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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 3:17 p.m. PST


Our session today had a goodly number of players and in four hours we got in 8 full turns. The attacking Human force consisted of three squadrons of landers and a supporting group of four rocket armed gunboats.

In past engagements, the unarmed British landers have suffered from attacks by flying lancer. This time these craft were placed in the center of the formation, protected by the better-armed vessels. This didn't keep the Hive from extracting a toll on the Earthers though, as they did heavy damage to a number of American vessels and two of the British Shakespeare class ships.


The humans swung their attack to strike the Hive's left flank, where there was more open terrain for landing. The bugs had anticipated this and had placed units of powerful shooters in that area. A duel between the biological ranged weapons of the Bugs and the guns and rockets of the humans ensued.


At some cost, the humans were able to clear the Hive Shooters from the area and begin landing. The landing zones proved hotter than expected as melee bugs made immediate counter-attacks as soon as the landers kissed the ground.


Turn 8 ended with the humans having cleared an end of the top of the Hive. They face a rapidly developing counter-attack when turn 9 begins at 10 AM tomorrow morning.

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 8:18 p.m. PST

Tense. Cool, and epic in scale. Thanks for sharing.

Uparmored16 Jun 2018 5:30 a.m. PST

This is so great. It's an original concept I suppose..

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 2:49 p.m. PST

Thanks for the comments. The concept is a combination of a lot of things: THEM!, Space 1889, Colonial Wargaming, and dozens of other oddness. It's my own special blend.

Gavin Syme GBS Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 5:26 a.m. PST

Lovely stuff! Well done!


tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

The blue and white landers are modifications of Alternative Armies Scorpion Landers from the Laserburn 15mm range. I added turrets and a top armored deck (otherwise an open-topped lander is nothing but a candy dish for the Bugs!

The basic model is great to begin with, and it was a fun project. Th top deck is resin cast from a homemade master. I'll be replacing the 3D printed HRC barrels with metal ones. The 3D printed ones are really nice looking but just not durable. The Virtual Armchair General has provided me with nice cast metal ones that should be much more durable.

Uparmored22 Jul 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

So what was the ultimate outcome of this attack on the Hive?

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jul 2018 12:15 p.m. PST

We played two additional sessions. The humans suffered heavy casualties but were able to clear most of the right flank of Bugs and establish a foothold. The bugs were quick to counter-attack and threw waves of melee units at the humans, with suicidal ferocity. As that occurred the cards indicated the actions had forced the Royal Bugs to the surface. On the last turn the HUmans were able to bring enough firepower to bear to kill the three Royals and achieve an unequivocal victory over the chitenous invaders!

This thread includes pictures and additional details TMP link

Thank you for your interest!

Lion in the Stars22 Jul 2018 3:26 p.m. PST


Maybe for next year add some industrial carpet that you've painted up to look like fields or something similar, just to help the suspension of disbelief? You will need some double-sided tape along the edges (they make wide tape specifically for carpets). make the carpets into ~6ft widths to keep the weight down and make it easier to transport. Sure, you're going to need a small UHaul trailer for it all, but it's not impossible.

Plus, the carpet makes it a little easier on the feet for people playing the game.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jul 2018 4:15 p.m. PST

Oh Lion, I'd need a bigger truck! I rented a van this year because the game no longer fits in my Ford Ranger.

When we did games on the floor I did provide fabric runners to show the fields on the playing surface. I could bring more of those again


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