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Sherlockgeek30 Nov 2019 10:21 p.m. PST

Which do you guys prefer? I have a lot of infantry and guns with a few tanks so I lean CoDominion or Dorsai. I want to get to Hammerverse cause I love tank models. Use Gruntz for small battles and 5150 BC for larger.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 11:33 a.m. PST


Stryderg01 Dec 2019 12:56 p.m. PST

Is "all of the above" an option?
If I remember correctly:
The CoDo books were more infantry heavy, Dorsai was a mixed bag and Hammer's was more tank heavy. I don't really see a reason that you can't combine them, since they were all mostly human-centric (except maybe Dorsai, I definitely need to reread those).

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa01 Dec 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

The only CoDominion stuff, Mote in God's eye etc, I've read is very space navy-centric – never grabbed me as a setting for gaming. What are the other books like?

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 2:15 p.m. PST

CoDominion has a Slammers like mercenary unit mentioned as I recall. Dutch or German hover tank merc group?

Sherlockgeek01 Dec 2019 3:42 p.m. PST

The original books are all infantry centric, because of the high cost of shipping tanks become strategic assists

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Dec 2019 4:44 p.m. PST

CD and Slammers can 'sort of' match up. Dorsai are 'something different'

CD was in the business of moving people, infantry was cheap.

Stryderg01 Dec 2019 6:14 p.m. PST

The CoDo books included the War World series. It was a bunch of short stories and few novellas about a planet that was barely habitable and used as a dumping ground for Earth's politically undesirable. So you end up with survival stories of American Indians vs Nordic peoples that have sort of reverted to the viking era. Other stories include a pair of Mongol brothers that manage to smuggle horse embryos onto the planet, an American rancher that brings back chivalry, and a bunch of others.

The rest of the universe was involved in an interstellar war with the Saurons, who thought it would be a great idea to genetically alter/filter their births to create a superior race and take over pretty much everything. One of their ships ends up on the planet, too.

Then there is the Falkenberg's Legion series which deals with a mostly infantry merc unit trying to pay the bills and salvage civilization on the outskirts of the human empire while it crumbles from political corruption.

I highly recommend all of them if you haven't read any.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 8:46 p.m. PST

Definitely Friedlander armor and Covenanter infantry in the CD world, though I don't remember much specificity about the tanks. I'd call Drake's work tank-centric, maybe, or tank POV. Drake himself did his time with the 11th ACR in Vietnam and Cambodia, and we always see tanks coping with hostile infantry, never tank on tank action.

That said, everyone in all these worlds under discussion--even Saurons and Friendlies--is human. Build yourself decent infantry, cheap infantry and armor and you can play all three.

Legion 406 Dec 2019 3:27 p.m. PST

Have you looked at the "official" Slammer rule book … "The Crucible". It has rules for 6, 15, & 25mm. Pretty good !

Sherlockgeek06 Dec 2019 5:03 p.m. PST

I want those rules so badly. The 15mm scene isn't great in my area

Tango0128 Apr 2020 9:10 p.m. PST

Those looks good!…




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