February 10, 2017
Star Marine 5150 AAR – Boarding a Hishen Slaver
5150: Star Marine is self-contained game that lets you take on the role of a Star Marine, and lead your Characters and soldiers into combat and actions in floating space hulks, airless moons, and planets with an atmosphere so nasty you’ll be dead if your suit is breached.
It’s an easy game to play. This makes it easy to learn and easy to teach. It’s easy, but it’s also fun. It’s easy, but also a challenge. It’s perfect for when you want to spend less time setting up the game than actually playing it.
5150 Star Marine is aimed at the casual or new gamer with little or no experience, but don’t underestimate it. It’s perfect for playing solo or on the same side with your friends. It doesn’t take much time to learn yet is a fun little game. No two games will ever play out the same.
Let’s see a day in the life of a Star Marine. Newly promoted Star Marine Sgt. Graham E. Adams (Rep 5) has been put in charge of a section of Star Marines and ordered to board a Hishen Slaver that has been disabled by a Star Navy cutter, while the rest of the squad is tasked with boarding a Freighter caught trying to flee. Busy day!
February 10, 2017
If you like the Expanse series and you’re a tabletop sci-fi gamer, you’ll probably like these rules — zero-G combat, boarding actions, fighting in zero atmosphere, combat hacking, lots of great stuff.
November 22, 2016
How awesome is that, to see the NUTS WW2 skirmish system being played at West Point.
From the Two Hour Wargames blog:
Monday, 21 November 2016
NUTS at West Point?!
Came across these two Tweets about NUTS! being played at West Point to teach WWII squad tactics to cadets. Very cool!
November 17, 2016
At a Pacific Con event some years back I hosted a WW2 game with a slight weird variant. Apparently, as the Soviets closed in on Berlin some of Hitler’s advisers urged him to leave the city and devised a plan to fly him out via a light plane piloted by aviatrix Hanna Reitsch. He decided not to — but what if he had, and Hanna was flying not a Fieseler Fi 156 Storch , but an Fa 223 Drache helicopter? Can the Soviets stop him in time? Game on!
May 3, 2016
Congratulations to John Bell!
After a long wait, volume 1 of Alfie’s Tenners is finally out!
May 1940, as German panzers and kampfers invade France, one British officer, Second Lieutenant Alphonse March, finds himself separated from the B.E.F. and must lead his walker troop through the countless hordes of the Hun back to the safety of his own peers. But this war, with its walking vehicles, death rays and rocket troops, is quite different from the morass of the trenches a generation ago.
Alfie’s Tenners is set in the Gear Krieg alternate universe, a world where adventurers and super-spies straight out of pulp novels and serial pictures battle the Nazis across the globe, where the poor, bloody infantry valiantly defends liberty from the forces of fascism, and superscience changes the face of the world on a daily basis.
70 pages filled with adventure, intrigue, daring-do and wonder. Check it out!
February 6, 2015
The scenario set-up: a 28mm game set in Operation Winter Storm (December 1942) using the new NUTS! Hell Hath No Fury tank campaign system.
This was a co-op game pitting German players commanding up to a platoon of tanks of the 11th Panzer Regt. against the Soviet Non-Player Enemy forces, basically a dice and paper driven “AI” that allows players to game co-o and solo-play games.
The German players used good armor tactics, moving on bounding overwatch, trying to keep formations in supporting positions and making good use of their scout car to spot enemy PEFs. The manner in which Soviet PEFs were resolved and moved according to the NPE/PEF charts gave the feel of a hasty Soviet counter attack trying to stem the German advance.
The “high water” mark came with the intense tank duel in the village, where the higher REPs of the German players gave them just enough edge to get the first shots off, and some lucky rolls saw more Soviet tanks brew up than German tanks.
“T-34 Spotted, 300 meters, fire! Hit, oh noes, it bounced off the front glacis! Reload! Incoming, KACHANK! Is everyone OK? Loader? UP! Gunner, FIRE! Hit, engage next target!”
The Panzer IV and Scout car were recovered and put back into the fight, but the Marder was a wreck. Leutnant Michaels of the medium Panzer platoon did exceedingly well, adding five “kill rings” to his tank.
January 21, 2015
More heavy metal for my”28mm” WW2 armor wargaming collection – a platoon of KV-1 heavy tanks. These are two different 1/48th scale model kits I got cheap on eBay. One is an old Bandai kit, the other is a newer Tamiya kit. The Tamiya kit has lots o great detail, despite the finicky tank tread bits the hull is of die-case metal and makes it feel more survivable as a game figure. I tend to mix my armor scales, with most of my heavy tanks in 1/48th scale and my Medium/Lights in 1/50th and 1/56th/. I’ve found it all looks OK as long as the same kind of tanks are kept to the same scale — so don’t mix 1/48th scale and 1/56th scale Shermans, doesn’t look good!
Let’s see how that platoon of Panzer IIIs I finished earlier fare against these beasts!
1/48th scale KV-1 tanks ready for service.
November 6, 2014
This is a really nice 28mm WW2 figure resource page. Between this and my older Eastern Front gaming resource page, this should give any gamer of the genre a comprehensive guide to collecting figures for this aspect of the hobby.
August 24, 2014
While working on 3D artwork to up-scale Gear Krieg from 15mm to 1/56th scale for 28mm Weird War 2 gaming, we also took GK down a notch to 1/285th scale. Here are some initial prototype 3D prints from Shapeways with some 1/285th GHQ vehicles as scale reference. The General Early and Valkyrie walkers were printed in White Strong Flexible and look fairly rough. The gun barrels will need to be re-done, and the models would benefit from finer printing. The G-27 and AWA were printed in Frosted Detail.
US General Early combat walkers and non-canon USMC amphibious walkers
More US General Early combat walkers
Soviet G-27 light combat walkers
German Valkyrie combat walkers