Monday, September 24, 2012

September Games

So far this month we've had 3, yes 3, Martian Empires games.
On the 15th we played a big 16,000 point game pitting Germans and allied Martians  vs the British and their Red allies.
I had to halt the player count at 14, not enough room around the 6" x 12" table.
Game started off with a bang as von Daniel's Germans steamed across the table determined to break the British center and take all the victory!  The German right, made up of Ottomans and Jed Kieth's new Imperial Martian army had to withstand the British under Commander Glenn, who as well known for lighting moves.
The German left, made up of Jed Bob's heirs  advanced with great flair but soon began to hesitate. Later it was found out that the British had sent Ambassador Hoodin to 'chat' and lay discord with the Imperial Martians.
Game ended as the German offensive  petered out and came under threat of being cut off by a British pincer movement.

We followed up that game with a quick one on  the following Sunday. Highlights of that game where Martian Guard Infantry cutting their way through the British ranks until they were completely wiped out. And of course the wonderous charged of the German cavalry that completely rolled a Martian flank without losing a base.

Yesterdays games pitted Smythe against Glenn's Flying British Column. Seems Glenn had been sent out by Gordon to reign in the British Renegade Smythe. An early game that day had seen Smythe pull off a successful   action against Glenn.

But Glenn returned that night with Italians and the forces of the Jeddara. But Smythe and cut a quick contract with the Germans and the ruthless Despot of Mars. A bloody battle followed. The Jeddara held  the Germans and the Despot at bay with constant charges. Once more the Red Guard leading the way. Eventually the German firing line was formed with heavy powered infantry anchoring the lines, and death soon followed. Martian units were decimated by the fire, even the arriving British cav withered under the fire. Meanwhile far to the center Smythe found his forces fighting with no support. Where was the promised forces of the Despot? The German heavy infanty? All he saw was wave after wave of Italians and their war walkers . Indeed Martino's Italians were showing great daring and luck!
The battle ended before the German and British lines could come to true grips. The Jeddara held the crossroads and Smythe held a heavy bill for his employer.
Great shot of the game setup and players! Taken by John of Treefort games!
The games just keep coming, time for a mini campaign!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Germans vs British

Well, I managed to get another rare Saturday off and decided to put together a Martian Empires game.
Scenario: Italians had foolishly allowed a small mission to be built in a Jed's territory. Jed moved by religious forces to stamp it out. Italians called in to defend mission, but about to be overwhelmed, when the Jed hires several Earth mercenaries. Germans decide to support their lukewarm Italian ally. British see a possible German land grab and step in! Great game with the Italians holding out. 11 players! Sorry forgot the camera.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Out of the Desert, the Hoodin!

So it was finally time for our first big battle of 2012. And with the release of  the John Carter movie, it was decided that we just had to have all the Green Tribesmen on the table. Unbeknownst to me, there had been a lot of Greenmen being painted recently. In fact so many showed up that I declared that there had to be some great leader on the scene. That's when Dan showed me his Green tribesman in the Hat and Suit. Well, obviously a great leader trained in the ways of the Earthmen and determined to lead his people to greatness and loot. The Hoo-din!

Out of the desert came the great host threatening one of the key religious shrines of the red martians. Decades of offerings sat ready to pillage. Just had that 'new' canal to cross.
Guarding that holy shrine was the Despot! "Always me" he moaned as opened up his coffers to call in the Irish Legion. Smythe seems to also have appeared, with British funds? And a local Jeddak sent a small mobile force of gaurdsmen.

A view from the North (shrine area) You can see the Despot's forces and the Legion arriving. Smythe takes the right.

Lone gun towers guard the far side of the canal, while the troops take up positions on the canal.

One from the South (desert tribe area) The Tribes gather!

Before the battle can even begin, the left flank of the Despot's is hit by a flanking tribe of Hendoons! The thunder of cavalry charging!

The fight on the flank is well matched on goes on for several turns while both forces rush to the canal.
The constant groan of bad command rolls is universal!
Views of the battle as it takes shape.

The tribes have begun to assault the towers and threaten the bridges.

The Despot desperately defends the bridge while Smythe prepares his gun line and defense.

Smythe settles into position calmly. "No worries here" he thinks "We'll have this lot beaten and running in no time. Probably won't even need those Native nobles or that Irish rabble." But then his Martian steed suddenly bucks as a great noise is heard over the battlefield.
"They've allied with the Devil Himself!"
The Hoodin has many allies.
 The Cephlipods march quickly and begin to spray the field with black smoke.
  A frightening sight as the alien machines approach the canal.

The Legion and Martian Guard rush to hold the line as the Despot begins to collapse.

As all fire is concentrated on the Cephlipods, the Green Tribal cav pours across the canal and relentlessly smashes into Smythe!

Before all is completely lost the Despot calls for a withdraw.
The Hoodin is across the canal!
More to come 

Independent forces on Mars

Over the last few years of play a few independent commands have appeared on our Martian landscape.
First off is the dashing Col Smythe, who seems to have raised several units of Askari. The Colonel also likes to indulge in mechanical devices and the odd hexasaur. Where the funds for these units initially came from is still in doubt, but the troops now seem to be maintained with contracts to various Martian princes.

Another Mercenary unit that has appeared on the scene is the Irish Legion. Funds are reported to be coming from various sources, but ex-American and British uniforms are quite prominent.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finally built a Canal

After years of playing I finally got around to making a canal for our Martian games. I made it sectional so that I can extend the length and make it as wide as needed. Have to be ready for the steamboat.