios of different types, the basic concept of each is to kill the enemy's Samurai.

Initiative and activations are done in the same way as most games by Warlord. You roll a 6-sided die to determine initiative. One token for representing each unit is placed in a bag. Then you draw from the bag and activate one unit. There are three fate tokens placed in the bag. When these are drawn, you m…

Rampage Castle Tower

Recently, I've backed a few Kickstarters for 3D printed terrain. One of those was the Rampage Castle from Printable Scenery. The Rampage Castle is a system of parts that can be interchanged and connected like Legos to create very detailed and custom castle walls, towers and battlements. Each part is connected to other parts by a licensed technology called OpenLock clips. Each clip is compatible with models from other manufacturers/designers. Thus, you are not tied down to models from one specific manufacturer. I am very impressed by the foresight of this idea.


For my first construction, I decided to do the relatively simple square tower with 4 levels. Each level required a floor piece, 4x walls, and 4x corner support columns.

The result came out very nicely. The parts printed out cleanly and were very dense. I was hoping to reduce the amount of filament used in each piece. However, no matter how I adjusted my slicing software, the parts printed out exactly the same. Perhaps the de…

3D Pontoon Bridge and Kickstarters

Finally, I have a moment to blog about my latest project, a 3D printed pontoon bridge suitable for Flames of War or any 20th Century-era battle in 15mm.

The idea started as a from a Facebook post on the FoWSA discussion group. Someone was looking for specific terrain for a Team Yankee scenario. Said scenario involved some combat engineers hastily constructing a bridge or some type of river crossing. There didn't seem to be any easily found bridges available for purchase. I took it as a challenge to 3D print it.

I searched briefly on Thingiverse to find a suitable bridge. There were a few very detailed bridge models there. Most of them looked very spindly and breakable. But, I found a cool design for a pontoon bridge. For those not familiar, a pontoon bridge is a series of simple boats tied together across a river or water feature. Some type of roadway, wood or metal, is fastened to the top of the boats thus providing a functioning bridge across the water. The concept has been use…