Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Space Hulk AAR – Nursery

December 12, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a game of Space Hulk using the 4th Edition rules but with game parts from earlier editions. Two Marine squads supported by a Librarian and two close assault terminators were tasked with destroying two Genestealer nurseries in the hulk.

The Marines advanced to the next crossroads beyond the large room where most of the early fighting occurred. The auto cannon armed Marine advanced behind the Librarians prep ‘blast’ to cover the central hall. The Librarian bravely gave his life allowing a Marine advance to within reach of the northern most nursery. Three more ambushes were popped but didn’t amount to any real threat, being screened by a single Marine each.  The genestealers were gathering in the halls before the nursery for the final battle………the store was closing and the game had to be ended at that point.

The photographer left early so there are no photos of the end of the game.

 

Star Fleet Battles – Gorn vs ISC

October 15, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Star Fleet Battles game. An ISC cruiser and light cruiser are tasked with destroying a mining station defended by a Gorn cruiser and heavy destroyer. The map has many asteroid fields and the station is located in one. The station can only be attacked from the Gorn side of the map.

The ISC plasmas are weakened going through the asteroids, but still retain enough power to destroy the station.

 

Star Fleet Battles – Hydrans vs Lyrans

August 13, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Star Fleet Battles game.

The scenario is set in Year 170F. The Lyrans and Klingons have just captured the Hydran Capital. The surviving Hydran forces are in a disorganized retreat to the Old Colonies but secondary Lyran forces are in position to attack the retreating forces.
The Hydrans start with a Large Freighter at 0303 trying to cross the map to exit between 4201-4210. 
The Hydran guard force of a Traveller Light Cruiser, a Knight Destroyer and a Hunter Frigate can set up anywhere within 4 hexes of the freighter.  The guard force has already seen combat and the cruiser and destroyer start with 12 random damage each. The guard force has already lost all of its fighters and has not been resupplied. The guard force only has half of its transporter bombs.
A Hydran police ship Gendame has been following and reporting the location of the Lyran force and arrives as reinforcement Turn 2 near 1532 and at least 10 hexes from any Lyran ships. The Gendame does have its fighters.
The Lyran force  of a Light Cruiser, a War Destroyer, a Destroyer and a Frigate starts within 3 hexes of the 0132 corner. Being a secondary force it only has half of its transporter bombs. 
 
Victory conditions are standard (but the freighter is worth twice its economic value)

After two turns, the Lyrans have achieved victory by preventing the escape of the freighter.

Space Hulk AAR – The Sequel

November 29, 2015

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a second game of Space Hulk, continuing from the previous mission.

After returning to the battle barge, sensors detected the telemetry from the two marines with faint life signs deeper inside the ship. A rescue mission was quickly planned to locate and recover the two marines if their condition was viable. If not, cleanse and protect the gene-seed.

Space Hulk AAR

November 15, 2015

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a game of Space Hulk. The mission for the Space Marines was to find an artifact at the far end of the table and return it to one of the entry points. First edition (1989) rules were used, with a few additions from the expansions.

There were only four marine survivors, and the artifact was not recovered. A complete Genestealer victory.

Starship Troopers AAR

June 21, 2014

This Saturday the local HMGS-South group played a Starship Troopers game. Special Forces troops, Mobile Infantry and Chicken-hawks escort a scientist and a psyker into underground tunnels to capture a Brain Bug. Opposition was initially light but the psyker warned of a trap. Undeterred, the force pressed on. Sudden mass attacks of bugs forced the dropships to leave the atmosphere. The infantry fought their way to the Brain Bug, but were surrounded by bugs. Part II will be played out as a future game.

 

Starship Troopers AAR

March 23, 2014

On March 22nd the local HMGS-South group played a Starship Troopers game.

Three scientists required evacuation by Mobile Infantry when their lab was attacked by the Arachnids. The initial defense consisted of robots and mercenaries which were nearly wiped out by the time the infantry arrived in two dropships.

The scientists were rescued, at the cost of one dropship and most of the troopers, mercs and robots.

Star Trek – Fleet Battle Game Play-test III

January 18, 2013

Another play-test of the Star Trek fleet battle rules. The rules have been revised based on the observations made during play:

  • The extra hits for Federation DNs and CAs (representing overloaded photon torpedoes) should not occur at medium game ranges, since the table size dictates that most of the game will be played at those ranges. The extra hits now only happen at ranges of 6 or less.
  • The random squadron activation can result in one side firing most or all ships first. This can be a decisive advantage. Other activation schemes are included and need to be tested.
  • The firing from crippled ships, particularly when several are close together, needs to be reduced. For simplicity, this revision eliminates such fire entirely.
  • The Klingon C7 Light Dreadnought now has an extra hit on a roll of ‘6’ up to 6 hexes range, and no longer has a weak rear shield.
  • No more than 3 ships are allowed to fire on a single target in an activation.

Revised rules (ST Fleet Battle Rules 12-23-2015).

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More Klingon Battlecruisers

December 22, 2012

Six more Klingon battlecruisers using rescued HeroClix models (#11 I.K.S. Klothos). I found that the HeroClix bases easily popped apart and I glued the upright portions to 1.5 inch diameter wooden disks. The overall length of this model is about 64mm.

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Federation Destroyers and Tug

September 28, 2012

New ships for Star Trek games. Four Federation destroyers and a tug from Lou Zocchi Gamescience kits: