Thursday, December 23, 2021

Orklands Refueled

At CabinCon last September the excellent Adam Clark brought his idea to town for Gaslands Refuelled using Ork 40k models and terrain.  We all had such a great time playing that I had already started ordering stuff before the end of that weekend.

I'm calling this Orklands Refuelled.

Fast forward to now.  I'd say I'm 95% complete what I want done for this project.  I hosted a game this past weekend with the group.

If you are curious about the rules - which are essentially the Gaslands Refuelled rules "orkified" ... you can download the QRS here.

I've used a magnetic chalkboard to keep track of the gear phases, vehicles, and what gear each player is in.

My terrain is mostly fom the Warhammer.40k Kill Team Orktarius set.  I have a butt load of 3D printed tire stacks and some additional 40k Ork terrain items.

Pictures below from the most recent game I hosted ...

The cars I have completed to date ... still need to assemble my massive Waaagh Rig and get it painted ...

If you haven't tried this game you are missing out.  Easy setup, very fun and play is straight forward/easy to teach.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Gaines's Mill: ACW Brigade Fire & Fury

Was able to play our first "full fledge" ACW game using brigade Fire & Fury.  We decided to tackle the Gaines's Mill scenario from the version 1 Great Eastern Battles scenario book.  I updated the scenario for the 2nd edition of F&F.  This is easily accomplished with the handy tables in the back of the book.

I must admit I didn't really think this one through.  I looked at the map in the book and it looked very manageable.  I didn't consider the additional units that arrive as reinforcements and actually make this game rather larger than expected.  This took are fair portion of the ACW collection.

Below you can see an overview of the 8 foot by 6 foot table setup with initial unit deployments.

Longstreet's division arrives mid way along the right table edge, and remaining Confederate units arrive via the road on the bottom left.  Union reinforcements enter either behind the white building along the top table edge or later via the road to the upper left of the image.

Rather than list out the order of battle normally, I'll just included pictures of the forces involved via the unit tabs.

Both AP Hill's and Longstreet's assault on the Union breastworks - while daunting at first - was repelled by the Union forces.  By the time the initial Confederate assault was wrapping up, DH Hill's division with addition Confederate reinforcements where starting to put overwhelming pressure on the Union right flank.

This was a fun game and one I plan to run at DundraCon locally in February.  My fancy templates for the game arrived from Litko which aided our efforts significantly.

Lots of pictures are below.  Close up pictures using my SLR camera below.

Mobile phone pictures below ...

We still have a couple of turns to finish up which we'll be doing on Wednesday evening.  That being said, the tables are turning on the Union defenders quickly and I expect to see them getting to the point of withdrawal - the main question being who has more victory points when that happens.