Thursday, February 15, 2018

X-COM - More Thoughts

Potential Mutoids - Picture from Khurasan website
Recent chatter on The Wargames Website about what Nordic Weasel rules would be suitable for X-COM has me thinking once again about my own X-COM project and rules that would give a good feel for the original game, but would still be easily learned for my gaming group and for convention games.  While I have leaned towards either the X-Com Tactical rules I found on the interweb, or Tomorrow's War, I believe the former might be a bit too fiddly for a convention setting, and the latter has its own quirks as gamers have to get used to the reaction system.  There was some talk about using Nordic Weasel's Clash on the Fringe.  As I know nothing about the NW products, I still may order a copy of CotF as I can obtain a printed copy (I just have an aversion to multi-paged pdfs).  

For figures, I have those nice Eureka German sci-fi stormtroopers, but I have also been eyeing some newer ranges from Khurasan (not with X-COM in mind, but just because I like them) and realized last night that they could work for my Sectoid/Mutoid idea mentioned on the Tomorrow's War page here on the blog.  Also, their late 21st Century figures look really ideal for an advanced tech X-COM team.  As much as I like the Eureka castings, the Khurasan offerings really look the part to me. To that end I have ordered a few packs from both the alien and 21st Century ranges.  Some comparison shots forthcoming once I receive them.  While I really did not want to buy more figures or even rulesets, adding a few aliens and the advanced tech boys won't hurt the lead pile that much.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ambush Alley Games - Kinda Dead

Ambush Alley Games has gone through a lot of transformation the last couple of years.  They had a forum, a very active one, which blew up.  They started another forum on a newer website platform, which was kinda decent, got blew up.  Their current website hasn't been updated for some time, many of the rules and supplements are out of print or close to it.  They carry the official line of GZG figures for Tomorrow's War, but have priced themselves so high that it is cheaper for me, with shipping included, to order direct from GZG.  They have their own forum space on The Wargames Website, but haven't teased us with any updates for months.  They said they are going back to their roots with Ambush Alley (before the Osprey adventure), but that has been months ago.  

Is this the slow death of yet another great gaming company?  I certainly hope not.  Luckily I was able to grab print copies of Ambush Alley, Force on Force, Tomorrow's War, all the FoF supplements, and By Dagger or Talon before most of the aformentioned went out of print, so I am fairly set with AAG products, but like many gamers, I do like new content from time to time, and AAG seems to have hit a snag.  'Tis a shame, because they had/have a strong following and have been decent people to engage with.  I certainly understand real life situations getting in the way of the hobby, but at least post once a month on the forum to keep the fans updated, and update the website now and again so as to stay relevant within the market.

Will AAG arise, or will they fade away?  I hope that soon (and I mean this year) they will have new product for us while staying actively engaged with their customer base.  We don't want to lose AAG!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Modern Austrians - Part IV

Olive drab green, or...
Unit structure - I am still tinkering around a bit with the fireteam/section/squad structure.  Including the GPMG at the fireteam level seems to be a bit of overkill, and I do have a couple of extra SAW figures I could use and replace the GPMG.  Have to give that one more thought before reaching a final decision.  I would still have to purchase a few more figures to create a few of the seven man sections mentioned in Part I as I did not purchase any LAW carrying figures from Eureka (or Carl Gustavs and sniper teams for that matter).  

...tan with green equipment?
Uniforms - I made mention of uniform choices in Part I, but now it is time to get a bit more serious.  While searching the interweb for uniforms I have come across a variety of possibilities, but the solid olive drab green uniforms are pictured the most.  I was thinking about painting up one squad in tan and the other in olive, although the latter would be most likely used in a more temperate/Euro environment and I do not have enough terrain or the OPFOR for that type of game setting.  Therefore, most likely I will go with a plain tan to use in an arid climate, much like the second picture (I do like the offsetting green helmets and body armor).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Modern Austrians - Part III

I took a few minutes today to base the modern Austrians (Eureka proxy Australians) and snapped a couple of pictures of two of the fireteams (I have four total).  Their ratings for Force on Force/Ambush Alley are as follows:

Initiative Level: D8 to D10
Confidence Level: Confident to High
Supply Level: Normal to Abundant
Body Armor: 1D
Troop Quality/Morale: D8 to D10/D8 to D10

L to R: SAW, two riflemen, rifleman with GL, team leader
Feuerwehrteam A
One fireteam leader with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40 (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
One MG4 SAW gunner (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
Two riflemen with StG 77

L to R: GPMG, two riflemen, rifleman with GL, team leader
Feuerwehrteam B
One fireteam leader with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40 (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
One MG 5 GPMG gunner (Med: AP:2/AT:0)
One assistant gunner with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77

One fireteam will throw seven dice, which the team with the GPMG will toss eight dice).  
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