James the organiser put on a cracking event - primarily centred on promoting and teaching the game to new players (hence the Open University tag)
Although this game day was supposed to be super competitive, Karl at Crooked Dice provided a couple of £25 vouchers as proze support and Wargames Illustrated provided a magazine subscription prize. These prizes would be given out to the player with the highest victory points, the wooden spoon winner and the most sporting player (voted for by the players)
Not having much time recently for hobby type shenanigans, I quickly put together a 40 ratings cast based roughly on the same Killbot cast (from the Apocalypse set) Wayne from Wargames Illustrated used in a previous event (which I decimated with my Mars Attacks cast)
My cast (using the Apocalypse set) was based on the Utgar Soulborg faction for the now defunct Heroscape game, and was quick and easy to put together as the miniatures are pre-painted and I had no time to build or paint any new models.
Deathwalker 7000 - Mean Machine (Star)
Deathwalker 8000 - Warmachine (Extra)
Deathwalker 9000 - Warmachine (Extra)
Zettian Guard 001 - Killbot (Extra)
Zettian Guard 002 - Killbot (Extra)
Deathrazors 1,2 & 3 - Mongrels (Extras)
|My Utgar Deathwalker Cast|
His forces seek to expand his influence and dominate the universes and dimensions. Utgar is obsessive and holds himself superior and regards all other species as inferior pawns to be trampled. Using the wellsprings, he hopes to gain access to these other worlds.
With the recent acquisition of a wellspring on the Soulborgs home, Utgar launched a foray into the nearest dimension !
Each game would have a slight twist to the normal scenario rules.
Game 1 vs Shaun (Department Xcess) - The Battle.
Each Time a figure claims an objective they claim a VP as normal but also roll a D6 with the chances of either losing the rest of their turn, gaining a plot point, nothing happening or gaining an extra VP.
Utgar had sent his leading Soulborg general; Deathwalker 7000 through the wellspring and headed them towards dimension 002. Noting a disturbance in the timey wimey continuum, Dr Ugo Soloman deploys his Dept Xcess guards led by himself an Angel of Justice and a Time controller to intercept the Soulborgs.
Battle is soon joined between the two forces and both side trade blows until Soloman is in position to launch a Capture Bubble against Deathwalker 8000. A stillness comes over the battlefield as the eerily silent bubble glides towards the Warmachine. Unfortunately the calculations were slightly off and the bubble narrowly misses the Soulborg.
Seeing the advance of Deathwalker 7000 and his Zettian Guards, the Time Warrior uses his metal powers and psychically assaults Utgars general - damaging the Souldborg leader.
With the Soulborgs relentless advance, Department guards are mown down by the Warmachine's HMG's and a devastating Laser rifle shot from Deathwalker 9000 vapes Dr Soloman after he had been pinned down by a Deathrazor.
The Angel of Justice managed to weaken a Zettian but this was a Pyrrhic victory as Deathwalker 7000 attacked from the rear and took her out with a steely death grip.
Game 2 vs Darren (Cult of the T-Rex) - The Race
This game included the Maguffin (which give a D6 amount of VP's if found) the twist in this game was that each time an objective counter was claimed you roll a D6, on a 5+ the Maguffin is found. If no Maguffin is found when obectives are claimed, the last objective is the Maguffin.
After defeating Department Xcess, Deathwalker 7000 was free to advance around dimension 002 on his journey to claim it for Lord Utgar.
Coming across a Stone Circle, containing a strange blue box which emanated with Time Power, The Soulborg leader raced to intercept the valuable asset. Unfortunately he would also have to beat the Cult of the T-Rex who arrived at the same time!
Utgars forces were quicker on the uptake and charged forward (immediately finding the Maguffin with the first objective claimed) but the Cult magic flowed across the field and stopped the rest of the Soulborgs from gaining more ground.
A Cult spy immediately showed herself by the strange blue box but was quickly attacked by Deathrazors and then vaped into a red mist by Deathwalker 9000.
Col Kruger advanced on the Soulborg leader along with the Monster Egg. Something didn't feel right, Kruger quickly back off and then all was revealed. The Egg Jetpacked in-between Deathwalker 7000 and his Zettian Guards and then grew exponentially into a monstrous T-Rex (surprise-right!!) thrashing madly the massive Jurassic laid low the Zettians and the Soulborg leader, stunning them.
Kruger tried to capitalise on this situation but was unable to damage the Soulborgs enough to take them out and then fell victim himself to rabid assault from a Deathrazor.
With the rest of the Cult backing away under Utgar's relentless forces, Deathwalker 7000 recovered and with combined fire from the Warmachine's and himself - destroyed the T-Rex in a hail of gunfire and laser bolts.
Game 3 vs Matt (SWAT) - The Battle
Using the basic Battle scenario again, the twist involved a placing a miniature representing Sir Paddy Doore a leading Time Investigator. He would start by being placed in the middle of the board and on Stars or Co-Stars would be able to interact with him - to do so they must make a Mind test when in base to base. (he also cant be attacked and if the Mind test fails he wanders off 6" in a random direction)
At the end of the game the side that accompanies Sir Paddy gains 2 VP, if he is accompanied off the table that side gains 3 VP's. If he's still just wandering around then no extra VP's awarded.
Deathwalker 7000 is now on the last realm of dimension 002 and ready to claim it for Utgar, he has also been instructed to secure a leading Time Investigator which with sufficient torture and brain washing back in Valhalla could help towards the securing of more wellsprings.
Sir Paddy, although being a complete whack job eccentric, is also not stupid. With his insight he knows Utgar is coming for him and has arranged an ambush with a large SWAT force to take on the Soulborgs.
Deathwalker 7000 however has been upgraded due to his success in dimension 002 and upon entering range of Sir Paddy and his escorts - ignites his jetpack and snatches the Investigator right from under the nose of the Lead Officer.
In response the SWAT sniper on the gas station roof aims and seriously damages Deathwalker 8000. Although this now gave his position away and after being forced out of position by a Deathrazor, Deathwalker 9000 vapes him into a red mess.
SWAT officers advance and open up on the Soulborgs and watch in dismay as their rounds bounce harmlessly off their armoured bodies.
The relentless advance of Utgars forces massacre SWAT troops where they heroically stand and with the loss of a very brave SWAT Lieutenant (trying to hide by the yellowest mini!!) by multiple Deathrazor attacks, the remaining SWAT members retreat, leaving the Soulborg's to force Sir Paddy back into the malevolent hands of Utgar.
Three excellent games and 3 great opponents who I have not played before, but will look forward to hopefully playing again.
At the end of the day after results were toted it up - I had gained the most Victory Points over the three games and won a £25 voucher kindly provided by Karl from Crooked Dice.
Suitably spent on new 7TV minis.
Some of the Boards and Casts on display