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    All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Greetings,

    I just picked up some stuff for this game at my FLGS. Prior I had been lurking on their forums, reading reviews, and checking out the battle reports. I like the time period, I liked the alternate history setting, and the asymmetrical nature of the opposing sides appealed to me.

    Here is what I picked up...


    I look forward to putting this stuff together.

    I just read through the mini-rulebook and the rules for the most part are pretty straight forward and simple. It looks like this would be a good game for getting newbies into Wargaming as they could command the towering Martian tripods and get satisfaction from destroying lots of humans, but still have a close game or ultimately lose. Plus, the Tripods are fairly straight forward to play. I look forward to battling my wife and daughter a bit.

    The mini-rulebook is good enough for what you get in the starter box for the most part, but there are a couple basic things it did not cover. I was hoping someone more experienced in the game could help out.

    Here are some things that the mini-rulebook in the starter kit doesn't really cover....
    1. Tow cables- What do these do? It just says Assault/Special but doesn't tell me the special part. Since I have some Rough Riders in the box, I am curious.
    2. Motorcycle Squad vs. Rough Riders- Are these different units? It looks like the machine gun armed motorcycle is an upgrade tot eh squad, but I am unsure.
    3. Black Dust/Green Gas- Again the mini-rulebook doesn't say much about them other than Barrage #/Green Gas or Barrage #/Black Dust. That indicates there are some special rules for them.
    4. Launchers- I picked up a Grenadier Drone armed with Launchers but in the mini-rulebook it mentions they are Inaccurate but it does not specify what that means.

    So, if anyone wants to help me out that would be great. I think my next purchase will have to be the big rulebook so I can get a complete set of army lists/fluff, but I will probably want to build my Tripods and US troops and play a bit before that. Therefore, any help would be great.

    I will share some sprue picks and other photos as it develops in this thread. In the meantime, if you have any questions, battle reports, pictures, or hobby stuff for this game feel free to add it to this thread too.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    I saw these at a recent trade show and really liked the style and look, thankfully up till now have managed to resist, I don't think the house foundations would take another shelf of minis!

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    look forward to seeing what you do with these, none of my local stores have model in so im wanting to see them in flesh before i outlay any money, maybe salute might change that.

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    I found my answers about the Green Gas and Black Dust here:

    http://robotpeanutstudios.proboards....ack-dust-green

    Here are the full Rough Rider rules too:

    http://robotpeanutstudios.proboards....der-full-rules

    Also, here is the FAQ and Errata:

    http://robotpeanutstudios.proboards....ial-errata-faq

    It looks like I found most of the answers to my questions.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Some Martian Tripods are coming together. Here is the sprue pic of the standard Assault Tripod with special weapons like Green Gas Grenades and the Black Smoke Launcher. As you can see, the sprue lay-out is very good.



    Here are the three models of the Assault Tripods all assembled. These things were a dream to go together. They were practically snap fit models and needed minimal glue. The pieces went together smoothly and easily. The middles have a natural point for magnetizing, but I have left it witht he basic tab for now and it holds together fine. All three took about one hour to 45 minutes to assemble.



    The one on the left is my modified Green Gas launcher. I didn't really like the way the Tripods small arms were throwing the grenades before. It looked kind of silly. Therefore, I made it into a launcher by chopping up one of the extra Black Smoke Launchers. The one int he middle is the standard Assault Tripod. Finally, the one on the right is the Black Smoke Launcher. I think this weapon looks awesome on the Tripods and is very imposing.

    Next up is the Scout Tripods.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Cool, they manage to look creepy for no reason I can easily identify.
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    In the toilets?!

    You dirty bugger!!!

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    I think it is the unnatural way they are supposed to walk/stand.

    I worked on assembling the smaller Scout Tripods today.



    Again, these went together very easily and quickly. The assembly and sprue late out were essentially the same as thier larger cousins Another nice kit.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    sweet. im hoping to pick myself up some models at Salute. any idea on how you going to base them yet?

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Good question! I was thinking about it a bit this morning. I think I want to incorporate the Red Weed on the base since that is a key part of the Martian background, but other than that it will probably be shrubbery and grass mostly. In 1913, most of the terrain they would be on would be wilderness.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Now, the Scout and Assault Tripod kits were great. They were plastic and really went together easily. The next model I assembled for my Martians was a Grendaier Drone for a bit of artillery support. This model is a mix of metal and resin. The basic design, especially for the legs; are similar to the plastic sets. However, they do not fit together nearly as well. In fact, I had to use a bit of the GS to get it to stick together snugly. After the ease of the last kits, it was a bit of a surprise and disappoint to me that this one was so much harder to build. It's even smaller!



    The Scout Tripod has a special range-finder upgrade that helps the Grenadier Drone be more accurate with its artillery fire. It makes sense then to have them both in my starting Martian force. I think I have all the models I need to get started for the Martian side.

    I do not think I am going to go with the traditional silver Tripod paint scheme.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    A Martian Tripod army for All Quiet on the Martian Front.



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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Those look very cool now that they're painted up. Do you have some human defenders too?

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    I have, but they are not assembled/painted up yet.

    For my Yanks I have:
    1 Command Tank MKIII
    2 Units of other Tanks
    1 Unit of Rough Riders
    8-10 Squads of Infantry
    1 Unit of 3 HMGs
    1 Unit of 3 Field Guns

    Hopefully they will be gracing this thread with their presence soon!
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Need to get some Brits E, they get all the cool toys

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    I had no interest in Brits. Since I live near the Mississippi river valley, I thought it would be cool to base a campaign around my local area. Therefore, the Martians and Americans would be perfect.

    Then the Egyptian Infantry and field guns came out. Then I was interested in Brits.
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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    Gotta love the colonial troops.

    Have you seen the cigarbox battle mats designed for AQOTMF ?

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    I finished a squad of Doughboys...


    Only two more Squads or Doughboys to finish and a unit of Machine Gunners for the Americans and I will have enough points to take on a Scout Tripod. Oh dear! This could take a bit. Maybe I shouldn't have gone so infantry/artillery heavy?

    I am all out of basing materials so the Martian and American bases still look a bit plain. These took a bit longer than I expected to paint, as I have never really done 15mm before. I thought they would go much faster, but they didn't. Plus, I think the green came out way too dark. Oh well.

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    Re: All Quiet on the Martian Front

    From what I understand the yanks pretty much zerg rush the martians so you need alot of infantry lol

    Regarding painting 15mm its all about how much detail you want. When I was painting FOW infantry it was simply block painting the base coat then a wash, voila !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornonthecob View Post
    Have you seen the cigarbox battle mats designed for AQOTMF ?
    I have not! However, I will need to check into it. A recent audit of my early American farmland terrain came up.... lacking.

    Since I want to base my campagin in my local area I will definitely need:
    1. 1900's Farmhouse
    2. A matching Barn
    3. Some farm outbuildings (Chicken Coop, Pig Pen, Smoke house, Outhouse, etc.)
    4. Old fashion Windmill
    5. Fields of wheat, corn, or soybeans
    6. Lots of trees midwestern trees for the Great Wood

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