GDF Fight Club Update #2

Back again after a few more GrimDark Future scraps out in the gaming shed as the nights draw in (and as a second lockdown looms, making the best of the opportunity while we have it..) – the Human Defence Force in the guise of the Hazzard 1977th Planetary Defence Force Regiment have retired from the field having placed themselves clearly in the lead with three wins and a draw, but behind them Ratticus McStilton’s Ratmen have a draw to their credit and the Rebel Guerillas of the People’s Front Of Hazzard 237th Freedom Brigade have a win in their pocket, so it ain’t over yet!

Game 6 – Ratmen Clans vs Orc Marauders

Ratmen muster in the cover of the ruins, while weapon experts team provide cover
Orcs deploy in cover, ready to pounce on the objectives
Orc truck moves forward, to engage the Ratmen team with it’s heavy machinegun – completely missing it’s target, and in return Ratmen rockets and plasma rifle destroy it!
The passengers – Warlord and his elite power armoured orcs – survive, however, and are able to move directly on to the objective! This would prove a crucial point as the game unfolded.
Having used their Scout ability to deploy forwards, the Commando orcs huddle on to to their objective despite losing an orc to the Ratmen Clan Mother grenade launcher- da boyz grumble about this being unOrky, but all the Skooderia have to do is hold on to their two objectives and that’s a win! It’s now up to the Ratmen to dislodge them – and Orcs are pretty tough!
Da Boyz hold station in the woods, no doubt grumbling… but Warlord Enzo Ferrorki has a plan!
Turn 1 ends with the Orcs in control of two objectives to the Ratmen’s one, but the rat swarms and saboteurs are massing in the streets for an attack…
Swarms are up first, killing two Orcs for the loss of one of their own.
Saboteurs pour into the ruined farmhouse, getting to grips with the commandos!
Across the street, the Warlord and his power armoured orcs pour fire into a third saboteur team, killing three and pinning the unit
With the Ratmen assault spent – and one stubborn commando still holding on – da Boyz are let loose to counterattack! All together – WAAAAAAAGH!
It’s a massacre! Saboteurs are wiped out for the loss of two orcs… Orcs really are lethal in close combat!
Turn 2 ends with the Ratmen assault spent and Da Skooderia firmly entrenched on two objectives – can the remaining Ratmen forces inflict enough punishment to break the orcs? Or can the Orcs weather the storm?
Ratmen weapons team pour heavy machinegun, rockets and plasma rifle fire into the Boyz in the farmhouse objective, killing four and pinning the mob
Return fire kills the plasma rifle weapons expert – the orcs are still holding as Turn 3 closes!
Ratmen hurl everything they’ve got at the Boyz in the farmhouse – grenades, heavy weapons, psychic powers – just managing to kill the remaining orcs..
….allowing the two remaining Ratmen saboteurs to sneak in and pull off a win literally on the last move of the game!

Well, that was quite something, went down almost to the last dice roll of the game – congratulations to Ratticus McStilton, he won fair and square, leaving Orc Warlord Enzo Ferrorki to seethe, knock a few heads together and come back with a new plan for the next game…

So that leaves the scores as –

Human Defence Force – 3.5

Ratmen Clans – 1.5

Rebel Guerillas – 1

Orc Marauders & Battle Brothers – 0

Winner stays on, so that’ll be the Ratmen facing the Peope’s Front Of Hazzard in their next game (lockdowns permitting..)

Game 7 – Ratmen v Rebel Guerillas

Winner stays on, so in this battle Ratticus’ boys will be taking on the People’s Front Of Hazzard 237th Freedom Brigade – can the defenders of social justice, equality and diversity face down the cheese eating vicious mutants?

The battlefield
Ratmen gather in the hills behind the ruined village
The People’s Front deploy into the woods on the other side of the ruined village
Ratmen weapons experts crest the hill top, heavy machinegun fire pouring into the Rebel squad in the woods..
Killing three and pinning the squad. First blood to the cheese eaters!
Rebel assault vehicle manoeuvres out of sight of the Ratmen heavy weapon teams
Rebel psychic casts Furious Blaze, immolating one of the Ratmen saboteurs
As Turn 2 starts, the rebel’s Creighton-pattern Assault Vehicle neatly flanks the same saboteur team, killing one with its Nova Cannon
The same saboteurs decide enough is enough where they are and charge a Rebel psychic, but neither side inflicts damage in a messy round of melee
Much more decisive is the Ratmen Tangled Psychic’s use f Pestilence, which wipes out the Rebel squad holding the farmhouse!
This unexpected success forces both sides to bring up their main assaults a turn earlier than planned, and the woods behind the farmhouse become a messy, blood soaked melee!
Neither side clearly having the upper hand in the scrap in the woods, Turn 2 ends with Ratmen firmly holding the Kubica Pass objective (top of pic), the Milibandalorian boys firmly in control of the hilltop objective in the centre and the farmhouse objective heavily contested
Turn 3 opens with the Ratmen weapons team and the Milibandalorian brothers blazing away at each other.. the Tangled Psychic gets involved and when the dust settles, the Rebel bounty hunters are down and the hilltop objective is clear! Now it’s a race between Rebel snipers and Ratmen saboteurs to claim it..
As Turn 3 ends it’s STILL impossible to say who’s winning the big melee but the Ratmen are now up 1-0 in objectives..
Final turn! A desperate race to the top of the hilltop objective sees it contested by Rebel snipers and Ratmen Clan Mother…
Ratmen weapons team opens up and it’s not contested any longer!
In a desperate and brutal move, the Rebel tank charges forward and crushes a Ratmen saboteur against the farmhouse wall! Sometimes you’ve got to get up close and personal to dispense social justice..
Turn 4 finishes and still the woods are a blur of fists, teeth, blades and roiling psychic powers.. but while the PFH are putting up a stiff defence of the farmhouse objective they have been pushed off the other two, so that’s 2-0 to the Ratmen – Ratmen win!

Whew, that was a belter – could have gone either way really, but when the bounty hunters got hosed off the hilltop objective that was really the end of PFH victory hopes. One hell of a fight around that farmhouse though, and the very cinematic moment of the rebel tank crushing a Ratman against the wall was one of the standout moments of the game! SO that brings the scores to:

Human Defence Force – 3.5

Ratmen Clans – 2.5

Rebel Guerillas – 1

Orc Marauders & Battle Brothers – 0

Once again, winner stays on, so next up the Ratmen clans will fight the Battle Brothers for a chance to share the trophy with the Human Defence Force! See you then (lockdowns permitting…) ..

Game 8 – Ratmen Clans vs Battle Brothers

So we return to the slippery Ratmen, this time facing (trans)humanity’s finest – the Battle Brothers! It has to be said, the Brothers have fared pretty poorly so far – their concept of deploying fast via APC and getting stuck in, relying on their power armour (Defence 2+) to keep them alive has NOT worked out so far (although their dice rolling has generally been appalling), so perhaps a new approach is necessary…

The stage is set..
Villainous Ratmen gather in the woods..

Battle Brothers deploy rather more cautiously than in previous games – note no one is in the APC..
Brothers’ squad deploy onto the ruined church objective, Ratmen weapon experts seize the hilltop but one falls to Brothers’ fire
Ratmen saboteurs seize a second objective, but takes casualties from the Brothers’ support squad
Brothers’ missile launcher causes another weapon expert casualty
Fire from the Brothers’ APC downs another weapon expert, pinning the unit – they are joined by the Clan Mother as turn 1 ends, while more saboteurs secure the other objective, the Rat Swarms infiltrate through the ruins and the Tangled Psychic finds a sheltered spot…
Turn 2 sees the demise of the Ratmen weapon expert team, the steady advance of the Rat Swarms and more Ratmen casualties
Saboteur team ready to reinforce hilltop objective – still no casualties amongst the Brothers..
Turn 3 and it all hits the fan! Brthers’ commander uses his jet pack to vault onto the hilltop objective and engage the Clan Mother in melee, while the squad in the church and the APC give supporting fire, slaughtering the saboteur team
Brothers’ squad advances through the farmhouse
Rat Swarms assault the Brothers’ support squad – this does not go well…
Turn 4 opens with the Brothers’ commander finishing off the Clan Mother in melee, seizing the objective!
With the hilltop secured, the APC pours fire into the saboteurs in the ruins, allowing the Brothers to storm forward and contest the objective..
Rat swarms fell a Brother (their only casualty of the game!) but it’s not enough, the Brothers hold two objectives with one contested – a VERY solid win for the Brothers!

Well, that was unexpected after the kicking they’ve taken in their previous game! Although in fairness, me forgetting to use the Tangled Psychic didn’t exactly help matters.. still, props to Dan, he played very cleverly and crucially played to the mission – hold more objectives then your opponent when turn 4 ends, not turn 1. We’ll probably switch up objectives, maybe some sort of kill points system for next season but for now we’re doing pure vanilla GrimDark Future – so next game, winner stays on and it’ll be the Brothers’ taking on Da Skooderia!

Human Defence Force – 3.5

Ratmen Clans – 2.5

Rebel Guerillas – 1

Battle Brothers – 1

Orc Marauders – 0

Another Hole In The Head Pt.2.. More 20mm Fantasy Orcs

So as we established in the last post, I clearly have a problem. I get all excited about my 1991 Blood Angels Tribute Act project, complete one squad and then straight away get diverted into 20mm fantasy orcs.. for some reason.

Anyway, I’ve finished another regiment – want to see?

Presenting… Da Red Shoo Ladz

This is a regiment of 25 Feral Orcs (for Age Of Fantasy Regiments) armed with axes – we’ll figure something out for Warhammer Fantasy and Hyperian Wars. I won’t belabour the painting process seeing as I’ve already described it here, basically it’s a crib from old 90s White Dwarfs – all bright primary colours and of course, Goblin Green!

The command figure has red boots, so hence- Da Red Shoo Ladz.

There are only two poses but with a bit of careful angling on the base (20mm squares of single corrugated card) you can make them look like a properly rowdy, Orky mob.

I also made them a movement tray:

A 110 x 110mm square of corrugated plastic card – enough to allow 5 x 5 20mm bases and allow space for a ridge of hot glue around the edges. Then texture paste, spray black, drybrush up with earth tones and add flock and sand to taste.

And here they are with the previous unit – now named Da Red Arrers (sorry, couldn’t help it) in support:

So that’s 41 down, 130 to go! Just hope we can get a decent game in with them in the near future as the second wave gains pace…

Stay safe, stay thrifty, see you again soon!

GDF Fight Club Update

Ok, well, the plan was to blog each game as it’s own individual battle report but the real world has rendered that idea a fantasy… Although I managed it for the first game (Battle Brothers vs Rebel Guerillas), we’ve had another four games and it’ taxing my memory to even remember the results! So I’m going to give a very rough synopsis along with a few pics to get us all caught up. (If you want to see more details, follow us on Twitter as we quite often “live blog” the games as we go).

So, straight in – Game 2 – Rebel Guerillas vs Human Defence Force

Could the Hazzard 1977th PDF succeed where the mighty Battle Brothers had failed? In a word – yes. Although it was a damn close run thing in the end, featuring a duel between the HDF and rebel psychics, the demolition of the Rebel Assault Vehicle and some crack supporting fire from the Heavy Weapon Teams swung the game to a solid victory for the HDF.

Gun battle between rebel infantry and HDF conscripts
Vicious melee between rebel and HDF commanders – as is only right and proper, the HDF cut down his opponent!
Up close and personal amongst the ruined buildings
The General proved to be invaluable, destroying the Rebel Assault Vehicle and laying waste to infantry

Game 3 – Human Defence Force vs Orc Marauders

Running with the principle of “winner stays on”, the HDF next took on the fearsome Orc Marauders of Da Skooderia! ou may remember these two clashing in earlier battles, but the guiding principle is always the same for the HDF – STAY BACK! You do NOT want to wond up in close combat with Orcs, particularly the super hard Power Armoured variety that made up the command echelon.

Orcs deploy as far forward as possible to get proppa stuck in as quick as possible
HDF deploy centred on the General’s awesome firepower, with heavy weapons teams anchoring the left flank to dominate the battlefield.
Good start for the HDF as the laser cannon team destroy the Orc transport and with the help of the Drill Sergeant focusing their fire, the massed assault rifles of the Conscript squad manage to bring down a Power Armoured Orc!
Conscripts fall back ahead of the advancing Warboss
Power Armoured Orcs getting worryingly close to the Heavy Weapons teams..
The General rumbles forward, spraying flamethrower, Nova Cannon and heavy machinegun fire into the Boyz Mob, wiping out half of them and pinning the survivors
Orc Commandos assault the General in close combat, inflicting a wound on the mighty vehicle before..
The HDF Psychic casts Furious Blaze from his hiding place in the temple, wiping out the elite Orc assault troops!
Power Armour Orcs crash into the Heavy Weapons teams, massacring the heavy machinegun and missile launcher teams in melee!
Warboss gets in on the act, tearing the laser cannon team limb from limb… moments before a shot from the General’s Nova Cannon atomised him!
After the HDF Psychic manages to again cast Furious Blaze, wiping out the rest of the Boyz, the Orcs start turn 4 with precisely two models left – HDF surviors fan out to capture two objectives to the Orcs’ one.. HDF victory!

Game 4 – Human Defence Force vs Ratmen Clans

Conscripts deploy centrally in cover, with Drill Sergeant and Psychic in support
Ratmen gather in the woods behind the ruined settlement
Led by their Drill Sergeant, the HDF conscripts advance into the ruined church.. to be promptly ambushed by Ratmen saboteurs!
HDF Psychic summons Furious Blaze, immolating the second Saboteur team
The General unloads into a team of Ratmen in the farmhouse objective, killing 2
Ratmen saboteurs swarm the General, causing a wound and pinning it!
HDF machinegun team down a ratswarm, but can only watch in horror as the Ratmen swarm all over A squad and the Captain!
Ratmen psychic casts Lightning on the General, causing three more wounds on the mighty tank!
With excellent rifle discipline under the Drill Sergeant’s watchful eye, the conscripts redeploy to gun down the Ratmen at point blank range
The Captain reactivates A squad, pulling back and killing the Rat Piper
The General pours more fire into the saboteur team in the farmhouse, killing two more and pinning the survivor
Rat Swarm musters on the objective to deny it to the HDF – though they take casualties from the heavy machinegun team opposite, they hold firm..
In a desperate attempt to cripple the General, the surviving Saboteur attacks the General in close quarters..
Shrugging off the Saboteur’s attack, the General is hit by Ratmen psychic’s Lightning and barrels into the farmhouse, killing the surviving saboteur and wounding the Clan Mother!
Last minute assault by the HDF A squad is driven off, meaning that’s a draw!

Game 5 Human Defence Force vs Battle Brothers

Battle Brothers ‘ support squad deploy overlooking the battlefield
HDF infantry deploy into the woods
Battle Brothers’ charge forward, exiting their APC before it’s destroyed by Furious Blaze from the HDF psychic
The General gets into action, spraying the Brothers in the church with machinegun, flamer and Nova Cannon, killing two
Brothers’ commander engages the HDF Psychic in melee.. incredibly, the firs round is a draw!
The Commander finally batters the psychic and claims an objective… but elsewhere three Brothers fall to laser cannon fire and one to massed Conscript assault rifles!
The last Battle Brother in the farmhouse….
With the last Brother falling to a missile launcher shot, HDF infantry pours forward to occupy the objective! 2 objectives to 1, that’s another HDF victory!

Whew. So, thanks for sticking with us, that’s us all caught up! If you’re keeping score, that’s 3 wins and a draw for the HDF, a win for the 237th, a draw for the Ratmen and zero for everyone else:

Human Defence Force – 3 1/2

Rebel Guerillas – 1

Ratmen Clans – 1/2

Skooderia – 0

Battle Brothers – 0