Chris Palmer This past weekend, the HAWKs once again got together to work on painting figures for this year’s 40mm ACW Armies-For-Kids project. We are closing in on having all the figures necessary finished up. And just in time, with Historicon only a couple months away.
This year the figures were donated by Maynard Creel, Ed Mohrman, Keven Pinder, and Phil Kearnan. Phil, also painted a large number of the ones donated by Ed Mohrmann.
After we had spent the morning painting, we set up a game for the afternoon. We decided to try using Buck Surdu’s under-development G.A.M.E.R. skirmish rules with Buck’s and my Sci-Fi figure collections; including ones from the Reaper Bones I Kickstarter, that we had both recently painted.
|My command: Reaper NOVA Corp figures and Void 1.1 Viridians, with a Viridian machine gun team for support.|
It was a real mish-mash of figures with our Reaper Bones (NOVA Corp and IMEF Force0, Buck’s Colonial Marines, and my Void 1.1 stuff. I was teamed up with Eric, and Buck was teamed with Dave. While we had a tank for support, Dave and Buck’s side had some anti-tank weapons. We threw some terrain on the table, creating a sort of small industrial compound for us to fight over, and got to it.
|The enemy approaches the compound: Buck’s Reaper figures|
At first our tank dominated the battlefield doing serious damage to Buck’s forces, but he was eventually able to manuver his anti-tank soldier into a position where she could get a bead on Eric’s vehicle. After a couple misses, she finally scored a hit and destroyed the vehicle.
With the tank gone, Eric and I began to take heavy fire, and our squads were becoming badly worn down. Fierce fighting broke out in the compound. It looked bad for us, just as Duncan arrived with a reinforcing unit, and I was able to maneuver a small group onto Dave’s flank. These two factors turned the tide back in our favor.
|Fierce fighting in the compound. My sergeant, having charged into hand-to-hand combat, loses the fight and can be seen face down in a pool of toxic sludge near the center bottom of the shot.|
In the end, Eric, Duncan, and I held the compound, and Dave and Buck did not have the remaining strength to dislodge us. It was a fun little battle, with some fiercely tense firefights.
|A view from my position in the compound as Eric and I attempt to clear the last remaining enemy soldiers from inside the fence.|