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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2018 6:38 p.m. PST

Yesterday we played 7 turns in about five hours. Although the Hive was only able to knock out a few human ships they did cause some damage and forced the humans to use up most of their rockets . THe Humans fired most of the rockets at heavy Bug shooting units and were effective at destroying a number of these valuable long range units. The hive flying units were able to reach the unarmed British dropships and cause them considerable trouble. This did allow a group of German-Dutch landers to get in and establish a toe hold on the Hive itself.


The human troops stand ready to leave their landers and face the Hive>


And this is one of the lesser monsters they will face. A crusher.

Today's game started with one of the three Royal bugs being driven to the surface. It randomly appeared almost under the very gun muzzles of the German-Dutch and American flyers. It didn't survive very long. The Hive flyers extracted some measure of revenge as they continued to worry the unarmed landing craft causing 50% casualties in one of the three flights and damage to ships in the other two. This rate of attrition forced the survive three from the first squadron to make a desperate attempt to get their troops on the ground before they are killed in the air.


With craft on fire and the Landing Zone surrounded by hostile forces the Gurkhas pour from the landers and attempt to take the fight to their enemies! These landers are from Gaming Models


The other landing zone is much more controlled and the toe hold becomes foot hold.


Two full squadrons of dropships are on the ground with several units of infantry and supporting weapons beginning to establish a strong perimeter. The German-Dutch infantry are armed with submachine guns, which make them deadly at close combat, but limit their range. Behind them come the bolt action rifle armed United States 12th Cavalry, the famous Buffalo Soldiers.

The Germano-Dutch Landers are converted from the recently re-released landers from Laserburn link and the American Landers from Gaming Models




The disruption forced the other two Royals to the surface. If the humans could kill these two they would win the scenario. If not the Bugs would.

It came down to the final turn. The humans moved some of their armed dropships towards where the two Royals had appeared. The larger Shakespeare class vessel on that flank was out of rockets and was attempting to get into gun range, as was a squadron of German-Dutch landers.


The Germans open up with their 37mm cannons and plaster the Royal in their zone with fire killing it in a hail of high explosive rounds.


The humans next opportunity to fire is the Shakespeares 4 inch guns against the last surviving Royal. The range stick was extended




They are just short.

Victory to the BUGS!

Lion in the Stars18 Feb 2018 7:39 p.m. PST

I think the Brits need to at least put some self-defense MGs on their troop transports… (like door gunners on Hueys)

Buckeye AKA Darryl19 Feb 2018 4:09 a.m. PST

Very cool terrain and figures…love the model bashing jobs.

The 12th Cavalry in historic tradition was not a Buffalo Soldier unit…the 9th and 10th were however.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 8:01 a.m. PST

Thanks, MY bad. I had the wrong name for the right unit!

Plasticviking311 Mar 2018 5:43 p.m. PST

Great stuff! Your own rules ?

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

Lion in the Stars expostulated:
"I think the Brits need to at least put some self-defense MGs on their troop transports… (like door gunners on Hueys)"

A couple of 1" Gatlings firing "buck and ball" rounds (15 .30 cal buckshot capped by a somewhat shortened bullet-shaped slug) would provide quite a welcome to the attacking flyers, don't you think?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 8:38 p.m. PST

What a fantastic-looking spread of painted minis!

I'm jealous.


tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Mar 2018 3:55 p.m. PST

The rules are a major variant of the Sword and the Flame titled The Hive and the Flame and are available from Amazon link and RPGnow link

We have two additional books, A flying machines source book and a Venus source book

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