Friday, 15 April 2016

A game of Swatters

During this week I was able to get in a quick game with Ganesha's Swatters SciFi rules using my 40K Space Marines and Tyranids. I used the force lists in the rules to keep things straight forward and found reasonable matches fro my 40K units.

2 x Power Armour Trooper squads each of 5 x Space Marines
1 x Marine Sniper squad of 5 x Space Marine Scout squad
4 x Warriors each of 5 x Hormagaunt
1 x Assault Warriors of 5 Genestealers

Start of the game (and only picture I took)
I selected a meeting engagement scenario which has the two forces trying to destroy each other on a board with very little terrain. The look of the game reminded very much of my first few games with my son when I first bought him the Games Workshop Space Marine and Tyranid starter set.

With not much terrain the Tyranids launched themselves at the Space Marines. I was not expecting much out of the game other than getting familiar with the rules. However, the game played well with the Space Marines getting forced back with each subsequent wave of attacks which treated to push them off the board. The game ended up as a bit of a close run thing for the Space Marines. If I had understood the rules better I suspect the victory would have been reversed with the Tyranids forcing the Marines off the table.

I will definitely be using these rules again. They are designed for bug hunt situations, but can be tailored for man vs man or man vs machine game, and come with a few suggestions in the back of the rules on how to approach this.


  1. Hi Peter,
    I must have missed that mat/board/table in your earlier posts. That is a great color scheme. Did you paint it?
    Very cool.


  2. Hi John,
    To make the table the steps I went through a few years back now were: 1) painted over varnish and scattered medium scenic material (flock) all over but not heavy to get a texture, 2) painted over that with a light grey, 3) a wash of black using children poster paint watered down, 4) a light brushing of light grey, 5) a wash of mid-brown in areas to make muddy parts, 6) using a light beige dry brushed table, 7) dabbed varnish in areas and scattered small scenic material, 8) vanished whole table with a final light dusting of scenic material before it dried. I use the same approach with scenery for consistency.
    Regards, Peter