Thursday, 20 January 2022

New Year Gaming!


I've already covered my interest in working my way through the Rangers of Shadowdeep core rulebook and campaign over the course of the next while but I'm also pondering some other games both old and new for a bit of a spin.

As per usual, Ash over on Guerrilla Miniature Games has got me picking up new rules in the form of The Silver Bayonet and Scrappers. Both are Osprey Games and I'd initially ignored them as they just didn't seem to be my cup of tea but having watched a couple of battle reports, I'm actually intrigued enough to pick up a copy of each to try out!

With Silver Bayonet, I plan on using my Flintloque/Deadloque collection to play games with as I must admit that I'm quite looking forward to giving it a try out! As for Scrappers, I think I'm going to rummage my leadpile and see what I've got and also use the opportunity to try to get some games of Star Mogul in too.

I also got a super cheap copy of Supersystem 2nd edition which I'm contemplating sculpting some supers and villains for in my own style.

I also think I'll try out the rules for a quick skirmish game featuring Inquisitor Fisher and some foes as I've heard really good things about the system and it's based on the old White Wolf Trinity Battleground game which was great fun.

I'm also contemplating putting together a couple of articles about Rogue Trader and the basics of putting together a small force and the basics of character building and how to get the best of the rules from my own somewhat limited experience.

Finally, I'm finding myself somewhat tempted to try something completely different.

I left the hobby when 40k moved from 2nd edition to 3rd as it was so simplified and I never played it but I recently got to thinking that I love Epic 40k because it took a granular, somewhat clunky system and streamlined it right down to allow for a quick playing but still enjoyable system. What if 3rd/4th edition 40k is similar?

I doubt I'll do much with it in the near future but I may pick up the core rulebook and the odd codex if I can find them cheaply enough and instead of the £100+ for Rogue Trader and 2nd edition, the later rulesets seem to be pretty cheap at about a tenner for the core rules. I'll need to delve into it a bit but I do wonder if I can put together a 250-300 point combat patrol sort of force and see how things go.

This is very much something I'll be putting on the back-burner for the foreseeable but it may be a nice long term aim for the year to end up with a little force thats a step up from my usual skirmish warband.

We shall see what I actually manage in the next month or two so watch this space!

All the best!


  1. I would suggest having a look at the rules for 8th edition of 40k, which I thought were particularly good. They brought out four summary books which between them covered all the armies (aliens, chaos, marines and other humans). You could probably find them on ebay.

    I'd be interested to know how Silver Bayonet goes - it looks interesting.

    1. I must admit that I had thought of that edition too but quite fancy the sound of the streamlined and simple 4th.

      I'll need to paint some more of my Deadloque figures and see about sourcing some suitable gribblies for them to fight!

  2. I too succumbed to temptation and got Silver Bayonet, although having no historical miniatures or knowledge have been watching a bunch of videos on the subject, and found myself considering starting a full Napoleonic army. Then I remembered that I still haven’t finished painting a ten man Frostgrave warband, and managed to quash down the urge to buy two hundred British soldiers for now! I’m excited to see what you do with 40k, I’ll have a look in the basement and see if I have any duplicate books of the right era! I’m on a fantasy kick currently, spent the evening tonight sorting all my old half painted Skaven to see what I have for a slow grow challenge...

    1. I must admit that I've been tempted by Napoleonic's in the past but the prospect of painting hundreds of identical figures quickly put me off the idea!

      We shall have to see what I manage as even painting a couple of smallish units may well prove to be too ambitious!

  3. Silver Bayonet is on my list as well, so I'll be interested to see what you do with it. I played second through 4th editions of 40k. My fondest memories go back to second... but I had some good times in 3rd as well. I'll be interested to see what you think.

    1. I've got my Flintloque figures to use in Silver Bayonet but I must admit it's a bit of a backburner project but we shall see how I get on with it this year.

      I too love 2nd edition as it was the first edition that I played back in the day and really enjoy it along with Rogue Trader. I also have Shadow War Armageddon which I've had since it came out but never played so these small warbands could well see it finally getting used!