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Offline Manchu

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Gamma Wolves Project
« on: February 16, 2021, 01:07:25 AM »
I have been wanting to try Ash Barker’s latest published game, Gamma Wolves. It is minis-agnostic and, for a while after getting a copy of the rulebook, I just couldn’t find any miniatures that really inspired me. I was stuck in that weird place where the ruleset was motivating me more than the toys.

But pretty soon, I saw other folks getting into the game talking about some cheap knock-offs from China and I managed to get them bought and shipped to the United States for less than 10 USD. The set consists of two sets of six unique sculpts, plenty of minis to play around building a a few lists. And if nothing came of it, I’d only be down ten bucks.

Using the pics, I started digging into the rulebook to build some warbands. In my group, I am usually in the position of “hosting” indie games like Gamma Wolves — i.e., putting together all the armies and wrangling potential players. So it made sense to plan out three lists, two being essential and a third one just to try out more of the game.

I settled on a Bolschev list to test out the heavier mechs, or “frames” as they are called in Gamma Wolves. The Bolschev faction is biased toward Heavy Frames and against Light Frames so my Bolschev list is made up of two Heavies, a Medium, and a Light. I wanted a middle-of-the-raod faction, too, and chose The Burg, a faction of engineered transhumans, to outfit with two Heavies and two Lights. Finally, with the “scraps” so to speak, I opted for a Ronin list, the unaligned faction (oxymoron) because they can have multiple Ace pilots in a list. The problem was, the knock-off set I ordered comes with many more smaller than larger mecha. But I figured, hey why not use a couple of the smaller ones as Medium Frames and create a backstory for it later? So the Ronin list ended up with three Medium Frames and a single Light Frame.

While waiting for the Chinese mecha to wing their way across the globe, I started thinking about basing. Gamma Wolves has suggested bases sizes in two ranges: one if you plan to use 28mm-ish wargaming models and a larger one if you plan to use “toys” like Gunpla models. I estimated the smaller wargaming sizes were still too big for my Chinese knock-offs and so went with my own convention: 90mm for Heavy Frames, 60mm for Medium Frames, and 30mm for Light Frames.

Gamma Wolves uses facing and each Frame has four arcs. I used a Dremel tool to carve notches into the MDF bases I bought to make the arcs easier to see and use during play. I then went to work on the bases, using Miliput, silicone press molds, Vallejo basing paste, crumbled cork, weathering powders, and GW’s “Nurgle’s Rot” technical paint. Pretty pleased with the way they turned out, as they seem suitably post-apocalyptic and match some scenery I built a while back.



Next installment will hopefully be some links to my blog with profiles for each of the three lists and, fingers crossed, pics of finished minis!

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 01:10:57 AM »
Nice! I have rules and will probably try them out on Sf3d/ Ma.k. 15mm miniatures  :)
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Offline eMills

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2021, 01:00:32 PM »
Those figures are interesting.  They appear to be modified 40K and AT43 Red Blok figures.

Looking forward to seeing your project progress.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2021, 01:02:24 PM by eMills »

Andrew_McGuire

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2021, 01:52:44 PM »
“Modified” as in pirated? Given the source it does not defy credibility.

Incidentally the price quoted to the UK is over £22 plus postage (minimal) but a customs charge should also be anticipated, were one to overcome one’s scruples.

Offline Manchu

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2021, 06:43:50 PM »
No, they definitely aren’t recasts but they are heavily inspired by existing designs.  lol

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2021, 06:56:50 PM »
OK - skipping the blogging step because I cannot get the site to work properly on my tablet. Here is the Bolschev list with helpful illustrations:



[Bolschev] KV-22 Heavy Frame “Simka”
Maj. Serafima Tereshkova (Trained [Ace])
WGT 30/30 MC 190
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Autocannon
Primary R: Autocannon
Secondary L: Thermal Spear
Secondary R: Thermal Spear
Technical: Fuel Reserves

[Bolschev] KV-22 Heavy Frame “Ivanko”
Cpt. Ivan Golovachev (Trained)
WGT 30/30 MC 190
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Autocannon
Primary R: Autocannon
Secondary L: Thermal Spear
Secondary R: Thermal Spear
Technical: Fuel Reserves



[Bolschev] SU-L Medium Frame “Sultan”
Lt. Dimitri Bazanov (Trained)
WGT 20/25 MC 85
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Laser
Primary R: Anti Tank Missile (2)
Secondary: n/a
Technical:  Ablative Armor (Sensors), Heat Sink



[Bolschev] BT-X “Betka” Light Frame
Jr. Lt. Yelena Yegorova (Rookie)
WGT 10/15 MC 35
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary: Rotary Cannon
Secondary: Thermal Spear
Technical: n/a


Andrew_McGuire

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2021, 07:43:12 PM »
No, they definitely aren’t recasts but they are heavily inspired by existing designs.  lol

Pleased to hear that not all knock-offs are bad knock-offs. I may look into this, though, as I mentioned, the economics seem less favourable for UK purchasers.

Offline Manchu

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2021, 07:47:34 PM »
Andrew, 22GBP is a bit steep. The price fluctuates. Keep an eye out.

Andrew_McGuire

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2021, 08:19:05 PM »
I agree, particularly as it’s over the threshold for Customs VAT.

I’m also wondering how reliable the seller is. I hope he’s not related to Chemical Ali.

Offline Keeper Nilbog

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2021, 09:27:38 PM »
I picked up 2 sets plus postage for 21 GBP - Aliexpress

Do not go to Amazon for these, they price for 20GBP + postage

Andrew_McGuire

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2021, 09:36:17 PM »
Oh, thanks. Tempting...

Offline Manchu

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2021, 04:07:07 PM »
Moving on to my Ronin list, the Reclamation Venture. The idea behind this one is, the team is made up of survivors of a battle between the Bolschev and North-Star factions. (That explains why two of the mechs also appear in my Bolschev list.) Disillusioned by the callousness of their superiors in the state arcology militaries, these Frame pilots deserted and struck out for their own fortune and glory. Two of the Medium Frames, the ones I’m calling the North-Star “F70 Halifax”, are arguably Light Frames. My idea here was, the Halifax was designed with field customization in mind and the Ronin pilots have pushed that so far that their Frames are now up-armored and up-gunned to Mediums.

Well, here is the list with helpful illustrations:



[Custom] SU-L Medium Frame “Jade”
 Han Hongyu (Trained)
WGT 20/25 MC 85
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Laser
Primary R: Anti Tank Missile (2)
Secondary: n/a
Technical:  Ablative Armor (Sensors), Decoy Beacon, Heat Sink



[Custom] F-70 Halifax Medium Frame “Pineapple”
Ray Nieuport (Trained [Ace])
WGT 25/25 MC 160
Propulsion: Jet
Primary L: Rifle
Primary R: Autocannon
Secondary: Rocket Pack
Technical: Ablative Armor (Primary L+R), Decoy Beacon

[Custom] F-70 Halifax Medium Frame “Ricky”
Erica Blessed (Rookie [Ace])
WGT 25/25 MC 160
Propulsion: Jet
Primary L: Rifle
Primary R: Autocannon
Secondary: Rocket Pack
Technical: Ablative Armor (Primary L+R), Decoy Beacon



[Custom] BT-X “Betka” Light Frame “Banner”
Liang Shizhong (Rookie)
WGT 15/15 MC 75
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary: Laser
Secondary: Rotary Cannon
Technical: Ablative Armor (Sensors, Primary), Heat Sink

« Last Edit: March 17, 2021, 07:23:54 PM by Manchu »

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2021, 05:19:06 PM »
Finally, we have a list for The Burg, a transhumanist faction. I wanted my Burg Frames to look very different from the other two lists, with no sculpt overlap to bring home the (relative) unique quality of Burg tech. I also gave them a stark, more fantastical paint job.



[Burg] Renoster-class Heavy Frame
Wikus (Trained)
WGT 22/30 MC 175
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Laser
Primary R: Rapid Fire Energy Weapon
Secondary L: Autocannon
Secondary R: n/a
Technical: Heat Sink

[Burg] Renoster-class Heavy Frame
Rudi (Trained)
WGT 22/30 MC 175
Propulsion: Bipedal
Primary L: Laser
Primary R: Rapid Fire Energy Weapon
Secondary L: Autocannon
Secondary R: n/a
Technical: Heat Sink



[Burg] Impisi-class Light Frame
Anika (Trained)
WGT 10/15 MC 75
Propulsion: Jet
Primary: Rapid Fire Energy Weapon
Secondary: Energy Melee Weapon
Technical: Energy Shielding

[Burg] Impisi-class Light Frame
Behati (Trained)
WGT 10/15 MC 75
Propulsion: Jet
Primary: Rapid Fire Energy Weapon
Secondary: Energy Melee Weapon
Technical: Energy Shielding

« Last Edit: February 18, 2021, 05:24:41 PM by Manchu »

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Re: Gamma Wolves Project
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2021, 05:32:59 PM »
Lovely project and good use of that bundle! I‘m just starting out with Gamma Wolves myself using mainly Dust Tactics Dust 1947 miniatures. They are a fair bit larger than the bundle but some are a good fit style wise for different sizes of mechs.

Looking forward to see even more from your project and hear from your gaming experiences.

 

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