We were both interested in a ruleset we'd been only partially exposed to: Heavy Gear Arena.
Set in the same world as it's big brother Heavy Gear Blitz, HGA is all about mecha duelling, not unlike a futuristic gladiator sport, with mechs of course!
Since I'm preparing a mech-centric game as soon as I finish up the current arc of the Saga of Clarke, I thought an alternative to CotF might be worth looking in to.
I only snapped a few shots owing to the fact that we had some great fun, but here they are:
Daniel's two heavily armored mecha. Just how heavily armoured? I was about to find out!
My own three, slightly less so.. Two of the mechs I borrowed, since my opponent had already painted up a few for the occasion.
At this point we realized that Daniel had armoured his mechs a little too well, since we couldn't seem to damage them. I began to worry about the immediate future for my mechs..
At the same time I took my first real damage myself as the mech in the lower left corner preformed a close combat manouver!
..And perform a attack to his slightly less protected rear. It went up in a ball of flame, mostly thanks to my opponent having some bad luck with his dice!
The game was fun, but we did identify a couple of things that we'd probably make some house rules for in order to make it more playable. Amongst other things neither of us ever fired any of our projectile weapons since the rocket packs we had were far better and there was little chance of them running out of ammo. Explosive weapons are generally very good, a bit too much so we felt, so they will probably all run with limited ammo and be more rare than in the standard game. Armour levels will probably be kept intentionally slightly lower than the average is, just to make it fit the VOTOMS-style that we both love better.
We were looking to be able to play games much like battling from the VOTOMS series, and HGA was fast, furious and deadly. With the homebrew mods and addons, it might very well be what we were looking for.
I hope to have another episode of the Saga of Clarke done soon, as well as a trial game of CotF for my mechs and some more 3mm goodness.
Til next time!