Sunday, 13 September 2015

Upcoming Tales from the Maelstrom Rogue Trader participation game

Hello people of Terra!

In late 2012, the scurvy crew of the Tales from the Maelstrom blog (Gadge, Evo and myself) ran a Rogue Trader participation game at the Foundry in Nottingham. The game was great fun and people came from far and wide go take part, so we're thinking of doing it again, this time most likely at Warhammer World.

The basic plan is for us to run one of the random scenarios from the Rogue Trader campaign section, with armies provided by us (an Imperial Army force accompanied by various imperial agents against an Eldar pirate force with Zoat allies). The setting will be a sentient Death World (my favourite Rogue Trader setting as it allows for the use of loads of Death World gribblies!). We'll provide the miniatures, and make sure the two sides are divided into various sub-factions, each with their own (often secret) sub-objectives.

In essence, the plan is to make the battle look like a page from the Rogue Trader rule book, with original miniatures, fitting terrain etc, a real spectacle, all GM'd and played in the spirit of the original game.

So, we have yet to set a date or make any official arrangements but we've been amassing suitable miniatures (many thanks to Steve for the Eldar!). I'm posting this as a heads up and to gauge interest from our followers. We'd love to hear if anyone would be interested in attending so we can get an idea how many tables we'd need etc. I imagine we'd run this some time over the coming winter, perhaps even during the Christmas holidays to ensure everyone that wants to attend is free and has plenty of time to get clearance from their own events managers :-)

Any comments please fire away!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Some recent additions to my (Gadge's) Rogue Trader collection.

First off my Sensai Knight is doubling as an Imperial Noble of a 'safari on the edge of the imperium' with some loyal retainers in our 'inquisimunda' campaign.

The Graf Von Bek (sensai) takes his siblings Baroness Scarlet and Lord Tode on a hunting trip.  With them a gun servitor (for bagging a brace of orks) which is actually a pre Rogue Trader citadel Robot, A kroot 'native scout' (an unreleased playtest kroot very much in the spirit of citadel sculpts of the 80s) and a second human 'native guide' (this ones an old 'adventurers' range model) who has his own tracking hound (a D&D range 'blink dog' painted to look like my old dog lulu!)

Many of these models i've had painted for a while but the new ones are here.

While I've not done very much painting recently I did manage to finish off a 'Fire Angels' support squad that was lacking a missile launcher i couldnt find anywhere (it had fallen behind a desk).

Also in the spirit of bulking up forces I added a war droid 'combat model' in the same camo  scheme as my previous 'sniper droid' as the two 80s pre RT era war droids are essentially the same pattern, the 'sniper' just has an enlarged torso with some sort of jump pack and a rifle.

Last but not least an old citadel vampire Night Horror that i intend to use as the 'power behind the throne' on a rebel feral world game i'm planning to run for TFTM

(and a Wargames Foundry priest and wolf that got the 'ghost' treatment to practice it before trying it on my 80s citadel ghosts)

Thats all for now.   Later this week I'll post up more pics of the Fire Angels force as quite a few of you seemed to like them.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Hell Comes to Frog Town - A 'purist' Rogue Trader battle report.

Hell Comes to Frog Town – A Tales From the Maelstrom battle report.

First off, apologies, this ones  been too long in the making but unfortunately ‘real life’ issues got in the way of gaming but I am sorry that you’re reading this about two months after we played.

The scenario was simple,  Inquisitor Garamond Black had acquired information that the semi-mythical xenos ‘Slann’ had captured a heretical  ‘Sensai Knight’, and more importantly a Sensai Knight  in possession of  scrolls purporting to the origins of the universe…  scrolls that he believed rightly should belong to the Imperium and not some damn wetskins or heretics!

I played the Inquisitor with an entourage of 15 ‘Fire Angels’ Space Marines (split into five man squads) while Andy took a force or around 12 or so Slann including some powerful psykers.
For a laugh we also decided to play the game using nothing but the original Rogue Trader rulebook in all its unwieldy  glory, while we usually prefer a GM for RT games were both ‘narrative motivated’ enough that should an ‘ambiguity’ occur (RT, full of ambiguities, surely some mistake?) we’d both elect for the most entertaining result.

In essence this battle was to be a straight up ‘meeting engagement’ , while Andy and I both feel this is exactly the sort of thing Rogue Trader falls over on we thought that we’d see if we could make a ‘stand up battle’ work with the ruleset as is.

The game began with the marines heavy weapon squad taking up position on a roof top while the two bolter squads marched down either flank.  Having learned from previous mistakes Andy wisely kept his Slann hidden, those exposed were quickly dispatched by las cannon and missile launcher fire so a ‘shooting match’ was a bad idea.

The marines advanced.  On the left flank the squad received some devastating needle gun fire which caused them to break and panic (remember RT marines were only toughness 3 with a  4+ save and none of that ‘know no fear’ mularky) , even had they held they had nothing to shoot at as the Slann remained hidden.

On the right flank the marine commander and his squad navigated the rooftop catwalks and advanced towards the Slann lines only to suffer a similar fate.   The slippery Slann were just giving the Imperium nothing to shoot at.    The inquisitor quickly rallied them and used his psychic powers to lead a charge forwards, heavy casualties were taken but in the end contact was made with the amphibian aliens.

A brutal melee ensued, one that looked like the marines might win with their superior armour and close combat weapons but alas as the Fire Angels ‘purged’ the unclean with bolter and flame the Inquisitor fell to a blow from the Slann warchief.

With their leader routed and lacking the resolve that 2nd edition would give them the marines fell back leaving the secrets of the Slann ‘cities of gold’ firmly in webbed hands.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Old School Photoshoot

For me, one of the appeals of this hobby is creating set piece scenes that invoke the sort of wander I felt as a kid flicking through the pages of White Dwarf. To that end, I really enjoy setting up my old school inspired miniatures and taking some shots. The results are amateur at best, but fun nonetheless!

Here's a few I've done in the last few days.

Above, a pair of Rogue Trader Dominators (they were in fact prototype Tyranid Warriors, sculpted by Nick Bibby but they feel like a species in their own right).

Space Slann, one of each, an unreleased one and a conversion.

Not Rogue Trader miniatures, but I hope in the spirit, some desert dwelling Technomads.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rogue Trader war band

Myself and a few friends have been talking for a while about doing a Necromunda campaign some time this year, and thinking back to the way we used Necromunda to play all manner of games when we first started this blog in 2007 or so I started looking around to see what other people are doing. Doing so, I found the Inquisimunda rules mod, which does pretty much what we used to do but presents the ideas in rules form as a set of iconic war bands and expands the equipment, hired guns and similar stuff hugely.

So here's a Rogue Trader war band I've just put together using miniatures I had on the shelf. It's led by a Rogue Trader (obviously...) with a Medicae Servo Skull, helped by a Navigator, two Void Masters (one human, one Squat), a Kroot Scout Hired Gun and six armed Crewman.

Should be fun to play, and hopefully we'll post a battle report soon.

For more on Inquisimunda, check out the Empire of Ghosts blog...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Rogue Trader Technomads

Just a quick post - I converted these 'technomads' on a whim yesterday, using parts from the new Citadel Skitarii, some High Elf Archers and some Max Mini Desert Dwellers heads. I plan to make ten to twenty so they can make an appearance in a Rogue Trader game, and the desert tribesman look makes me think they might be a chance to revisit our old Jericho Reach campaign setting (if you browse our very earliest posts you'll find battle reports from a good six or more years ago that I imported from our old Jericho Reach blog).

Sunday, 12 April 2015

In the Cluches of Chaos project progress!

A few months back I posted here how Paul of the most excellent Sho3box old school wargaming blog and myself had concocted the idea of a conversion exchange, wherein we each decide between us on a theme, convert a suitable model and exchange the results, going on to paint the model we'd received and then use it in a battle report to be featured on our own blogs.

Well, I converted my piece and sent it to Paul - it has yet to arrive with him so I won't reveal what it is (I'll let him do that on his own blog). Paul's piece for me has arrived though, and I wanted to show it off, and express my thanks to Paul - its a wonderful conversion and very much in line with the 'captured by Chaos' theme we'd agreed upon.

The Sho3box Daemon unleashed!

I hope to get it painted in the very near future and then I'll put together a scenario and run a game, the results of which I'll publish here. I'm already thinking the game should involve the Cultists I've been working on, plus an old school Ordo Malleus, Realm of Chaos style Inquisitor. It would be especially grim and brooding fought in the confines of my Zone Mortalis terrain set too, so look out for that!

Once again, many thanks to Paul and I'll post a link to the Sho3box blog when he announces his end of the project is progressing.