Friday, 15 December 2017

Play Miniatures Games without Minis?! Yep!


THW games are playable with minis, but what if you don’t have any or want to try a new period without spending a lot of time or money buying and painting new ones?

Many of our  5150 titles include card stock color counters. You can play with them as they are or if you want, as I do, use this simple and easy way to enhance these counters.


These are for  the upcoming 5150: Hammer & Anvil. A standalone compatible game for vehicle combat in the 5150 universe. These are a bit different than our previous counters as all the stats for all the vehicles are printed on the counters. We'll be doing this going forward with our new games. Now let’s get started.

 Here's the card stock sheet of forty 1" counters for Hammer & Anvil. Each counter includes the type, name, movement rates, Armor Piercing Rating of its main gun, any machine guns it may have, and frontal, side and rear Armor Value. This stops you from having to refer to the book for vehicle stats.

 First you cut the counters out. I use a paper cutter for the rows, but scissors works great.



 Next I will be mounting them on 1", thick, mounting tape. I got mine at Amazon for less than $5, but you can find it at office stores and other places. This gives them more weight and durability.


 Here are all the counters mounted and ready to go.


Here they are on an All Things Zombie board game map. You can use board games if you have them, but I use mine on a table with terrain. 

Watch for Part 2 to see a detailed Bat Rep of
5150: Hammer & Anvil

Here's another way we'll be offering our games to be played without minis.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Weird War Zed - Where are the minis?




Weird War Zed is a quick to play and easy to learn, yet challenging, game. It's about a Special Air Service (SAS) section on a Mission to find and capture/kill the brilliant, but twisted, German Scientist - Herr Doktor. Along the way you'll run into German Soldiers, Zombies, and Werewolves. But what you won't run into are miniatures and terrain pieces.

Instead of miniatures we use color Poker size playing cards. This gets you into the game quickly, doesn't cost as much as using minis, and can be played on a small space. Want to use minis? You sure can and there are lots of manufacturers out there, starting with Rebel Minis, makers of fine 15mm figures.

Watch for our Bat Reps coming up next week,

Here's a sample fight on a 12" x 12" space using the cards found in Weird War Zed. The way the game is set up you'll never have more than 8 cards/minis on the table fighting at the same time.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

5150 Hammer & Anvil Coming Soon

  
5150 Hammer & Anvil, the companion book to 5150 Star Army 2nd Tour will be released in a couple of weeks. Hammer & Anvil covers vehicle warfare in the 5150 universe and has four Factions Lists - Gaea Prime, Free Companies, Hishen and Zhuh-Zhuh. 

Included is a complete Campaign System as well as 10  Missions for you to play. Hammer & Anvil is a stand alone game compatible with Star Army 2nd Tour.

Hammer & Anvil includes 40 full color paper vehicle and status counters that can be used to play the game.


Watch for step by step Bat Reps in the coming days.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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Monday, 20 November 2017

5150 Bug Wars

Coming to Kickstarter in January, 5150 Bug Wars is the first of a number of joint projects from THW and Acheson Creations. Acheson Creations has a long history of quality minis and terrain pieces including a number of fulfilled Kickstarter projects. It's latest one being Kongo Afrika  compatible with Fortunes Won and Lost, Lemuria, and Mission St. Mary.

So what is 5150 Bug Wars? 15mm Bugs and Star Army figures along with a modular resin tunnel system. Here's a peak from a game we played at Millennium Con earlier this month.

Each player - there were six, had one Star and three Star Army Grunts. After a few turns above ground the Bug Hole was found. A quick roll of the dice produced 19 Bugs to face the 16 troopers.

 After a quick fight the Bugs withdrew with a couple of Grunts as casualties.


 Three of the players dropped into the first tunnel. Each tunnel piece is roughly 3"x 5".

 The Bugs fit three across. Each time you enter a new tunnel section roll to see what tunnel sections are adjacent and you resolve a PEF for each one.


 When meeting Bugs just place them in the adjacent section and roll to see who acts first. Shooting is easy, just roll for each trooper, total the number of Bugs killed or out of the fight, flip them over and tag them. Those left over, if they pass the Will to Fight Test, are moved into melee.


There are between 7 to 9 different tiles currently in the system with more being added for the Kickstarter, There are straight pieces, turns, T-junctions, egg chambers, dead ends, and more. With a tunnel hole section you can drop down levels.


When you reach a section with more than one opening you resolve a PEF for each section.

 This could result in Bugs coming at you from different directions.


 The Kickstarter will include BUGS, Star Army figures, tunnel sections and rules. 
Watch for news of 5150 Bug Wars and its companion game next month and in January.