Tuesday, 7 May 2019

680 - 'Mortal Gods' - Inaugural Game.

Well - inevitably - I've played my first game of Mortal Gods. Hosted by Guy, I played my unpainted Thebans against Rossco and his son.

Having not played 'Test of Honour', on which it's loosely based, I didn't really know what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite being well and truly beaten. 

The 'pebbles' system of activation is really interesting, and a cool change from the Bolt Action/Cruel Seas dice mechanic. I also loved the 'omens', as I'm a big fan of random stuff happening mid-flow!

A couple of things didn't quite sit well with me: most notable was that when my light javelin troops (peltasts) were charged, they couldn't choose to run away; also, for a game wherein facings of phalanxes are important, the triangular bases seem slightly unhelpful...
(I lost, despite the cooler pose.)

...but then, I haven't yet got to read the rules, yet, so these things may well be fully addressed!

If nothing else, it was great to be reminded that UNPAINTED MODELS CANNOT WIN! 

- Drax.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

679 - Yet Another System?! - Mortal Gods


I've been given a bunch of Ancient Greek minis, and invited to paint them up for a spot of 'Mortal Gods'... and as I'm not one to pass on a freebie, here goes!

They'll be armoured and unarmoured Theban hoplites. As for the game? - well, I have no idea about that... yet!

- Drax.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

678 - Lots and Lots More Cruel Seas

Hullo All,

In my recent style of brevity, I shall keep this - uh - brief. I've played three games of Cruel Seas in the last week alone and this is - frankly - unprecedented. 

All three were versions of the same game - German S-Boats escorting armed merchantmen - and the best bit is that whilst the first and third were identical (played against Rossco and Mattenbury respectively), the second one was played between my daughters!

Yes, I finally caved and let them play one of my games. The nine-year-old played the Kriegsmarine against the six-year-old's Royal Navy, and the plucky Vospers wond the day by torpedoing the German merchantman to a watery doom. To their utter credit, both girls played with grace and patience and were as magnanimous in victory as they were graceful in defeat. My heart burst!

The forces and results (for anyone interested) were as follows (and yes, the second two games were indeed played on a sea of stars!):

Game 1 (Rossco): 
2x Armed Merchantmen; 2x S-38; 2x S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II; 1 Fairmile D
     Result = Kriegsmarine won.

Game 2 (Offspring): 
1 Armed Merchantmen; 1 S-38; 1 S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II
     Result = Royal Navy won.
Game 3 (Mattenbury): 
2x Armed Merchantmen; 2x S-38; 2x S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II; 1 Fairmile D
     Result = Royal Navy won.

- Proud Daddy Drax.