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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-04 9:46 AM (#19325)
Subject: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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I know the recently scheduled demo at the store did not happen, but I was curious about the interest level out there for the game.

I have the rulebook and have also ordered the Freeborn faction army deal. It is enough to give me a 1000pt (pretty good size) force that will generate 9 order dice (to use a BA term).

I could definitely see this game getting huge as I think the ruleset definitely has a ton of good things going for it. It should definitely not be described as Bolt Action in space in my opinion. They only thing they really have in common is the order dice mechanic. One of my so far favorite features is that any unit who has not been issued an order die yet during the turn can make a reaction to something done by an enemy unit. Using the reaction will exhaust their order die for the turn, but I think this extra step in the system makes it much more exciting.

I'm going to try and be pretty quick to get my new army painted once I get them. The Freeborn figs are pretty cool as they have a kind of Dune vibe to them. James also has starting forces for two other factions (the Concord and the Ghar). It is also totally doable to proxy models for this in my opinion if you're at all curious about trying it out. My 1000 point Freeborn list will be about 50 figures including the little drone models. I could see lots of 40k things working as proxies: marines for Concord, Tau for Algoryn or Ghar, and maybe even Eldar as Freeborn.

Anyone interested should give it a shot, I think you'll love it too.
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DontFearDaReaper
Posted 2016-02-04 12:51 PM (#19329 - in reply to #19325)
Subject: Re: Beyond the Gates of Antares



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I'm on the fence on this one but definitely leaning towards getting interested especially if I can use these rules as an excuse to drag out my old Blood Angels or Imperial Guard troops to play.

Dave da gamer
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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-05 8:25 AM (#19334 - in reply to #19329)
Subject: Re: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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Dave, here's a quick overview of points and model counts. I'll start with game size...

Force Size Points. Tactical. Support. Strategic. Auxiliary

Scouting Force 500. 3-4. 0-1. 0. 0-1
Skirmish. 750. 4-6. 0-2. 0. 0-1
Combat. 1000. 4-6. 1-4. 0-1. 0-2
Battle. 1250. 5-7. 2-5. 0-2. 0-2
Offensive 1500. 5-8. 2-6. 0-3. 0-3

Tactical- basic troops
Support- elites and mobile support weapon teams
Strategic- armed vehicle, long range heavy weapons
Aux- things with little fighting value, probes, medi drones, etc

The book continues the game size chart to 2,000+ points

Using Concord forces here's a quick figure/point count:

Command Squad - 3 figs - 110pts
Strike squad - 5 figs - 112
Drop squad - 5 figs - 176
Support weapon - 2 figs - 40pts
Support drone light/medium - 59/93 pts

Those are just a few more basic options. Most squads have tons of options including adding extra figs to each. Pretty much every squad also has a small drone that goes with them.
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patack
Posted 2016-02-10 9:34 AM (#19367 - in reply to #19334)
Subject: Re: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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With the interest we are seeing with this and Hail Caesar, we're going to have to drag the Warlord guys back to Austin for a demo.
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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-10 10:19 AM (#19368 - in reply to #19367)
Subject: Re: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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Definitely! I feel like Warlord is doing a great job diversifying their catalog for sure. I also think most of their models are pretty affordable too. Even my all metal 1000pt Freeborn army was only $160.
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Stork
Posted 2016-02-11 4:27 PM (#19375 - in reply to #19325)
Subject: RE: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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Guys we are trying to find a time to reschedule that being said I am working on a small Concord and Algoryan force so we can have some test games will keep you all posted

Kevin
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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-11 6:34 PM (#19376 - in reply to #19375)
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Stork - 2016-02-11 6:27 PM

Hay

Guys we are trying to find a time to reschedule that being said I am working on a small Concord and Algoryan force so we can have some test games will keep you all posted

Kevin
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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-19 5:36 PM (#19395 - in reply to #19325)
Subject: RE: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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So it begins!

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bettythebear
Posted 2016-02-23 7:23 AM (#19398 - in reply to #19325)
Subject: Re: Beyond the Gates of Antares


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I've finished my army assembly, now time to paint! I'm going to use the color primer and dip method. Myself and one other forum member have set a goal to have 500pts fully painted for small games by April 1.
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