Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ogre minis work in progress

Some of the miniatures on my painting table today in various states of completion. How's your weekend going?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My next gaming project

I won't start working on it until after Millenniumcon 19 in November, but I've decided what my next gaming project will be. More details later, but for now, here's a hint:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sunday Ogre games

This past weekend, I had a chance to meet up with a fellow member of the Steve Jackson Games Ogre and GEV message board for a couple of games.I brought my portable set (large-hex paper maps and 1" classic counters) to Great Hall Games for us to play.
We started out with the classic Mark III Attacking scenario from the original game. I played the defenders and set up with all my GEVs and most of my tanks forward. I kept my missile tanks, remaining heavy, and infantry at the back. Thanks to some good shooting at the treads, I managed to slow the Ogre down, giving my units a chance to keep up with it until I could immobilizing it.
Then we played the Raid scenario from the sequel. I took the attackers, concentrating on destroying town hexes and enemy units that I came across. The strategy worked for me until I got impatient and decided to send four of my GEVs into an overrun. I "won" that combat, if you can call trading three units for two a good deal. My force was much reduced, and I ended up sticking around too long and the defender was able to pick off all my GEVs, ending up with a marginal victory.

It was nice to find a fellow Ogre fan in the Austin area. We hope to make Ogre gaming a regular thing, and maybe even get some more players.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GEO and Mark III comparison shots

At the request of a member on the Steve Jackson Games Ogre/GEV forum, here are some side-by-side shots of my kitbashed Ground Effect Ogre and an Ogre Mark III.
They;re about the same length, but the GEO is a little closer to the ground than its tracked brethren.
The width is pretty much the same as well. The Matchbox vehicle I used as the basis for the G-E Ogre was the perfect size for this conversion.
I want to see how the GEO compares on the battlefield. I need to playtest it against the defenders in the Mark III attacking the command post scenario. Meanwhile, it looks pretty good next to another cybertank.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Treasure of Goblin Forest (SoBaH battle report)

I got to play Song of Blades and Heroes with my wife this weekend. She'd never played before, so to draw her into the game, I created a warband for her that included her assassin character from our recent one-on-one D&D game.
In addition to the assassin, taken from the rulebook with the Leadership special ability added, she had a trio of elf warrior maidens, an elf wizard (with the magic changed to shooting for simplicity's sake and points balance), and a baby dragon that breathed blue flame. We called them the Hunters.
The goblin warband consisted of ten goblins, two spiders, and an ogre, all from the rulebook. Unfortunately, with no Leader special abilities in my group, they weren't very motivated. And it didn't help that my activation rolls resulted in turnovers quite often.
The scenario we played was Treasure Hunt, with the background that my spouse's character had been hired to recover a certain valuable item, the location of which had been narrowed down to somewhere in a goblin-infested forest. Most of the figures and terrain are Heroscape, while the treasure chests are Mage Knight.
The ogre quickly left his smaller teammates behind and got into the thick of things. The big guy attemted to stop the ladies from grabbing the treasure, but even with the help of the web-spitting Boris the spider, he was taken down by the Hunters and dealt a fatal blow.
The goblins (Pathfinder minis, by the way) and surviving spider were too slow to stop Casandra from grabbing the treasure and heading toward safety, although they did chase after the Hunters for a little while.
The evil creatures ended up contenting themselves with snaring the blue dragon, keeping it alive until it could be cooked properly back at their lair. I have it on good authority that the dragon later escaped.
The Hunters left the battlefield with their objective achieved. They killed the ogre and one spider, while I managed to take out only the small dragon. A lopsided victory for my wife. And she said she will play the game again, so that makes it a win for me as well.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Water hexes for Ogre

When I first ran my Monopolis game, I borrowed some river overlays from a fellow gamer. But sooner or later I needed to come up with my own way to represent water hexes in my large-scale Ogre games.
Eventually, I found some hexagons that are the same size (four inches across) as the spaces on my Corsec game mat.
I bought a pack of 99 cardboard beer coasters in an eBay auction. Some glossy blue spray paint gave me that game-map shade to represent water.
For ease of setup, I attached the hexes in strips of three using Elmer's glue and old business cards. This way I can quickly lay out rivers or large bodies of water for my Ogre games.
Now I can put in some water hazards on my maps, with plenty of room to play out all those aquatic overruns.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ground-Effect Ogre (GEO)

Take a Mark III, replace the treads with hover gear, and you have the Ground-Effect Ogre (GEO)--a fast, deadly, and extremely vulnerable cybertank.

Instead of tread units, a GEO has ground-effect units. While attacks against them are resolved just like for treads, the fragility of g-e units is reflected in their smaller number on the Ground-Effect Ogre's record sheet. In addition, GEOs take double damage from ramming (as attacker or defender). If a GEO loses all its ground-effect units while in a water hex, instead of being immobilized, the Ground-Effect Ogre sinks and is destroyed.

When resolving a cruise missile attack on a GEO, all systems are treated as standard Ogre components except ground-effect units. Use the line for "Any D0 Unit or Any GEV" on the Effects of Missile Explosion table to determine attacks against ground-effect units, but a D result still has no effect.

GEOs have split movement as shown on the record sheet. Terrain affects GEOs the same as any other ground-effect vehicle. All other standard rules for Ogres apply to GEOs.

        GROUND-EFFECT OGRE RECORD SHEET

WEAPONS            ATTACK  RANGE  DEF            
  1 Main Battery     4       3     4    O
  4 Secondaries      3       2     3    OOOO                
  2 Missiles         6       5     3    OO        
  8 Antipersonnel    1       1     1    OOOO OOOO 

MOVE RATE    |  3/2 |  3/1 |  2/1 |  1/1 |  1/0 | 0
 20 G-E UNITSOOOO | OOOO | OOOO | OOOO | OOOO |  


The model started out as a Matchbox hovercraft. I added some bits from an Ogre repair kit and a bead from my wife's beading supplies for the ball turret. My attempt at using greenstuff for the armor came out horrible, but it shouldn't be too noticable on the tabletop at arm's length--and I can rationalize it as battle damage.