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Legion 414 Feb 2019 1:55 p.m. PST

Kind of neat ! I'd imagine you could use 3mm models instead of the counters.

emckinney14 Feb 2019 2:13 p.m. PST

Check out Grav Armor, an excellent game that's now available for free: link

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First, Grav Armor uses simple, but effective, rules for electronic warfare that drive a lot of the action. Units have and EW rating. Each hex has a combat value. Add up the combat values of all along the path to the target (including the target hex). If it's equal to or less than the firer's EW value, the target is detected. EW also adds to attack values and defense values.

Second, all firing occurs in the opposing player's turn! That sure keeps both players engaged … You can fire before an enemy unit moves, at any point during its move, or after it finishes moving. It's a very dynamic system.

Third, the terrain on the maps represents different things in each scenario, since they're on different planets. Hot worlds, ice worlds, vacuum, and Earth-like. This can be disorienting, but there are some recolored maps and some redux maps both on the download site and at link

Fourth, the maps cover an area equivalent to Western Europe, so scale is big, indeed.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Feb 2019 9:30 p.m. PST

I'd imagine you could use 3mm models instead of the counters.

If you use the map as-is, then any model that fits in 1" x 1" will do.

If you enlarge the map to 4' x 6' or so, then your model base goes up to about 4" x 4"!

Check out Grav Armor…

I'll have to dig out my copy. grin I designed a title for them back in the day, but if I recall correctly, they went under before they could publish it.

Legion 416 Feb 2019 8:01 p.m. PST

Interesting … thanks guys !

28mm Fanatik17 Feb 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

I used to play a hovertank miniature game from FASA (the company known mostly for Battletech) called "Renegade Legion: Centurion" back in the '90s. Wish they bring it back.

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Feb 2019 8:36 p.m. PST

The Renegade Legion models are available in metal from C-in-C, last I knew.

emckinney19 Feb 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

There's still a very active online community for renegade legion. It was a lot more detailed than either high-speed hovertank or grav armor. The heck's scale was also a lot smaller.

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian11 Aug 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

I'm liking those tanks, 28mmFanatik

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

Thanks for the review.

I'm liking the light hover tank change of facing rule, if attacked. Makes sense.

I too, dislike the idea of the square grid. Perhaps not grid at all, of a hexmat would be better.

For the counters, easy to scan, reverse in Photoshop, and print out, so the counters are "right way" up. Top down counters would have been better for this, in my opinion, but they won't look as sleek as the side profile views. Still, more practical from a gaming standpoint when viewed from above.

I'm still looking for a good/excellent Hover/Grav Tank rules set/game as well.

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