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Battle over the River Simba

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:04 am 
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Greetings all;

My rather lovely girlfriend and I have just fought a second edition skirmish across some rather lovely looking retro terrain including a fast flowing river....

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How retro is this battlefield; I even take out my 1990s lichen.

My modern Crimson Fists are on one side:

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Whilst my 1980s Salamanders for the opposition:

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Overall it was great fun and reminded me why second edition was a much better version of the game!

If anyone fancies a look at the full battle report then follow the link:

http://classicastartes.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... simba.html

Legio

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:34 pm 
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Very cool. Nice little skirmish and looks like it was probably a pretty quick and easy game.

I like the river as well. We use one that was made almost 20 years ago that looks very similar to yours, only darker water and with a snowy and icy look to it.

How often do you get to play?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:05 am 
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Yeah;

It was really quick and easy; even my other half commented how the speediness of the game was noticeably better than previous attempts and this let to her enjoying it more as she wasn't sat around for ages waiting for me to read and re-read certain rules or wargear descriptions. She also said that the whole thing felt more fluid and natural than the current sixth edition ruleset.

You can't beat a good river!! It really makes the game; also in a smaller skirmish like this having only one crossing really helps to focus the action into one area; which can be useful for narrative and maintaining the tempo.

I try to play fairly often, but realistically at the moment it's once a month; twice if I'm lucky. How about yourself?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:41 am 
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I last played 2 or 3 weeks ago, but very soon we will be starting another campaign and so I will likely be getting in a game a week when we start that up.

I just picked up our grand prize for the next campaign winner--an Mk1 Vindicator. That will make for some exciting games since all 3 of us want to add it to our Marine armies.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:17 am 
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A new campaign...with a suitably retro prize!! I'm well jealous!

I keep meaning to get a campaign set up with my social group; but most of us are in the forces/services and so arranging to meet up is exceptionally awkward!

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Well, we are the final 3 left of a gaming group of about 8 from when 2ed was first released in 1993. We all still live in the same area and have many absolutely massive armies at this point. Using the campaign rules we made up years ago we try to do 2 or 3 campaigns a year. Recently, one of our friends that doesn't play has expressed interest in learning...as well as his roommate, so we may have 2 more players very soon. They don't even need to buy anything unless they want to...we've got 3 or 4 2ed sets, at least 2 copies of all the codices and most every army released for 2ed (and a couple that weren't like Squats and Arbites). We also literally have boxes and boxes of scenery.

We get more games in over winter to be for sure....one of our group is a soccer coach and during the warmer months is often busy coaching. I hope to have a battle report with photos very soon--me and another are now obsessed with trying to get enough stuff painted that it will look better on the table. Neither of us are Picasso's, but we at least want to have paint on our stuff before we start snapping too many photos. Also, your felt covered table makes our old, chewed up bare plywood look really sad(the original 'table' that we started on 21 years ago!)--that will be changing this weekend when we either paint it or cover it with felt.


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It's good that you still have members of the original group but it's even better that you're still manage to recruit new players even after our edition has been defunct for 16 years! I'm impressed.

Actually that felt table is just a green battle may from GW that I throw over my painting table when it's battle time. But it does the job nicely. I used to have some dedicated green felt boards but my family threw them away when I joined the army.... Grrrrr
However I have made some urban boards too.

As for the painting...get it done; the game is so much more fun she the models are painted. Just the basic colours is enough to make the difference. Do you remember the old painting guides in White Dwarf when steps 1-2 were suitable for gaming armies and 3-4 for display models. A few squads at step 2 will look great in the photos!

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We are getting there.

My arbites army is likely to be painted within 2 or 3 weeks at this point. As it is, I've likely got enough painted for a 1500 or 2000 point game. One of my opponents armies, Blood Angels, is also rather close to completion. Those will likely be the armies that we do a battle report on in the near future. I don't expect that my arbites will win against BA, but it sure will look nice while I'm getting beaten.


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It's second edition... Who cares if you get beaten; as long as you have fun! This is what I tell myself as I continuously have my ass whooped!!

Whereabouts is you're gaming group based?

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We are based about 30 miles west of St. Louis in Missouri, USA.

You and your group?


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About 90 miles south of London England....probably a little far to travel for a joint campaign!! :-)

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Just uploaded a few more pictures above. Hope you enjoy!

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