Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Tomb of Xongar XI

This past weekend saw the return of Savage Saturday - I have decided to run a series of skirmish games over teh summer (the Savage Saturday Summer Skirmish Series - am I the king of alliteration or what!?). I've been painting a bit of colonials and Martians so it seemed appropriate to get them on the table in a little Space: 1889 scenario.


Professor Arnold Daventhorpe has approached Thurston Howell to fund an archeological expedition to what he believes is the lost tomb of Xongar XI. Convincing him that Xongar XI was the richest of Xongar dynasty and the tomb is likely filled with untold riches and treasures Howell agreed and decided to accompany the expedition. Ruby Johnson and another Martian guide have been hired to help get them there and Daventhorpes beautiful assistant Dr. Penelope Smith was also to travel with the group.

The site was located after a few weeks searching and excavation began. All the work had to be done by the small team as no Martians could be found that would be willing to dig up the site – especially since it was so close to a High Martian Kragg.

About a week after their arrival the High Martians noticed their presence and for another week could be seen soaring on the horizon or sometimes high overhead. Finally, two weeks after their arrival at the site, a group of High Martians approached and told them to leave.

Word was sent back to their friend Lt. Montgomery that they expected trouble from the High Martians and asked if he would be able to help….


The Heroes are holed up at the dig site – with hostile High Martians circling closer – hoping their friend Lt. Montgomery will arrive in time!

The players will check to see if Montgomery and the Parhoon Rifles arrive at the beginning of every turn after turn four – rolling d8, if the number rolled plus the turn number is equal or greater than twelve Montgomery and his detachment of Parhoon Rifles arrive in the far corner of the table..


Thurston Howell I
Ag d4, Sm d8, Sp d10, St d6, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 6 (7), Toughness 6
Skills: Fighting dX, Shooting dX, Notice dX, Stealth dX, Intimidate dX, Throwing dX
Edges: Filthy Rich, Strong Willed, Snob
Hindrances: Stubborn, Jingoistic, Overconfident
Gear: Sword Cane (Str+d4), Revolver (Range: 5/10/20, ROF 1, Damage: 2d6, AP: 1) Languages: English!

Lieutenant William Montgomery
Ag d8, Sm d8, Sp d10, St d6, Vg d6,
Pace 6, Parry 6, Toughness 5
Skills: Fighting d10, Shooting d6, Notice d8, Stealth d6, Intimidate d6, Riding d4, Persuasion d8
Edges: Rank: Officer, Command
Hindrances: Loyal (To the Regiment and Crown) Obligation (Army, Mionr), code of Honour
Gear: Sabre (Str+d6), Pistol (Range: 5/10/20, ROF1, Damage: 2d6, AP: 1)
Languages: English, Koline, Parhooni, French

Ruby Johnson - Wild Card Guide - Amanda
Ag d10, Sm d8, Sp d6, St d6, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 5, Toughness 6
Skills: Fighting d6, Shooting d6, Notice d6, Stealth d6, Survival d6, Tracking d10, Streetwise d4, Persuasiond4, Climbing d4, Riding d4, Healing d4,
Edges: Linguist, Luck, Alertness,
Hindrances: Loyal (The Group), Martian Raised, Code of Honour
Gear: Knife (Str+d4), Rifle (Range: 24/48/96, ROF 1, Damage: 2d8, AP: 2)
Languages: English Flemish, French, German, Koline, Oenotrian, Parhooni, Hellan

Professor Arnold Daventhorpe – Wild Card Archaeologist
Ag d8, Sm d10, Sp d8, St d8, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 4, Toughness 5
Skills: Fighting d4, Shooting d6, Notice d8, Stealth d4, Survival d6, Throwing d4, Climbing d6, Knowledge: Archaeology d10, Knowledge: Martian History d8,
Edges: Scholar,
Hindrances: Code of Honor
Gear: Shot Gun (Range: 12/24/48, ROF1, Damage: 1-3d6, snapfire)

Dr. Penelope Smith
Ag d8, Sm d6, Sp d8, St d6, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 4, Toughness 6
Skills: Fighting d4, Shooting d6, Notice d8, Stealth d6, Persuasion d8, Survival d6, Knowledge: Archaeology d8, Knowledge: Martian History d8,
Edges: Attractive,
Gear: Pistol (Range: 6/12/24, ROF1, Damage: 2d6, AP: 1)

Martian Guide
Ag d8, Sm d6, Sp d6, St d6, Vg d6,
Pace 6, Parry 5, Toughness 5
Skills: Fighting d6, Shooting d8, Notice d8, Stealth d8, Intimidate d6, Throwing d6, Tracking d8, Survival d8
Edges: Musketeer, Marksman, Woodsman
Rifled Musket (Range: 20/40/80, ROF 1/3, Damage: 2d8)

Parhoon Rifles
Ag d6, Sm d6, Sp d6, St d6, Vg d6,
Pace 6, Parry 5(6), Toughness 5
Skills: Fighting d6, Shooting d6, Notice d6, Stealth d6, Intimidate d6, Throwing d6
Gear: Martini-Hanry Rifle (Range: 24/48/96, ROF1, Damage: 2d8, AP: 2, Snapfire), bayonet (Str+d6, parry +1)


(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Our heroes at the dig site… who will get there first; The hostile High Martians or the Parhoon Rifles relief column…?

The High Martian warband approaches!

The swooped in and attacked the camp

Things were looking very badly indeed… The professor and his assistant were down int eh first round. Mr. Howell didn’t last much longer… The rest wouldn’t have held out another turn, but then wouldn’t you know it – Patrick rolled an eight on turn four…

The Parhoon Rifle detachment, led by Lt. Montgomery, is spotted approaching – the High Martians wait in ambush…

When the Parhoonis had closed enough the High Martians swooped out and were upon the Parhoonis before they even got a shot off!

The sudden violence of their attack caught the Parhoonis off guard!

Quiickly the Parhoon Rifles recovered their wits and dealt the High Martians some pretty serious blows

Ruby Johnson and the Martian Guide held their own – eventually the surviving High Martians fled!

Figuring they would soon be back in greater numbers, and Howell and the professor were very seriously wounded, the group was obliged to abandon the dig and return to Parhoon with their rescuers…

Coming soon on Savage Timmy’s Playhouse:

More Space:1889 and Gladiatorial combat!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Savage Saturday Hiatus

It's that time of year again... Savage Saturday is going on hiatus for a bit. I might start again later in the summer... might be fall... we shall see. I seem to do this every spring… Things get busy with various kids activities winding up – final concerts and recitals and all the extra practices and rehearsals that entails. I also like to start getting out and doing some long distance bike rides on Sunday mornings.

I have some other stuff I want to focus on, game-wise; mostly Zulu War and Great War projects using Ever Victorious Armies/Contemptible Little Armies/Black Powder/etc maybe even some DBA or HOTT. I’ll be pretty busy painting new forces and preparing games for Toon Con in the fall. This I'll probably be doing most of this on random weeknights. You can follow all that action over on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog.

I'd also like to do some more board gaming. I had actually planned to play Age of Conan this afternoon… but the whole family is sick so I had to call it off... I have a whole lot of board games, many of which I've picked up over the last couple years and played very few of them - I want to actually get around to playing a few more!

I also want to do some more painting of pictures, drawing of comics, get some more reading done and, as I mentioned, start getting up early for long distance bike rides on Sunday mornings, etc, etc... (You can read about some of that over on The Bike Blog and The Art Blog)

So I just don't have time to prepare and run a regular game on Saturday nights.

When I DO start up again I want to have a complete campaign planned out - toys painted and any required terrain/vehicles built, adventures read, cards for extras and wild cad NPCs all filled out, etc. It will be Realms of Cthulhu or Savage Space:1889 (so those of you playing in those campaigns that haven't completed a background for either of those characters - get on it!).

I did just order a schwack-load of Martians from Rafm (seriously… like 200 of them…) and I’ve been eyeing up Black Cat Bases Deep Ones and Mi Go and other assorted Cthulhu Critters (they’re on sale – 20% off - right now… doh…) - not to mention Rafm’s Cthulhu stuff. I guess that’s where some planning might come in handy – figure out which of those cthulhu critters I might actually NEED for the various adventures I’m going to run…

Cheerio for now…