Friday, June 30, 2017

Another Excellent NJ-Con Has Come and Gone...

This year's NJ Con excelled itself for attendance, organisation and general coolness.

While I was only able to attend the Friday session, I still had a rollicking good time.

NJ-Con 2017 marked the last run of "The Wreck of the Fafnir Alpha" and it went out with a bang and not a whimper.

Three long-time gaming pals signed up for the final fight, so I removed the Archer/Kane team to maintain balance. It would be the United Radionics troubleshooter team against the allied Rebellious Workforce/Industrial Spies Team.

The Rook (aka "the Mad Bomber what Bombs in Broad Daylight" decided to liven up the game by sabotaging the main derrick machinery. The cheery blaze uplifted the hearts of all who could see it, as it crept towards the main oil storage tanks.

Derrick on FIRE!


The Troubleshooters must have just knocked over a Gypsy Bodego, because the poor guy rolling dice was obviously under a curse.

"I TOLD you, I can roll six "ones" in a row! I'm AMAZING!"


The Rebelious Workforce, with a combination of dogs, robots and socialist slogans, was able to drive the troubleshooters back to the helipad and off the burning platform, leaving control to themselves.

"Who let the guard dogs out?"


That showed'em...
Three Amigos and a detached onlooker...

Excellent way to end the season...Ω


Sunday, February 19, 2017

15mm Zhodani Lift Infantry Platoon - GZG

After nearly 30 years of gaming, I've decided it's time to update my 15mm Zhodani Lift Infantry.

Originally, I had started with early resin Ground Zero Games vehicle mini's back in the 90's, with a combination of Martian Metals and Laserburn 15mm for the infantry. The rules were the original Striker and occasional Ashanti High Lightning for GDW.

Times and tastes have changed, and inspired as I am to do some Fifth Frontier War scenarios using StarGrunt II, I've returned to GZG for the vehicles (and Denizen/Darkstar Ventaurans for the infantry).


Reinforcements Have Arrived - Models by Ground Zero Games

For a Consular Guard Lift Platoon, I used 3 x GZG V15-56A, 1 x V15-58A and 1 x V15-57A for point defense. In retrospect, since I had to heavily modify the 57A, I could have used another 56A and saved the gun for future use. Live and learn.


GZG V15-57A

For the point defense sled, the 57A hull was used, and a new deck was created from bits of styrene sheet, with a turret from Combat Wombat.


New Deck and Turret (Turrest from Combat Wombat)

Combat Wombat turrets are nicely shaped, but suffer from a near-future look with too much reactive armour cast onto the turret, so I had to dremel the beggar to far-future standards. Then added some GZG greebles.





Miniatures included for scale: Citadel Traveller Zhodani (OOP), GZG NAC, Laserburn Ships Crew.

I plan on putting together another platoon, plus company assets (CP, EW, FDC, MRL and PD sleds), for either a large convention game or a Dirtside II game.

I suppose this means I also have to update my 15mm Imperial Marines...hmmm - I should have better thought this through....