Just to let you all know that "Muskets Mohawks" and "Long Rifle" are now available from Two Hour Wargames at: http://store.twohourwargames.com/blackpowderera.html
If you have been reading the blog you will know that "Muskets and Mohawks" was written as a single title. However Ed at Two Hour Wargames split it in two and added features to both.
"Muskets and Mohawks" uses 10 man units and caters to battles with up to a company or so on a side.
"Long Rifle" is a skirmish game that uses individual figures with maybe 5-10 figures per side although there is no reason more cannot be deployed. Ed has added a nice campaign system that allows players to operate as hunters or trappers as well as some swell canoe rules.
Both sets also include army lists for the American Revolution, Napoleonic, and Texas War of Independence settings.
Hope you enjoy them.
Also time to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Doctor had told Lt. Giglamps that he was lucky to be alive. The Lt. wasn't so sure.
The months it took for Lt. Giglamp's multiple stab wounds to heal, were also a time of healing for the Albion army in Naal. All offensive action had been halted after the disaster at the Fords of Isandlwana. Troops were weekly arriving from Albion as Lord Chumpsford gathered strength to crush the Halfling impis of Shaka Sackville-Baggins and so redeem his Lordship's own fortunes.
Among the new arrivals were Giglamp's own regiment, the 17th Heavy Dragoons, better known as "The Sewon and Soforths". Yet if Giggers had expected a warm reunion he was sadly disappointed. Apparently when one loses the Kyng's Colours it is bad form to survive the incident, and Giggers was now shunned for being "the Orc who Lived".
But Giglamps had a plan for redemption. Even before he could walk he engaged a local HEVC nurse to teach him "Biltu", the Halflings' native tongue. In fact the Lieutenent absorbed all aspects of Halfling culture like some sort of big cultural spongy thingamajig.
By the time he was able to walk again, he was ready. Stealing away from the hospital, Giglamps replaced his Albion uniform with the trappings of the uNodproudfoot regiment and disappeared into the veldt.
It was roundly believed that Giggers had deserted but events were to prove otherwise...
|Lt. Giglamps may be seen blending in with uNodproudfoot right horn.|
Following on from the events in "Giglamps at Fugitives Drift", "Giglamp's Honour" starts with the plucky Lieutenant, disguised as a halfling warrior, seeking to recover the colour he lost at the Drift. Having ascertained that the colour was being held at the kraal of the uNodproudfoot, Giggers infiltrated the regiment and has been waiting for an opportune moment to recover the Kyng's Colour of the "Eyes in Gourds". As a mounted column of orcs, hobgoblins, and goblins approached the Kraal, Giggers knew the moment had arrived.
This game is based on an actual incident from the Zulu War of 1879, laced with adventure films such as "Gunga Din" and "The Four Feathers". A mounted column is approaching the halfling kraal with the intention of destroying it. However the halflings are ready and lying in wait, ready to charge once the column has ridden into their trap.
Giglamps provides a twist in what would otherwise be a standard raid/ambush game. The Lieutenant needs to spoil the halflings' ambush and make his way to the large hut in the center of the kraal to regain the Colours. The effects of all this are noted below.
C in C: General Hom Jones, Rep 5 Hobgoblin mounted on a ram.
Naal Mounted Goblin Contingent, 10x Rep 4 goblins mounted on giant lizards, carbine, sword. One figure is an officer.
Ram Border Guard, 10x Rep 4 hobgoblins mounted on rams, carbine, sword. One figure is a Rep 5 officer.
17th "Sewon and Soforths" Heavy Dragoons, 10x Rep 5 orcs mounted on horses, carbine, sword. One figure is an officer.
Lt. Giglamps, Rep 6 Orc, iklwa, shield. His sword, pistol, carbine, and uniform are hidden behind the large hut!
Odocewayo Proudfoot, Rep 5 leader.
Loins, 10x Rep 5 halfling warriors.
Chest right, 10x Rep 4 halfing warriors.
Chest left, 10x Rep 4 halfling warriors.
Right horn, 9x Rep 4 halfling warriors (Giglamps is with this unit).
Left horn, 10x Rep 4 halfling warriors.
All halflings carry a shield, iklwa or knobkerry, and throwing spears.
|The Right Horn lurks in the scrub. Note wily Giggers hanging back.|
The game was played on an 8x4 foot surface. The kraal is on a hill near one of the short sides. There are areas of scrub and gullies along the long sides. A nice open area leads from the kraal to the opposite short side of the table.
The halflings begin the game with the horns and chest hidden in the scrub and gullies. The loins are arrayed on the hill just outside the kraal facing the opposite short side of the table.
The Albion forces enter from the short side opposite the kraal.
|General Jones advances with goblin scouts, followed by the rest of the NMGC, Ram Border Guard, and the 17th .|
Gigger's Giglamps: Needless to say Giggers has had to hide his spectacles lest the halflings find him out. Without his glasses, Giggers is woefully short sighted. He may not use any ranged weapons until he sheds his disguise. It takes one activation for Giggers to reveal that he is in fact, an orc and not a halfling at all.
'Alfings! Fousands of 'em: The fifty halflings that start on the table are only a fraction of the numbers the uNodproudfoot can field. In fact the best warriors are currently off hunting Olephants and Woozils. Each time halfing casualties reach 10 in number, the figures may be returned to play in the form of a new REP 5 unit. The unit enters play along the long table edge just beyond either side of kraal hill. Halfling losses (OOF, OD, and Runaway) will continue to be replaced in this fashion until either the kraal has been destroyed or the Albion flag is seen flying above the kraal.
The Kyng's Colours of the 21st: are kept in the large hut in the center of kraal hill. Giglamps may recover the colours and fly them above the kraal simply by entering the tent and spending an action to drop his disguise and grab the flag. The entrance to the hut is guarded by two rep 5 halfling warriors equipped with iklwa and shield. Giggers must kill, incapacitate or drive off the guards before he may enter the hut. Should the Colours be raised on kraal hill, all Albion forces immediately increase their Rep by 1 while all halfling forces suffer from a reduction of Rep by 1 for the remainder of the game.
The Warning: Play starts when Giggers calls out a warning to the approaching raiders. At that time Giglamps must fight two of the halflings in his unit while the chest and horns charge from cover, their ambush foiled. After the combat and halfling move, the Albion forces take a turn. Thereafter the game is played according the usual turn sequence of the rules in use.
Simply put Jones must capture and destroy the kraal, while Odocewayo must prevent that outcome. The game continues until one of the following occurs: There are no Albion forces left on the table, the kraal is destroyed, or their are no halfling forces left on the table.
Here is how it went:
As the goblin scouts edged nearer, Giglamps knew he had to act to prevent a massacre. He did the only thing he could under the circumstances and shouted the alarm; "There's a halfling on the wall! There's a halfling on the wall"!
The goblins scouts immediately doubled back rejoining their unit, while the halflings, their ambush spoiled, charged!
The two warriors nearest Giggers immediately set about him with iklwa and knobkerry, knocking him senseless.
|The trap is sprung!|
|The counter charge.|
|Ram meets Horn.|
The Ram Border Guard were soon bogged down by the press of halflings. Nearly half the regiment had been unrammed. Yet halfling casualties were mounting.
Seeing the chest fast approaching, General Jones sounded the recall and both goblin and hobgoblin cavalry retired to the flanks of the 17th,
|Giggers blends in with the fugitives|
|A telling fire.|
The fire of the hobgoblins killed the induna of the left horn and the warriors fled in dismay.
Odocewayo girded his loin and remaining chest formation and fought a delaying action, awaiting the reinforcements he knew must be even now running to the sound of the fighting.
|Giglamps directs the reinforcements.|
|Giglamps faces Des and Tiny.|
|Sound the Advance.|
|Tiny is down and Des is stunned.|
|RBG enter the gully.|
|The halflings reform their warriors.|
|The Colours appear over the kraal.|
|At them with the sword!|
The RBG fired, dropping four of the front rank halfings including Odocewayo.
The Sewon and Soforth's charged!
|The uNodproudfoot break!|
|Gigger's honour restored|
|Let slip the dogs of war...|
The subsequent pursuit of the uNodproudfoot destroyed the regiment as a fighting force. There would be one less iButho to oppose the force sent to capture the Sackville-Baggins, capitol of Ubagendi.
This game was played using the version of Muskets and Mohawks submitted to Two Hour Wargames for publication. As of this time, the rules are being split into two books, "Muskets and Mohawks" and "Long Rifle". M&M will deal with units of about 10 figures each, while LR is intended to be a smaller scale skirmish set of rules. I've not seen the final version of LR yet, but I imagine the game just recounted used rules more like LR than M&M.
Well now that Giggers is freed from the stain on his honour caused by the loss of the Colours (and daring to have survived! What cheek!), he is free to join Mungorc Park's expedition to find the source of the Nigella River.
The scenario is an interesting one as the Albion force is not large enough to sustain much loss and retain any real bite. So should Jones launch an all out assault from the start and try to occupy kraal hill before the weight of halfling reinforcements can be felt, or should he wait it out and hope that Giggers succeeds in his mission? Giggers must fight at odds of two to one against him at least twice in order to capture the flag so success is by no means assured.
And what of Odocewayo? Should he try and recall his prematurely launched horns and chest or should he join them in a bid to overwhelm the mounted foe? Indeed even if he only weakens the Albion forces a bit, he is sure to delay them, giving time for his own reinforcements to arrive. The alternative of course is to do as was done here and let the horns and chest destroy themselves in piecemeal attacks so they may sooner return to the fray as fresh and higher Rep reinforcements. Which approach is the correct one?
Well I do hope you have enjoyed the tale and as always, thanks for dropping by!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This supplement was written for the original version of Six Gun Sound. Players will find that most of this material can be used as is in Six Gun Sound: Blaze of Glory. Feel free to alter anything here to fit your view of the characters and situations presented here.
Brig. M. C. Monkey-Dew (retd.)
The following variant rules allow players to use Indians in the Six Gun Sound campaign game. As they represent a large departure from the other characters they have a lot of differing circumstances than the others. As such, if a player chooses to use an Indian Player Character then ALL of the optional rules that pertain specifically to them must be used.
Characters should be generated using the standard 6GS rules. Remember the +2 Toughness for Indians.
CHOOSING A PROFESSION
For the purposes of this game, player characters will be considered Renegades. This allows players great latitude of action without concern for the occasional years or relative peace between the government, the settlers, and the tribes.
Characters may be either Plains Indians (Comanche, Kiowa, Kiowa Apache, Arapaho, etc.) or South Western Indians (Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Kickapoo, etc.)
LIFE AND TIMES
Not all of these are applicable to Indian characters. Use your discretion. Note that
Plains Indians will automatically receive #6 “Have exceptional horse” as their first result.
Plains Indians may operate in all three locales. while Southwest Indians are limited to the Southwest and Texas.
Locales Encounter Modifiers
(and the IT)
ENCOUNTERS AND PASSAGE OF TIME
Possible encounters for Indians are listed above in the Locales Encounter Modifiers.
All Indian encounters take place “On the Trail”
All Indian NPCs will be rolled for on the Warrior table.
Rangers will be rolled for on the Ranger table.
Soldiers will be rolled for on the Cowboy table.
AVAILABLE WEAPONS BY TYPE
For each figure required in an encounter roll 1d6 to determine what weapons are available.
1 = bow
2-4 = rifle
5-6 = lance and pistol
1 = bow
2-5 = rifle
6 = lance and pistol
1-4 = bow
5-6 = rifle
1-3 = pistol
4-6 = rifle.
Soldiers will carry both pistol and Trapdoor carbine or rifle.
In this encounter the player’s band will try and capture prisoners.
Follow the directions for a Capture encounter in the main rulebook except:
Roll 1d6 at start to determine whom the opposition will be.
If the defenders are not Indians roll another d6.
1-3 Defenders set up in a building (shack, ranch house, etc.)
4-6 Defenders set up in a camp (tents, wagon(s) etc.)
Indian defenders always set up in a camp. Camps may have one tent or wagon for each two defenders or fraction thereof.
In this encounter the player’s band is attacked while in camp.
Follow the directions for a Capture encounter in the main rulebook except:
Roll 1d6 at start to determine the attacker
The defender sets up camp in the middle of the table, one wcikiup/teepee for every two warriors or fraction thereof.
The player’s band is the rustlers. Play proceeds as described in the 6GS rule book except:
Roll 1d6 at encounter start to determine the pursuit
4-6 Soldiers (Rangers in Texas)
The player’s band might find themselves on either side of this encounter.
Roll 1d6 at game start
1-4 Player is the attacker
5-6 Player’s and is attacked by a hostile tribe. Having determined which part the player’s band is to play, proceed as in the 6GS-rule book.
Vengeful enemies are pursuing the player’s band. Play proceeds as per the 6GS-rule book except:
Roll 1d6 to determine the pursuit
WINNING THE CAMPAIGN
Southwest Indians receive points just as other characters do.
Plains Indians receive points as follows:
Every time a character counts coup on an armed enemy he receives 15 points.
Every time a character kills an armed enemy in an encounter he receives 5 points.
Points earned for successful encounters are awarded as for other character types.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Just finished these fellows today. As you can see they are GW Savage Orcs converted with firearms from Alternative Armies extensive range. They can perhaps use a bit of lightening up of their skin tones. Already did this for their paint which darkened quite a bit when they were washed.
They've turned out well enough, and will serve as tribals in many of the wilder parts of Valon. In particular they are meant to be lackeys of the elves in their plans for domination of New Albion. Their leader "Old One Eye" is ably backed by their shaman, Name Yet to be Determined.
Will probably add feathers and scalps and that sort of thing over time. For now they are ready to ambush any orc, dog, or dwarf foolish enough to enter the dark woods beyond the frontier. There are 15 with firearms, 4 with bows, and the shaman wielding his totemic bone.
A few words on the kit itself. I am no stranger to plastic figures having used GW's first plastic release from what, the 80's? as the core of several armies and of course having started wargaming with Airfix figures in the far distant past.
However I am no fan of multi-part plastic kits as these take much longer to get ready for painting than figures that come already posed. The Savage Orcs are particular offenders here for not only do they have separate heads, torsos, right and left arms, they have separate hands as well! Worse yet although the arms are separate there are not a lot of options when it comes to positioning them as you can see from the photos.
Still there aren't a lot of choices available when it comes to non-metal working orcs and goblins and these warriors will do as the Duke might have said.
Thanks for dropping by!