Saturday, February 23, 2013

Special Operations: Killzone

Today I introduced Special Operations: Killzone to the game group.

Spec Op: Killzone is a skirmish version of Warhammer 40K based on the Kill Team rules from 4th edition.  It was created by Big Jim who is one of the hosts on Deepstrike Radio.  Jim has been playing miniature wargames for over 30 years and has a great grasp on how to create a good system.

We played this a few years ago and I created a campaign system for it based on Necromunda.  It was a great experience because we had 10 people in the group at the time and it was an easy way to get people into the game when they didn't have their own armies.  Also, in our situation it's very difficult to have more than two game tables going at once.

Today we had five of our members show up plus we had a new person who had never played a miniature wargame before get to try the game out.  So in total three games were played overall.  It would have been more but only having two experienced players on hand, it took a little longer than it should have.

The game is played using individual models running as "a unit of one" and usually have between 5 and 20 models.  It's played at 250 points and since I knew there would be some new players there I built a few teams so the new guys would have something to use.  In all we had two Blood Angel teams, a World Eater team and a Dark Eldar team.

Here we have World Eaters and Blood Angels playing a mission where the point is to get one model in each of the table quarters.  With the Blood Angels having jump packs you would think this would be a fairly simple outcome but they didn't take into account the heavy firepower of the World Eaters team, who were able to go into Attack of Opportunity (basically old school Overwatch) so pretty soon his numbers had been reduced to a point they had to close on the opponent.  Things didn't go too well for them, though and the World Eaters managed to kill everyone.

On the second table another Blood Angel team was vastly outnumbered by Dark Eldar but they had speed on their side.  I forget what their Primary Mission was but it seemed they were trying to kill each other as fast as possible.  In the end, the Dark Eldar team leader, an Incubi Klaivex managed to close with the enemy and was practically unstoppable.

At the end of the day, everyone had a great time and we are talking about running this as a regular weekly thing for our Tuesday meet up.  Time to get the campaign rules streamlined for use.


  1. What was the gaming boards made out of/from?

    1. @Enigma
      The game board is wood and can be found at the link below.
      It's pretty nice stuff but it comes from Australia so the shipping is very expensive. I'd personally like to see Burn in Designs do something similar.

    2. I agree I'm really like Burn in Designs Elevated Walkway Project. I might have to put aside my idea to have a ruined urban Terrain and go with the full city.

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