Sunday, June 28, 2009

Operation Market Garden 1944...

With the Where Heroes Dare! book nearing completion, I'm beginning to gather books and materials for another Iron Ivan Games scenario book, Market Garden 1944. Unlike the already released Without Fortune book which covers the British and German forces at Arnhem, this next book will focus on XXX Corps and the US Airborne's invovlement in the operation. My plan is to break it out into days like the Without Fortune book so parallel games can be run showing the action in each area. I also like the idea that clubs and conventions could run the games for a theme event. Lots to do here.

Doc

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The End is near...

The Pulp and Movie Serial Adventure rules from Iron Ivan Games titled Where Heroes Dare! is almost done. One more play test, a few small tweaks, a smidge of rules on vehicles including Giant Robots, and the addition of copius amounts of art leaves the current status at about 90% complete. I finished up the Campaigning rules section which included random Chapter (scenario) Generators as well as Random Locations in the world and Random Dare! Encounters leaving players with an open door to create their own adventures. I am especially excited about the Giant Robot rules which will use a template similar to the Disposable Heroes & Coffin For Seven Brothers vehicle templates making the transition between systems easy. Up coming will be a small tutorial on how to make some quick and easy (plus cheap!) Dare! Encounter markers for on your tabletops to dress them up a bit.

Don't touch that dial!

Doc

Bully!

Ken Skinner emailed me with a few links for the Spanish American War:

www.homeofheroes.com:wallofhonor:spanish_am:01_intro.html

www.spanamwar.com

www.spanamwar.com:SpanishUnifconstit.htm

Thanks!
Doc

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

¡Viva Espana!

The first of my Spanish Infantry for the Spanish American War. The figures are Old Glory and are in Tropical Uniform with straw hats. I did a base coat of Space Wolf Grey for the uniform and then did a rough dry brushing of White and then went back in and did a little striping to get the cordorouy effect of the uniform. The leather ammo packs and belt are black along with the boots and the straw hats I did in a tan that was then dry brushed yellow followed by white. I have 28 more of these to do along with a standard bearer that I need to research more.

More to come...

Doc

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day..

A rainy Father's Day weekend at the beach, but still lots of fun with my awesome little girl. We watched UP which proved a little too scary for her, played some air hockey, and did some mini golf amongst other things. Her golf is getting better with several hole in twos and even a hole in one. We ended up playing two different courses but the Indoor Ocean one was her favorite.

Doc

Remember the Maine!


The Spanish American War is another side project I'm slowly working on for use with the Iron Ivan Games Price of Glory rules. I have about 30 Spaniards and about 30 Rough Riders that I'm working through. I have finished 2 of the Spanish Infantry and will post shortly with my techniques for their uniform. Looking forward to having the entire platoon done in maybe a month.

Doc

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mad Max Motorpool...

A few more pics of Gamma Terra 15s this time with a look at vehicles:

A Star Wars toy repurposed for Gamma Terra.
An old War Planets toy.
Old Crow Alien Craft.
Old Crow Lander.

More in the works...

Doc

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's Rad...

Some more of the promised 15mm Gamma World pics:

The local fauna, do not attempt to feed by hand.
A power frame from a Wal-Mart gumball machine. I bought a few for 50¢ before being accosted by a young attractive teller who said, "Hey those are for kids". I make kids sweetheart :)
Another of the 50¢ robots from gumball land.
Sasha Cohen and his Femme Fatales; Bam Bam and Trixie.
Two lonely large, mutated Badgers that live in a Medieval, technological state.

More to come. Also on my paint bench right now is a beautiful Thagrosh model from Privateer Press, about 30 Spaniards from Old Glory for my Spanish American War project, and a mix of 28mm Pulp figures and 15mm Apocalypsy stuff.

Doc

Sunday, June 14, 2009

All I see is Damnation, Whole world's gone to Hell...

Yes I have been listening to Rancid's new album. Below are some pics of my 15mm Scifi minis that I am using for our Gamma World RPG games using the Alternity system.

Our Fallen World PCs, from left to right: Celik, Handy J, Al Warlord of Mars, 9, and finally Mongo.
A few scavengers, be they friend or foe?
The Created also known as Live Metal,or holy crap what kind of weapon is that!
Vagabonds of a world of decay.
Ariel! Ookla! We Ride!
The Knights of Genetic Purity out on patrol.
"What are you doing to prevent mutation?!"
I'll have more to post, I took a ton of pics so expect more soon...

Doc

Meanwhile, elsewhere, whomever...

The Doctor has finished another painting cue and here are the results:

Intrepid Investigators of Tracy Investigations. From left to right Horatio Nelson, Amelia Dering, and Richard Tracy. Never, ever call him Dick.
Somewhere deep in a long forgotten Shaolin Temple, Fu Manchu perfects his breeding of his latest weapon on the West; The Fu Dog of Legend. After traversing the the Himalayas and deciphering old Mandarin books of sorcery he as succeeded in his diabolical Designs. In the game Where Heroes Dare! this beast will be acquired by using the Animal Companion Shtick and points will be paid for it to be part of the Devil Doctor's Team. Heroes Beware!

Doc

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Aftermath at the Tomb of Shezmu the Slayer...


Mongo's Avengers scour the ruins...

The Sky Pirates find the Scepter in the Obelisk

The Scourge and Jackie Chan square off!
The Man Who Laughs gets pinned!


Snakes! I hate snakes!
The Spanish shooting gallery.

Snakes again!
Hiyahh!


Roxanne's last stand against The Hunter!













Three players were given a chance to test the upcoming Where Heroes Dare! rules from Iron Ivan Games in a playtest game. Each player was tasked with creating a Pulp team worth 700 pts for the Showdown at the Tomb of Shezmu the Slayer. In Where Heroes Dare! there are three types of Characters that make up the teams; Leads who are Heroes or Villains of the story, Companions who are the confidants and right hand men of the Leads, and Supporters who are the minions and allies.
Each player took a very different approach using the rules. Rlee used his points to purchase 13 Characters, 1 Lead, 2 Companions, and 10 Supporters. Sky Pirate Al used his points to purchase 1 Lead, 1 Companion and 8 Supporters, and Mongo used all 700 points on just 4 Leads. Mayhem ensued…
The game started with each team searching for the scepter of Shezmu in the ruins of his tomb somewhere in the Lost Valley of the Pharoahs. Scattered amongst the ruins were the porters of the Professor’s expedition as well as artifacts and phylacteries that serve as Dare! locations in the game. Each time a Character comes into contact with the Dare! location he makes a Dare! test to see he activates a Dare! from the Dare! card deck. The Dare! cards contain everything from sandstorms to clues for the players to find or activate.
The Game begins. Rlee’s Spanish Police advance up the rocky cliffs toward the top of the ruins with Jackie Chan taking the lead using his Man of the Wild Schtick to move quickly through the terrain. Schticks represent abilities that the Characters possess to create the feel of the Pulp and Movie Serial genre. Al’s Sky Pirates fanned out and moved toward the Temle doors as a Sandstorm began to blow through the ruins. Mongo’s Avengers quickly set about searching the Dare! locations inside the ruins with cobras and chanting found inside the walls. The Spaniards took up firing positions on the high ruin walls as a lead was exchanged between themselves and Mongo’s Avengers. The Man Who Laughs used his Eerie Laugh Schtick to scare the Spaniards back earning a reprieve as The Hunter turned on his Disappearing Belt and charged out the ruined doorways into the Sky Pirates that were searching ruins. Bloody melee ensued with The Hunter issuing a challenge to Roxanne, the Captain of the Sky Pirates, and cut her down leaving the remainder of her group to fight on leaderless. The Hunter made quick work of the remaining pirates until the other group of pirates, who were attack by flesh eating scarabs, brought their guns to bear on the Hunter pinning him and eventually taking him out of action. Jackie Chan jumped down into the ruins to fight The Scourge mano y mano only to be torn down in close combat. The Man Who Laughs scaled the ruin walls to search a Dare! location only to be shot down by the Spanish Captain. Finally the remaining Sky Pirates found a lock mechanism on the Obelisk which when several Dare! tests were made, yielded the lost Scepter of Shezmu ending the game.
Players then rolled for their Characters that were taken out of action on the Peril Table to see what afflictions they would suffer and those who came out of battle unscathed rolled on the Fortune table.
All in all the game went very well lasting roughly 2 hours with a lot of fast paced action. Players commented that creating the teams were incredibly easy without a lot of paperwork and that they liked that there was virtually no record keeping needed in the game. Next test will show the vehicle, robot, and zombie rules in action and then it will be a short span before release.

To be continued…

Doc