Saturday 8 October 2016

Pulpocalypse: Market Day In Gomorrah

It's market day in Gomorrah, and rumours are that the Trader brought in some valuable pre-dark supplies. Scavengers from across the wasteland will be vying to get their hands on the goods. The Gomorrah security teams aren't known for their patience, though, so tread lightly!

These are photos from a Pulp Alley game I hosted this weekend at the monthly Trumpeter Society meeting. It was a fairly standard PA scenario, with the addition of one rule from the Perilous Island book: any character who starts trouble by using a Shooting or Brawling skill die attracts the notice of the militia, and has to treat the whole table as extremely perilous for the remainder of the game. It makes for a game where fighting is discouraged, but people are still very much at odds and competing with each other, which is a different experience for a miniatures game.

I'm not going to write up a full battle report, but I will say that the Pulp Alley rules are perfectly suited for this sort of gonzo, over-the-top scenario. We were able to have a game with 4 people who had very limited or no experience with the rules, and play a fun scenario to completion in a few hours. 

Friday 7 October 2016

Pulpocalypse: The Enclave

The third warband I have ready for my Post Pulp game is based on the group of characters we've been playing in our Other Dust rpg sessions for more than a year. Our party is only 4 people, so the Pulp Alley squad I made is small but very capable.

A have a lot more scavenger / wastelander figures than I need for my 4-person warband... enough, in fact, to easily make another Pulp Alley league. I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Pulpocalypse: Signs and Walkways and Other Bits

One nice thing about doing the post apocalypse in 15mm is that I can use a ton of my Afghanistan terrain. I want to jazz up some of the fairly plain buildings, though, so I created some dusty, peeling signs and rusted walkways to add to the buildings to give them a bit more of a wasteland look.

I may do a few more signs, as well as rooftop gardens, air con units, solar panels, and whatever else I can come up with. I have a lot of these buildings, so I can populate a large-ish town - I just need to apocalypsize them a bit.

I have also gathered together some urban wasteland bits from Khurasan (dumpsters) and Gamecraft Miniatures (jersey barriers, shipping containers) that I can use to clutter up my table: well as two wastelander survivalist camps (also Khurasan). These can be objectives, spawn points, regular old scatter terrain, or whatever I want to make them.

Sunday 2 October 2016

Pulpocalypse: Kombinat

I suppose these guys aren't necessarily post-apocalyptic, but I thought they looked cool and they will fit well enough. Besides, there's always room for elite cyborg warriors in the wasteland.

Were they created by a megalomaniacal genius bent on revenge? Are they remnants of a pre-war military project? The vanguard of an invading alien species?  Who knows?

In Pulp Alley terms they whole team has the 'flying' ability, which allows them to move 16" on the table, ignoring intervening terrain. That will be a huge advantage when trying to capture plot points, but they pay for it in having a small team with only two really strong team members.

Friday 30 September 2016

Pulpocalypse: Power Pylons

I was able to secure a set of plastic high-voltage transmission towers on Amazon. They were easy to assemble, and they're big, especially next to my little 15mm wasters - I didn't think to throw in some miniatures for scale, but the bottom cross-piece probably comes up to mid-chest on one of the figures.

I used a heat-gun to soften the plastic enough to make them lean in a properly post-nuclear fashion.

The only downside to these is that in the real world, they would be so far apart that two of them would never appear on my game table. I'll just have to use the power of IMAGINATION to justify having a row of them towering over my buildings!

Thursday 29 September 2016

Pulpocalypse: The Sons Of Atom

I posted an in-progress photo of a couple of these guys earlier, but here's the whole batch. They are Khurasan 15mm figures, and I think they are great. Every one is different and has his or her own particular mutation.

And here is the Pulp Alley roster I made for the group. Baron Sunday is the short guy in the top hat; PepNChed is the two-headed guy in the back; Chompy is the guy with tusks in the back left; Springheel Jack is the one wearing red and yellow; Humpy is the guy in the front with the hump back (and the shirt with his name on it); Zits is the muscly guy with the gross tumors; and Slick William is the tentacle-armed guy in the center. There are a couple of muties left without a spot in the team, but they can be brought in as allies or reinforcements or whatever they're called in Pulp Alley.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pulpocalypse: Roads

Taking inspiration* from Stu's post here about making ruined roads, I bought two vinyl flooring tiles and set to work on making my own set. I don't think they could have turned out any better!

*translation: blatantly stealing ideas

This is just a representative sample - I have 6' of roads in total.

They take a bit of work with scissors, an X-acto knife, and a fine-scale gouge, but the end result is great. I made a stamp with some foam glued to a piece of wood to do the lines, and that resulted in a really patchy look, which worked perfectly.

Sunday 25 September 2016

Pulpocalypse: Pharma Jon

I spent a lot of 2016 not really thinking about miniatures much, but in the last while I got inspired to start building the assets I need for a 15mm post-apocalypse game. I have a bunch of stuff made and painted, and I'll start posting pics over the next little bit.

First up is a drug / aid shop. I built this out of scraps of styrene card, on a frame built out of pieces of a high-voltage transmission tower. The lower half of the tower was laid on its side and I slapped a bunch of random bits of crap on it to form the walls, but the underlying structure isn't very visible. The upper half of the tower got turned into a little watch-tower of sorts next to it.

More soon!

Saturday 7 May 2016

Crescent & Cross Battle Report

Nearly two years ago, Grace, Dave and I placed a group order to Legio Heroica miniatures to get the figures we needed to make crusader-era Saga armies. Last night, we were able to get all three of our armies on the table together for the first time!

Some of Dave's Saracens.

My Hospitalliers.

Some of Grace's Saracens.
The scenario we chose was Last Stand, wherein the victory conditions are simple: if there is a single non-Warlord figure left of the defender's side on the table at game end, the defender wins. The slaughter must be complete! The attacker uses the Endless warband rule, meaning they can recycle their dead figures into new units, which can arrive from any table edge.

Which force is attacking and which defending is decided by bidding: the side that thinks they can wipe out the enemy army in the fewest number of turns is the attacker. We both bid the same number, seven, though, so we rolled off and the Hospitalliers were the high roll, and thus the attackers!

This caused some consternation on the Saracen side, because Grace was playing Mutatawwi'a, and most of their Saga abilities depend on sacrificing figures, something she was reluctant to do when each dead figure brought me closer to victory!

I had my own problems: I was playing an 8-point force against Grace's and Dave's 4-point forces, which gave me a lot of figures to use, but it also meant that I would have a hard time activating my troops: I only got the same number of Saga dice per turn that Grace and Dave each got individually, meaning I couldn't move all my troops each turn, and I couldn't afford many dice for Saga abilities.

Grace and Dave deployed first, and I had first activation.

Turn 1

End of Hospitallier turn 1
Dave had a group of eight archers on top of the tallest building (North in this picture), so I decided to ignore that side and focus on the other directions. I brought my combined Hearthguard unit, with the Warrior Priest, in from the west, a unit of mounted Sergeants in from the east, another unit of mounted Sergeants from the southeast with my Warlord, and my three units of foot Sergeants from the South.

On the Saracen turn, Grace charged my Sergeants in the east with her mounted Warriors unit. The battle was a draw with two casualties on each side.

There was some other adjustment of the troops, mounted units of Grace's and Dave's coming around from the north to engage. Besides that, not much action in the first turn.

End of Saracen turn 1
Turn 2

In the first turn, the attackers generate no Saga dice, so each unit gets one free activation to move onto the table. Starting in turn 2, though, I rolled Saga dice as normal, and I was able to drive forward with my big Hearthguard unit, led by the priest, and engage a unit of Saracen warriors guarding the west entrance to the compound. All but 3 of the Saracens were killed.

In the east, both of my units of mounted Sergeants were able to engage and destroy the rest of the Saracen warriors.

At this point Grace and Dave had a little conference, and the Saracen turn was mostly about running away to the North with their mounted Hearthguard units. I wasn't too concerned about chasing them: when I had had enough figures killed, I could just create a new unit out of the dead guys and bring them on wherever the Saracens had fled to, so there weren't many good places to hide on the board.

End of Saracen Turn 2
Turn 3

I mostly neglected my foot troops for the game, since I needed to use my activations on the mounted troops to chase the Saracens around. I was able to assault one of the buildings with Saracens inside, though it didn't go very well for me.

Meanwhile, my mounted Hearthguard were able to clean up the Saracens lurking in the northwest house.

Meanwhile, in the East, my mounted Sergeants were able to beat up on Grace's "princesses", her mounted Hearthguard on matching white horses, leaving only one alive to flee with her warlord.

Dave's archers shot some holes in my Sergeants in the east, and they mounted an ineffectual charge against the building.

Turn 4

I turned the attention of my (now half-strength) Hearthguard unit to attacking Dave's mounted Hearthguard in the northwest corner, but he was able to use some sort of sneaky Saracen ability to cancel my priest's action, so they ended up just standing there, looking like idiots.

Then, in the east, the charge of my Sergeants against the house full of archers was disrupted by another, different Saracen ploy and they ended up just running around the north side of the house (where they are hidden from the camera and from where I was sitting, so I mostly forgot about them after that).

I put together a unit of Hearthguard and a small unit of Sergeants from my dead guys (you can see them at the top of the picture), but I didn't have the activations to use them this turn, so they went back to the graveyard.

The Saracens continued their policy of evasion, forcing me to chase them around the table.

End of Saracen turn 4.

Turn 5

My priest and the remaining Hearthguard were finally able to come to grips with Dave's mounted Saracens and wipe them out, but at a high cost.

After that fight, I had enough dead figures to bring in some new units. A fresh unit of Hearthguard from the northwest corner was able to finish off Dave's mounted Hearthguard, while some mounted Sergeants tried to attack Grace's warriors but were stymied by more Saracen trickery. In the northeast, I was able to jump Grace's one remaining princess with some resurrected foot soldiers, but they weren't able to finish the job.

In the south, Dave's foot abandoned the buildings and fled across the courtyard to the buildings in the north, chased (slowly) by my own soldiers.

The one remaining horseman from Grace's mounted archers unit that I smashed in the second turn ran through a gap and fled to the west, alone.

End of Saracen turn 5.

Turn 6

The victory conditions required the attacker to destroy all non-Warlord units. This means I didn't have to kill Dave's leader to win the game, but there were still good reasons to do so: first, deny him Saga dice; and second, because he's a big jerk. I turned my Hearthguard unit to the task, and a lot of them died, but Dave's leader was finally dragged from his horse and put to the sword.

There was some fairly ineffectual back-and-forth among the houses, while I arranged my crossbow men to start hemming in Grace's lone horse in the west, and her single hearthguard and her leader ran around the hill in the east.

End of Saracen turn 6.
Turn 7

So I had my work cut out for me in the final turn. Most of the Saracens were dead, but there were still a few holdouts in the buildings and in the corners. The guys in the corners weren't too much of a concern, because I had enough deads to generate new units to attack them with. Digging the footmen out of the houses was going to be tough, though - or so I thought.

I sent my mounted Sergeants against the last holdouts of Dave's warriors in the north buildings, and they were able to get most of the job done.

I brought in a new unit of Hearthguard in the East to kill off Grace's remaining princess and her leader, which they were able to do. After, they turned to the remaining footmen in the house and finished them off.

So the game was pretty much in the bag! There was just the one wimpy archer remaining out of the entire Saracen force, the last survivor of the first unit I attacked at the start of the game. I brought in a new unit of Sergeants from the west to finish him off.

...and they couldn't! The Sergeants couldn't get that one last kill and finish off the only Saracen figure left on the table. I think some demotions are in order!

The End

So, at the end of the game, the Hospitalliers were unable to achieve their victory condition of killing every Saracen figure on the board, so victory went to the Saracens!

Here are some photos of Grace with the undisputed hero of the day.

This was the closest game of Saga I've played, and probably the most fun.