Järnringen / The Iron Ring (Mutant 1984) – Part 2 – The Attack of the Robots

This is a follow-up on a previous blog post about my miniature skirmish adaptation of the Swedish roleplaying scenario Järnringen from 1985 (see more here) for the Mutant RPG, if you intend to play this as a Player Character it is probably best that you stop right now.

The lights are dimmed and Morgan gets onto the stage, dressed in dark clothes with an enigmatic smile on his lips. He holds up a playing cared – Queen of Spades. He mumbles something and suddenly holds three cards in his had – three Queen of Spades. At the same time the triplets appears on the stage, dressed in red, blue and yellow.

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Morgan Morgonstjärna (drawing by Peter Johnsson)

“My Ladies and Gentlemen”, says Morgan, still smiling. “As we all know there are people that possess strange powers, but I will prove that no mutation, no power is stronger than MAGIC! With its help I will move a young girl from one place to another in front of your eyes!”. Janice hovers forward, dressed in red sequins, and dances around Morgan.

“Now, of course, you believe that the Lady is a PSI-mutant!”, says Morgan starting a roar of laughter from the audience. They just need to cast a glimpse on the overly dimensioned blonde to understand that she it not.

The other triplets pushes in two black boxes. Janice steps into one of the boxes and pulls a black curtain. For a moment the stage seems to glow from a blue light and then Morgan pulls away the curtain and the box is empty. The curtain in the other box is pulled away and Janice takes a step out on the stage with a great smile. The trick gets standing ovations and Morgan bows and disappears behind the stage curtain and the show goes on.

– Roughly translated from the 1985 scenario Järnringen (the Iron Ring) for the Swedish Roleplaying Game Mutant!

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In the original scenario there is a chance that Nordholmia (the town) is attacked by Robots (unless the Players Characters manages to figure out was is going on and stops it) – I am currently working on a scenario to play this with miniatures. The scenario basically is a situations where robots are appearing and the players tries to get to the source of the attack to stop more robots coming and where the supporting cast (the defenders of Nordholmia) are fighting the robots.  Guess where the robots are coming from!

As for the robots there is the following illustration in the book (by Peter Johnsson), but I always felt this was too cartoony and did not really fit into what I had in mind (it is a cool drawing though).

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There would be no more suitable type of robot to be used for this project that than the T-800 model from the movie Terminator.

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T-800 model, pictures taken from IMBD, from the Terminator (1984) movie.

Some time ago, I and the Little One had a go with the Terminator Genesys miniatures games, so we have a fair few of robot models already.

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This week I have finished a few proud defenders of Nordholmia using the LDV unit I bought at SELWG a few weeks ago, with some headswaps from Sally 4th.

 

I tried to the get feeling of some citizens using primitive guns and whatever they have handy to fight with – humans, mutants and animals fighting side by side.  I think I need a fair few similar kind of models and will browse various VBCW miniature manufacturers as these will fit the bill nicely.  Here they are.

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In other news, I did also finish this little gift I got from a friend for this Mutant 1984 project.  It is a frog caught in some carbonite, Han Solo style!

 

In addition for the latter part of the scenario I am trying to find a suitable model for Makron – no, not the French President, but the host of Hotel Imperator, with his blue hypnotic eye.

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Makron (drawing by Peter Johnsson)

Let me know if you have any ideas for a model for this chap.  I currently I am painting this one, but it arguably looks more like a confused professor than an evil master mind (that can cause fear and illusions).

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/ Hope that was of some interest, now I just need some more defenders of the town. I guess I would need another 30 or so.

 

 

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Nordic WW2 Movies, Cossacks and Kalmucks at Poltava 1709 – Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

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If you have followed this blog you may know that Nick Dorrell, some other Chums, and I put on a game at Salute in 2017.  It was the Kalisz Battle and it required a lot of Cossacks and Kalmucks, actually more than 30 No. (60 by 60mm bases, link here).  In reviewing the needs for the Poltava Battle I realised that I had too few light cavalry bases as both sides had sizeable contingents (the Swedish side being supported by Mazepa’s Cossacks, and the Russian with its normal light cavalry contingent).  I only put 7 miniatures on each base but realised I needed about 16 bases.  I prepared the miniatures for painting but they have been sitting on the painting table for some time now – I was not feeling too excited about getting started.

Podcasts and a WW2 Diversion

This weekend offered almost uninterrupted rain, so I caught up on some Podcasts, including Henry Hyde’s patreon question time that was amazing (link to that project here), the Veteran Wargamer giving some advice (Jay with Friends) on WW2 movies to watch over the Christmas break (link to his excellent podcast here) and a festive Oddcast session from the Too Fat Lardies (listen to it here) that was fun, as always, to listen to. I felt sorry for Sidney Roundwoods Christmas presents – I hope he gets some better ones elsewhere ;).

In the Veteran wargames show I like the fact that Finnish War movies in general were mentioned, also the Norwegian Max Manus and the Danish 9th April (incidentally I think there will be an upcoming Chain of Command Pint Sized campaign covering this).  Here are these and a few other Nordic WW2 movies, in no particular order I recommend them all (a mixture of trailers and clips).

…. and finally a movie about the aftermath of WW2 (an absolutely excellent movie).

As for my own favourite Nordic WW2 Movie I have to admit that I like the Cinemaphotography of the new Unknown Soldier (above) and would love to see it on the Silver Screen again – it made me make some assault boats (I have not yet used) some time ago (more here)

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15mm battlefront miniatures in some homemade boats!

However the following movie makes the journey to Mount Doom seem like a walk in the park – so here is another non-English movie to check out.

However I really like Fury, Private Ryan and A Bridge to Far, as well….

Here is a movie I never heard about, I ordered it today (about the invasion of Norway).

Back to the Cossacks

I got on with the painting and the podcasts offered sufficient time to get these done (they are the Cossacks from Baccus 18th century range, GNR10 Cossacks link here), with a special mention to Henry with his three and a half hour session.

Quick job, then Windsor and Newton Nutbrown Inkwash, basing and good to go.

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The 16 bases, used some tufts I had lying around.
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I used many different colours to provide an non-uniformed look.
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Some of the Tufts works better than others

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As above…

Now I need to park the Russian Dragoons on the painting table to brew for a while.

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Kirbekan 1885 – End of the Beginning (Part 4)

You may recall that when I started this little Kirbekan diversion I had as an objective to get enough bases to do the scenario as presented in Peter Riley’s draft colonial rules so I could lure him to demonstrate the rules for me – I think I am almost there with the miniatures.  There is still some desert terrain and hills to be done before I can call this project done.

If you want to catch up on previous progress  and some further background on this project have a look at some of the old blog entries:

Making a start

Second Update

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In the last update I showed some nearly finished 19th Hussars, some British Leaders and some Mahdi Dervish Irregular Infantry.  I based these and added flags as appropriate (All are from Baccusm 6mm colonial range, link here).

First out the 19th Hussars (more about them here).

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19th Hussars (based on the Lancers Code, but I cut the spears to simulate the native spears that they apparently carried at the time)

…then the Leaders

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Front line of Leaders

And finally the completed British Contingent for Kirbekan:

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(I also made all of them in marching column)

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Here are the Dervish Infantry

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Dervishes on the attack
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Aerial photo
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Close up – simple to paint but looks relatively effective.

And the more or less completed Mahdi Contingent for Kirbekan. Missing the leaders bases –  Moussa Wad Abuhegel, Ali Wad Hussein and Hamisd Wad Lekalik.

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Next step is to do some terrain, I intend to play this on a 4’6″ by 3′ mat that I will make using the good old acrylic mat trick and with some sand cladded styrofoam hills.  The idea with this was to have small bases (40 by 20mm) and being able to play games on a normal kitchen table.

I stole this quote and the map from Peter’s Draft document.

“The terrain is very Hilly, with rolling hills that have flat and sandy bottoms between them. All of the hills have gentle slopes, even the two contoured ridges are gentle slopes up to the summits and ridges.”

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From the unpublished “Polemos Colonial Wars – A Steady and Deliberate Fire”, by Peter Riley. 

Other Stuff

In other news, I and the Little One had a go at Sword and Spear and had a blast (more here).  We did a simple “DBA sized” game. We will definitely do a few more and perhaps do an AAR when we know the rules a tad more! We used the 6mm Punic War forces.

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Some elephants getting ready to attack the roman maniples!
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I forgot to paint the spearheads on the Punic Infantry attacking the Samnite contingent!

I also started the first step of rebasing some Prussia SYW stuff I have as I have a little idea for a Maurice based campaign (the good, and not so old, honour Game by Sam Mustafa) on a ALT-history version of the Swedish campaign in Pomerania during the Seven Years war (Sweden vs Prussia).  Another long term project, but it would be fun to develop some specific command cards, etc. Hellish work in rebasing!  It will be a long process and parts of me has regretted it already!

I also need to get going with the Poltava Project as soon as possible, I have loads of Russians and Cossacks to paint and another bloody big battlemat to do.

/ Hope that was of some interest

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