A Tale of Two Gamers
Scipio and Headologist's BFG Campaign
Come in, come in, and welcome back to Palladian Guard ... to what I hope will become a regular slot on the blog! Me and Headologist recently flexed our nautical muscles with a game of GW's classic space combat game Battlefleet Gothic.
After the success of out last game, we've decided to play a campaign. BFG is one of those old rulebooks, written in a friendly, conversational style where the designers describe and advise you about how to run a campaign (rather than just 'advising' you to buy more models like 40K). We went for a map campaign, and in this introductory post I'll describe how we're planning the campaign and how I built up my fleet!
As I mentioned, the rulebook was invaluable here, crammed with inspiratinal as well as tactical advise. Because there are just the two of us, we went for a simple map-and-pin board - a star chart, with warp channels and 'nodes', that we take it in turns to move down. Where we meet, there's a battle. Simple!
Now, for the setting I was wary of getting bogged down with writing up a whole detailed background, so I strictly limited myself to just doing a map. The rest of the setting can just be taken as read - after all, it's the fleets and the admirals that we're bothered about! I jotted down some ideas on a piece of paper then sent them to Headologist. For those of you who don't know, he's a wizard with graphical things (if his medicae fluff doesn't convince you, look at last week's battle report...) and he put together this breathtaking map for us to use...
So, not having any artistic skill myself, I decided to help by printing off all the material I could to make the logistics run smoothly. The first battles are planned for next week; luckily this week I'm working in the office which means unsupervised access to industrial-sized colour printers and laminaters. Printed and bound BFG rulebook with notes? Laminated quick reference sheets? Colour maps for the board? Laminated full colour blast/asteroid markers? Check, check and double check. Hope no-one needs to use the printer tomorrow.
I've deliberately left the fluff alone for the most part. My Imperial Guard army has had a huge tome of fluff written about it before it even starts - I want this fleet to be mainly event-driven, and so the campaign will be mainly writing itself as it goes along. But I've spared some thought for a commander.
|The Falchion - a Lunar-class cruiser, and Hallerman's flagship|
(I know Commodore is too junior for a fleet commander, especially one with so many ships, but the Imperial Promotion Table in the rules says he needs to start the campaign as a Commodore.)
Last week's Cruiser Clash was played with some dusty old Imperial Cruisers I've had for a while. I decided to invest in a numerically superior fleet (military shorthand for undergunned horde of ships), and especially after reading about the exploits of the WWII naval officer Capt FJ Walker - CB, DSO and three bars - and his little troop of destroyers, I went for a nice swarm of Cobra destroyers and Sword-class frigates. Two of the Cobras are named Stork and Starling after two of Walker's most successful ships.
Well, on to painting. Since Commodore Hallerman is in charge of the backwater 14th Cruiser Squadron, of second-rate ships and ageing hulks. To this end, I decided to experiment with the use of weathering powders to create a battered, weathered look. However, I contrasted it with some comparatively well-maintained prows, painted white with gold trim. This is supposed to be a bit symbolic of the Imperial naval strategy (and the Imperium as a whole) - powerful, tough fronts and a ramshackle crumbling fighting mass behind it. (Insert Space Marine-Imperial Guard analogy here...)
Well, there we have it! All the logistics are sorted and the campaign is set ... I hope this can become a regular little feature about the campaign, but also gaming in general since I don't do enough of it. Let me know what you think - especially about the weathering. Maybe it went a bit far?
Anyway, until next time...
|"Blimey sur! There's tharsands of 'em!"|