Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Eleventh bloggiversary

The ol' blog has whipped around the sun again and still putters on. It has been quite a year outside the hobby, and my loose goal of a weekly post has really slipped. The high point has been my plunge into the third edition of Five Parsecs from Home, a flexible solo sci-fi ruleset that really suited me. I've used it to make a narrative campaign with a Rogue Trader/ Necromunda setting, and have enjoyed finding heroes, baddies and scenery to game with. I've also enjoyed creating and telling the story as it unfolds. I want to play twenty games with a grand finale, then I'll sum up my thoughts and work out what I will do next.*

The heroes of my campaign

The infamous crème brûlée vat. SFX with LensFX app

I've been trying Citadel Contrast and Army Painter Speedpaints. I like them, but I spend a lot of time making them not look like Contrast, if you know what I mean. I'm currently using Vallejo matt white spray undercoat. I may dabble with the 'slapchop' technique, as zenithal rattlecans haven't been consistent.

Dernhelm Éowyn and Merry and Contrast horse

Contrast ruffians

My 3D printing continues in fits and starts. It has been a good companion to my Five Parsecs campaign. Some people get effortless resin prints; I seem to struggle. It is going to become a big part of the hobby in the future. I see Modiphius, Wargames Atlantic and Victoria Miniatures are all dabbling in digital offerings now as well.

3D printed cacti

3D printed squigs!

I'm really looking forward to Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge XIII next month. Hopefully I can use it to really eat into my lead mountain. There's a lot of Lord of the Rings stuff in there...

My AHPC XII journey

My AHPC XII output

I have been having difficulty commenting on other people's blogs. I can only do it from one computer running Chrome. Can't do it from other computers, phone, Safari etc. So I'm watching your blogs as a lurker more often now, sorry!

Firefly- yet to hit the tabletop!

As always, it is the community and the comments that make this even more enjoyable. Happy hobbying!

*Spoiler alert: I'm leaning heavily towards Necromunda Ash Wastes post-apocalypse survival!

Friday, 28 October 2022

Five Parsecs. Campaign Game 15. Death in the sump





+ My master, Inquisitor Kalot of the Ordo Xenos, continues to work against the genestealer infestation of Hive Primus. We operate outside the knowledge of the local planetary authorities to prevent panic in the hive population. +

+ A local merchant, Gallius Marbec, has come to our attention. His trading misadventures have brought him into contact with the cult both here and on Hydresar X [Noospheric inload links embedded]. The fool has decided to pry further. +

+ Archival pict. Marbec stumbles on cult activity. +
+ Our pict-feeds relay his latest folly deep in the toxic environment of the hive sump. +

+ No enemy in sight, but they know they are near. +

+ One group covers the left. +

+ One group advances through the gunk. +

+ Movement on the right! +

+ The crew reposition in the toxic swamp. +

+ The ogryn blasts one and the other skulks away. +

+ Movement on the left! The cult knows they're here. +

+ Movement ahead! The ogryn and the noble
position to take out a heavy weapon. +

+ Flame envelops their rookie. +

+ The ganger shoots the flamer. +

+ Pistol fire hits Marbec and he stumbles-
the toxic sludge overcome him. +

+ The heavy stubber strikes the ogryn-
weakened by fumes it goes down as well. +

+ A coordinated strike takes down the rest of the crew. +

+ Intelligence suggests that Marbec survived. However, he knows too much and must be eliminated. +

++Thought of the day++
++The reward of tolerance is betrayal.++


Whew! What a nasty firefight! I rolled a toxic environment, which was a great excuse to pull out some gunked up tiles. Stunned figures are at risk, and that was what happened to Gallius and Chugger.

Due to pre-game shenanigans, the hybrids started off board and trickled in randomly with added reinforcements. There were twelve of them in the end, and it felt like a shadowy ambush.

Gallius got lucky- he rolled a 99 for his injury and shrugged it off. Corvin made a mysterious full recovery. Chugger, however, died in the toxic sludge. D-E-D dead.

Gallius Marbec mourns Chugger.

Chugger's greatest hits. In memoriam

Rescued from slavery

His first firefight!

Pounding on squats.

Smashing mutants in the dark.

Blowing apart heretics.

Stomping gang scum.

The Emperor protects!

Just as I was about to draw a sad curtain on this sorry tale, I realised I can use a once-per-campaign imperator ex machina to allow Chugger to miraculously survive! His plot armour was too strong. Dry your cheeks, he's still alive!

So. Phew. I am trying to get to twenty missions. The plot thickens. Will Gallius survive to uncover a nest of genestealers? Will the Ordo Xenos intercept him with extreme prejudice? Is Corvin really that useless, or is he a cult infiltrator?

It does sound like it will end badly! I can hardly wait!

Friday, 21 October 2022

Five Parsecs. Campaign game 14. Chugger vs. the Iron Hounds

Gallius cautiously welcomes a new member to his depleted crew: Corvin Akenz, a former trading ship crewman who is between jobs. He brings a servoskull that can scout ahead as the crew traverse the underhive.

Corvin Akenz and his servoskull

Corvin joins the depleted crew of the Innominate

It is lucky he did- the crew is being stalked by the Iron Hounds, a gang which Gallius has fought before. Today, the Iron Hounds are back in force and are narked up on 'Slaught, a combat drug.

The 'Slaught-fuelled Iron Hounds

Forewarned, Gallius spreads his crew out to catch the 
doped-up gangers in a deadly crossfire.

Venda, Chugger and Lady Heldycryn cover the centre

"Get in cover- here they come!"

The Iron Hounds rush toward the centre.

Chugger's opening fusillade goes wild.

A vicious firefight erupts.

Lady Heldycryn calmly shoots the Orlock leader.

Chugger blows another away- this is almost too easy.

Ambush! With a warcry, the rest of the gang bursts from cover!

Caught between two fires, Venda goes down!

"Chugger! Get out of there!"

Chugger is pinned! He throws his last grenade
but only takes down one of the 'Slaught-fuelled gangers!

A raging ganger charges the stunned ogryn and lands a hit!

Gallius and Corvin are fending off the drug-fuelled gangers
as Lady Heldycryn lines up another shot...

Blam! Her custom las rifle snipes the reckless scum.

The other gangers rush the dazed abhuman.
Chugger's armour barely saves him from a vicious blow.

With a howl, Chugger pulverises one of them.

Lady Heldycryn cooly shoots the last ganger.

"Is it always like this?" asks Corvin, as Venda's wounds are dressed. He didn't land a single shot during the desperate firefight.  Gallius doesn't answer as he views the busy sickbay. At least the Iron Hounds have been decisively removed from his list of enemies.

Chugger was in real trouble! I randomly rolled a surprise ambush, and they kept hammering him with shots so he couldn't both move and fire. The drugged-up gangers actually had an advantage over Chugger in melee, and only his phenomenal grit and armour kept him alive. It only takes one bad roll to take him down...

Corvin Akenz after his baptism of fire.

Corvin Akenz is a multipart plastic piece from GW's 'Hive Scum' box. The vibrant cloth is Army Painter 'Highlord Blue' Speedpaint. The servoskull is a 3D print from The Makers Cult. It has no tabletop presence, but I thought it would be fun to represent the 'Scanner Bot' I rolled up for Corvin.