Friday, March 24, 2017

Solitaire play: Star Trek Holodeck gladiator fight .. Klingon vs Holo Skeleton

I had a bit of fun last time using the solitaire miniature Red Sands, Black Moon gladiator rules from Two Hour Wargames....

..which I adopted for Star Trek (as discussed here)..

I'm a big Star Trek TOS fan, so I want to try again in the universe, only this time, try something other than the planet Triskelion..

Now, I have to admit I am not a big TNG, Voyager, DS9 fan.. I hated TNG for the first couple of years it aired, and it took me well over a decade to accept and now, finally like, the spinoffs. However, right at the beginning in 1987, despite my initial burning hatred of TNG, what I did like about it were the holodecks... As a FASA Star Trek RPG gamemaster in the 1980s, my mind kept racing in the late 80s / early 90s on hosting holodeck RPG missions, though it never came to pass..

The idea still intrigues me.

My RPG days are long gone...but when you still have FASA Star Trek RPGing in the back of your mind, 30 years later, and trying to scratch that itch, you improvise..
With some cardboard and foamboard, I made a holodeck easily enough, using a 1 square inch grid pattern...

I dug out some minis and arranged the fight, using the Red Sands Black Moon stats.. A Klingon vs a holodeck monster, in this case, a classic skeleton.

The Klingon is a 28mm "ridged rim alien" from Space Vixens from Mars, which I painted up..

The Skeleton is a classic Reaper skeleton..

I've discovered doing this scenario that I still love Star Trek RPGing, after nearly 30 years, and had a blast "RPG"ing this encounter... Aaah, if only it was the 80s again, and I could still GM FASA Star Trek... lol..

Anyways, let the fight begin..


Klaargh yearns for a glorious death, but as a technician on a space station for a mining conglomerate, his only escape from all this galactic peace is the holosuites. Things were more glorious in his grandfather's day alas....

He doesn't lease the holosuites on this station for sex, as most of the dregs of many races passing through here do, but instead to hone his skill with the bat'leth, the two handed sword of his people.

He usually plays rough but ultimately safe fights against holograms, but today, Klaargh yearns for more... he wants to push himself, to taste victory or death.. anything to escape the drudgery of.. well.. all this inaction..

Today, he will override the safety protocols whether it is legal or not.. to hell with local laws anyway... He programed his Holodeck monster to have above average swordsmanship, and to be harder to hit..

Today, when he wins, it will be glorious.. but first, business with the toady holosuite owner, a Ferengi, to grease the wheels of glory..

Entering the holosuite, Klaargh felt a wave of anticipation...


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Another terrain piece built out of a Pizza Crisper: my workbench

I spent an enjoyable but long marathon yesterday playing the cube-pusher euro game Through the Ages again with my friends Jim and Pixie..

I described the game before in some detail, and it was pretty much the same. For a Civ game, its good, despite being abstract. Unfortunately, cube pushers don't let themselves well to exciting blogging, so I am just glossing over it here.

This morning, I woke up bleary eyed and went and finished one of my remaining terrain pieces built out of a pizza crisper. Last time, I built a landing pad with one, as discussed here.

As mentioned last time, I used some Halloween props when I started to build my pizza crisper fantasy piece..

I wanted to use this terrain as a fantasy altar, but also as perhaps a gladiator arena of sorts, when playing on stone settings.

I once built fantasy domes out of clay, which I formed with a cookie cutter template (as discussed here)..

 So I dug up the template again, and started making "stone slabs"...

which I then glued on to the pizza crisper in a hodge-podge fashion, as primitive people did..

After the clay thoroughly dried out, I then primed it black..

Grey and white dry-brushing and highlights were then applied..

 I had some evil altar basing pieces, which I then painted in red into the "magical" etchings first...

 then highlighted gray and white again on them..

Glued the basing pieces on with some crazy glue and some green stuff.. I put the excess greenstuff on the rim instead of wasting it..

Added some white glue on the rim..

And finally, flocked the rim with gravel..

Not bad at all..

On to the next project..