Thursday, 17 August 2017

All Veniced Out!

Wednesday 16th August.

            Colin "What else can we use the Venetian scenery for?"
            Myself "Pass"
            Colin "How about Blake's 7?"
            Myself "Novel"

                             And so it came to pass that this weeks Garvald film production was going to involve a Blake 7 scenario in Venice.Why not the scenery was already set up and like a true cheap television production was not to be wasted.

Three exterior film sets before filming.
As I said this weeks production was to be an episode of  Blake's 7 involving an attempt by members of the Liberator's crew to steal a Maguffin from the greedy hands of the Federation who unknown to the teleporting party had laid an ambush hoping to do away with this blight on their perfectly drugged society.
Heroes and Villians
My teleporting party which consisted of the characters Jenna,Dayna,the cowardly Villa with Orac in tow and of course the man himself Blake all suitably attired for a night out in Venice,landed on the outskirts of town and began to slowly make their way towards their objective which was situated in Colin's brand new building which had definitely a religious look about it but I'm sure in this timespace it would be surplus to requirements.
Their teleporting coordinates were lucky as they just about teleported off the table.
Colin's villianous rabble consisting of Travis,about a dozen Federation security men ably overseen by the gorgeous Servalan.
Skulking in Venice.

Servalan being sneaky-gorgeously sneaky though.
After landing I split up my party mainly to enhance the plot and have some nice shooty shooty.At first it all went my way until I read that we had misread one of the extras buit into the characters which evened up the game a bit more
Dividing up with conquering in mind.

"You carry on Blake and I'll just check this fountain"
My Blake character headed straight for the building in question with Villa literally crawling behind him but was intercepted by Travis and some guards on a canal bridge where a gunfight ensued.Blake was caught in the open but gave a good account of himself especially when he was eventually joined by Villa cowering behind the bridge support.
"Move oh faithful Lackeys!"

Travis about to be zapped.

"I'll be with you in a minute"
Jenna and Dayna had meanwhile decided to circumvent these ambushers by by crossing another canal bridge only to be met by Servalan and the remainder of the guards resulting in another fire fight.
Long range zapping fire!
The evening was turning out to be one of attrition with Blake realising that numbers usually prevail in a gunfight even with the support of Villa and although Blake gave a good account of himself taking out Travis in the process succumbed to the overwhelming numbers of the security guards.This was enough incentive for Villa to act the part by retreating into the cover of a nearby water fountain.
Blake intending to take one with him.Villa hoping Blake'll take both to save his snivering hide.
 Similarly across the other side of the canal the girls where having a hard time trading shots with Servalan and her lackeys with Dayna going down in a hail of blaster fire giving Jenna the chance to retreat behind the cover of a canal bridge. 
Standing behind a minion for cover.

Blocking Jenna's shot.
Wishing to keep the momentum going Servalan and her two remaining guards rushed Jenna's bridge with Servalan using her guards as a human shield and also having the benefit of drawing a chance card stating that I couldn't shoot at her meaning her guards were about to be sacrificial pawns for the greater good.
Time for the usual baddy/goody chit chat giving Vila time to head for the church.
After surviving hand to hand with these two bruisers Jemma dispatched both of them clinically before she herself was taken out by the vengeful Servalan.
Peek a Boo!Zap!
Villa had taken advantage of his cover to dispatch the last guard in front of him giving him the opportunity to sprint towards the church with Servalan in hot pursuit.
And he's off!

Package purloined and now time for the off !
Villa had entered the church,picked up the package and as he was teleporting away glanced at the furious Servalan who was just entering the building.One up for the resistance!
I'm sure that when Villa arrived back at the Liberator he spun a tale where no doubt his heroism came to the fore especially with no one to argue with his telling of the tale.
Tune in soon for another Garvald Production.
Rules used this evening were 7TV and hopefully by the third game we'll have mastered them.

All figures,scenery and scenario provided by Colin Jack's film company.

See you all soon.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Collateral or not Collateral

Thursday 10th August.

                                  Campbell decided he wanted to play AK 47 so I used that excuse to organise a big game in October which looks like it is going to be a big game with about a dozen gamers involved.Campbell was up for it until Lady Hardie(his wife)had other ideas and babysitting was more important than running about the African veldt.
African standoff!

Jack sampling the local juju juice.
                                      Anywho since Campbell and Bart hadn't played the game before I decided to put on a wee game at the club tonight giving the two of them a chance to try the rules and also for myself to get reaquainted with them myself ably assisted by my not so glamorous  assistant Jack Glanville.
Like a lot of my AK figs they've been along for a long time.

Militia in the Marsh - sounds like a rural English village.

                                    Ak 47 is a very unpolitically correct game based on African wars in the fifties,sixties,seventies and even the nineties.It is also very easy to play and games can last for minutes or hours depending on dice rolls.It was popular in the club in the early 2000s and it was amazing to see the old hands come over to have a peruse and reminisce about previous games and armies.
Bart supremely confident even although his tanks are brewing up nicely 

                                        Bart and Campbell kitted up with their respective armies and got down to business but due to the vagaries of the rules Bart started off with two units and Campbell with four and he was defending resulted in  Bart's forces beginning  to turn into cannon fodder.

Some of Derek Hodge's doing the YMCA I think.

The militia refusing to budge

One of my presidential guard tanks helping out(yes the blue one)

Campbell's infantry not looking very professional 
                                           This was to be the norm for most of the game even when Bart finally managed to get his reinforcements on.It was only at the end that Bart started to damage Campbell's forces but by then it was too late resulting in a glorious win for Campbell  

Bart's last bid for glory
                                        Bart left licking his wounds,slightly unamused especially when he found out that one of his big weapons couldn't inflict collateral damage.
                                           I'm sure the Polish Exile army in Africa will be back and kicking ass.
                                        A very good game and hopefully the first of a few practise games before the big game in October.
                                                    See you when I see you.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tri-Nation action in Venice

Wednesday 09 August.

                               Feeling as though I havn't played a game in ages Colin Jack decided to utilise the Venetian scenery for an unknown WW2 attack on the city of canals.That unknown in that it never happened except in Colin's mind.
Some pictures of the lull before the storm.

The choir boys are still chirping away

                               The game involved an attack by Canadian paras supported by some Royal Marine commandos who actually didn't last long and had to be helped by some Brazilian infantry who just happened to be in the vicinity.The defenders were a mixed bag of Italian paras and infantry who were all ensconsed in the Venetian buildings waiting to spring their carefully laid traps.
Moving up.

Para command squad with the C.O. suitably equipped with foxhorn.
                                  I took control of the Canadians whilst Colin took charge of the seaborne forces.I kicked off by dropping my paras on randomly chosen areas making sure that I didn't loose them all as in our Aegean games.
                                   My lads landed safe and sound and after gathering themselves together headed for the centre of town where the natives were a wee bit hostile.Colin landed the first of his marines straight into the muzzles of Bill's Italians who were lying in wait in a warehouse situated on one of the wharfs.
Messing about on the canal

ready to rumble.
              After Colin's forces were whittled down he decided to storm the building and after he cleared the bad guys out found that he didn't have much time to consolidate before Bill attacked the building flamethrower et al.Colin's forces  suffered severely and ended up heading back for the safety of his boats.
Flamethrower haven.

Time for a brew before heading across the green.

Da da da da!
                    My paras cautiously made their way towards the canal only to be met with gunfire from a nearby building stopping them in their tracks.I started trying to pin them down with gunfire until my mortar could come into action and help with some payback.
Can't beat a good tree to hide behind.

The difference between the two forces.
                                             Bill had placed a sniper in the tower situated in the middle of town and he spent the evening making our forces keep their heads down and taking a few valuable prizes with his shooting skill.
                                Colin looked around for some reinforcements to bring on and found them in the form of Brazilian infantry he had painted up for some of last years games.They were duly put on a boat and ferried towards Venice.
Out for a pizza.
                                             More of Bill's Italians opened up on my paras once they started moving across open ground but apart from a few casualties stayed focused on the job in hand.My mortar started to hit paydirt and eventually softened up one of Bill's buildings enough for me to rush in and clear this nest of vipers before heading to the next building to complete our revenge on the flamethrower team.
Italian surprise
                                      Colin's Brazilians came charging up the harbour hoping to get to grips with Bill's Italians in the harbour building only to lose a few before coming off second best in the following fistfight.Colin got revenge by slowly taking out the remaining men in the building.
Sambaing up the pier!
Da da da da in Portugese!
   Bill's machine gun now opened up on my lads crossing the green in front of the house that they were inhabiting making them hit the dirt.I changed the direction of the mortar fire to try and dislodge this gun so that Colin's only remaining commando squad could finish the off in their own way-up,close and personal.
Still waiting on a pizza.
Knock knock(in Italian)
Very sneaky Italian mortar team soon to be extinct.
 My para squad that was suitably crouching behind the walls of a house,fired at and destroyed Bill's mortar squad.Ithink Bill was about to look for some white flags.The only problem they then had was the upstairs inhabitants in the form of Bill's hq who typical of Italians were being rather noisy so my paras had to nip upstair and deal with the noisy lot.This they did with ease.Things were not going Bill's way and I had no intention of letting up on the momentum.
Crawling over the bridge.
                                          Across the square my second squad had managed to pick themselves up with the help of their hq and headed towards the Italians in a nearby house firing at them along the way to keep their heads down.They finally made it to a bridge ready to assault when I decided to just pepper the house with gunfire as it meant the bad guys couldn't budge.
Forward boys!

"It's that way!"

Rapid fire!
                                                 Colin's machine gun continued their spat with Bill's sniper but to no avail as Bill's sniper replied killing the Brazilian co in the process.
The tower of death-Bill's sniper spot.
                                                 Bill had finally given up as his forces were rapidly decreasing and decided on a mass surrender.A good game had by one and all and not a German in sight.
                                All figures,scenery and scenario provided by Colin Jack as well as an excellent repast-pasta of course washed down by a glass of Chilean Devil's Cellar and they weren't even in the fight.
                            Next weeks game will be back into the realms of  7TV-can't wait!

                                           See you when I see you.