Friday, June 24, 2022

Battle Report: Alien Planet 4

This is our fifth game for the year.  We had to haggle a bit to get this organized.  Since we only had three people we decided on a Battle.

Me (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.  (Bruni Bots)
   Green -- 2Rd/2Ra/2B/2W +SSR.
   White -- 2Rd/2Ra/2B/2W +SSR.
   Yellow Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Red Watchtower -- 2B/1Gd8/2Y/2W.

Chuck (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.  (Old School Squad)
   Purple Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Brown Fast Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G+d8/2W + SSR (x2).
   White Fast Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G+d8/2W + SSR.

Tom (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.  
   White Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR
   Grey Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR
   Brown Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Pink Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.







Events of Round 1 (DDC @ 11): My Yellow frame captures Chuck's Orange Station before the game starts.  My Yellow frame heats up Chuck's Brown frame for 1 after it closed into melee range.  Chuck's White frame takes a few steps forward and hits my Yellow frame for 1 with a SSR, Station Dance, then  Chuck's Brown frame recovers his Orange Station.  My Green frame hits Chuck's White frame for 1.  Chuck's Green frame hits my Green frame for 2.  Tom's Green frame takes one step forward and hits Chuck's Purple frame for 1, Station Dance.  Tom's Pink frame blasts Chuck's Purple frame for 6, destroying it.  My White frame hits Chuck's Brown frame for 2 and then moves around the medium Blade-Grass to capture Tom's Station.  Tom's Grey frame scuttles forward and hits my White frame for 2 with a SSR, Station Dance, and the Grey frame recaptures Tom's Station.

Me:
 42 points.
Tom: 24 points.
Chuck: 21 points.




Events of Round 2 (DDC @ 8): My Yellow frame hits Chuck's Brown frame for 4 with a Flame Frisbee SSR, destroying it.  My Yellow frame then takes a few steps forward and recaptures Chuck's Station.  Tom's Orange frame hits my White frame for 1.  Chuck's White frame runs forward and clubs my Yellow frame for 1, Station Dance.  Chuck's White frame reclaims his Orange Station.  My Green frame moves from the other side of the Loop-Grass to closer to my Red Station and hits Chuck's White frame for 1 with a Flame Frisbee SSR.  Chuck's Orange frame moves from the end Balloon-Tree to the Loop-Grass and hits my Yellow frame for 2.  Chuck's Yellow frame hits Tom's White frame for 1 the moves from the Bent-Top Blade-Grass to the Loop-Grass side of the middle Balloon-Tree.  Tom's White frame attempts to attack my White frame at melee range.  Tom's Pink frame hits his White frame for 2 in a friendly fire incident when attempting to hit my White frame.  Tom's Grey frame leapfrogs behind my White frame and jackhammers it for 4, destroying it.  Tom's Green frame hits my Yellow frame for 4, destroying it.  Chuck's Green frame moves from the large Blade-Grass to the empty side of the middle Balloon-Tree and hits my Green frame for 2.  Tom's Brown frame hits my Green frame for 3, destroying it.


Tom:
 24 points.

Me: 21 points.
Chuck: 18 points.





Events of Round 3 (DDC @ 4): Chuck's White frame takes a few steps forward and captures my Red Station.  Tom's Orange frame hits Chuck's Green frame for 1, which then moves behind the Bent-Top Blade-Grass.  Tom's Pink frame hits Chuck's Yellow frame, which was acting as Cover for Chuck's Orange frame, for 2.  Tom's Brown frame hits Chuck's Yellow frame for 3.  Chuck's Yellow frame changes direction, moving away from the middle Balloon-Tree it hits Tom's Orange frame for 4.  Tom's Green frame hits Chuck's Green frame, which was acting as Cover for Chuck's Yellow frame, for 2.


Tom:
 24 points.

Chuck: 21 points.
Me: 14 points.





Events of Round 4 (DDC @ 2): Tom's Orange frame moves to the corner of the battlefield and hits Chuck's Yellow frame for 1, destroying it with a SSR.  Tom's Brown frame hits Chuck's Green frame for 1.  Tom's Pink frame hits Chuck's Orange frame for 2.  Tom's Green frame hits Chuck's Orange frame for 3.  Tom's Grey frame continues moving forward to jackhammer my Red frame for 4, Station Dance, and my Red frame lurches over behind Chuck's White frame attempting to attack it.  Tom's Grey frame captures my White Station.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Tom:
 24 points.

Chuck: 18 points.
Me: 7 points.




Here are several during and aftermath pictures.

Round 1.4
Round 1.3










Round 2.3

Round 2.4










Round 4.5



Round 3.3






Round 4.6



Round 4.7










Round 4.8

Round 4.9











Thoughts & Observations:
  • This was a Battle.
  • We haven't used this table-setting since 2020.
  • I made several strategic errors before the game started.
  • I made several tactical errors while the game was being played.
  • I wanted to test an idea I had for loadouts but it turns out I completely misremembered the loadouts I wanted to use.
  • I got my butt stomped.
  • Flickr page.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Review: Gundam Converge ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex (266)

Let's do another review.  This Gundam Converge set is from the first wave of 10th anniversary sets which was released in March of 2022.  I find the arms on this fascinating, so I bought it.


Box.  I paid $10.99 at Newbury Comics for this.

Parts.











Disassembled.  I think the left hand comes off but I didn't want to
find out the hard way it won't.  The head vane could be Spotting.  The
head can be Defense or Spotting.  The backpack can be Defense or
Movement.  The back fin could be Defense or Movement.  The club
could be Melee.  The arms can be removed for White die damage.

Assembled.





The Questions:
Size Comparison.
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Five.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  While it's a good looking model, something about this feels lacking.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Review: Final Faction Perimeter Defense X-4 Turret

Let's start out the week with a review.  I was in Dollar Tree shopping for baseplates when I stumbled across this.  It looked interesting and about a size of other MFZ builds so I bought it.

Disassembled/ Parts.  The projectiles could be Direct Fire, Artillery,
or Spotting.  You could declare the legs as Movement.

Assembled.









Size Comparison.

The Questions:

Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Two.  (-5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: 0 (B).  It's not bad, limited variability but dirt cheap.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Terrain & Scenery 22

Let's keep going with the Terrain/Cover theme for the week and end with some neat pictures to look at.


Tanker, Sports Car, and Raised Pickup by Ogreboy88.  Built for MFZ:RA.





Tanker by onlunarseas.  This one is from Twitter.  It's on Flickr too.






Setting Foot on Planet Zaklonis by captainsmog.  A minifig
oriented build with some fantastic techniques for alien
plant life.  I know I'm stealing the Minifig Whip one.








built for 4P scale, this looks more like 6P.





techniques we could steal for constructing terrain but overall it's
way too dense for Cover -- I'm estimating a minimum of 34 Hits.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Build Journal: Papercraft Zizy Vehicles

This combines two of my favorite obsessions, Papercraft and Zizy Vehicles.  I was thinking about the Paper Silos I posted about on Monday while driving to work one morning when I passed a tanker truck.  My mind immediately shifted to designing a papercraft tank to fit on the trailer of a truck.  I felt that since building "realistic" tanker trucks was sort of difficult in Lego that this might be an easier technique.

Since my initial silo build used 4x4 Round Brick w/Pinholes to form the core I retained that but mounted them sideways on Large Jumpers, keeping the 1x1 Round Plates to secure the paper on the other side.  The paper pieces are 2.25" x 2.5" and are standard copier paper.  There's no central shaft holding the Round Bricks together so securing the initial two points of contact may be a little difficult.  In 6P Scale the tank is roughly 10' diameter by 20' long.  The deck is 20' long by 15' wide in 6P scale.  2 Hits will destroy the tank and the deck it sits on.  It will take 4 more hits to destroy the rest of the trailer.

Tanker Trailer



Parts









And the best part about this?
No Brackets.

I actually made two different Tractors to haul the Trailer.  I made them different to highlight the nature of independent truckers and the differences between 3-wide and 4-wide design.  Also, because I already have a Tractor done up in Octan colors. 




The first one I built was made to look big and powerful.  It will take 2 or 3 Hits to no longer be Cover -- depending on where you are in relation to the attack.  It will take 8 Hits to completely destroy.


The second one is meant to look more "sporty" -- hence the color and the more streamlined design.  It will take 2 or 3 Hits to no longer be Cover -- depending on where you are in relation to the attack.  It will take 7 Hits to completely destroy.


Group Picture





Once again, I hope people like this continuing
exploration of using paper in terrain builds.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Terrain Workshop: Papercraft Silo

So I'm back on my Papercraft trip again.  I had an idea last week on how to make a silo using paper sections to make the sides.

The initial thought was using a 4x4 Round Brick w/Pinholes forming the base attachment points.  I then dug into my stash of Supports and came up with a 2x2x8 Support w/Grooves & Top Peg to provide the height.  It's topped out by a 4x4 Inverted Dish and a 1x1 Round Tile.  The paper sections are 3.75" L x 2.5" W and are standard copier paper.  In 6P Scale these are roughly 10' wide by 34' tall.  There are 12 pieces so it will take 2 Hits before being destroyed.

Small Silo


Parts












I then moved up to the 6x6 Round Plate for the next size using a 2x2x10 Triangular Girder for spacing.  Without the pin holes from the 4x4 Round Brick I had to add in some 1x2 Technic Bricks w/Hole for attachment points for the paper, still using 1x1 Round Plates to secure them.  It's topped out by a 6x6 Inverted Dish (Solid Studs).  The paper sections are 3" L x 3.75" W.  In 6P Scale these are roughly 15' wide by 34' tall.  There are 14 pieces so it will take 3 Hits before being destroyed -- you should be able to sneak in four more pieces take make it an even 18.  I'll admit these were the most difficult to assemble.

Medium Silo


Parts












Moving up again in size, the largest silo uses the 4x8 Half Circle Plate to define the diameter and the 2x2x13 Support w/5 Pinholes to provide the spacing.  I keep the 1x2 Technic Bricks w/Hole for attachment points for the paper, again using 1x1 Round Plates to secure them.  I added in four 4x4 Macaroni Bricks and four 1x2 Bricks to pad out the parts count a little.  It's topped out by a 8x8 Inverted Dish (Solid Studs).  The paper sections are 4" L x 4.5" W.  In 6P Scale these are roughly 20' wide by 46' tall.  There are 24 pieces so it will take 4 Hits before being destroyed.

Large Silo


Parts













One of the fun things about these builds is that, due to the pieces with Pinholes, you could possibly replace the 1x1 Round Plates with Friction Pins and run 7mm Ribbed Hose between the silos like they held some sort of liquid or as if they were giant stills.  Unfortunately the assembly of the larger silos was so annoying I didn't try.  I think the for the six stud across designs would be best to replace the 1x2 Technic Bricks with 2x6x1.3 Technic Brick w/Axle Holes.  That then brings into question the center support.  I guess that will be grist for a future blog post.

Once again, I hope people like this continuing exploration of using paper in terrain builds.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Review: 41958 Extra Dots 7

Let's do something simple for a Friday.  I purchased this at my local Lego store.  This is part of the seventh Series of the Dots line.


Bag.  I paid
 $3.99 for a $0.03 Price per Piece.


Parts.  Printed Tiles, Light Aqua Round Tiles, Bright Yellow Round Tiles, Transparent Blue Round Tiles, Light Bley Quarter Circle Tiles, Coral Quarter Circle Tiles, Teal Quarter Circle Tiles, and Dark Blue Quarter Circle Tiles
 
Build.  None, as these are all accent parts.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No. (-5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below. (+5) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes. (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes. (+5)
Score: +10 (A-).  So I think that Series 4 Extra Dots was the high point in terms of diversity of parts/colors for Extra Dots sets but I like the colors available in this one, especially as I need more Translucent Blue Round Tiles.