Buying into samurai

There are times when I think that I have a problem. That issue is exemplified by the large pile of 28mm Samurai miniatures that currently sit in the huge pile of unassembled and unpainted figures next to my painting table. The store I work at us doing a demo of Test of Honour from Warlord Games. I had seen the game on the shelves and didn’t really pay a lot of attention to it but decided to check out a video or two to see how it played. Inevitably I end up at Beasts of War and this time was no exception as they had a video with one of the staff from Warlord.

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500 point Ghar Rebel force

I know. I said that I was going to play Isorians but I can’t say no to the delightful insanity of the Ghar Outcast Rebel army. Here is a 500pt list I am considering for the first stage of the upcoming slow-grow league.

Ghar Rebel Starter List

Army Options

Army Options [10pts]: Block!, Well Prepared


Rebel Battle Squad [214pts]: 2x Ghar Trooper, Plasma Amplifiers
. Ghar Leader: Leader


Rebel Command Squad [73pts]: 2x Outcast Rebel
. Ghar Outcast Rebel Commander: Leader

Rebel Black Guard [75pts]: Micro-X Launcher, 6x Outcast Rebel, Plasma Lance
. Outcast Rebel Leader: Leader

Rebel Black Guard [75pts]: Micro-X Launcher, 6x Outcast Rebel, Plasma Lance
. Outcast Rebel Leader: Leader

Rebel Mag Light Support Team [26pts]: 2x Outcast Crew

Rebel Quad Mag Repeater Team [26pts]: 2x Outcast Crew

Total: [499pts]

I am attempting to max out on the support weapons and vehicles I can take in the list to make up for the vast pile of Ghar Outcast infantry I need to take. The figures for this are coming in soon so I hope to be able to test this out.

Choosing a faction

So the Antares slow-grow league is getting close to starting at The Sentry Box here in Calgary. I had previously narrowed my choice down to the Ghar Outcast Rebels or the Isorians. I was quite certain that I was going to choose the Ghar but one of the other players is going to play Ghar Empire and I think that our player group is small enough that having two Ghar players will be too much even if one of them is an Outcast army.

On the plus side it means that I will be able to get an Isorian Phase Sniper.

Unique BGoA tactics

So I have been reading through the Beyond the Gates of Antares rulebook in the last week with an eye to what new elements the game brings to the table. Here are a few features that I think are unique to BGoA that I am looking forward to trying out in games.

Compressor Drones

Compressor Drones are Buddy Drones that you can add to a unit to carry or store equipment. Compressor Drones can hold grab bikes or similar vehicles allowing mounted units to quickly turn themselves into foot infantry. A more interesting use is to store support weapons or to transport Probe units. Imagine a unit of Concord grab bike infantry zooming across the board and not only presenting a flanking threat but also unloading a unit of Targeting Drones who then move into the enemy deployment area to start providing target data to friendly units. Continue reading →

Building Deadzone terrain

The family was away yesterday so I took the opportunity to sit down and build terrain for the upcoming Deadzone summer campaign. About a year ago I did a trade that involved a box of unassembled Deadzone terrain. It was not an insubstantial box and I have been slowly chipping away at it.


The day flew past pretty quickly and I think that I managed to get a little more than a table worth of terrain put together. I think that with the current amount I have I should be able to fill three tables but I am going to try to do at least one more table worth to ensure that I can fill out four tables for the summer campaign.

Picking a faction

Picking a faction in any game is often a problem. One can go with the faction that has the best looking models, the coolest in-game effects or just the one that grabs your attention. So lets take a look at the factions in Beyond the Gates of Antares and examine their strong points. My path to pick a faction is complicated somewhat by the fact that I am doing so as part of a slow grow league so I don’t want to interfere with anyone else’s decisions.

My initial thought was to go with the Concord forces for two reasons. First, they are easy to get as the Combine models are in both of the current BtGA starter sets. Secondly,  they have so many awesome looking drone models. Sadly there is already at least one Concord player.

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Deadzone Forge Fathers near completion

I’ve been managing to get some work done on them from time to time and my Deadzone Forge Fathers are almost complete.


I just need to finish the bases and then they will be ready to hit the table. I used the Army Painter Dragon Red as a base and then accented the models with blue and yellow based on a complimentary colour triad. Typically I like contrasting colours but that leads to me painting with greens and its not usually my favourite colour.

After these are done I need to finish one of my three other Deadzone forces in preparation for the summer Deadzone event that I hope is still going to happen.