Saturday, July 16, 2016

NECA Aliens Dropship

I just got one of the new NECA Cheyenne dropships and while its a nice enough model its way too small to use for 15mm figs.  It looks like it may work for 10mm, but I've no figs in that scale to compare it with.

Some pics of the ship plus the APC that comes with it, and some comparisons with one of my old Galoob dropships.

 NECA Dropship, its nice
 But small, a 15mm GZG OUDF fig painted as a Halo Reach Marine
 Alongside the Galoob ship.  The Galoob model is more toy-like in proportions, but better sized for 15mm
On a grid to better show proportions
 15mm GZG fig next to the Galoob ship.  "One express elevator to hell, going down!"
The NECA APC (LHS) is tiny, the Galoob APC (center) is more like 10mm, while the Konami variant (RHS) scales at 15mm (according to the Aliens tech manual dimensions).  I have a Antenociti/FATC APC too, its the same size as the Konami ones.
APCs on a grid next to figs for scale.

So, the NECA ship is a nice display model, but just not great for 15mm gaming.  Pity, as the Galoob ones go for crazy money on Ebay these days.

X-Wing Reinforcements - Rebel Assault Frigate

We recently got the larger Imperial carrier for X-wing, so I thought I'd add some balance to the force by painting up an old kit to add a larger Rebel ship.

So here we have our Rebel Assault Frigate (stats TBD)

 Being attacked and defended by the first ships I had to hand, both from the 'Rebels' series.
One aspect lacking is 'windows' which all Star Wars ships seems to have.  The boys don't care, especially when it does appear to have some big guns, hence our designation as an assault frigate.

On to its first game (soon)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Deadwood train is'a commin on over the hill!

On a lazy Sunday morning, No 1 son asked to play games, the answer was YES! 

"How about a cowboy game?"  To my delight, he said Yes...

A small part of town, with the train approaching the station
The Lad designing his gang  (we used Fist Full Of Lead)
The Lad picked the 4 in the front as his gang, his names: 'The Dad', 'The Groom', 'The Mom' and 'The Bride').  Mine are in the back;  Mumford, Slick Willie, Uncle Fustus and Pistol Pete.
The Lad's gang deployed in the left-most street, their goal is to capture the train and escape.  My gang started opposite corner, my goal is to block the capture of the train.
Git 'er done boys!
Yeehaw!, Thar's tha Train!
"So, how do I shoot?"
Like this, The Groom gets the drop on Uncle Fustus
Slick Willie moves to flank
The Bride is having none of that
Slick Willie gets pinned
Mumford rushes to cut off the route to the train
The Mom runs for the train
Lookin' good!
Pistol Pete charges at The Groom, opening up with his six-shooter
The Groom is pinned
The Dad tries a long-range shot on Slick Willie
Kapow! wounding him
Mumford gets a drop on The Groom and The Mom
Blammo! Mumford wounds The Groom
"I am going to make you pay for that..."
The Mom pins Mumford
Uncle Fustus blazes, wounding the Groom
"That's OK, Dad"
The Groom tries a recovery, but bleeds out instead
Slick Willie runs for cover
The Dad does a quick unopposed run for the train
The Bride lines up on Pistol Pete, and...
...Blam Blam, Pete goes down, stone dead
Mumford rolls for recovery, only to lose his nerve and run like the yellow-belly he really is
The Dad gets ready to hold-up the train
"I'm going to win!"
The Mom lines her six-shooter up on Uncle Fustus
Fustus gets pinned
The Trains slows into the station
The Mom takes her time and finishes Fustus, deader than a doorknob
The Bride goes hinting for Slick Willie
She hides in the outhouse
Willie stalks forwards looking for The Bride
The Dad captures the train
Just like that
The Bride pops out and shoots at Slick Willie, pinning him
Willie crawls into cover
The Dad plays out his inner schoolboy and climbs into the cab of the train
The Mom edges closer to Slick Willie, ready for a killing shot
Aim, ready...
...Fire!  The Mom guns down Slick Willie
The Lad's gang are victorious, they capture the train and ride off into the sunset.

What a fun game, FFoL proved to be a great game for the lad: fun, quick, simple rules.  Again,  it proved to be a 'play the game, not the rules' type of game, Excellent!

The Boy was buzzing, "Can we play Indians?"  YES, is the answer, but as it was a nice sunny day we went for a bike ride instead.  Cowboys and Indians it is next time then.