Analyzing Logarithmic Ranges for Tabletop Games 23OCT2016

I have heard about games and seen some discussions on using Logarithmic Scaling for ground scales to compress the ranges so that long range weapon platforms (notably artillery or tank guns) can be used on the same gaming board with short range weapons. It is a straight forward mathematical exercise to do this, but the compression factors will create some weird visual anomalies and necessitate using sophisticated Die Modifiers (DM) adjustments at those long ranges that seem a bit out of kilter with the actual measured tabletop range.

What follows is my analysis of the M16A1 rifle used in Vietnam as an example (all mathematical errors are clearly mine and reflect the 35 years since I did real math) and trying to develop an effective logarithmic tabletop scale for 28mm games.

Wikipedia has a nice article on M-16s referencing army weapons data when fired from rest cited in this report (http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a228398.pdf) and duplicated in the M-16 Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle#Range_and_accuracy).

Let’s apply the probabilities to a D20 roll, where you need to roll 20 or less and we will apply a positive die modifier based on the range. So for the case of 300 Meters the M16A1 DM is Zero, for 600 Meters the DM is +5, and for 800 Meters is +12. Per the report, we will ignore ranges beyond the maximum lethal range of  900 Meters for the M-16A1.

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Now translating those ranges into log values where the 10 times the log of the range in meters will be represented as inches on the table, we get:

m16a1-accuracy-data-tableNow to plot them and use a polynomial trend-line to estimate the DM at 900 Meters (max lethal range), the estimated DM for 900 Meters (lethal range) is +17 as shown below by the orange data and trend-line:

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So for the M-16A1 at Tabletop Ranges 0 to 25 inches DM = 0, 26 DM +1, 27 inches DM +3, 28 inches DM +5, 28.5 inches DM +9, 29 inches DM +12, 30 inches DM +17 and cannot shoot past 30 inches on the table.

The net is that there is nothing wrong with using Log ranges, but the game system needs to use appropriate DMs. This leads to some very wild DM for a small squad of 28mm minis on 1 inch (25mm) bases. Out to 26 inches, ignore the DM for range and then suddenly a mini at 30” has a DM = +17 to miss while his mate 3 figures over is still at DM = 0. This would make playability very difficult.

Alternatively, you could just use this data to estimate the Range DM =0 to 26 inches and make that the maximum range. So what is interesting about that is that the US army treats max range as 300M (which is 26 inches in our 28mm log scale) and does not train to shoot the weapon further than that. To qualify you shoot a series of pop-up targets at 50, 100, 200, and 300 meters with most at the shorter ranges AND need to hit 50% of them.

So taking this a bit further, let’s include estimates for shooter accuracy. What the data above does not account for is the ability of a soldier to accurately aim the weapon at range nor the ability of the shooter to bring the weapon to bear. As range extends, two things happen – the shooter needs to compensate for bullet drop and the flight path of the bullet is an expanding cone due to barrel movement. (The barrel movement reflects things like how well the weapon fits the shooter, the stance, how rigid the gun is held, nerves, etc.) Added to the effects of visual acuity (mirage effects) and the effectiveness of obscuring cover, camo, and target darkening (target darkening – have you ever noticed that the bright red car 20 feet in front of you turns very dark when it is several hundred meters down the road). These are in essence accuracy effects that degrade linearly. Out to 50 meters, the shooter should have no issues seeing the target, holding his aim so that the flight path cone intersects a man-size target, and the target will still be fully visible. So for an average shooter using regular vision and iron sights shooting off-hand, let’s assign a hit probability of 80% due to nervousness in combat at 100M and by the time we get to 300M we will assume that the hit probability has decreased to 50%. Since this is a linear degradation, the DM becomes 20 at ~640M. (You can adjust this to reflect how accurate you think your Green, Regular, Veteran, and Elite troops will shoot in YOUR game. I took a swag at it based on my observations of Regulars shooting in preparation for war and then how nervousness effected them.)

So with this combined data, on our 28mm log range tabletop we get these DMs:

m16a1-accuracy-data-table-comboThe net is that a normal shooter cannot hit past 27 Inches and that you get dramatically changing DMs for all ranges past 20 inches.

Personally, I prefer to use realistic ground scales that match the minis. That means a 4 foot board is really only about 100 meters and that anything other than short-barreled pistols are always in range. As long as plenty of cover and terrain exist this is not a factor. However, this does mean that artillery ends up on the table as an objective instead of a realistic threat to infantry (unless it is shooting over open sites).

This also means that any DMs for range should be linear. Of course, we usually use range bands, but since the DMs are linear, if you use the average DM for the range band it is still a close estimate.

So if you are trying to figure out if the rules you use reflect some real ballistics and shooter ability, you can perform a similar analysis to see if the DM make since. If not, then it is a game not a simulation. Both can be fun and for the case of Toy Soldiers a game seems adequate to the purpose.

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Big Stompy Mech Battle – 23JUL2016

I have been fascinated by large, dangerous AFVs ever since I played OGRE and read the Bolo series. Of course a 28mm OGRE battle is probably too large for even me to contemplate (although a do have a platoon of the OGRE Macroture GEVs just in case); however, 28mm Battle Mechs are fully doable.

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So about a lustrum ago, I bought the 25mm Steiner and Kurita BattleTroop platoons and finally managed to paint them a decade or two later. I also eventually bought the four different JoyRide Studios MechWarrior Mechs that include a MadCat II, Jupiter, Legionnaire, and Forestry Mech. I also found the 25mm Clan Elementals now made by Iron Wind Metals. I managed to get them into a battle or three using the Star Grunt rules, but it would be unwieldy for large numbers of Mech and Grunt style games. With Mechs de-activated and in moth-balls, they waited for their day in the future. This older post recounts those days – https://sfdfsfd.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/25mm-battletech-bring-on-the-mechs-01jun2016/

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This summer, a friend mentioned SF gaming and wanting to do some BattleMech stuff. Being a 25mm man, I told him that I had the drugs he needed, but I needed to find some rules that were less detailed than StarGrunt. A bit of web-surfing turned up folks playing big stomping robots using the ArmorGrid Mech Attack rules http://armorgridgames.com/ and I was off to the races again.

So for Fathers Day, Number 1 son arrived and we gave the rules a test run using 6mm minis (some MechWarrior Dark Age clicks and OGRE tank and infantry miniatures). No pictures of our crude efforts were taken, but this convinced me that this simple system was our grail.

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For our full-scale demo, I managed to buy some other clanking robots to go with my JoyRide mechs. These include the Raidar X Battloid, Excalibur Mk VI Battloid, SPARTAN Battloid Civil Defense Unit, Macross VF-1J Battloid Valkyrie, and a Gobot with a Bull-dozer scoop.

In this game, the infantry are dangerous, but fragile and the mechs are darn awesome.

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There is not a lot of narrative to go with this battle, since the forces and the terrain are identical. That said, it was a lot of fun and pretty balanced.

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WWII – Painting the Panzer Lehr 18OCT2016

Panzer Lehr Uniforms – Note Panzer Wrap Tunic and Camouflage Helmet covers

I have slowly amassed a large number of WWII minis and vehicles, but had never found a set of late war Germans that interested me until I learned about the intriguing Panzer Lehr.  This unit was very well equipped, fought in Normandy, the Ardennes, and in Germany over 1944 and 1945, has very interesting uniforms, and is an elite unit not associated with the infamous SS.

My lads

Pretty much lousy pictures but you can see the basic paint job of their uniforms.  The photos are a little greener than the actual minis, but it is close.  They are looking away so that you cannot see that they are faceless Soldats.

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Here are some of the more specialized troops with Panzershreck, MG-42, etc.

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Quasi-available Minis

Artizan Designs made four different blister packs of Panzer Lehr which I understand may be out of production:

SWW091 – Panzer Lehr Command

SWW092 – Panzer Lehr Riflemen

SWW093 – Panzer Lehr SMG

SWW094 – Panzer Lehr LMG

I need to add some support weapons and more NCOs so I supplemented these with some of the Late War Germans in Panzer Wraps or Smocks (handwavium caveat: I realize that the smocks may be ahistorical from the pictorial record, but beggars can not be choosers):

SWW028 – Sustained Fire MG42 Team

SWW029 – Late War German Infantry A.T. Weapons

SWW030 – Late War German Command II

SWW031 – Late War German Infantry with MP44s

SWW036 – Late War German Mortar Team

Painting

Here is the painting scheme I used for their uniforms and their camouflage helmet covers (and smocks)

  1. Prime with Krylon Gray
  2. Base coat 50/50 Vallejo Gray Green / Vallejo German Uniform
  3. Boats, webbing, belts, cartridge pouches, canteen covers , slings – Reaper Adamantine Black
  4. Bread bag,  Mess Kit & Gasmask container – mix lot of Vallejo Luftwaffe Green, Vallejo Russian Green, Vallejo German Uniform, Vallejo Gray Green, Reaper Adamantine Black
  5. Canteen – Vallejo Brown
  6. Flesh – Vallejo Flesh
  7. Rifle Stock – Vallejo British Uniform
  8. SMG / Rifle Barrel / Binoculars – Reaper Adamantine Black with dry brush of Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
  9. Panzerfaust – Vallejo Yellow Ochre
  10. MG Belt – Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
  11. Great Coat – Vallejo Gray Green
  12. Gaiters – Vallejo Green Grey (Vallejo 886
  13. Helmet Covers – Splittermuster 41
    1. Base Grey – Vallejo Light Grey 70.990 or Deck Tan 70.986
    2. Camo splotches – Vallejo Luftwaffe Camo Green 70.823
    3. Camo splotches – Vallejo German Camo Black Brown 70.882

Equipment

One of the more alluring attractions to the Panzer Lehr is the heavy armor assets they enjoyed.  No one walks in my unit.  Everyone gets Sdkfz 250 and Sdkfz 251 half-tracks.  Our scouts receive Sdkfz 234 Pumas to sniff out targets for our Pz IV / Sturmgeshutz tracks in Normandy or the Pz VI Panthers and Jadgpanthers of the Ardennes and final battles in Germany.  Smoking hot big cats!

More Later!

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WWII – Breakout at Saint Lo – Bolt Action – 15OCT2016

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Got to play the 2nd Edition of Warlord’s Bolt Action game this weekend. The game focused on the action in and around St. Lo during the allied break-out from Normandy. This was the first time, my Panzer Lehr minis have seen any action (and how I painted them https://sfdfsfd.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/wwii-panzer-lehr/) – those snazzy tunics and sporty camo helmet covers helped them to unleash a fierce ambush.

Background

Historically, the US break-out was ultimately a great success that punched through the fierce German defenses and then road roughshod through northern France during the summer of ’44. Our game focuses on a US force probing for a weaker spot to break-through. The US forces were Regular, fully mechanized units comprising a Recon Platoon, a Tank Platoon, and an Armored Infantry platoon. In overall command was a Captain with an artillery FOO. The US forces all entered the board on an Advance die with infantry forces mounted and could deploy across multiple turns. Once the enemy was spotted or the US forces received fire, the infantry could dismount.

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Standing in the way was a Veteran Panzer Lehr grenadier force dug into the ruins supported by a pair of Panzer IVH. The Germans were allowed to deploy their Infantry units completely hidden (locations marked on a map) with the Panzers slated for Turn 2 arrival.

The terrain was open except for the clumps of dense wood land and the ruined buildings (treated as dense, rough terrain and providing protection as buildings.

US Forces – OOB

29th Infantry Division; all forces are REGULAR.

HQ Section

Captain & 2 Riflemen; MMG Team; & M3 halftrack (command)

Artillery Forward Observer & 2 Riflemen; & Jeep

Recon Platoon

2x M8 Greyhound Armored Cars

Tank Platoon

2nd LT; 3x M4 Sherman 75mm Medium Tanks

Armored Infantry

1st LT & 1 NCO with SMG, 1 BAR & Loader, & 5 Riflemen; 2x Sections – NCO with SMG, 1 BAR & Loader, 6 Riflemen; Bazooka Team; & 3x M3 halftrack

German Forces – OOB

Panzer Lehr Division; all forces are Veteran

HQ Section

Captain & 2 Rifleman; 1x MMG Team; 1x Panzerschreck Team; & Sdkfz 250 Half-track (command)

Tank Platoon

2nd LT; 2x Panzer IV Ausf H Tank with Schurzen

Panzer Grenadiers

1st LT& 2 Rifleman; 4x Sections; & 1 MMG Team:

  • NCO with SMG, 1 SMG, 2 LMG & Loader, 2 Riflemen & Panzerfaust
  • NCO with SMG, 1 SMG, 2 LMG & Loader, 3 Riflemen & Anti-tank Grenades
  • NCO, 2 SMG, 2 LMG & Loader, 3 Riflemen & Panzerfaust
  • NCO, 2 SMG, 2 LMG & Loader, 4 Riflemen & Anti-tank Grenades

The Battle

The German infantry were dug in to the 3 of the 4 buildings south of the road. One MMG was in the center dense terrain and one MMG was in the southern end of the Dragon Teeth. The Panzerschreck team was hiding in the bocage just south of the church. The Captain and his halftrack were on the south side of the most southern woods to the South.

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The first turn, the Greyhounds entered the board to the left and right. The right hand M8 spotted the Panzerschreck and used its Recce ability to avoid a heat-round up its nose.

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The second round, two halftracks entered the right board supported by two Sherman tanks. Lots of shooting, but no hits or even pins occurred. The Panzers moved onto the board, but did not manage to put rounds on target.

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The third round, the left M8 moved up to spot the Panzer Lehr hiding in the ruins of the left two southern buildings and received a catastrophe flank shot by the Panzerfaust which left a smoking hulk.

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The rest of US forces arrived and the FOO called for artillery on the left center ruined building.

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The fourth round, the US started suppressive fire against the buildings with several casualties and pins. The Germans answered with another catastrophic shot by the right Pz IV with an AT round that blew the stuffings out of the US Command tank. The artillery was delayed, but the Panzer Lehr unit paid attention to the spotting smoke round and charged across the road to take position in the far left northern building intending to destroy the Sherman lurking behind it.

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As the fifth round opened, we called the game due to the lateness of the hour. We rolled for the arty round and it arrived, but did not hurt anyone directly. It did pin the US MMG, the Infantry 1st LT, and the left Pz IV, but the presence of the leadership so nearby and the tough Veteran soldats were likely to shrug off the effects.

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As the 4th turn ended, the Germans lost a LMG, 5 Panzer Grenadiers, and a Panzerschreck team losing 174 points from 1901. The US had lost a Sherman, the tank Platoon leader, and a Greyhound losing 345 points from 2047.

That left 4 largely intact veteran HQ, Panzer Lehr squads with 7 LMG and 1 Panzerfaust, two MMGs, a Sdkfz 250with a MMG, and 2 Pz IVH to contend with a Regular US force with a HQ, 3 largely intact squads with BARs, 2 bazookas, 1 MMG, 4 halftracks with MMGs, 1 Greyhound and 2 Sherman tanks. The Germans had very strong right flank and strong center; the US had a very strong right flank.

The artillery strike was good, but did not degrade combat power. One MMG, a tank, and both the 1st and 2nd LT were in the impact zone.   That meant that the center needed to make morale rolls, but in addition to the LTs the Captain was within 12 inches so they would need to roll 9 or less to activate. So I would anticipate mostly a minor effect from the arty.

Hard to tell what would happen next, but the order dice rolls would have been key for the next turn. I am guessing lots of attrition with the Germans taking out another Sherman (either to one on the Mk IVs, the Panzerfaust, or the two tank hunter squads) and at least one transport. The US would probably have killed the Panzerfaust squad before it could take out another Sherman.

Minis

Panzer Lehr – Artizan Designs with some Late War Germans to supplement the lack of PL MMG

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US Infantry – mostly Crusader with some Black Tree Design here and there

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US Vehicles – Solido M8 Greyhound, M4 Sherman tanks, and M3 Halftracks

German Vehicles – Sdkfz 250 is from the OOP old Bolt Action line; Pz IV tanks were from the OOP New Millennium (from Walmart for $5 a pop back in the day)

Buildings – the houses were made from one Warlord Hamlet kit and the Church is from Hovels

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VSF – Mutiny on Venus – 24SEP2016

It has been a long while since my last post, but the summer has been one of busy gaming and generally enjoying the hobby of planning, collecting, building, and painting armies.  More on that later, but for the present lets focus on things VSF or the pulpy side of VSF set in the Edwardian era.  Two great companies make 28mm Aeroneffs that caught my fancy and rolled out of my shipyard this summer.

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Ironclad Miniatures out of England makes resin steam tanks including a spiffy little Scout Aeroneff(http://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ourshop/prod_1020491-Steam12.html)  and a small Martian Cloudship (http://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ourshop/prod_3335714-Steam18.html).

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Cross-over Miniature in the US makes large laser-cut MDF Aeroneffs and Cloudships (http://crossoverminiatures.com/product-category/airships/) and even has a Kickstarter for a Zeppelin.

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We did a trial run of a GASLIGHT game to be run at the Southern Front Con in Raleigh, NC 08OCT2016.

As our story opens things have gotten out of hand again on Venus with the 1919 Reptophibian Mutiny. A stalwart band of Ambassadors and hangers-on are making their way to the smoke the peace-pipe with the Boggard shaman leadership when the war-dance calls the Reptophibians to toss out the oppressors and have someone for lunch.

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A flight of Pterodactyls downs the Zeppelin of Count Lugo von Liftuppen, but his neice Graffa Hilda von Highchest has time to launch her Fokker Dr.1 before the crash. On foot the Count and his Zeppelin Troopen make way to aid the Ambassador.

Ex-patriate Chinese Warlord General Chun King rumbles upon the Board with his Red Dragon Army atop the back of the fierce Red Steam Dragon hope to make hay while the imperialist colonial powers are in disarray.

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Captain Chester Puller leads his band of Embassy Guards and a war surplus FT-17 tank into the fray.  In the skies above the US Navy attempts an aerial rescue with the USS Aberdeen (an Aeroneff Destroyer) and two Scout Aeroneffs (SA-1 and SA-2).

It was at this point that things got out of hand.

A Wandering T-Rex  plays fetch with the Fokker!

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She crashed into the SD-1 throwing the rescued civilians into the bush.

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The T-Rex charged the Steam Dragon.

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Then, just as SD-1 was making steam and getting underway again, the Dino King (a Therizinosaurus) arrived.

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A deadly melee swirled between Lizardmen and Humans with much carnage and gore; the Marines and Zeppelin Troopen stagger away from massive casualties towards the landing Aeroneffs.

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At last, the Navy got their act together and rescued the Ambassador and Lady Ambassador, the Marine Officers, Count Liftuppen and his niece, and the Warlord army.  Everyone else ends up as Reptophibian poop!

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More photos to be seen at https://flic.kr/s/aHskHCXTMi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25mm Sci-Fi Miniatures, Vehicles, and Gaming – links updated 09JUN2016

UPDATE:  I am going back through my blog entries fixing links and photos as well as editing things with new information as it becomes relevant.

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I am not on the 15mm bandwagon. I love 25mm miniatures – the one true scale! Seriously, a few years back I had to choose.

I had 6mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 28mm, 1/56th, 1/48 and 30mm minis with a sore temptation to also venture into 40mm and 54mm. I decided that was too many scales since it translates into needing terrain in all and lots of duplication of effort. Time to consolidate – I settled upon 28mm as my target terrain scale and use any miniatures that look good with it. For the Sci-Fi stuff this mostly was a large collection of vintage 25mm lead minis bought for Traveller, legions of 30MM WOTC Star Wars, and a smattering of 28mm 21st century manufactured Sci-Fi minis. So the others all left as gifts to friends that had made other scale choices (scale freedom as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights). No regrets! Since then, 15mm Sci-Fi has made an impressive surge. I like what they look like in pictures, but in person and on the table, the exquisite level of the new sculpts is lost to me. Some like the fact that 15mm gives you more table real estate, but since my club and my personal gaming tables are 12′ x 6′ that is not a real issue. Added to that is the decreasingly effective, bifocal-bespectacled gamer that can not see to easily paint these Tiny Men. So the Little Men at my house don’t get much smaller than 25mm (two exceptions – one platoon of vintage Ral Partha Galactic Grenadiers and one BEF Rifle company of for early WWII FOW – update I ditched these too since 2011).

That said, here are some sources:

GZG: StarGrunt minis

http://www.groundzerogames.net/

Eureka: StarGrunt minis & vehicles

http://eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=204_207_223&sort=3a

DaemonScape: 25mm GZG Vehicles

http://www.daemonscape.com/contents/en-uk/d9.html

Stan Johansen: Star Armor minis & vehicles

http://www.stanjohansenminiatures.com/25mm.htm

HAD: Generic Sci-Fi Vehicles

http://hobbyarmordepot.homestead.com/catalog.html

REVIRESCO: Star Guard minis and vehicles

http://www.tin-soldier.com/

Denizen: Generic Sci-Fi minis

http://www.denizenminiatures.co.uk/

http://www.wargamingminiatures.com/wargaming-figures/denizen-25mm-science-fiction/

Iron Winds: Mech Warrior Kurita / Steiner / Elementals and Shadowrun minis (MechWarriors are in the Shadowrun list)

http://ironwindmetals.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ds-1&categories_id=&ptype=&extra_value_id18=&extra_value_id19=&extra_value_id21=&extra_value_id30=&extra_value_id31=&extra_value_id32=&extra_value_id33=&extra_value_id34=&extra_value_id35=&=Quick+Find

Old Crow Models: Hammers Slammers / Generic Sci-Fi vehicles,
minis and terrain – intermittently available – contact him by email before ordering

http://www.oldcrowmodels.co.uk/

Baggage Train (Marbeth): Generic Sci-Fi minis and vehicles

http://the-baggagetrain.com/shop/category_fc1198178c3594bfdda3ca2996eb65cbSci-Fi-.html?shop_param=cid%3D%26

Mega-minis:
Generic and OOP Traveller Sci-Fi minis – unfortunately gone, but Johnny Lauck has launched a KS based company that fills part of the void

http://johnnyborgcastings.blogspot.com/

Grendel: Sci-Fi terrain:

http://www.scotiagrendel.com/Products/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=227_220&zenid=8deb6a9a4e9f35f718450ab92f45b2d7

Scotia Grendel: KYROMEK minis and vehicles:

http://www.scotiagrendel.com/Products/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_42&zenid=8deb6a9a4e9f35f718450ab92f45b2d7

Gripping Beast: Woodbine Sci-Fi Marines

http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Sci_Fi_Marines–category–242.html

1st Corps (Curteys): Colonial Troopers

http://www.1stcorps.co.uk/buy-online/c/sci-fi/colonial-troopers/

Shadowforge: Female Marines

http://www.shadowforge.com.au/

Rebel Minis:  28mm Sci-Fi with Mongoose Games Starship Trooper Retreads:

http://www.rebelminis.com/sciencefiction.html

Warlord Games – Beyond the Gates of Antares:

http://us-store.warlordgames.com/collections/beyond-the-gates-of-Antares

Antenocitis Workshop – generic and for Infinity

http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/

Pig Iron – generic 28mm men and machines:

http://www.pig-iron-productions.com/#

Rules:

The Official Hammers Slammers rules:

http://www.hammers-slammers.com/home.htm

available at On Military Matters in the states: http://onmilitarymatters.com/pages/dfindex.php

FREE London Warlords (Rolling Hot):

http://www.salute.co.uk/slammers3/ – The Silent Death variant (which is pretty cool).

FREE StarGrunt II and Dirtside II Rules:

http://www.groundzerogames.co.uk/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=130

FREE Jon Tuffley’s “Slamming the Dirt” Hammers Slammers Dirtside rules variant:

http://sfsfw.org/a/30/slam.php

FREE Fast and Dirty (FAD):

http://www.freewebs.com/weaselfierce/FAD%20Rules%20v40.pdf

FREE Warriors of the Wasteland Rules (skank):

http://www.skankgame.com/

FREE Just Another Bug Hunt

http://tabletoptitans.com/rules/0002.php

Time to saddle up, boys!

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Old Grand-dad – aka Ral Partha – more 25mm Sci-Fi goodness!

Back in the day, Tom Miers pretty much re-invented 25mm miniatures and was the creative genius behind Ral Partha – or at least so goes the legend. The arrival of the Ral Partha catalog was anticipated with the same excitement as the Christmas catalog in my childhood, but it was even better since I did not need to wait for Santa.

Fast forward many years and Battletech takes the world by storm. Eventually the BattleTroops miniatures game emerged and lots of new Sci-Fi minis. I ogled the platoon box sets for Kurita and Steiners and finally secured a platoon of each. So back in the bad old days, unless you liked citadel these were about the only 25mm infantry troops out there. Eventually, that was 3 platoons of each and then they went OOP. The good news is that Iron Wind emerged from the ashes and is selling these again (as singles now) mixed into their Mech Warrior / Shadowrun line http://ironwindmetals.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=mech+warrior&amp

So here are mine:

STEINER ARMOURED FIST Laser Rifle Platoon (RAL PARTHA):

Gotta love the German monocle laser sights on their helmets:

Steiner Heavy Weapons Squad

Krylon White Spray Primer
Vallejo Flat Flesh – Faces
Vallejo Russian Uniform (Green) – Armor
Vallejo Green Brown – Uniform (arms & legs)
Vallejo Gun Metal – Back Packs and Weapons followed with GW Black Ink
Vallejo Khaki – Helmets & Chin Straps
GW Camo Green – Heads Up Display over Eye
Vallejo Beige Brown – Belts, Pouches, Gloves, Square on Helmet Front, and Power Cord to Laser
GW Scorched Brown – Boots
Magic Dip – 1:2:2 GW Brown Ink / Water / Future

Vallejo Iraqi Sand – Dry brush over all after dip
Vallejo Russian Uniform – Dry brush over armor after dip

KURITA DRACONIS COMBINE Machine Gun Assault Platoon (RAL PARTHA):

These lads are my kind of troops. I really like the SF slug-throwers and M-2 HMGs:

Kurita Infantry Squad edges into Ville

Krylon White Spray Primer
Model Master Desert Mustard Spray Painter – Uniforms with Vallejo Iraqi Sand of Model Master Sand Gelb used for touch-up (spray painting not recommended)
Vallejo Flat Flesh – Faces
Vallejo British Uniform (Brown) – Armor, Gloves, Belts, Pouches, & Boots (or Vallejo Brown Beige on boots)
Vallejo Gun Metal – Helmet, Recoilless Rifle Shells, Belt Buckles, and Weapons followed with GW Black Ink for weapons
Vallejo Black – Scabbard
Vallejo Khaki – Helmets & Chin Straps
GW Camo Green – Heads Up Display over Eye
Vallejo Beige Brown – Belts, Pouches, Gloves, Square on Helmet Front, and Power Cord to Laser
GW Scorched Brown – Boots

Magic Dip – 1:2:2 GW Brown Ink / Water / Future
Vallejo Iraqi Sand – Dry brush over all after dip

Close Assault

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