Welcome dear readers of this Moria Reclamation Project to a "State of the Reclamation Address"
So, I have been alternating from working and feeling ill. I apologize for the lack of updates to this blog. Mostly, Im apologizing to my lil stunties who have been meditating in their storage cases waiting for the opportunity to hit the gaming table and the bright lights of a photoshoot. The wait is over, some new inhabitants are going to be making their entrance to this very blog. While the oldtimers arent part of the posts, the entire Moria populace came out anyway to witness the event.
To satisfy my need to do some sci-fi gaming, or sci-fantasy even, I had previously hinted that work had begun on a 54mm sci-fantasy side project that would exist as a sister blog, but Im sad to say that would require more time and effort that I just dont have at the moment. Plus, the Moria Project has far too much story to go through as it is! So, the solution?
Im going to bring some sci-fi right here on this blog...
that will involve stunties, 28mm, vintage citadel, and will continue to expand the blogs fluff 40 millenium into the future...
Thats right folks, I give you Moria 40,000!
Rogue Trader 1st edition Warhammer 40k.
This way I can tell the story of Moria from 2 vastly different time periods and opens up the possibility of past fluff events affecting future fluff events. Which means even more wierdness. Lord of the Rings meets Warhammer, Star Wars/Trek meets 40k, what a mess! Strangely enough, I was reading some Tolkien the other day and came across a fact I always knew about but never really mattered to me until now... Middle Earth was called Endor by the Elves. Damn you Lucas for putting Ewoks on one of the moons of Middle Earth! And damn me, for thinking that I will actually do it on this blog! Just joking... or am I?
So welcome to the pilot episode for Squat Trek! Remember Dwarves are called Squats in the far future, and in space no one can hear you scream "continuity errors!"
State of the Union is over.
Roll out the episode...
Warp speed at my command!
In 3, 2, 1...
My name is Captain Khyrk, commander of the U.S.S. Entenmanns. While on routine patrol of the Squat Homeworld Defense Perimeter, we were attacked by an unknown and hostile alien fleet that can only be described as... "tentacle-y".
" Reverse calculating their trajectory, our science officer Mister
Spokk had determined the invaders are not from our galaxy, that they had
come from the deep darkness of intergalactic space."
"The vastness of their fleet is beyond comprehension and had
destroyed our own without effort. The four greatest and mightiest of
Squat ships were hastily assembled to combat against these aliens which
the humans call "Tyranids". We had decided to call this particular
alien incursion as "Hive Fleet Om Nom Nom"."
"The USS Pork Cracklins, the USS Mojito and the USS Heineken were all
destroyed in the first minutes of the fight. Only my ship was able to
get away, but damaged reactors/failing life supports/hull breaches
forced all survivors to abandon ship in the shuttles. "
"The closest planet was a primitive feral planet that was not on any of our
starmaps and had no humanoid lifeforms. This planet was on the DMZ
between Squat and Eldar space. It was probably one of the Forgotten and Forbidden Planets."
"Upon crash landing, I counted 20 Squat survivors under my command.
We do not have the capability of sending messages to Squat HQ Command. I
can only hope my Captains Log transmissions will be picked up by some
nearby starship and rescue might somehow reach us. "
"Until then, I will explore this planet with my noble and courageous crew.
This is Captain Khyrk, over and out."
Korben Dallas: Did anyone think about bringing some of those delish Crumb Cakes from our lost USS Entenmanns? Im hungry!
Yoga Master Kenobi: Or at least some Romulan Ale!
Korben Dallas: I thought Romulan Ale was against the law?
Judge Dreddlock: AYYYyy UMMMmm DAAAAaa LAWWWWww....
Korben Dallas: (pats Dredd on his helmet) Yeah, we know buddy.
Capt Khyrk: Can... you... triangulate... on their position... Mr Spokk?
Science Officer Spokk: I am getting signals in front and behind. Fascinating!
Engineer Scotty: Bloody hell, Captain, are ya going to talk like that for the whole blog post? No wonder Dr Bones chose to go down with the ship!
Roy Batty: Ive seen things you people wouldnt believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion...
Deckard: (interrupting Roy Batty) NOT NOW with your silly poem you dirty replicant! Dont make me decommission you!!
Roy Batty: But, but... tears in rain? (bows head in sadness)
Capt Khyrk: Never tell me the odds, Spokk. Head for the rocks people!
Korben Dallas: Say again? All after incinerators...
Capt Khyrk: I said I want you to lay down a suppressing fire and fall back by squad to the...
Korben Dallas: (talking to his squad) Guys, the Capt wants us to oppress the incinerating choirs by the falls!
Capt Khyrk: Thats not what I said at all! Who said incinerators? I didnt mention those ever...
Korben Dallas: (giggling) We got it Captain, over and out.
Science Officer Spokk: Captain, with Engineer Scotty's help perhaps we can modify my Tricorder to receive interstellar communications? We might be able to receive signals from Squat HQ!
Korben Dallas: Aww man, I shoulda been on vacation on Phloston Paradise,
with an orange haired hotty! Instead Im on this stinking alien infested
planet... probably about to go extinct... err... squatted with the rest of you... Squats.
Judge Dreddlock: LAAAWWWwww?
Korben Dallas: Yeah, I know... thanks buddy.
A "red-shirt" Squat: Thanks Mr Dredd!
Engineer Scotty: There! Ive done it! We now have a radio signal from HQ!
Capt Khyrk: Stabilize the signal and increase the volume!
"Emergency Broadcast System! This is the President of the Federated Squat High Command. An alien species has invaded our Homeworlds. Our planets of Cragsfast, Bantamsword, and Stonehome have fallen to their vicious onslaught. Only our Capital world of Goldenthrone remains, for now... Further communications may not be possible. Save your energy, save yourselves! Avoid the Squat Homeworlds at all costs... Farewell!"
The Squats take off their helmets and bow their heads. Most sit in silence while some shed a tear or two as they hear the fate of their home planets. Some Squats pat the shoulders of those whose planets are named.
Finally, Capt Khyrk takes out his communicator and speaks into it:
Capt Khyrk: "These are the last transmissions of the survivors of the starship Entenmanns. Its 5 year mission, to explore strange new brews, to seek out the best restaurants and new bakeries, to boldly go where no squat has eaten before..."
So there you have it! The first "pilot" episode for Squat Trek.
Hope you enjoyed it, I have 2 more ideas for scenarios planned out, just waiting to be gamed and photo'd. As you can see, Ive decided to tone down the rules aspect and concentrate on the fluff and narrative of how the game turns out. Dont know if thats more interesting, then again maybe some readers like to know about whose guns were jammed by rolling doubles. I probably should have have thrown in some of that info at least... well, next game.
First of all, the figures... Capt Khyrk is a bad ass, better than the actual Kirk. Why? Look at him! He's a space dwarf, with a beard and smoking a cigar! The sculpts are great, half of them are Rogue Trader RT301 Space Dwarfs and the others are Iron Claw Squats, BUT I love all of them. Oh and Capt Khyrk is the figure's actual name. This site has the proper names of all the figures in the range:
So lets talk about rules. I dont have a copy of 40k 1st edition at the moment. So what did I use? Space Hulk 1st edition rules! Those are original Genestealers too, to match. Of course, its supposed to be in a confined area, so no surprise that the Squats dominated the open area at the start. And in the end, there was only a smaller force of Stealers left. So they were able to squash the aliens with no problem. I just counted the various sundry Squat weapons as stormbolters. Its that superior Squat technology!
Just to get the game going, I declared Scotty's Conversion beamer and
all the plasma guns as flamers. I need to find those rules, was it in
the Genestealer supplement? Or Deathwing? At any rate I should
find a copy of the Space Hulk Bible online, which I think was a
Specialist Games compendium of Space Hulk rules.
I totally forgot, I have the Old Citadel compendiums which has rules for using bolters and lasguns in 1st edition Fantasy. So I can go that route also. So Oldhammer its pre-40k. I could use the Lustria scenario "Rigg's Shrine" in there with amazons, vikings and space guns. Hmm, its written by Richard Halliwell, the designer of Space Hulk. It looks and reads like a AD&D module.
But I really enjoy Space Hulk rules, perhaps we should keep it. Its fast, simple, and fun. Im just going to make a narrative campaign out of it. I have a couple of White Dwarfs from the 80s with some Space Hulk scenarios as well, to draw inspiration from.
So Im not sure, if next post will be Squat Trek or Gimli and company in the Mines Of Madness adventure. But both have the required painted figures and terrain for them ready to go. Its just a matter of which one to game. We will see...
Bonus feature: Soundtrack To This Post!
Music I listened to while playing the game...
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
Elixir - The Son of Odin
Saxon - Saxon (1979)