Necromunda Campaign Game 2

Yesterday I went down to the club for my second outing with ‘Tech Noir’. I was drawn against Mark’s Escher which I knew would be a tough fight as they have poisoned weapons. Lots of poisoned weapons. The only real counter to them is to be tough, tougher the better… something my pencil- necked techno geeks aren’t.

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Tech Noir lined up before deployment on to the table.

For the second cycle of the campaign the scenario was predetermined to be ‘The Hit’ with elements of the stronger gang trying to take out the leader of the weaker gang. Reading through the set up details I thought it was as good as it could be. The Escher would have to come to me and I would just try to put as many shots as I could at the as the advanced.

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We played in the bottom half of this 4 foot by 8 foot table. I set up in the tallest tower roughly in the middle of the full table.

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Taking the high ground and deploying in all round firing positions.

I set up on the high ground as is my preference and waited the onslaught. Mark being the canny player that he is pegged my Rad Cannon armed Champion, Popov, as the biggest threat on the table so took him out with the first shot of the game with his sniper. Slumping wounded Popov fell off his lofty perch and plummented downwards. In the rules you take damage for falling, and falling 10″ would hurt most people. Fortunately one of the upgrades I bought after my first game was grav shutes for key personnel. This meant- although seriously injured he suffered no further damage from the fall.

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My ganger, Egor’ev,  who came on as reinforcement tries to take out the pesky sniper. Whilst he could pin him it never converted into any damage.

I moved a ganger, Ferzen, down to aid Popov’s recovery as the posioned wapon shots gradually took out my gangers. The Rad Cannon Champion and the assisting ganger were both taken out of the game by a poisoned knife. However Smirnov, my other Champion, took out one of his opposite numbers with a well aimed shot.

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Here you can see the Escher (Mark is using Dark Elsar as proxies) about to charge two of Tech Noir.

At the top of the tower Ozerov, my leader, realising that the Escher Gang was gunning for him decided that it better the run away and live to fight another day moved out of the way of the sniper who was itching for a shot. The ganger I’d left up their to defend him proved to be pretty effective in keeping the Eschers from getting up to that level of the tower.

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At game end- the middle sees my remaining champion stuck in melee whilst at top left Ozerov hides whilst protected by the ganger Rodionov.

I was getting plenty of hits on Mark’s gang but getting that converted to taking people out of the game is something I struggled with my low powered weaponary. As it was both Mark and I needed to take bottle tests to see if we would continue fighting. Careful use of a tactics cards gave me the edge and I passed my roll.; Mark failed his which meant he called off the hit on my Leader. I scraped a win, I had 4 fighters down so it was something of a pyrrhic victory.

That said the cash, reputation lift and Rogue Doc that has now joined my gang will be useful for future fights. I think a challenge match is in order though to get some more experience for my gang as though I’m two wins for the campaign my gang is small compared to the others.

I will have to see what I can get sorted for next week.

 

By the way I took a shot of the club space. As you can see it has plenty of room and tables. Currently four are given over to Necromunda, with two for Infinity and one for the Batman game.

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Cheers,

 

Pete.

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Necromunda Campaign- Game 1.

Last night I went down to the club for my first scheduled campaign game. There are six gangs taking part and we each have a game against each over gang programmed, then a final multiplayer game to finish off the campaign. In between times you are free to challenge any other player for a match; useful if you want to steal a specific territory from them.

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The table complete with light up plasma ball.

My first game was against my old friend J with his Goliath gang ‘Golgotha’s Furnace Boys’ I’d seen some of the conversions he had done and I knew that they’d be monsters in close combat, something I was keen for my fragile little techno-nerds to avoid.

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My leader Ozerov organises the firing line.

As such I had no real plan other than to shoot them as much as possible and run away if they got close. Sadly the shooting part proved to be tricker than imagined given the weakness of my weapons’ strength against J’s roid- raging gym bunnies’s toughness.

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Over on my right flank I put my faith in the heavy weaponary.

A further complications was my run of bad luck in ammo checks: a one point all bar one of my gang was unloaded, fortunately at that time the Goliaths were too far away to take advantage of it.

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Two of the Goliaths advancing forward.

The game was a case of death by a thousands cuts for J. Lots of shots taken by me resulted in lots of flesh wounds slowing him down. The only ‘kill’ (out of game result) was my juve ‘Chagin’ taking down the champion Goliath ‘MC Slammer’. For the record all my gangers were named after Russian Admirals from thee Russo- Japanese War (I grabbed a book that was close at hand to crib them from).

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MC Slammer just before his encounter with twin laspistols.

J was on balance more unlucky than I was with three of his gangers going out of action with bad recovery rolls on his part. His juve ‘Twink’ made it all the way across the board before being riddled with lasgun fire before being dispatched with a shot in the back.

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The firing line held. Held, but with a lot of reloading.

With a lot of his gang down J decided to ‘bottle’ and leave the field leaving me the winner. In the post battle sequence I captured one of J’s fallen gangers meaning he could, if he wished, challenge my to rescue him back. As he declined I sold the ganger on for the cash. In the end I got quite abit of cash that I’ll think on how to spend before my next game. Looking forward to it already. Thanks to J for the great game and Marcus for coming down to open up the club for us both.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

Tech Noir take to the field.

I had my first game of Necromunda with my new gang yesterday. It was also my first time down at a local games club (great venue and great guys there, loads of really cool terrain too). Whilst I used the gang list I intended to use in the campaign it wasn’t a campaign game- the injuries and any experience gained would not carry through. It was quite good fun to create my gang- something I’d not done in years.

Marcus was a great player; introducing me to the system, and a very useful gang management program yaqtribe (would have loved it in the 90s). Interestingly Marcus had a Van Saar gang too so they game was more about trading shots than running in to close combat (something that Van Saars are terrible at).

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The game table. This is one of the ‘small’ tables set up for Necromunda.

The game went really well- I read through the rules so had a good idea of how it plays. That and the new version of the rules has a lot of similarities with the old version I’d played so much.

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Led by the Champion with the Rad Cannon Tech Noir move forwards.

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My leader figure is pinned but a ganger (in the foreground) offers covering fire.

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Champion with plasma pistol moves forward- the gun ran out of charge/ ammo so was reduced to chucking grenades by the end of the game.

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The opposition- Marcus made very similar colour choices to me with his gang.

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Marcus’ leader and ganger taking cover behind a barricade.

The game went in my favour with my opponent suffering some terrible luck but it did give me lots of ideas of how Tech Noir will play out in the campaign proper.

 

Now I’ve got a grasp of the rules I’m really looking forward to getting into the campaign, first game is on Thursday. I even went to the local game shop to buy tactics cards and game dice in preparation.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

Tech Noir- a Van Saar gang for Necromunda.

As I previously mentioned I was gifted a box of Van Saar gangers from GW a bit back. I also got invited to join a fortnightly campain which is starting this Thursday. Accordingly I worked over the weekend to get my gang finished for tonight’s practice game (which I really could do with).

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Here are the pics of the individual gang members:

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Leader with Combi- Weapon.

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Champion with Rad- Cannon.

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Champion with Plasma gun.

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Juve with twin Laspistols.

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Ganger with lasgun.

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Ganger with suppression laser.

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Ganger with lasgun and laspistol.

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Another Ganger with lasgun.

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Final Ganger with lasgun, I added an Skitari head for a bit of variety.

If you are wondering about the origin of their name:

Give I was unhappy with the previous GW Pox Walkers that I painted I fell back on the speed painting techniques that I know work for me. So, given the time I spent on them I’m happy at how they turned out.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

A busy few days: Recon show, Necromunda, The Great War and Wargames magazines.

Last weekend I, with Paul, flew the flag for Pennine Megagames by taking the demo version of ‘Harrying of the North’; it is a simple map movement and battle board participation game.

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The Normans have to hoover up supplies whilst Saxons under Edgar the Etheling try to stop them. It is mainly to show off the combat mechanisms I plan to use in the future megagame. Be honest about it, whilst the game works, it take too long for what would be available in a megagame turn so it needs streamlining more. However, with Fall Blau on the horizon I am devoting my energies into that. I plan to take a demo version of it to the Hammerhead show at Newark and possibly Chillcon in Sheffield. Pleasingly the paper figures that I cut out seemed to be very popular with the punters at Pudsey. Given how little time they took to construct I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that my sense of nostalgia had been tweaked by Games Workshop’s reissue of Necromunda. Well my friend Jonathon has a copy so I popped round to have a game.

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Having got such fond memories of the original and gaming in my teenage years I was hoping that it lived up to the hype.

I quickly came up with a Goliath gang and got on with it, I’m pretty sure a few of the subtleties of the rules were missed but it was good to get a feel of the new version.

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The production quality is outstanding, as it should be for such a company, and the new figures are miniature works of art. My choices for the gang weren’t ideal and as the Escher were so very good at ranged combat I took heavy casualties until I got into close combat. Still it was a learning experience and I know what I’d do differently next time.

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I’m really tempted to get the game- sadly running out of space means I may not. I’d love to make a detailed vertical board for it but the question is where to put it… I guess I really should sort out my shed. It may be the impetus I need. Either way I may start with a Goliath gang of my own for a starter; it shouldn’t be too hard to find space for ten figures.

I also played a quick game of PSC’s The Great War with Evan. Given the kickstarter I mentioned has been funded it was good to get it on the table again. The scenario we chose to play was based on the famous action of a tank named ‘Fray Bentos’ at Passchendaele:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10358335/WW1-The-siege-of-Fray-Bentos-at-the-Battle-of-Passchendaele.html

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My Germans, despite getting off to a good start, failed to achieve much. Aggressive infantry backed up by the immobile but still shooting tank completely outclassed me. Another game I’ll do better at next time….

I also picked up two of the three big wargaming magazines, it is not something I often do but they both had articles that looked interesting, the differences between the two are quite marked though.

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Wargames Illustrated has by far the better production but the depth of the articles left something to be desired: the Russo-Japanese one, whilst featuring some lovely photos was a bit shallow so to speak. The campaign on the fighting in Prussia in WW2 was interesting but could have done with some better editing. Great eye candy though but little in I’d refer back to later beyond the campaign.

Miniature Wargames has undergone a few changed from when I used to buy it; it looks far more professional now. It always had the best articles in but was often let down by poor photos. Under new owners and editorship that has changed. The reason I bought the magazine was that it featured an article on the Warsaw battle 1944 by Jim Webster, he is much under rated as a games writer in my opinion. I’ve always found his writing to be worth the price of admission alone. His ideas on gaming urban warfare are no exception and something I’ll try out on my own table top soon hopefully.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.