Wednesday, 9 January 2019

From Rob Hingley - At midnight, on the twelfth of August, (25 Points)

"a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. " was my planned entry for the Recce Bonus round.

Death of the Thunderchild

However on Friday I knew that the bases would not be ready in time for photos. The sun sets far too early for my liking in winter.  Fortunately, I had a Plan B (not from outer space). The above intro is taken from Jeff Wayne's, The War of the Worlds.  The narration brilliantly preformed by Richard Burton.



From the time I first ventured into the realm of Sci-Fi wargaming I desired to own a trio of Martian Tripods.  When the Kickstarter campaign for All Quiet on the Martian Front commenced I hemmed and hawed. As I was underemployed at the time I dawdled until it was too late. Most likely that was a good thing for me.


Last year I was lucky to find a set for sale on eBay and I happily made my purchase from a gentleman in Denmark. The price was very reasonable. One model was missing a body part that I was able to construct from green stuff. Next to duct tape, green stuff surely is one of the great forces that helps bind the universe together.


I'm unlikely to acquire any more materials for which to play All Quiet on the Martian Front, but I wouldn't be surprised if the tripods made it onto my gaming table in a tabletop game of Future War Commander.

3 x 15mm Vehicles = 24 Points

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Always good to see some Victorian SF in the Challenge, Rob, and these are great little figures. Pity about missing the Recce deadline, that's happened to me too many times to count!

24 points plus an extra point for nostalgia value (I owned the album, back in the day - you never know what will prompt extra points, so surprise me!).

Ev



15 comments:

  1. Love these Tripods. WoTW is one of my favourite books and I'm still waiting for a decent film adaption!

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    1. I was introduced to HG Wells by Classic Comics. As a child I grew up with the Hollywood film version but I would really like to see a decent period piece.

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  2. Great looking tripods! Tough missing the recon round!
    Best Iain

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  3. I'm thinking about getting some of these for my WW1 troops to fight off!

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  4. I think the album still stands up. Great looking tripods.

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    1. I still listen to the album from time to time. Had it on the other night.

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  5. Thank you all for your kind comments, happy gaming.

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  6. Great stuff Rob, love to see some proper VSF on the Challenge.

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  7. The AQMF tripods look great - nice paint job. I've seen this game being played at conventions by a guy with a massive collection - the Martian stuff is excellent although I'm not so sure about the WWI steam tanks... but if, like you, I could find some cheap on EBay I'd probably cave.

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  8. Nice Tripods, Rob. You've done a great job bringing some classic SF to life.

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  9. Awesome tripods - I can almost hear their hunting horns!

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