Dave has been planning to run a fantasy game with his impressive collection of figures using GASLIGHT. (He actually used Battles by GASLIGHT.) This was the test of his game for Cold Wars next month.
The scenario involved the “Good Guys” trying to capture the port that our “Bad Guys” relied upon for resupply. The sides were roughly equal in numbers, but the Good Guys seemed to have a lot more magic, which allowed them to summon swarms of rats, create whole forests, launch fire balls, and other fun. The Bad Guys’ plan was to push on our right (the flank farthest from the port), get behind the Good Guys, and turn their flank. It didn’t work. While two Bad Guy Players were wrestling with two Good Guy players, the third Good Guy raced through our left flank and into the port.
The figures above are old Ral Partha figures. They are “Orcs riding Death Jaw.” I’m now in search of a bunch of them to make a GASLIGHT unit for Mars. These will look great with some Europeans riding them instead of Orcs.
He made a few tweaks for Battles by GASLIGHT, and on balance it worked well. For me there were two memorable moments. The first was when my guard cavalry was charged by the unit of freed slaves. If there had been a melee, I would have spanked them, but I failed my morale check to stand. The result was that 1d6 of my figures would run off the table. I rolled a 5. When a unit is reduced to 1 figure, it is removed from the table in GASLIGHT. So some naked slaves with shovels chased off my guard orcs riding dinosaur things! The second incident was when my army commander, some sort of witch deamon thing went into melee with some lizard men. The lizard got a hit, and my witch king thing rolled a 20 for his Save, so I died. You just have to laugh, or the dice will drive you crazy.
Dave has a tremendous assortment of out-of-production figures. His paint job is excellent.