Malamute as Captain Sebastian Softlove
And Jimbibbly as Sergeant Rawley Ruffbrute
The game was played on a 6 x 4 table using a mix of figures from Perry Miniatures and Red Planet Miniatures. We used a set of home grown skirmish rules, inventively entitled Red Planet Adventures, which use simple mechanisms as lots of d10s. No doubt they will appear as a free download somewhere 'Soon'TM once they're sufficiently tweaked.
Terrain was laid out as below, with Ruffbrute and his men entering in the centre of the short edge on the far right. There were 24 markers placed randomly around the board numbered 1 - 24 underneath. As Ruffbrute and his men searched these revealed various items and characters, as well as additional troops to swell the search party and Martians to trim it down . Marker number 1 was Softlove himself. The whole game lasted a couple of hours.
Ruffbrute and his men pose for the obligatory press photo
Before setting off to find Softlove
Ruffbrute decides to split his forces to speed up the search and details off Aak-Nak Fish (Martian Askari) and some of the Camel Corps troopers
Who promptly discover a group of Martians
Who charge into contact (the Martian reactions were determined by dice roll, and varied from Ambush to Flee)
After some vicious fighting the Martians are repulsed but not not before Fish takes a nasty wound that slows him for the rest of the game and requires him to be assisted by one of the troopers
Meanwhile Ruffbrute has discovered some soldiers returning to the city and dispatches them to investigate a cave in the nearby mesa. Unfortunately for brave lads the cave turns out to be full of Martians who have been sheltering from the sandstorm.
A short and very bloody melee ensues
With fatal results for all the redcoats involved
Unaware of the carnage behind him, Ruffbrute presses forward, picking up another straggler from the Camel Corps
then running into more Martians sheltering in the lee of a large rock who are quickly dispatched
Aak-Nak Fish, supported by one of his men, presses forward on the left flank adding more and more stragglers to his section
Ruffbrute's advance is watched from a distance
But as he and his men approach a crashed Martian skiff another group of stragglers break cover and engage the Martians
Aak-Nak Fish and his men come to the aid of Professor Artemis E'ffakt, Professor of Ancient Studies, University of Cairo, (Art to his close friends) who they find hiding amongst the martian thornbush.
And just as Ruffbrute is starting to lose hope, he notices a red coated figure ahead in the thorn bush.
"Captain Softlove Sir, pleased to be finding you in good 'ealth Sir. If you care to be comin' along with us, there's a good chance we can 'ave you back in town in time for tiffin."
At this point the game ends but Ruffbrute and Softlove will return...