Monday, January 6, 2014

Battle Report: Space Hulk Mission I: Suicide Mission

The limited-release of Space Hulk happened way back in 2009, and it took me a while to paint all of the miniatures for it, and even longer to play some games, and now, four years after its release, I have a battle report for it.

For this battle report Badelaire and I decided to start from the beginning and do the first mission, Suicide Mission. Badelaire would command the Blood Angels while I would command the Genestealers.

Space Marines: The Space Marine player has one squad. It consists of a Sergeant armed with a storm bolter and power sword, one Space Marine armed with a heavy flamer and power fist, and three Space Marines armed with storm bolters and power fists. The Space Marine player depolys the squad on the starting squares shown on the map.

Genestealers: The Genestealer player begins the mission with two blips, and receives two reinforcement blips per turn. Blips may enter play at any entry area.


Space Marines: The Space Marine player wins by firing the flamer at any square in the Launch Control Room. When this happens the game ends and the Space Marines win immediately.

Genestealers: The Genestealer player wins the moment he kills the Space Marine armed with the heavy flamer, or if the flamer runs out of ammunition before firing into the Launch Control Room.

Blood Angels:  Badelaire
Genestealers:  Darkwing
Deployment is shown above, with the Space Marines represented by the red circles, and the Genestealer entry points marked with the purple arrows.  The Space Marines must get to the Launch Control Room (marked with the green square) and immolate it with the heavy flamer before being overrun by the genestealers.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations: Operation Lightning Strike

For my second AAR for Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations, I decided to tackle the scenario Operation Lightning Strike, a nightmare scenario for the US.
From the scenario description:
There is nothing more frightening to U.S. military planners than nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately the most likely places this could happen also present significant political and military challenges. That being so the US must be agile and decisive when using its military power to prevent what could be a horrifying opening to a Third World War.
In mid 2014 a Pakistani Army Brigadier with extremist ties has managed to convince his command to seize a Pakistani nuclear weapons site demanding that all US forces leave the region and Kashmiri territories be returned to their rightful owners or “God’s fury” will be unleashed upon Indian and US forces in the region. The United States cannot stand for this and must act. Due to current commitments the US does have significant assets in the region however they must be used well to succeed as Pakistan is a significant military power and an ally.
Good Luck!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Laurelin's Tower

For a long while now I've wanted to get some Hirst Arts molds so I could build some castles.  Some, of course, would be for gaming, but I also thought it would be great to use as craft projects to do with my daughter.

So for our first project I decided to do a simple round tower using the 4" Circular Tower Mold #52.  In the end I ended up doing most of the work, but she contributed significantly in every step of the process, and had a lot of fun doing it.  There will be more castle projects in our future!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations: South China Clash

This past fall Warfare Sims Ltd. released the long awaited modern wargame simulation Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations. I was very fortunate to participate in some of the beta testing, unfortunately I was so busy with work and family that I didn't get to play it nearly as much as I would have liked.

Finally I was able to sit down, play a simulation, and do an after action report. The scenario I chose is called "South China Clash", and features the US Navy coming to the aid the Philippines against the Chinese in the contentious South China Sea.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DW: Republic of Arcadia, Part 26: Conclusion

Stardate 2137.01.01 With the war going on for so long and the government paying more attention to the war than the galaxy, much has apparently passed the Republic by.  The galaxy is apparently an extremely busy place.