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Steam Wars Martians

Mr Steinberg and I had an excellent game of Steam Wars recently, it was the first outing for his Martians. It seemed appropriate that I field a force of British Empire infantry to repel the incursion.

The majority of the British infantry used in this mission were basic troopers with a few heavy infantry thrown in to counter the Martian Tripods. I also used for the first time the small boxy gunbots shown above (who failed to activate the first time I tried to use them).

The Martian force is a great mix of models brought together into one list. The idea is that the Cephalopods are the masters utilising various mechanical constructs and a horde of Sanwar Slaves.

Although the British did not have any vehicles, each of the infantry units were equipped with special weapon of one sort or another.

The heavy British infantry concentrated firepower on a tripod and were able to knock one out quite quickly. The rest were not going to be as easy.

One of my favourite British units is the Treadbike Cavalry armed with the twin Light Machine Guns, I rarely leave home without them.

We also got to use some new MDF status counters, being double sided, it is easy to see the counter against a unit and it is easy to pick them up at the end of each turn.

Meanwhile, the Martian Robots and Cephalopods concentrated their firepower on the heavy British Infantry unit and quickly reduced them from three to one…

The other two tripods, although both taking damage, were making some progress.

For robot models we have introduced an optional ability so that if one is destroyed, it can become a crawling torso without ranged weapons, but can still fight in melee. Mr Steinberg had the models so why not!

This game also saw the first use of the Arctech Powers, a sort of steampunk techo magik. Nothing too powerful, in fact in the first three turns, my bath-chair riding Technomage failed to successfully project an Arctech Power.

Not sure these small Gunbots are going to do much to the tripod…

The mission we played had the Martians trying to get half their force off a table edge, but with most of the models on foot, it was going to be a tall order. But a very enjoyable game all the same.

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Mantic Tunneler

This is the Mantic Veer Myn Tunneler I received a short time back from the 2015 Kickstarter, don’t get me started…

Anyway, I will be using this as a Steam Wars Mechanica Tunneler, primarily as a troop transport.

There was the opportunity to make the nose removable so weapons could be added. I added a plate in the nose ring so if no weapons are added, the interior would be hidden behind the plastic card.

So with a weapon added, I could even use this little beastie as a tank for the Mechanic force, something they are lacking at the moment.

To start with, I was not sure which way round to mount the three massive drill bits but then found the image above online which suggests they go on like this:

…and not like this:

Roboplane Painting

The Roboplanes for the Steam Wars Mechanica army have been hanging around half painted for quite a few weeks.

It could do with some weathering, but that is a painting skill I have not quite mastered, especially on flat surfaces.

Fortunately, the cockpit detail is still reasonably visible, although the control stick is not painted or maybe even finished, it is still just a pin.

The nose cannon is impressive, I suspect the recoil of firing this beast in flight would cause the plane to stall.