Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I did a test run of the rules. I bet that I missed a lot of stuff, but I did get some idea of the rules. At the time, I didn't have the print version and had to run back and forth to my computer to check the rules and table.
My impression of the rules is that they will give me a quick battle with not a lot of book keeping. I like that, more action less work. Once I get settled into my duty station (yes, I'm getting deployed again 3 times in two years) I hope to do an 'actual batrep'. That will have to wait until after the weekend for sure.
below are a few shots I took of the battle. Basicly I had a platoon of light infantry hiding in buildings and what not trying to prevent the elemental from getting to the other table edge. I wasn't concerned with points or what not, I just wanted to get a feel for the rules. I did about 4 turns. The fourth turn featured a very heroic infantry squad took the brunt of a rocket strike, rallied to stay after losing 3 of 5 members and then manged to nock out the battlearmor with two well placed shots from the laser carbines. I gotta tell you, I was pulling for the Elemental, but these things happen.
I was digging thru all the mini's I have the other day and found these old FASA Battletroops figures. I think I painted them about 5 or so years back. They were something I picked up off of E-Bay, painted, then shelved. You know how it is: You pick up a project, get it almost finished, then move onto something else. That's what happened with this set.
I got them off of E-Bay to play Battletroops with. I loved Battletech as a kid, and Mechwarrior: Dark Age had just come out which left me short of flat. I found the figures and the rules for Battletroops (and the Clantroops) expansion for pretty cheap. I even managed to get two more partial platoons of these guys off the net. I got one Krutia platoon (never painted) without the heavy weapons, and a second Stiener laser platoon (also never saw paint). I also found three elementals on E-Bay, and below is a shot of 2 of them.
I read thru the Battletroops/Clantroops rules but just didn't care for them. I think that's what killed the drive for me. I also found myself moving into a new area that was into more historical games. I got bit by the AK-47 kraze and latter fell into Flames of War. So I has these mini tucked away with no real ruleset to use with them. Until it happened....
Two Hour Wargames ran a special on 5150 for $20. What a steal, I got both a printed copy of the rules, and an instant PDF download key. Perfect. I had the zombie rules, and they looked cool. I figured that a ruleset like that would be perfect for a couple of Elementals to zoom around the board killing some Inner Sphere light infantry like it was going out of style.
But that's another post.
I've finished with my Hiberno-Norse for the time being. I painted up a few units, one of Huscalrs, one of Bondi, and another of some Irish bandits. The bandits were a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed painting them. When I complete the army, I'd like two full units of these guys, each about 24 figures strong with about 8 in each unit to have 2-handed axes. I made some javalins from floral wire and hammered out the ends into points. I think they came out pretty well, but you be the judge of that. All the shields were hand painted. Next time I think I'll go the route of buying transfers. I got my eye on some banners, just need to get the order in.
So how is my painting anyway?