Monday, April 27, 2015

Germans vs French and Italians

I've managed to get a lot of table time in so far for 2015, but very little Martian Empires.
So this weekend the owner of Treefort Games, our local brick and mortar store, asked me if
I could put on a game because PBS might come by to do a little filming! He was hoping for a couple of nice looking games to show off, Charlie Traylor was also running his beautiful Pirate game.Fortunately I had the 
weekend off, a rarity these days, so a last minute call went out and the game was on for Sunday.
I went for a 4x12 foot table, a little smaller than are usual 6x12, but it was nicely packed with terrain.
It was Germans vs an Italian /French alliance, with a French and German force facing off in the center and both awaiting reinforcements.  Daniel had brought some nice Blue Moon Victorian civilians, who we labeled 'instigators'. So in addition to fighting each side was trying to round up some of these civilians who were trying to rile up the indigenous natives. If we ran out of time, whichever side had captured the most civilians would win.
It was a pretty bloody fight in the center, with the French and Germans sparring but also trying to get as many civilians as possible. I got to try out the new Heavy Walker, that Mike of Black Hat put out late last year. It is pretty formidable what with 3 shots and all, but it almost went down to those nasty little German rocket troopers. Troy did well with the Italians, probably the best luck anyone has ever had with them, though Rick's Germans beat him to the center.. Which was bad for the French. In the end the center Germans and French had taken a licking but the Germans had captured the most troublemakers. A very fun game.
Oh and PBS did show up and take some pics of the game!
Set up positions.
French Position, Balloon is serving as an officer

Germans, always ready to plant some flags

Italians, right after their coffee break.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Battle of Partoum! or Return of the Cephlipods.

Saturday the gang gathered for our Quarterly Martian Empires bash. Well it's suppose to be quarterly but sometimes life and other interests get in the way. I did manage to paint a new Cephlipod army, the old one is now in Indiana with Dan, and a few new large rock formations and a new ruin, actually designated for an eventual Egyptian Campaign.
 So the scenario called for a coalition of 2 Cephlipod, 2 Green tribe and an Imperial Martian command, besieging a German outpost. 6500 points.
 Three Earth forces, 2 British and one German, were on their way to save the day. 4500points
 von Redd was saddled with  holding out against overwhelming forces, a responsibility that he took with great humor! 1500 points
There was also a chance that a gunboat may arrive down the canal in time to support the besieged force. von Redd was to roll a die every turn, when the total of the pips reached 20 the ship would appear.
Sadly the gunboat appeared on the last turn after von Redd's demise. 
The colonial forces fought hard but barely made half way to the old fort. In hindsight, the defending force should have had more points or the gunboat at start.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Captains of Grins and Mayhem

The first big game of the year 15,000 points on the table!
So what happened? I got a rare Saturday off and on short notice 8 friends showed up for a Martian Empires game, we would have had 9, but poor Eli had his hot water heater burst that morning.
In expectation of the game I sent out maps to various commanders and collected their orders.
Nothing elaborate but it added a bit of fun. In the British-german coalition there was a bit of confusion, as to was in overall command.

The Captains of Grins and Mayhem

Earthling forces

Martian Forces

The cunning Bavarian

Final plans

The Thark himself
Kurt Karter
The British discussing the correct time for tea on Mars
The center was as expected a mess! The Germans and British under Daniel and Glenn advanced with no fear. In turn, they recieved charge after charge of Green cavalry and Infantry, while under constant fire from Martian artllery stationed in the Keep and the guntowers. The British after repulsing the mad tribesmen had to contend with the Mutinous Askari. The Germans meanwhile had started to push their way into the foward town, the street fighting was furious! On the far Martian right, Col Smythe's British were encountering stiff resistance from the forces of Kurt Karter, an earthman turned native. Accurate artillery fire by the Civil War vet Karter accounted for more than one of Smythe's machines. another machine went down to fanatical swordsmen weilding smoke pots! At one point the Martian Warlord was so confident of holding out till dark, that he ordered his reserves of cavalry away( where they went will be revealed in the future) But in a most cunning move our favorite Bavarian commander sent his Dragoon rocketeers on a mad dash to take out the big American guns. Smythe sent a walker and a small flyer to support the Dragoons! Needless to say the the American gun crews were shot down without mercy, the guns blown up and the rocketeers flew the coop!
The Wave prepares to attack the British
Those Rebel Askari are everwhere!

Kurt Karter's foces on the wall
the canal

French on Mars!

The French guarded the canal and did little else!
Smythe's Armored might
Royal Navy
British Troops and Loyal Askari
French, 'We have stopped any attack on the canal!'
The End Phase
 And many thanks to Charlie, Stelios and Rick for the pics!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Baron thwarted!

Just finished another great game of Martian Empires at Treefort! A British led alliance of Brits and Imperial Martians took on the Baron's force of Germans and Americans.
3000 British and 1200 Imperial Martians vs
3000 Germans and 1200 Americans.
4"x12" table.

An interesting match revolving around a unique Martian monument on raised ground in the middle of the table. On the German left it was an iron fist of 3000 pts 12
German Askari anchored by Marines
battalions aimed at the small Imperial Martian force. While on the German left, the stout Americans were about to take on the armored might of the British. 5 Tanks and 2 Cav regiments.

The German- American force relied heavily of Askari, while the British had gathered only battalions in red.

In the first few turns the German advance went well, while the Americans managed by sheer luck to hold strong against Britannia. By turn three, the Americans had once more pulled out a bit of luck when one of the British steam tanks blew up in a spectacular way, disrupting a lot of nearby troops.

Meanwhile the Imperial Martians stole a bit of the initiative from the Germans with charges lead by the guard.
The Hun attack down the center was halted by an influx of British support and then a telling Martian bombardment devasted 2 German line battalions.

The British ended up  defeating the Americans and bearing on the Germans before the Germans could finish off the Martians. A victory for the British! And now the pics!
British-Martian Center
Britannia's mounted arm
Rocket troops advance
The stubborn Americans vs the Armoured Fist

Germans center advances

German center collapses

Baron tries to rally the center
Askari await orders to charge

Done with the Americans, British advance on the center.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Baron arrives on Mars!

Yes, the mysterious Baron Rotwang, head of the German Empire's Science Weapons Division, has arriced on Mars. He brings with him the new Wyst Panzers and the Rakete Jagers.
Baron Rotwang in his special armor

New 15mm troops for Mars

The Rakete Jagers

Wyst Panzers