As some of you know, Jim and I are basically Wyloch groupies, and have been ever since we stumbled across his series on how to craft DIY 40K vehicles, skimmers, walkers etc out of hot glue and random crap he has lying around the house. He’s basically nerd MacGyver.
Anyhoo, recently he’s been putting up some battle reports using the system formerly known as 1page40k – Grimdark Future. This is billed as a fast playing, easy to use, quick and dirty version of the 40k we all know and sort-of-love, sort-of-loathe. Rules and army lists are free to download from the One Page Rules website here. And seeing as we are drawn to free stuff like a moth to the flame of a slow burning crack pipe, we were all over this.
Jim took the Skooderia as Orc Marauders, I took the Hazzard 1977th as Human Defence Force. Long story here, but basically I feel the Leman Russ I built out of cardboard owes me some serious f*cking karma after it’s traumatic birth. OPR designer Gaetano Ferrara recommends 750pts per side to start, but because we were using smaller models we expanded up to 1000pts.
Well, it made sense at the time.
(shoots at 5+)
|4+||Twin Carbine (18”, A4)
, CCW (A3)
|Bad Shot, Furious, Hero, Tough(3)||65pts|
(shoots at 5+)
|5+||Carbines (18”, A2)
, CCWs (A2)
1 Rocket Launcher
(24”, A1, AP(3), Deadly(3))
1 Heavy Machinegun (36”, A3, AP(1))
|Bad Shot, Furious||215pts
|Commando Orcs ||4+
(shoots at 5+)
|5+||Pistols (12”, A1), CCWs (A2)
1 Flamethrower (12”, A6)
|Bad Shot, Furious, Scout, Stealth, Strider||145pts
|Power Armor Orcs ||3+
(shoots at 5+)
|2+||Carbines (18”, A2), Energy Fists (A3, AP(2))||Bad Shot, Furious, Slow, Tough(6)||395pts
|Truck ||4+||2+||Heavy Machinegun (36”, A3, AP(1)), Crew (A1)||Bad Shot, Fast, Impact(3), Tough(6), Transport(11)||Battle Ram (Strider)
Red Paint Job (moves +3” on Advance and +6” on Rush/Charge actions)
Commander  4+ 5+ Assault Rifle (24”, A1), Energy Sword (A2, AP(1)) Commander, Hero, Tough(3) 55pts
Psychic  5+ 5+ Pistol (12”, A1), CCW (A2) Hero, Psychic(2), Tough(3) 50pts RT 105
Infantry Squad  5+ 5+ Assault Rifles (24”, A1), CCWs (A1) – 90pts
includes Weapon Teams  5+ 5+ Missile Launcher – pick one each turn: HE (48”, A1, Blast(3))AT (48”, A1, AP(3), Deadly(3)), CCWs (A1) Tough(3) RT195
Conscripts  6+ 5+ Assault Rifles (24”, A1), CCWs (A1) – – 60pts RT 255
Weapon Teams  5+ 5+ Heavy Machineguns (36”, A3, AP(1)), CCWs (A1) Tough(3) 115pts RT370
Weapon Teams  5+ 5+ Missile Launcher – pick one each turn: HE (48”, A1, Blast(3)) AT (48”, A1, AP(3), Deadly(3)), CCWs (A1) Tough(3) 120pts RT490
Weapon Teams  5+ 5+ Laser Cannon (48”,A1,AP(4),Deadly(3)), CCWs (A1) Tough(3) 125pts RT 615
Battle Tank  4+ 2+ Nova Cannon (36”, A1, AP(1), Blast(6)), Laser Cannon (48”,A1,AP(4),Deadly(3)), Crew (A1) Fast, Impact(3), Tough(12) 2x Heavy Machineguns (36”,A3,AP(1)) Storm Rifle (24”, A2) Light Machinegun (36”, A3) 385pts RT 1000
We set up terrain with a ruined village to the east and a disused plasma generator station to the west, set objectives (one of the generators, central hill, ruined church and a ruined shop)…and GAME ON!
Human Defence Force won the roll off and force the Orcs to deploy first:
And battle was joined!
End result, 2 objectives to the HDF (plasma generator and central hill) one to the Orc Marauders (ruined church, held by the transport)
Casualties – HDF lost a weapons team and some of the infantry squad, plus wounded Captain… the Orcs were pretty much down to the transport and their Power Armour elites, and even they were pretty beaten up.
So a pretty decisive victory!
Thoughts on the game? A LOT of fun. Grimdark Future is simple, fast playing and intuitive, absolutely brilliant for a quick throw down kickabout. We did wonder about the balance of point values given the pounding the Orcs took, but Jim did point out the he might just’ve sucked at playing the game.
So, a new system, and props to OPR designer Gaetano Ferrara for the effort he’s put into creating a fun and fast game that really benefits from not being supported by a major model company (more thoughts on that another day). We had a blast and next up on the list is OPR’s “Age Of Fantasy- Regiments” – we’ll let you know!
(Side note – free rules and army lists, 1/72 miniatures, scratchbuilt terrian and vehicles… could this be the cheapest wargame ever played?)
Try these yourself: onepagerules.com