Sunday, 16 May 2021
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Clearing out me shed bit I found this box unopened since when? Early 80's. You're a regular reader, so you know my sense of, um, humour.
Let me take you right back:
No digital photographs, so we just didn't take pics.
No superglue, only proper araldite. (still together after decades!)
No hobby paints other than Humbrol enamels. Only artist acrylics. Well if there were any, not near us and they would have been far too pricey. That at least, has not changed.
Weymouth show, run by the famed Martin of Peter Pig fame) was our "other" local show, the older being at Henry Harbins skool in Poole. Participation games encouraged and we always tried to do something different.
Battletech was THE big SF wargame.
There were many small "indie" RPG's and skirmish games out there.
One of these was called Nuns With Guns. No, I cannot find it either. GZG did the figures. It was all in the best possible taste. One feature was the Battle Mech War Bot. These had been the latest in military technology until someone pointed out what a stupid concept they were and relegation to the army surplus store loomed.
There was upon the town of Dorchester a department store called Goulds. With the rise of some godawful company someone decided to add miniatures. We soon learned not to buy anything until it was reduced by 33% 'cos nobody bought them. Thus it came to pass that some Star Wars walkers were reduced. A pack of ping pong balls and our Battle Mech Warbots were born. Some plastic Daleks and a Davros and we were set. A few bits of scenery to make the obligatory Dalek control room.
The show, the game I don't remember. I was with my 2 mates-more-like-family, Paul "Weasele" Jackson and David (Young, as he was the youngest of the 7ish Daves in the British Plate Armoured Society) Thomas. Paul- disappeared. Dave moved to China with his Dad.
I DO remember that we had a small table near the Official Battle Tech club one. To say that were were not - appreciated by them. In those days they were as - well, by comparison they make the modern on-trend latest release anorak seem almost capable of forming a meaningful adult relationship.
Here's the box contents!
Saturday, 24 April 2021
This is the third RPG to cover this period that I know of. Empire of the Petal Throne from way back in 1975- and it's still available! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2060/TEKUMELR--Empire-of-the-Petal-Throne-TSR
Mythic Greece, an offshoot of MERP. I used to run this, loved it & I got positive feedback from players. Players were the generation(s) between the Heroes of the Argonauts and the Trojan War. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257080/Mythic-Greece-The-Age-of-Heroes-3rd-Edition
Jackals. A not-quite-but close end bit of the Mediterranean. Nasty beastmen of several species destroyed human civilisation and enslaved them. The humans fought back, the nasties retreating to the forests & wastelands. Humanity has reestablished culture to the Bronze Age level. I'm getting a late feel, as several of the "big players" have gone under and there's quite a bit of armour about. They go about sifting through ruins for nasty things that would be better off left there, or better still buried deeper.
Players are the unwanted youths, kicked out or boldly going to find their destiny and/or a sticky end.
I sort of like this. I can see it getting good IF Osprey OR the fan base support it. I have thoughts in my head. Starting with social status. That Herbert with a spear and 1 sandal and his bits flapping in the wind might just be the next lawful king of some city IF he can survive and prove it.
Just enough illustrations, all high quality.
I have exactly the right figures, more on this later.
It's an Osprey hardback.
A lot of the print is small and feint.
Layout is - well it's an Osprey.
There is no allowance to copy and print for own use. Trying to copy from a hardback-.
I'd suggest if you can afford to print it - get the PDF from Amazon, crank up the scale & tone.
IF it had been larger & not a hardback you could take it apart, organised it & made a player manual.
Setting. There's a whole known(?) world in the front, but the book concentrates on one long section of coastal road with reference to the cultures around it.
It's a coast. Everyone goes by road. What? OK, if you're going inland you have to, but most trade, most travel was by water. Other than the mention of coastal towns. The vast majority of humans have lived by the sea. Look at Australia! Maybe there will be a supplement.
Trade. It's the Bronze Age. By then there was the Flint Road, with amber, flints and other exotic rocks, shells, pearls, woods, spices and jewelry travelling hundreds of miles. Where are the tin and copper mines?
Politics. Other than everyone hates everyone else 'cos they worship false gods, there's nothing.
Warfare. Again, one nation is horse nomads, but other than that we don't get nothing.
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Dearest reader, let me import unto you the wisdom of the day. Space 1889 is one of the oldest RPG games that has always been blessed with a wealth of support material. I'm using the excellent Clockwork Publication Venus as reference. Unfortunately now out of print, but you can get it as cheap as chips - so I have 2-.
I'm using Rogue Stars because I have a player pool particularly potential per Poole.
You could use other rules. Paleo Diet & Pulp would fit in.
You could even run the RPG.
I hope that these small games might lead onto bigger, possibly Flying Lead, games.
Motive for this little jaunt will be the Prototaxites connection. Interesting mushrooms with a rejuvenating effect that even when dried are worth more than their weight in gold.
There is a growing multi-national secret society, based on the Freemasons, called the Morning Star Society whose aim is to deal with Venusian problems and opportunities in an "Venusian" way. They seek to control the Prototaxites trade as a cash cow.
The Where is Finnegans landing. An American outpost of the Venusian Mercantile & Trading Company. There is trade between the Italian & Russian colonies as well as the locals. I'm thinking "Hell on Wheels".
Almost by accident there are most of the locations in the rules here:
A large farm is being cleared & under construction.
Laboratory, probably a glorified barn.
Ranch house & barracks. Office for big game hunters.
Staging area for caravans, possibly with a sutlers. Inn type accommodation with resident journalists.
Dirigible & shuttle landing area.
The Americans are not popular with the natives, as many of the staff regard them with the same contempt as Native Americans in their homeland. A thriving big game hunting charter is having a marked effect on the local wildlife causing yet more conflict.
The smuggling and native labour has been taken away from the Americans by a shadowy boss who goes by the name of Mr Kaito Yamada. Rumour has it that he is a Japanese Yakuza who was forced to flee his homeland.
The territory is disputed by the Italians, who wish to colonise the area. Presence of an Edison founded laboratory as well as several embedded journalists with access to off-world transport has stopped any overt action. But if the Americans were to lose their grip? Armoured cars, troops on lorries plus a few machine guns and/or a light artillery piece. There was talk of one (now) Major Custer being assigned to Venus after nearly losing his whole command. He and his cavalry could turn up in the nick of time. Perhaps he's already there, turning into a bitter, ambitious, dangerous drunk?
The Players. Most of these would be human, but a sprinkling of natives would be present. Their biology is different enough that you should cheat when adding native medics/shamen as "techs".
Americans. Merchants. Being rich, they could be very well armed.
American Guards. Militia, Mercenaries or Cops.
Big Game Hunters, Dirigible crew(s) or Morning Star Society could be Pirates or Bounty hunters.
Yamada gang. Pirates or Mercenaries. Probably all native and as well armed as the Americans.
Locals. One favoured technique is to lure large predatory dinosaurs into enemy territory to cause disruption during raids. Can you imagine a family of triceratops going wild for the equivalent of cat nip? This fits in well with complication 19 "Space Demon". Plus it explains how the Dominar managed to catch Godzillasaurus: https://unitrecon.blogspot.com/2015/03/flying-lead-godzillasaurus-unchained.html
"Upgraded" by the Italians or Yamada, even caravan guards. Possibly armed with German small arms. If this seems weird, consider the Vietnamese hill tribes trained & equipped by the Americans.
"Basic" natives equipped with primitive weapons - possibly poisoned. Lots of stealth and a few primitive firearms.
The toys. I don't have any ACW/Western era buildings so I'll just have to get inventive. I do have just a few dinosaurs. One advantage of 15mm is that the smaller ranges fit right in. As dinosaurs had the habit of "scaling" the same body plan it helps. Plus this is Venus. Your Brontosaurus lives in lakes. T Rex stand tall like a kangaroo. Most are dirty green. Locals are easy, I have a few (somewhere!) of the Martian Empires excellent natives with rifles. Tribal types I've the starter army from Battle Valour still in the bags.
Sunday, 28 February 2021
|Baron Von Steele -|
|Points 136||Quality 3+||Combat 3|
|-Pistol, Body Armor, Combat Fiend, Fanatic, Leader|
|Sourerkrauten Officer -|
|Points 86||Quality 3+||Combat 2|
|-Pistol, Body Armor, Fanatic, Leader|
|Points 59||Quality 4+||Combat 2|
|-Bolt Action Rifle, Body Armor, Fanatic|
|Sourerkrauten Squad Light Machinengunner|
|Points 86||Quality 4+||Combat 2|
|-Belt Fed Light Machine Gun pre 1945, Body Armor, Fanatic|
|Sourerkrauten Platoon Flamethrower|
|Points 116||Quality 3+||Combat 2|
|-Flamethrower Pack, Body Armor, Fanatic, Slow|
Charabang + 6 MI = 384
|Special Ariel Section Sergeant -|
|Points 142||Quality 3+||Combat 2|
|-Carbine, -Fragmentation Grenades, -Pistol, Chucker, Crack Shot/Marksman, Elite, Long Move, NCO/Second In Command|
|Special Ariel Section Trooper|
|Points 110||Quality 3+||Combat 2|
|-Carbine, -Fragmentation Grenades, Chucker, Crack Shot/Marksman, Elite, Long Move|
Armoured +1 Can only be damaged by armour piercing or anti vehicle ammo.
Auto Fire Single or burst shots. Aimed shots only affects 1st shot.
― H.G. Wells,
Saturday, 20 February 2021
These are settled Sea Peoples allies of the Trojans. Natural forces for Posideon.
I’ve already got some Museum Miniatures ox carts to produce smaller not-chariots like these Magister Militum miniatures. https://www.magistermilitum.com/sea9-ox-drawn-wagon.html Alas, these are true 15mm, so will look too small.
After all, you can never, ever have too many chariots on the go at any one time.
On that note, way back in April I backed the sort of pre-order kick starter for Battle Valors new chariot range for 4 mediums - and I received 8! Cannot argue with that! Essentially this is 2 different sized vehicles pulled by different mounts and crew per race.
They were posted in January and I got them exactly a month later, which is quick for transatlantic post these days. A big parcel, I paid an extra £39.32 VAT & £12 clearance fee. BUT, that's less than the cost of the extras I got for the kickstarter, so I'm still squids in. Hail Posideon!