Sunday, February 23, 2014
I saw these 'in the resin' Friday night...Thomas had been talking the company up, but you have to see them in person. They are that good. 28mm no flash, no bubbles, roof comes off on each piece. The Coach Inn is in three pieces, each with its own roof. And the roofs are curved, as you would find in that style!
Yeah, cheesy song, I'm dating myself again. IHMN however, treats Tarzan and his Jungle Band well in the fan produced list. It was the basis of trying out the rules for the first time . See the list here:
I traveled over to the Time Machine in Manchester (CT), meeting Thomas for a game. After catching up with a few of the local gaming fauna, we set out for a little corner of Darkest Africa, home of the famed Watchamacallit Orchid. The famous ingredient to many medicines later in the 21st Century, it was considered at the time a possible zombie making compound if the ground pistils were added to various chemicals.
The Zanzibari slavers are based on East African pirates/slave traders from the 19th Century, a mix of matchlocks and sword and shield with a leader and a first mate. Not too archaic but certainly not high tech for the VSF feel of the basic setting in the rules.
So that's the background why Tarzan, Jane and a few close friends tried to stop the Zanzibari slavers from branching out into harvesting special plants. Armed with cease and desist banana leaves, Tarzan, Jane and friends attempted to stop the wily T'omasK and his band of slavers.
The terrain ( I can not believe I did not take a table shot!) had a four building village near the docks, opposite was the edge of the great jungle thinning out to clumps of bush nearer the settlement. The scenario was 'grab the shiny stuff' which was represented by ...shiny pennies, change from my last purchase.
Tarzan, Jane, the great apes and the witch doctor deployed in outskirts of the jungle. The spear men and the chief deployed across from the center treasure in some heavy brush. The Slavers put two matchlock men in the upper stories, two at ground level, the mate and captain and the swordsmen grouped loosely on the ground in the center of the battlefield.
The first prize went tot he great apes as one dashed forward and scooped up the Watchamacallit orchid. Tarzan set himself in a position to use his bow, and the spear men advanced.
Jane in the cross hairs!
Spearmen attack to capture center treasure.
An epic six figures struggle, the spear men slowly prevailing!
Spear against knife.
Gorilla against knife, not good for the slaver!
Tarzan and Mangani see the pirates get away, with two out of three of the rare blooms!
The Slavers were not co-operative, came in fast, scooped up two of the prize objectives, and slunk away with a rear guard of three holding off the spear men while the center and right of the Slavers fell back to the boats. The Slaver Captain just smiled when asked about the fate of the crew left behind. I think Thomas gets to play the villain again next time.
Just arrived in time for the cold month of February, the reinforcements for the Federation fleet and the first wave of the Entomolians.
I have had a set of cruisers and a battle cruiser for the Federated Fleet, the recent arrivals are six destroyers and two destroyer leaders, as well as the federation Mars class star bombers. Now I can field against the Aquarians, the 'Winsted ' Carnivores or the Entomolian scourge!
The Federated planet destroyers really look like the Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyers, the Mars star bombers look like 'all business' as well. The Entomolian destroyers, with the twin stinger nose configuration look nasty, while the cruisers look formidable. I'll have to dry run both against the Aquarian fleet and against each other.
Here is a photo of each group in all their base coated glory, which for the Fed's is a pretty close approximation of the final result. The counters are for ship ID in a game.
Federation Cruisers, Detroyers and a DDL
Next order will include the Avarians, some destroyer and DDL class ships as well as enough cruisers for the requisite five. Then I'll develop a couple of space stations of various sizes to become home for fighter squadrons and more importantly something to fight over.